Scope and Content Note
Most of the records consist of photocopies of Dean Walker's 1990-1997 outgoing correspondence, including memoranda. Arranged chronologically, these copies served as Walker's chronological files, with duplicate copies remaining in the curatorial office and filed by subject, object, or exhibition. There are also some folders of gallery descriptions, label text and research that pertain to galleries in Sections 5 through 7, which would be the second-floor galleries of the northern wings in which European art 1500-1850 is installed. Dating from the 1970s to 1990s, most of these files were created by David DuBon.
There is also a set of research materials that Walker compiled over several years (1970s -- 2000s), which were kept at home and transferred to the Museum after his death. A folder-level inventory for these materials is available in the Archives.
Earlier records created by the curatorial offices whose purview included pre-1700 European decorative arts remain in the record groups identified by the Museum's contemporaneous title of the department; namely Medieval Art Department Records and Decorative Arts Department Records. For related records, see Dutch Tiles Records.