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COLLECTION Identifier: HC 6

Exhibition Records of Harvard Art Museums, 1905-2008

These records were created by museum staff in the course of planning and installing exhibitions. They pertain primarily to exhibitions held in the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, but they also include materials related to traveling or off-site exhibitions. The records date from 1905-2008 and include correspondence on a wide range of topics, exhibition proposals, photographic prints and negatives, object lists, loan forms, press releases, clippings, invitations, posters, printed labels and wall text, memoranda, exhibition catalogues, and drafts of catalogue essays.

Dates

  • 1905-2008

Conditions on Access

Access to most of the records is unrestricted. Access to files containing materials deemed confidential, including recent institutional correspondence, is restricted.

Copyright: The President and Fellows of Harvard College hold any copyright in the Archives' Exhibition Records. Copyright in some papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Harvard Art Museums Archives before publishing any material in the collection.

Conditions on Use:

Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Harvard Art Museums Archives' usual procedures.

Extent

73 linear feet (172 file boxes, oversize materials)

These records were created by museum staff in the course of planning and installing exhibitions and subsequently collected by the Archives. They pertain primarily to exhibitions held in the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, but they also include materials related to traveling or off-site exhibitions. The records range in date from 1905 to 2008 and include correspondence on a wide range of topics, exhibition proposals, photographic prints and negatives, object lists, loan forms, press releases, clippings, invitations, posters, labels and wall text, memoranda, exhibition catalogues and drafts of catalogue essays. The records include materials created by students enrolled in the course "Museum Work and Museum Problems,"who organized exhibitions as part of their studies. Some correspondence with artists, related to their works on exhibition, is included.

The folders have been re-housed into archival folders and boxes. Folders and their contents have been kept in their original order, and overstuffed folders have been divided among several folders for the sake of preservation and numbered to indicate that they represent a part of a larger whole (for example: "folder 1 of 2"). The original folder titles have been retained; any added information has been enclosed in square brackets by the processing archivist. The folders are filed alphabetically by title and in most instances the papers within each folder are filed in either chronological or reverse chronological order.

Acidic documents have been isolated with archival paper and in some cases enclosed in mylar. Fragile materials have been enclosed in mylar. Oversize materials have been filed in oversize storage; separation sheets indicate their removal. These oversize materials may be consulted upon request, and their location is indicated in the detailed container list that follows. Some of the collection suffered water damage in a flood of the archives in 1998; as a result, many of the papers are wrinkled, some ink has run, and some are stuck together and in need of treatment by conservators.

It should be noted that the titles and dates of exhibitions, as provided in folder names, are not always complete or accurate. In many instances exhibitions were known by several different titles and there are discrepancies among various sources (correspondence, posters, catalogues and invitations) as to the correct title. The opening and closing dates of many exhibitions also differ from what is indicated by the folder titles. Often exhibitions were extended and lasted longer than originally planned. In some instances exhibitions occurred in several stages, with some or all of the objects on view being exchanged for other objects in the course of the exhibition.

Arrangement

The records are arranged alphabetically by keyword (not always the first word in the folder title), in one series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These records were created by museum staff in various departments and capacities as they planned and installed exhibitions. They were subsequently collected in the Archives.

Related Material:

There are additional exhibition records at the Harvard Art Museums, maintained by individual curatorial and administrative departments. There are also photographs of many of the exhibition installations in the Harvard Art Museums Archives' photograph collections.

Box and Folder Locations

  1. Box 1: Folders 1-28
  2. Box 2: Folders 29-47
  3. Box 3: Folders 48-66
  4. Box 4: Folders 67-88
  5. Box 5: Folders 89-113
  6. Box 6: Folders 114-132
  7. Box 7: Folders 133-165
  8. Box 8: Folders 166-182
  9. Box 9: Folders 183-207
  10. Box 10: Folders 208-223
  11. Box 11: Folders 224-243
  12. Box 12: Folders 244-269
  13. Box 13: Folders 270-286
  14. Box 14: Folders 287-312
  15. Box 15: Folders 313-333
  16. Box 16: Folders 334-362
  17. Box 17: Folders 363-375
  18. Box 18: Folders 376-399
  19. Box 19: Folders 400-416
  20. Box 20: Folders 417-433
  21. Box 21: Folders 434-452
  22. Box 22: Folders 453-465
  23. Box 23: Folders 466-483
  24. Box 24: Folders 484-499
  25. Box 25: Folders 500-517
  26. Box 26: Folders 518-536
  27. Box 27: Folders 537-549
  28. Box 28: Folders 550-563
  29. Box 29: Folders 564-575
  30. Box 30: Folders 576-588
  31. Box 31: Folders 589-603
  32. Box 32: Folders 604-624
  33. Box 33: Folders 625-645
  34. Box 34: Folders 646-664
  35. Box 35: Folders 665-688
  36. Box 36: Folders 689-708
  37. Box 37: Folders 709-736
  38. Box 38: Folders 737-752
  39. Box 39: Folders 753-776
  40. Box 40: Folders 777-797
  41. Box 41: Folders 798-812
  42. Box 42: Folders 813-827
  43. Box 43: Folders 828-843
  44. Box 44: Folders 844-857
  45. Box 45: Folders 858-876
  46. Box 46: Folders 877-899
  47. Box 47: Folders 900-914
  48. Box 48: Folders 915-937
  49. Box 49: Folders 938-958
  50. Box 50: Folders 959-981
  51. Box 51: Folders 982-993
  52. Box 52: Folders 994-1005
  53. Box 53: Folders 1006-1019
  54. Box 54: Folders 1020-1051
  55. Box 55: Folders 1052-1070
  56. Box 56: Folders 1071-1093
  57. Box 57: Folders 1094-1104
  58. Box 58: Folders 1105-1118
  59. Box 59: Folders 1119-1132
  60. Box 60: Folders 1133-1146
  61. Box 61: Folders 1147-1160
  62. Box 62: Folders 1161-1172
  63. Box 63: Folders 1173-1192
  64. Box 64: Folders 1193-1217
  65. Box 65: Folders 1218-1234
  66. Box 66: Folders 1235-1248
  67. Box 67: Folders 1249-1271
  68. Box 68: Folders 1272-1289
  69. Box 69: Folders 1290-1305
  70. Box 70: Folders 1306-1324
  71. Box 71: Folders 1325-1342
  72. Box 72: Folders 1343-1358
  73. Box 73: Folders 1359-1379
  74. Box 74: Folders 1380-1408
  75. Box 75: Folders 1409-1425
  76. Box 76: Folders 1426-1436
  77. Box 77: Folders 1437-1454
  78. Box 78: Folders 1455-1482
  79. Box 79: Folders 1483-1509
  80. Box 80: Folders 1510-1529
  81. Box 81: Folders 1530-1543
  82. Box 82: Folders 1544-1557
  83. Box 83: Folders 1558-1575
  84. Box 84: Folders 1576-1599
  85. Box 85: Folders 1600-1617
  86. Box 86: Folders 1618-1638
  87. Box 87: Folders 1639-1652
  88. Box 88: Folders 1653-1668
  89. Box 89: Folders 1669-1683
  90. Box 90: Folders 1684-1694
  91. Box 91: Folders 1695-1713
  92. Box 92: Folders 1714-1732
  93. Box 93: Folders 1733-1755
  94. Box 94: Folders 1756-1777
  95. Box 95: Folders 1778-1794
  96. Box 96: Folders 1795-1812
  97. Box 97: Folders 1813-1828
  98. Box 98: Folders 1829-1845
  99. Box 99: Folders 1846-1863
  100. Box 100: Folders 1864-1884
  101. Box 101: Folders 1885-1902
  102. Box 102: Folders 1903-1917
  103. Box 103: Folders 1918-1935
  104. Box 104: Folders 1936-1951
  105. Box 105: Folders 1952-1973
  106. Box 106: Folders 1974-1992
  107. Box 107: Folders 1993-2016
  108. Box 108: Folders 2017-2036
  109. Box 109: Folders 2037-2060
  110. Box 110: Folders 2061-2090
  111. Box 111: Folders 2091-2120
  112. Box 112: Folders 2121-2155
  113. Box 113: Folders 2156-2184
  114. Box 114: Folders 2185-2201
  115. Box 115: Folders 2202-2213
  116. Box 116: Folders 2214-2226
  117. Box 117: Folders 2227-2239
  118. Box 118: Folders 2240-2268
  119. Box 119: Folders 2269-2281
  120. Box 120: Folders 2282-2293
  121. Box 121: Folders 2294-2306
  122. Box 122: Folders 2307-2319
  123. Box 123: Folders 2320-2336
  124. Box 124: Folders 2337-2359
  125. Box 125: Folders 2360-2386
  126. Box 126: Folders 2387-2408
  127. Box 127: Folders 2409-2424
  128. Box 128: Folders 2425-2443
  129. Box 129: Folders 2444-2465
  130. Box 130: Folders 2466-2487
  131. Box 131: Folders 2488-2508
  132. Box 132: Folders 2509-2528
  133. Box 133: Folders 2529-2548
  134. Box 134: Folders 2549-2572
  135. Box 135: Folders 2573-2600
  136. Box 136: Folders 2601-2614
  137. Box 137: Folders 2615-2630
  138. Box 138: Folders 2631-2651
  139. Box 139: Folders 2652-2671
  140. Box 140: Folders 2672-2690
  141. Box 141: Folders 2691-2707
  142. Box 142: Folders 2708-2723
  143. Box 143: Folders 2724-2738
  144. Box 144: Folders 2739-2756
  145. Box 145: Folders 2757-2771
  146. Box 146: Folders 2772-2784
  147. Box 147: Folders 2785-2798
  148. Box 148: Folders 2799-2818
  149. Box 149: Folders 2819-2836
  150. Box 150: Folders 2837-2854
  151. Box 151: Folders 2855-2871
  152. Box 152: Folders 2872-2893
  153. Box 153: Folders 2894-2923
  154. Box 154: Folders 2924-2944
  155. Box 155: Folders 2945-2966
  156. Box 156: Folders 2967-2995
  157. Box 157: Folders 2996-3043
  158. Box 158: Folders 3044-3080
  159. Box 159: Folders 3081-3113
  160. Box 160: Folders 3114-3134
  161. Box 161: Folders 3135-3151
  162. Box 162: Folders 3152-3169
  163. Box 163: Folders 3170-3185
  164. Box 164: Folders 3186-3203
  165. Box 165: Folders 3204-3223
  166. Box 166: Folders 3224-3246
  167. Box 167: Folders 3247-3268
  168. Box 168: Folders 3269-3287
  169. Box 169: Folders 3288-3301
  170. Box 170: Folders 3302-3318
  171. Box 171: Folders 3319-3333
  172. Box 172: Folders 3334-3352
  173. Box 173: Oversize materials

Processing Information

The collection was processed from May to October 2009 by Laura Morris.
Link to catalog
Title
Exhibition Records (HC 6), 1905-2008: A Guide
Author
Harvard Art Museums Archives
Sponsor
These records were processed with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Getty Foundation
EAD ID
art00018

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Art Museums Archives Repository

The Harvard Art Museums Archives is the official repository for institutional records and historical documents in all formats relating to the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 1895 to the present. Its collections include signi´Čücant papers of individuals and groups associated with the museums' history, as well as correspondence with collectors, gallery owners, museum professionals, and notables throughout the twentieth century. Its holdings also document the formation of the museums' collections and its mission as a teaching institution.

Contact:
32 Quincy Street
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
617-495-2384