Scope and Content Note

Beginning approximately in 1962, the earliest records are general files compiled by the archivists over a thirty-year period. Files pertain to topics concerning the Museum's operation, such as admission and membership, as well as archival issues, such as preservation and the temporary closing of the Museum's Archives. Reference reports of researchers visiting the Archives from 1986 to 1999 comprise the second record series. Chronological summaries measure in-house and outside researchers, and a second subseries pertains to individual scholars undertaking "intensive research" projects. The third and largest series pertains to the archives initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. During this four-year grant project, which began in the fall of 2000, project staff worked to enhance scholarly access to several historically significant manuscript collections and institutional records through an integrated program of processing, database development, digitization, and encoding for Internet distribution. Records are those produced by the Museum archivist, project manager, project archivist and assistant project archivist. The records document each stage, from planning and grant application to database development and processing plans.