A Guide to Records of the Director's Office, 1955-1977
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library 225 South Street Williamstown, MA, 01267 413-458-0532 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 31, 2009
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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Director's Office Records
General Physical Description:
31.25 linear feet (25 boxes)
This series contains the records of the Director's Office from 1955-1977. The series is primarily correspondence to and from the Director of the museum about a wide variety of the museum's concerns such as publicity, acquisitions, staff hiring, construction, and expansion of the museum.
CAI ARC 2007.01
Arrangement of the Records
The order and file names of the series were preserved from the original organization of the materials. The files are organized chronologically and alphabetically within the year. Some files belonging to this record group were found with other materials after the arrangement and numbering of the series. These items were inserted into the appropriate place in the series and numbered with the preceding folder's number and a,b,c, etc.
Scope and Contents of the Records
The Director's Office records 1955-1977 are comprised almost entirely of business correspondence between the Director of the museum and other people and institutions though other records, such as receipts and publications, are occasionally present. During this nascent phase of the museum the Director's Office handled almost all aspects of business and consequently these files reflect a wide spectrum of museum concerns including publicity, acquisitions, finances, staff hiring, construction, and expansion of the museum. Some files are devoted to individuals and institutions while others are labeled with subjects such as
Employment. The subject headings and content of the materials remains quite consistent throughout the years, even through the tenures of different Directors.
History of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.
Restrictions on Access
This material is currently restricted.
Restrictions on Use
This material is currently restricted.
This material was found among the institutional records housed in Storage A.
[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Records of the Director's Office, 1955-1977, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
This material was accessioned from Storage A.
The original order and file names of these records was maintained. The Director's Office records of Peter Guille and George Heard Hamilton were processed as one record group because the content and organization of the material is quite consistent from 1955-1975. Each series generally contains all of the records from one year, but occasionally a series contains several years worth of information. The series were maintained from the original organization of the material, with one series representing one box worth of material.
Related or similar material can be found in the following series in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Archives, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Policy Book / Administrative Manual, 1966; Director's Office Early Financial Records; Photographs Separated from the Records of the Director's Office; Curatorial Office Records of the Prints and Drawings Department; Records of John H. Brooks; Records and Papers of David Brooke; Director's Office Records of David Brooke, 1980-1994; Director's Office Records of Inquiries; Institutional Oral Histories; Historical Records from the Director's Vault, 1950-1994.