Smithsonian Libraries. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Branch Search this
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of records documenting the history, administration, and activities of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Library and its first librarian, Anna
Brooke, who retired in 2016. The Library was established in approximately 1969 in New York City before moving to Washington, D.C., and ultimately into the Hirshhorn Museum
and Sculpture Garden building which opened to the public in 1974. The library was administered by the museum until approximately 2000 when it became part of the existing Smithsonian
Institution Libraries system (renamed Smithsonian Libraries in 2014). Subjects covered in this accession include the establishment of the library, collection management, the
integration into the Smithsonian Institution Libraries system, relations with the Hirshhorn family, and outreach activities. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports,
collection documentation, procedural documents, proposals, lecture notes, presentations, images, project planning files, floor plans, and related materials. Some materials
are in electronic format.
1.88 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 16x20 box) (0.19 non- standard size boxes)
This accession consists of papers of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. Joseph Hirshhorn was born in Latvia in 1899 and immigrated to the United States in 1905 with his mother and
siblings. At twelve, Mr. Hirshhorn left school to sell newspapers and by fourteen he was working in the firm that would later become the American Stock Exchange. At seventeen,
Mr. Hirshhorn established himself as a broker, and later invested in Canadian mining in the 1930s. This led to his eventual ownership of multiple uranium mines. Along with
working as a businessman, Mr. Hirshhorn was an avid art collector and donated large sums of money to support the arts. In 1966 it was announced that he would donate his art
collection to the United States, which would be housed in what would become the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG).
This collection is comprised of Hirshhorn family photographs, correspondence, Mr. Hirshhorn's immigration documents, some news articles pertaining to Mr. Hirshhorn's uranium
business, photographs of Mr. Hirshhorn with various artists, documents regarding the HMSG, photographs from Mr. Hirshhorn's funeral, awards from the mining industry, and related
materials. The items in this collection were donated by Mrs. Olga Hirshhorn, Mr. Hirshhorn's fourth and final wife, as well as his children Gene LePere, Naomi Hirshhorn Caryl
(also known as Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn), and Gordon Hirshhorn.
Box 1 contains restricted materials; see finding aid.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of Public Affairs Search this
7.07 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (3 16x20 boxes)
This accession consists of records documenting the publicity and legal history of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) and its activities and exhibitions
as well as the Joseph H. Hirshhorn family and collections. Well-documented topics include the design and construction of the museum; the museum's collections; Mr. Hirshhorn's
80th birthday party; and Mr. Hirshhorn's business activities. Materials include clippings, photographs, legal documents, marketing materials, press releases, object lists,
books, pamphlets, a film script, a model of an early design for the museum, and related materials. Some materials were created before the establishment of the museum.