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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 62

Records of the Discerning Eye exhibition and symposia, 1970-1974


Correspondence, catalogs, financial records, publicity, etc., for The Discerning Eye exhibition and symposium, an exhibit of works collected by Radcliffe College alumnae.


  • 1970-1974

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


1.67 linear feet (3 file boxes, 2 half file boxes)
The collection consists of correspondence and forms describing the artwork exhibited, catalogues, expenses, publicity and speeches, reports and papers relating to the symposia.


"The Discerning Eye," an exhibition of art treasures held at the Fogg Art Museum, October 9-November 24, 1974, was made up of works collected by Radcliffe alumnae, "demonstrating their understanding and support of the visual arts." The occasion was the brain-child of Anne Blake Smith '40 who in 1970 approached Mrs. Lyman about the possibility of such an event. The art consisted of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, illuminated manuscripts and decorative arts: furniture, porcelain, glass, silver and jewelry, and ranged from 1991 B.C. to the present. In connection with the exhibit, six symposia were held at the Fogg at weekly intervals, October 11-November 15. The underlying theme of the meetings were: Why have art? For whom is it significant?

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R80-24, R80-64, R84-9, R86-26

These papers were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Susan Storey Lyman '49 ex-Chairman of the Radcliffe Board of Trustees, July 3, 1980 and by Louise Donovan, October 1980.


  1. Box 1: 1-11
  2. Box 2: 12-21
  3. Box 3: 22-33
  4. Box 4: 34-40
  5. Box 5: 41-46

Processing Information

Processed: October, 1980

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
Link to catalog
Discerning Eye--Radcliffe Collectors' Exhibition (1974: Fogg Art Museum). Records of the Discerning Eye exhibition and symposia, 1970-1974: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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