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Curatorial Office Records of Beth Carver Wees

Curatorial Office Records of Beth Carver Wees 1977-2001

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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute:

A Guide to Curatorial Office Records of Beth Carver Wees, 1977-2001

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South St. Williamstown, MA 01267

July 17, 2009



Profile Description

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Lacy Schutz June 26, 2009
Language: Finding aid written inEnglish.

Collection Summary

Repository:Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South St.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Creator:Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Title:Curatorial Office Records of Beth Carver Wees
Dates: 1977-2001
Quantity:2.75 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: These are the records of Beth Carver Wees, documenting her tenure on the curatorial staff beginning in 1977 and as the Curator of Decorative Arts from 1986 to 2001.
Identification:CAI ARC 2009.06
Language: English

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in roughly alphabetical order.

Scope and Contents of the Records

These records are Beth Carver Wees's working files. Wees first began working on the curatorial staff in 1977 and served as Curator of Decorative Arts from 1986 until 2001, when she left the Clark to be come the Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her files include records relating to items under consideration for purchase by the Clark; gifts; her work on the catalog, English, Irish and Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, published in 1997; and other matters pertaining to the Clark's decorative arts collection.


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.


Index Terms

Names:

Burrows, Elizabeth H.
Burrows, Henry Morris
Chambers, Robert W.
Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956
Cluett, W. Scott
Lauzon, June
Magriel, Charles
Yarbrough, Raymond C.

Organizations:

French Porcelain Society (London, England)
Spink & Son

Subjects:

Silverwork
Art museum curators
Art museums
Decorative arts

Places:

Williamstown (Mass.)

Document Types:

Black-and-white photographs
Correspondence

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is currently restricted.

Restrictions on Use

This material is currently restricted.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

This collection was in the filing cabinets of the Senior Curator, where they'd been left at the end of Beth Carver Wees's tenure.

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Curatorial Office Records of Beth Carver Wees, 1977-2001, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

This material was transferred to the Archives in late 2008. It was believed to be part of Brian Allen's records, but was separated when identified as a separate run of files.

Processing Information

This material was placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Staples were not removed and photographs were not rehoused.


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