Aschwin Lippe was a research fellow and later curator in the Department of Far Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The collection includes his early research and writings on East Asian art, particularly Chinese paintings. It has substantial material on his involvement in selecting the paintings and writing the catalog for the 1961 Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition. He later shifted his research focus to medieval Indian sculpture. The collection includes journals kept during several years of field research in India as well as his extensive photo-documentation of Indian temples and religious sculpture.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains limited biographic material. The material covering his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes some memoranda and general items. During his time at the museum he frequently visited public and private art collections, keeping copious object notes. Material documenting his work on the 1961 Chinese Art Treasures exhibition includes a diary of his 1954 visit to Taipei and his notes on objects viewed at the Palace Museum storage facility in Taichung. Also included are his drafts and correspondence from 1960-1961 about proposed exhibit catalog descriptions for the Chinese paintings.
Lippe's correspondence consists mostly of letters with scholars and colleagues. In general, the correspondence includes a few letters each to a large number of individuals. He kept correspondence about major projects in the file with other materials relating to that project.
Materials on Lippe's research and publications include some items from his initial scholarly interest in Far Eastern art, particularly Chinese painting. This includes drafts and correspondence documenting his participation in the catalog for the Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings in the John M. Crawford Jr. collection. Most of the research collection concerns India and two major publications: "South Indian Architecture and Sculpture" in The Arts of India and his book Indian Medieval Sculpture. Of particular interest are his India field journals (1958-1977) that record visits to sites, travel notes, descriptions and photography. Lippe's wife Simone traveled with him and contributed to the field journals. Photography of temples and especially their sculpture was the focus of his field research. He made 8-by-10-inch black and white enlargements of sites and sculpture that he organized into study albums as needed for a particular article or project. The collection also includes a large number of 35 mm. color slides taken by Simone Lippe that record general views of sites, scenery, daily life and festivals.
The collection includes slides and photographs taken during trips elsewhere in Asia and not directly related to Lippe's own research. These are mostly scenic views and general "tourist" pictures. The architecture of Hindu-Buddhist temples and sculpture in countries such as Indonesia and Cambodia may have been of scholarly interest as reflections of ancient Indian cultural influence.
The Collection is organized into 5 series with subseries. A 6th series inventories items from other series but housed in an Outsize Box.
Series 1: Personal and Professional Life
Subseries 1.1: Biographic Material and Metropolitan Museum of Art Career
Subseries 1.2: Notes on Collections
Subseries 1.3: Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition, 1961-1962
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: East Asia Research and Publications
Subseries 3.1: Background Material and Manuscripts
Subseries 3.2: Crawford Collection Catalog
Series 4: India Research and Publications
Subseries 4.1: India Background Materials
Subseries 4.2: India Manuscripts and Publications
Subseries 4.3: India Fieldwork 1958-1977: Field Journals, Travel Notes and Itineraries
Series 5: Photography
Subseries 5.1: Albums, Lists, and Contact Prints
Subseries 5.2: India Photographs
Subseries 5.3: Non-India Photographs
Subseries: 5.4 India 35 mm. Color slides
Subseries 5.5: Non-India 35 mm. Color slides
Series 6: Miscellaneous, Outsize Box
Biographical / Historical:
Aschwin Lippe [Ernst Aschwin Prinz zur Lippe-Biesterfeld] was born June 13, 1914 in Jena, Germany and died March 14, 1988 in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 1951 he married Simone Arnoux, born May 9, 1915 in Paris and died November 21, 2001 in The Hague.
As a student in Germany, Lippe studied Chinese, East Asian art and archaeology, and the history of art. He received his Diploma of Chinese in 1933 from the Seminary for Oriental Languages in Berlin and his PhD in Sinology and Far Eastern Art and Archaeology in 1942 from Berlin University.
Lippe began his museum career in the Department of East Asian Art of the State Museum in Berlin. In 1949 he joined the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as a Senior Research Fellow in Far Eastern Art. He became an Associate Curator in 1950, Research Curator in 1964, and Curator Emeritus in 1973.
Lippe was a member of the Selection and Catalog Committee for the Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition in 1961, the first major American exhibition of works from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. An expert on Chinese Painting, he visited Taipei in 1954 and was able to travel to Taichung to view paintings and other art objects still in storage.
In the 1960s his interests turned increasingly toward Indian medieval temple art and architecture, especially sculpture. Joined by his wife Simone, he made several research trips to India from 1958 to 1970 during which he took detailed photographs of Indian temples, documenting their sculpture. This research was the foundation for Lippe's "South Indian Architecture and Sculpture" section in The Arts of India (1981), and his major work Indian Medieval Sculpture (1978).
James Cahill Papers
John A. Pope Papers
Gift of Thilo von Watzdorf
Collection is open for research.
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Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Provost Search this
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of the records of J. Dennis O'Connor, Provost, which document routine administrative matters and special programs, professional meetings, exhibition
planning, and research in Smithsonian Institution offices and museums. Also includes material on website development, space management, and Latino issues at the Institution.
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs Search this
27 cu. ft. (27 record storage boxes)
This accession consists primarily of the files of W. Donald Duckworth and Catherine J. Kerby as Special Assistants to the Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs to
coordinate the development and construction of the Museum Support Center (MSC). The records include correspondence, memoranda, plans, blueprints, bids, fiscal records, shop
drawings, meeting minutes and notes, publications, reports, and related materials. Most of the records seem to concern the construction of cabinets and storage pods at MSC.
Also included are materials concerning initial planning for MSC, congressional legislation concerning MSC, and the movement of National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) collections
to MSC. They also include files created by Paul N. Perrot.
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Museum Programs Search this
163.32 cu. ft. (160 record storage boxes) (2 document boxes) (1 12x17 box) (34 oversize folders)
1972-1986, with related records from 1879-1899 and 1965-1976
This record unit documents the work of the assistant secretary for Museum Programs. The office directed the operations of the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Office
of Exhibits Central, Office of the Registrar, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and the Institution's functions under
the National Museum Act of 1966 until its repeal in 1983. In addition, the office served as liaison with various regional, national, and international museum organizations.
Records document planning and equipping the Museum Support Center, the major facility constructed in suburban Maryland to care for the national collections, and occupied
in 1983; administration of the Arts and Industries Building; exhibitions at the Evans Gallery of the National Museum of Natural History; Institute of Museum Services; and
work with the American Association of Museums, International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Centre for Conservation in Rome, the International Center Committee
of the Advisory Committee for Historic Preservation, and the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The records of William N. Richards, Jr., as special assistant to the
assistant secretary for Museum Programs, 1972-1983, and as acting assistant secretary for Museum Programs, 1983-1985, are included, as are some records dealing with Paul Perrot's
work in the museum field prior to his tenure at the Smithsonian.
This collection also includes vintage photographs of the Arts and Industries Building, circa 1879-1899, when galleries were built.
In 1972 Paul N. Perrot became assistant secretary for Museum Programs, assuming the duties formerly discharged by the director general of Museums. For an administrative
history of the earlier office, see record unit 190. In 1983 Perrot was succeeded by William N. Richards, Jr., acting assistant secretary for Museum Programs. In 1986 the office
was merged into a new office, the assistant secretary for Museums, held by Thomas L. Freudenheim.
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary for Administration Search this
7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of the administrative records of John F. Jameson, created during his final years as Assistant Secretary for Administration, as well as material
from when he was Senior Advisor to the Secretary, 1990-1991. Consists of correspondence and memoranda pertaining to the Barney Studio House, General Post Office Building,
Administrative Service Center, National Air and Space Museum, National Capital Planning Commission, Substance Abuse Program, Smithsonian Membership Study, Scholars Residence,
National Museum of the American Indian, and Smithsonian Administrative Service Center. Materials also include information on budgetary matters, Freedom of Information Act,
museum and storage facilities, construction, personnel, advertising, and space rental.
National Museum of Natural History. Office of Facilities Operations Search this
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
This accession consists of photographs of the installation of cabinets at the Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center. The Museum Support Center officially opened
on May 16, 1983. Some individuals are identified.
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Museum Studies Search this
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of files of the visiting professional program; correspondence with professional and various experts in museum issues; memoranda; audience course
outlines; workshop evaluations; and records pertaining to registration methods, photographic methods for museum personnel, museum security, fire, safety and health programs
for museum and cultural properties, museum lighting, museum career workshop and museum collection storage.
Also includes records concerning International Museum Services Project, Office of Museum Programs (OMP), Latino Program of FY 1995/FY 1996, Friday Music Series, Ghana/Jamaica
Training Program, Asian American Presence at the Smithsonian, African Voices Project, Minorities in Museum Discussion, Collections Management Roundtable, Public Programming
Roundtable, OMP mission statement and the Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Program Committee; OMP's Resident Study Program; and applications for Awards for Museum Leadership.
In addition are flyers announcing film programs and community events; briefing materials for visiting fellows; activity reports; records relating to intern services, Central
American Training Partnership, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) Course Curriculum and Training Project, names, addresses and biographical information
of fellows, pertaining to museum training needs and museum careers, materials for teacher courses; and brochures and pamphlets.
This accession consists of the National Air and Space Museum website and mobile website as they existed on April 22, 2013. The website includes information about visiting
the museum's facilities, special events, exhibitions, collections, staff, donations, and membership as well as educational resources, histories of various aspects of the museum,
press releases, annual reports, and online exhibitions. The Washington, D.C. museum, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and
Storage Facility are all documented in this single website. The mobile website includes much of the same content, but its design is optimized for viewing on a mobile device.
Also included in this accession is the museum's blog, "AirSpace: Behind the Scenes at the National Air and Space Museum," which was crawled April 22, 2013. The blog provides
a place for staff to write about their behind the scenes work from their own points of view. The blog was opened in March 2009.
In addition, this accession includes the "How Things Fly" website, crawled in two pieces on April 30 and May 1, 2013. The website explains the basic principles that allow
aircraft and spacecraft to fly. It is a companion website to the physical exhibition of the same name.
This accession consists of the National Air and Space Museum website and mobile website as they existed in July and August 2011. The website, crawled July 29, 2011,
includes information about visiting the museum's facilities, special events, exhibitions, collections, staff, donations, and membership as well as educational resources, histories
of various aspects of the museum, press releases, online activities, and annual reports. The website also includes the online exhibitions, America by Air; Apollo
to the Moon; Business Wings; Explore the Universe; Exploring the Planets; Fifty Years of Human Space Flight; GPS: A New Constellation;
Looking at Earth; Milestones of Flight; Out of This World; Space Race; and Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age. The Washington,
D.C. museum, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility are all documented in this single website.
The mobile website, crawled August 9, 2011, includes much of the same content, but its design is optimized for viewing on a mobile device.
Also included in this accession is the museum's blog, "AirSpace: Behind the Scenes at the National Air and Space Museum," which was crawled August 8, 2011. The blog provides
a place for staff to write about their behind the scenes work from their own points of view. Materials are in electronic format.
This accession consists of records documenting the history of the aeronautical and space collections at the National Air and Space Museum, previously known as the National
Air Museum, including the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Topics include facilities, public outreach, publicity,
and special events. Materials include event programs, commendations, postcards, a press kit, brochures, and related materials as well as images of facilities, aircraft, artwork,
and a concept drawing.
1.58 cu. ft. (2 document boxes) (1 tall document box)
This accession consists of records documenting the history of the aeronautical and space collections at the Smithsonian Institution, from the United States National
Museum through the National Air Museum to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), including the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility and the Steven
F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Topics include facility design, exhibitions, publicity, and special events. Materials include photographs, concept drawings, informational brochures,
annual reports, design proposals, floor plans, scripts, event programs, pamphlets, clippings, press releases, press books, and related materials.