American Folk Art Museum Archives

Exhibition Files, 1962-1985 Edit




  • 1962 – 1985 (Creation)


  • 33.50 cubic feet (Whole)
    (67 standard document cases)

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  • Abstract

    The collection contains exhibition files from the years 1962-1985. Material includes correspondence, installation and object photography, printed matter, and other items related to the planning, installation, and travel of an exhibition.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research. Access to sensitive materials may be restricted at the discretion of the American Folk Art Museum.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The Exhibition Files are owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship.

  • Preferred Citation

    [item description] from [exhibition title], [date], American Folk Art Museum Exhibition Files, [box and folder number], American Folk Art Museum Archives, New York

  • Historical Note

    Since 1961, the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. As a center of scholarship and by showcasing the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training, the museum considers the historical, social, and artistic context of American culture. Its collection includes more than seven thousand artworks dating from the eighteenth century to the present, from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of mediums.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection contains exhibition files from the museum's early exhibitions, from 1962 through early 1985. This first grouping was arranged as a set, with material from multiple offices arranged in one chronological order. As the staff of the museum was significantly smaller at this time, it is likely that the files were arranged in this way for simplicity as well as to prevent duplication in multiple offices. It is also likely that it was arranged by professional secretaries, because all of the file headings were consistent. After this set of files, the exhibition material tends to be divided by office (generally director's, curatorial, and registration). With the advent of computers, files continued to spread across offices and media. It is possible that this set of files was arranged and stored away during the 1984 move to the 55th Street carriage house.

    The files contains mostly correspondence; loan forms; object, installation, and event photography; printed matter; publicity; and material related to catalog publication. The files are arranged first with a general file, which often includes printed matter, a checklist, curatorial contracts, and other assorted one-offs. Following the general file for each exhibition, there are topical files arranged alphabetically.

  • Arrangement

    Material is arranged chronologically by exhibition date. Files within each exhibition are arranged with a general exhibition file first, followed by all other files alphabetically.

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