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Preliminary Guide to the Dept. of Art and Art History Records, 1942 - 1985

Abstract

The formal study of art at Duke began with the establishment of the Dept. of Aesthetics, Art, and Music in 1942. The department was renamed the Dept. of Art in the 1959/1960 academic year, and later renamed the Dept. of Art and Art History in 1985/1986. The Department has two distinct units, one primarily devoted to the making of works of art, the other primarily devoted to the historical understanding and current interpretation of visual images and constructed space. Records include clippings, exhibit catalogs, reports, memoranda, and other records. Subjects include the B. N. Duke lectures, the James A. Thomas Memorial Room, and exhibits. Materials range in date from circa 1942 to 1985.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dept. of Art and Art History records 1942 - 1985
Creator
Duke University. Dept. of Art and Art History.
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet , 1000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Records include clippings, exhibit catalogs, reports, memoranda, and other records. Subjects include the B. N. Duke lectures, the James A. Thomas Memorial Room, and exhibits. Materials range in date from circa 1942 to 1985.

Administrative Information

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

General information
Box 1
Memoranda
Box 1
Clippings
Box 1
B. N. Duke lectures
Box 1
Thomas Room
Box 1
Annual Requisitions
Box 1
Gallery exhibitions, 1963-1964
Box 1
Exhibitions proposed
Box 1
Exhibit catalogs
Box 2

Historical Note

The formal study of art at Duke began with the establishment of the Dept. of Aesthetics, Art, and Music in 1942, with Prof. Katherine E. Gilbert as chair. The department was renamed the Dept. of Art in the 1959/1960 academic year, and later renamed the Dept. of Art and Art History in 1985/1986.

In 2005, the Dept. of Art and Art History provided the following description of its mission: "The Department of Art & Art History, as its name implies, has two distinct yet profoundly complementary units, one primarily devoted to the making of works of art, the other primarily devoted to the historical understanding and current interpretation of visual images and constructed space ... Since 1986, the Department broadened its perspective by introducing courses in theory, methodology, and criticism; by attracting faculty specialists in African and African Diaspora, East Asian, and Latin American art histories in addition to ... European and North American art, from ancient times to [the] contemporary world; and by interacting through interdisciplinary teaching, collaborative research and symposia with other departments and programs, such as African and African-American Studies, Economics, English, Women's Studies, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Center for French and Francophone Studies." [http://www.duke.edu/web/art/welcome.html]

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Artists Series records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Art Association records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dept. of Art and Art History Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Dept. of Art and Art History Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973-1995.

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed; cataloged from accession records.

Encoded by Jill Katte, May 2005

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.