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Curatorial Office Records of the Prints and Drawings Department

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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute:

A Guide to the Curatorial Office Records of the Prints and Drawings Department, 1952-1996

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA, 01267
413-458-0532
library@clarkart.edu

March 31, 2009



Profile Description

Creation: Finding aid Inventory prepared by Dani Ryan
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Repository: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
Creator:Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Title: Curatorial Office Records of the Prints and Drawings Department
Dates: 1952-1996 (inclusive) 1958-1994 (bulk)
General Physical Description: 6.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract:This series contains records of the Prints and Drawings Department at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute primarily from the former curators William Collins, William Ittman, and Rafael Fernandez.
Identification: CAI ARC 2007.44
Language: English

Arrangement of the Records

The arrangement of this collection is roughly chronological.

Scope and Contents of the Records

This series contains records of the Prints and Drawings Collection from 1952-1996. These records were primarily created by William Collins, curator from 1958-1960; William Ittman, curator from 1967-1971; and Rafael Fernandez, curator from 1975-1994. In the periods between the tenures of these curators the museum director and/or curators and staff from other departments handled prints and drawings business. Consequently, the series also contains files from the former directors Peter Guille, George Heard Hamilton, and David Brooke, and from curatorial assistants including Tom Fels and Kristen Collins. There is also a group of files from Egbert Haverkamp Begemann, professor of art history at Yale University, related to his 1964 publication of Drawings from the Clark Art Institute.

In general the files consist of correspondence about prints and drawings acquisitions, loans, and reproductions, research for catalogues and exhibits, inventories of the collection, bills, student papers, and departmental reports.

The Collins material contains some early insurance information for the collection; meeting minutes, a constitution, and other records of a 1959 graphic arts discussion group for Williams students headed by Collins; carbon copies of invoices from 1911-1939 for works deaccessioned from the collection; and monthly reports to the museum Director from 1958-1960.

The Peter Guille files, from the seven year period between Collins and Ittman, include correspondence with Yale students Standish D. Lawder, Charles Talbot, and Professor Egbert Haverkamp Begemann, all of whom worked on the writing and publication of Drawings from the Clark Art Institute .

The Ittman files are arranged alphabetically and contain public attendance records for the museum from 1968-1972 in addition to routine correspondence and reports to the Director from 1967-1971.

The Fernandez material spans the longest time period, 1975-1994, and contains several unique items such as reports on trustees, departmental desiderata, a tribute to George Heard Hamilton, and a file on curatorial policy. The Fernandez material also contains exhibit label text, a paper written by Fernandez; binders containing memos, correspondence and collection research; files from curatorial assistant Tom Fels planning a symposium in honor of Fernandez; departmental correspondence from curatorial assistant Kristen M. Collins; and an obituary for Fernandez.


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

Restrictions on Access

This material is currently restricted.

Restrictions on Use

This material is currently restricted.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

The majority of these records were housed in the Print Room vault and the office of the Curator of Prints and Drawings until October 2007. Some of the Ittman files were placed in Storage A sometime after 1976.

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Curatorial Office Records of the Prints and Drawings Department, 1952-1996, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

The majority of these records were accessioned from the Print Room vault and the office of the Curator of Prints and Drawings in October 2007. Some of the Ittman files were accessioned from Storage A in August 2007. One file of Collins material, on Bill Benedict's Graphic Arts Discussion Group, was removed from the Sales Desk Records CAI ARC 2007.42.

Processing Information

The archives team processed these records in October 2007. Staples were removed, items were placed in acid-free folders and boxes, and the files were arranged chronologically.


Related Material

Related or similar material can be found in the following series in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Curatorial Office Records of Jennifer Lovett; Curatorial Office Records of Lisa A. Jolin; Curatorial Office Records of Stephen Kern; Curatorial Office Records of the American Paintings Catalogue; Curatorial Office Records of Charles Cunningham; Curatorial Photographic Services Orders; Records and Papers of David Brooke; Records of the Director's Office, 1955-1977; Records of Curator of Paintings; Knoedler Photographs and Negatives from William Collins; Curatorial Records of Exhibition Planning; Director's Office Records of David Brooke, 1980-1994; Curatorial Office Records of Thomas Weston Fels, 1994-1996; Exhibition Records, 1994-Present.


Separated Material

Some of the material found in Storage A with the Ittman files was moved to the Records of the Curator of Paintings CAI ARC 2007.23. An inventory notebook belonging to Sterling Clark was moved to the RSC personal series CAI ARC 2006.01.03.


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