Scope and Content Note
Approximately 14 linear feet of general files comprise the bulk of this record group. While the earliest files date back to the 1950s, most were generated during the 1990s. Individual artists and special exhibitions organized by the Musuem are the most frequent subjects. Attendance and fund raising reports, and materials pertaining to audience studies, proposed programs, committees and special events are also included, as well as a small group of files identified as "media." Almost as extensive are the "Photograph" files, which make a visual record of events from the 1960s to the 1990s. A significant number pertain to special events organized by the Museum and those held in the Museum but hosted by other organizations. Included in the former are exhibition openings and related lectures. Conventions of professional organizations, such as the American Association of Museums, and radio station dance parties are among the latter. There are also apprpoximately 2 linear feet of seemingly similar files, 1980s-1990s, identified as "visual materials." The remaining 8.5 linear feet of files are identified as "Clippings, Photos and Files." Most were generated during the 1980s and 1990s and like the "Photographs" files pertain in particular to special Museum exhibitions and events.
For documentation of the Museum's earlier public relations efforts, see the Public Relations Department Records. These include 64 scrapbooks containing clippings and other material generated from the 1920s to early 1970s. Other early documentation resides in the Fiske Kimball Records.