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1986 February 13
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A panel discussion sponsored by the Archives of American Art at the Founders Luncheon and Museum Panel, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1986 February 13. The participants were Richard Koshalek, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art; Earl A. Powell, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Robert Middlekauff, Director of the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Paul Karlstrom is moderator.
Moderator Paul Karlstrom introduces the topic and panelists; identifies differences between the three institutions, the appeal of blockbuster shows, and with references to an article by Mortibello of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, questions whether a museum can successfully balance scholarship and interpretation; the high cost of research and programming; and the shift to temporary exhibitions.
Koshalek discusses how MOCA continues to look for a balance as a new organization and their decision to start with temporary exhibits to build an audience and collection. Middlekauff discusses the Huntington as a research institution and its policy to not loan books and papers and the impact then on hosting only temporary exhibits, and the parallel to problems universities face in funding programming. Powell discusses the benefits of blockbuster exhibits, the need to integrate scholarship, and the problems in corporate sponsorships.
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hrs., 3 min.
Funding for the digital preservation of this recording was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Series 6, Renderings/Drawings document floats as they appeared in a conceptual state. Each rendering varies in size from several inches to several feet wide and were realized on an assortment of paper sources that varied in both weight and durability (tissue, tracing paper, vellum, posterboard, etc). The artwork was created utilizing an assortment of mediums including acrylic paint, pastels, watercolors, markers, pens, etc.
In most cases, it is possible to connect a rendering with a float as it appeared in the parade. Often the float mirrors the rendering exactly as it was conceived however, in most instances, slight modifications were made. Every attempt was made to identify all renderings, but it was not always possible for a number of reasons: 1) there was not enough information on the renderings to connect it with either a year or a sponsor. 2) The concept was never produced, it remained a concept only. 3) The concept was markedly different from the realization making it unrecognizable when it appeared in the parade. 4) The renderings were destroyed by weather related damage, mold, etc and had to be destroyed before it arrived at the Archives Center. 5) The float may have been in the parade but there was no existing photographic record to help identify it.
Both national and regional corporate sponsorship can be seen throughout the renderings. Longstanding national corporations like Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Kodak, Coppertone, Anheuser-Busch, Sears, etc. were an annual part of the festivities as were regional businesses like The Miami Herald, Southern Bell and Winn Dixie. Many of the renderings have been developed without a sponsor in mind; some, however, have been cultivated specifically for corporate sponsorship. In most cases, sponsors supported the proposed float and patronage can be verified throughout corresponding photographs. In some instances, however, the proposed float was never realized, may have changed patrons, been rejected by the supporter in favor of another float or the sponsor may have withdrawn from that year's festivities altogether. It should be noted that the renderings document float concepts for several companies that no longer exist, including Margaret Ann Grocery, Jordan Marsh, Eastern Airlines, etc.
Throughout the history of the parade, several artists contributed to production of the renderings, the most prominent being Stanley Burger. Burger, a former engineer from New York, started out by designing nuclear submarines for the U.S. Government. Later, he moved to Florida where he began designing sets for the Jackie Gleason Theater of Performing Arts in Miami Beach and eventually settled into being the official float designer for the Orange Bowl committee in the early 1970s.
Every effort was made to identify other artists involved with the production of the renderings either before or after Burger but a lack of information on these artists made it difficult.
Collection is open for research.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Orange Bowl Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
This accession consists of the records of Dwight Blocker Bowers, Curator, documenting his exhibition planning, development and production activities in the Division
of Culture and the Arts, including records that date from when he was public programs specialist, 1995-1997, and historian of theater and film, 1997-2012, in the Division
of Cultural History; director of the Division of Museum Programs, 1989-1995; and research specialist in the Department of Public Programs at the National Museum of American
History. The records document the following exhibitions, some of which are proposals: "Red, Hot, and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals"; "Voices of the American Musical";
"Leaps and No Bounds"; "There's No Business Like Show Business: Irving Berlin's Centennial"; "America Plays: Sport, Entertainment, and Music"; "It's Saturday Night!"; "America's
Voices, America's Stories"; "Muppets and Mechanisms: Jim Henson's Legacy"; "Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song"; "Puppetry in America"; and "Skitch Henderson: A Man and His
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; proposals; budget summaries; meeting agendas and minutes; scripts; floor plans and design drawings; brochures; photographs
and slides; corporate sponsorship information; exhibition schedules; reports; object lists; and supporting documentation.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2029; Transferring office; 11/4/2016 memorandum, Johnstone to Bowers; Contact reference staff for details.
The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon (Monograph : 2008)
13.38 cu. ft. (12 record storage boxes) (2 16x20 boxes)
United States -- History
This accession consists of records documenting the exhibition and program coordinating activities of the Office of Curatorial Affairs, primarily in regard to the preservation
of the Star-Spangled Banner and the planning, development, and production of the exhibition "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem" at the National
Museum of American History (NMAH), including the complimentary traveling exhibit "For Which It Stands: The American Flag in American Life" which examined the ways Americans
use the flag to express their ideas about patriotism, citizenship, and national identity. Some records also document smaller exhibitions and related programs such as "So Proudly
We Hail," a display of prominent American flags from World War II to honor veterans of that conflict; "World War II Photograph Perspectives," a selection of photographs taken
during the second world war which document Americans both at war and home; and "July 1942: United We Stand," an array of original July 1942 magazine covers featuring the American
flag, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the "United We Stand" campaign.
Staff represented in these records include James B. Gardner, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, who served as project director of the Star-Spangled Banner preservation
project and exhibition from 2002 to 2006; Ronald E. Becker, NMAH Associate Director of Capital Programs, who was project director from 1996 to 2002; project managers Kate
Henderson, Jeffrey L. Brodie, Kathryn Campbell, and Carol Frost; conservator Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss; curators Marilyn Zoidis, Harold D. Langley, Kathleen M. Kendrick, and
Paula Johnston; public programs educator Julia Forbes; and project historian Lonn Taylor, who co-authored the exhibition book "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; exhibition proposals; planning and design information; scripts; budget summaries; contractual agreements; meeting
agendas and minutes; reports; press releases; educational program information; floor plans, drawings, and illustrations; photographs; brochures; website development information;
visitor surveys and comments; loan information; policies and guidelines; information about committees, seminars, workshops, and special events; audiotape recordings; NMAH
flag hall renovation information; exhibition schedules; fundraising, sponsorship, and grant information; and other supporting documentation. Some materials are in electronic
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 7/7/2016 memorandum, Johnstone to Jones; Contact reference staff for details.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight papers, 1816, 1914-2008, bulk 1973-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the 2007 processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Funding for the 2018 processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
These records are the official minutes of the Board. They are compiled at the direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian, who is also secretary to the Board, after
approval by the Regents' Executive Committee and by the Regents themselves. The minutes are edited, not a verbatim account of proceedings. For reasons unknown, there are no
manuscript minutes for the period from 1857 through 1890; and researchers must rely on printed minutes published in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution instead.
Minutes are transferred regularly from the Secretary's Office to the Archives. Minutes less than 15 years old are closed to researchers. Indexes exist for the period from
1907 to 1946 and can be useful.
The Smithsonian Institution was created by authority of an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1846. The Act entrusted direction of the Smithsonian to a body called
the Establishment, composed of the President; the Vice President; the Chief Justice of the United States; the secretaries of State, War, Navy, Interior, and Agriculture; the
Attorney General; and the Postmaster General. In fact, however, the Establishment last met in 1877, and control of the Smithsonian has always been exercised by its Board of
Regents. The membership of the Regents consists of the Vice President and the Chief Justice of the United States; three members each of the Senate and House of Representatives;
two citizens of the District of Columbia; and seven citizens of the several states, no two from the same state. (Prior to 1970 the category of Citizen Regents not residents
of Washington consisted of four members). By custom the Chief Justice is Chancellor. The office was at first held by the Vice President. However, when Millard Fillmore succeeded
to the presidency on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1851, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney was chosen in his stead. The office has always been filled by the Chief Justice
since that time.
The Regents of the Smithsonian have included distinguished Americans from many walks of life. Ex officio members (Vice President) have been: Spiro T. Agnew, Chester A.
Arthur, Allen W. Barkley, John C. Breckenridge, George Bush, Schuyler Colfax, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Curtis, George M. Dallas, Charles G. Dawes, Charles W. Fairbanks, Millard
Fillmore, Gerald R. Ford, John N. Garner, Hannibal Hamlin, Thomas A. Hendricks, Garret A. Hobart, Hubert H. Humphrey, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, William R. King, Thomas
R. Marshall, Walter F. Mondale, Levi P. Morton, Richard M. Nixon, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt, James S. Sherman, Adlai E. Stevenson, Harry S. Truman, Henry A.
Wallace, William A. Wheeler, Henry Wilson.
Ex officio members (Chief Justice) have been: Roger B. Taney, Salmon P. Chase, Nathan Clifford, Morrison R. Waite, Samuel F. Miller, Melville W. Fuller, Edward D. White,
William Howard Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan F. Stone, Fred M. Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren E. Burger.
Regents on the part of the Senate have been: Clinton P. Anderson, Newton Booth, Sidney Breese, Lewis Cass, Robert Milledge Charlton, Bennet Champ Clark, Francis M. Cockrell,
Shelby Moore Cullom, Garrett Davis, Jefferson Davis, George Franklin Edmunds, George Evans, Edwin J. Garn, Walter F. George, Barry Goldwater, George Gray, Hannibal Hamlin,
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Robert B. Morgan, Frank E. Moss, Claiborne Pell, George Wharton Pepper, David A. Reed, Leverett Saltonstall, Hugh Scott, Alexander H. Smith, Robert A. Taft, Lyman Trumbull,
Wallace H. White, Jr., Robert Enoch Withers.
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Walton Moore, Walter H. Newton, Robert Dale Owen, James Patterson, William Phelps, Luke Poland, John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn, B. Carroll Reece, Ernest W. Roberts, Otho Robards
Singleton, Frank Thompson, Jr., John M. Vorys, Hiram Warner, Joseph Wheeler.
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Edmund Badger, George Bancroft, Alexander Graham Bell, James Gabriel Berrett, John McPherson Berrien, Robert W. Bingham, Sayles Jenks Bowen, William G. Bowen, Robert S. Brookings,
John Nicholas Brown, William A. M. Burden, Vannevar Bush, Charles F. Choate, Jr., Rufus Choate, Arthur H. Compton, Henry David Cooke, Henry Coppee, Samuel Sullivan Cox, Edward
H. Crump, James Dwight Dana, Harvey N. Davis, William Lewis Dayton, Everette Lee Degolyer, Richard Delafield, Frederic A. Delano, Charles Devens, Matthew Gault Emery, Cornelius
Conway Felton, Robert V. Fleming, Murray Gell-Mann, Robert F. Goheen, Asa Gray, George Gray, Crawford Hallock Greenwalt, Nancy Hanks, Caryl Parker Haskins, Gideon Hawley,
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