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Preliminary Guide to the Duke University Museum of Art Records, 1962 - 2002

Abstract

The Duke University Museum of Art opened to the public in 1969, in a renovated science building on the University's East Campus. In 1998, Duke alumnus Raymond D. Nasher donated funds to support construction of a new art museum at Duke University, the Nasher Museum of Art, set to open in 2005. Collection includes correspondence, administrative files, financial records, exhibit catalogs and publicity material, fund-raising files, clippings, photographs, and related records. Major subjects include the opening of the Museum of Art, the Brummer Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Art, and exhibits. Materials range in date from 1962 to 2002.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Duke University Museum of Art records, 1962 - 2002
Creator
Duke University. Museum of Art.
Extent
17.5 Linear Feet , approx. 14,000 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

Collection includes correspondence, administrative files, financial records, exhibit catalogs and publicity material, fund-raising files, clippings, photographs, and related records. Major subjects include the opening of the Museum of Art, the Brummer Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Art, and exhibits. Materials range in date from 1962 to 2002.

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

Exhibits, 1969-1970
Box 1
Exhibits and potential exhibits, 1967-1978
Box 2
Loan records, 1967-1974
Box 2
Financial records, budgets, insurance records, correspondence, circa 1964-1974
Box 2
Correspondence, page proofs, layouts, and photos for exhibit catalogs, circa 1970-1972
Box 3
Outside services
Box 4
Programs
Box 4
Museum opening
Box 4
Publicity
Box 4
Publications
Box 4
Donations
Box 4
Photographs
Box 4
Formation of graduate art program
Box 5
Museum priorities
Box 5
Correspondence
Box 5
Planning and policy
Box 5
Brummer materials
Box 5
Photographs of exhibits, exhibit catalogs
Box 5
Budgets and financial records
Box 6
Development files, circa 1966-1982
Box 7
Development files, circa 1966-1982
Box 8
Benenson award files
Box 8
Financial records, 1977-1979
Box 8
Exhibit catalogs, clippings, and other exhibit-related materials, circa 1963-1982

Exhibit catalogs include Ibram Lassaw, 1963; A Catalogue of Drawings and Prints by William Heckscher, 1967; Richard A. Miller, 1967; From Slave to Siren, 1971; DeGrazia of Arizona, 1972; The American Comic Strip, 1982; and others.

Box 9
Histories and general information, 1967-1984 and undated
Box 10
Events and publicity, 1967-1992
Box 10
Building and maintenance, 1967-1969
Box 10
Photographs, 1962-1965 and undated
Unprocessed clippings, exhibit catalogs, and publicity materials 1969-1970
General office files related to exhibitions, circa 1987-1994 (research materials, clippings, correspondence, purchase orders, publications and other) (20 folders)
Box 12
R. Crumb exhibit general files, circa 1990-2002 (5 folders, 2 audiocassette tapes)
Box 12
Interrogating Identity symposium and exhibition general files, circa 1992-1993 (3 folders)
Box 12
Jackson Pollock exhibition general office files, circa 1992-1994 (10 folders)
Box 12
General office files related to exhibitions, circa 1992-1994 (7 folders
Box 13
Soho at Duke IV, In Search of Self, general files, circa 1993 (6 folders)
Box 13
Homer exhibition, general files, circa 1993-1995 (9 folders)
Box 13
Soho at Duke V, general files, circa 1993-1994 (2 folders)
Box 13
Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period, general files, circa 1993-1995 (12 folders)
Box 13
Italian and Dutch paintings from the collection of Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, general files and slides, circa 1994 (3 folders)
Box 14
General files, including slides, related to exhibitions, circa 1993-1997 (13 folders)
Box 14
A Generation of Antiquities: The Duke Classical Collection, 1964-1994, general files, circa 1994-1995 (2 folders)
Box 14
Baltimore Portraits: Photography by Amos Badertscher, general files, including slides and photographs, circa 1995-1999 (5 folders)
Box 14
House and Home: Spirits of the South, general files and slides, circa 1993-1995 (3 folders)
Box 14
Jerusalem and the Holy Land Rediscovered, general files, circa 1994-1996 (5 folders)
Box 14
General office files related to exhibitions, circa 1996-1998 (7 folders)
Box 15
General files related to an exhibit on Venezuela, circa 1992-1997 (42 folders)
Box 15
Duke University Museum of Art bound publications
Box 16
Information on exhibits proposed and presented and general information. Includes promotional as well as administrative materials.
Box 17
Exhibition Schedule Folders, 1998-1999
Box 17
Chron - Jill Meredith, 1992-1993
Box 17
Jill Meredith, January-June, 1992
Box 17
July-December 1992
Box 17
Jill Meredith, January-June 1993
Box 17
Jill Meredith, July-December 1993
Box 17
Untitled, flyers for The Art Museums of Louis I. Kahn
Box 17
Kahn Photos
Box 17
Kahn Photos
Box 17
Kahn
Box 17
3rd Annual Brummer Society Dinner
Box 17
Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period
Box 17
Religion & Art pamphlet by Richard Bernheimer
Box 17
Beyond Mere Likeness: Portraits from Africa and the African Diaspora
Box 17
Arthur B. Davies
Box 17
Contemporary Latin American Art
Box 17
Weavers of the Andes, Keeper of Tradition
Box 17
Reflections of Medicine, The Graphic Art
Box 17
Russian Conceptual Art, newspaper clippings and press releases
Box 17
General Newspaper Clippings
Box 17
Miscellaneous Invitations and Brochures
Box 17
Information on exhibits proposed and presented and general information. Includes promotional as well as administrative materials.
Box 18
R.B. Kitaj September-December, 2001
Box 18
Exhibition Planning (Kitaj)
Box 18
Academic Eye: Price
Box 18
March 29, 2001-May 27, 2001, Academic Eye Reynolds Price Collection
Box 18
Correspondnce, Reynolds Price Collection Academic Eye, 2001
Box 18
Background/Research (Reynolds Price Collection Academic Eye)
Box 18
Catalogue (Reynolds Price Collection Academic Eye)
Box 18
Publications (Reynolds Price Collection Academic Eye)
Box 18
Publications (Reynolds Price Collection Academic Eye)
Box 18
Budget (Reynolds Price Collection Academic Eye)
Box 18
January 26, 2001-March 18, 2001, Mary Lou Williams: In Her Own Right
Box 18
Mary Lou Williams: In Her Own Right, Correspondence
Box 18
Exhibit File: Mary Lou Williams, Research/Background
Box 18
Mary Lou Williams, Budgeting
Box 18
Publications, Mary Lou Williams: In Her Own Right
Box 18
Checklist, Mary Lou Williams: In Her Own Right
Box 18
Mary Lou Williams: In Her Own Right January-March 2001
Box 18
Exhibition Planning (with photos), Mary Lou Williams exhibit
Box 18
Correspondence, Mary Lou Williams exhibit
Box 18
Checklist, Mary Lou Williams exhibit
Box 18
Installations, Mary Lou Williams exhibit
Box 18
Publicity and Opening, Mary Lou Williams exhibit
Box 18
To Conserve a Legacy, October 15-December 1, 2000
Box 18
Exhibition Planning, Legacy exhibit
Box 18
Budget and Expenses, Legacy exhibit
Box 18
Checklist, Legacy exhibit
Box 18
Installations, Legacy exhibit
Box 18
SAVy Selects: Rep./Other, April 6-May 14, 2000
Box 18
Checklists, SAVy Selects
Box 18
Installations, SAVy Selects
Box 18
Christian Haye Curates: Harlem Project, February 20-April 2, 2000
Box 18
Research/Background Information, Christian Haye Curates
Box 18
Planning, Christian Haye Curates
Box 18
Correspondence, Christian Haye Curates
Box 18
Pietrasanta/New York: Caio Fonseca, October 6-December 5, 2000
Box 18
Research/Background Information, Pietrasanta (includes a booklet of color photographs)
Box 18
Ilya Kabakov: The Boat of My Life, June 26-October 17, 1999
Box 18
Research/Background Information, Kabakov
Box 18
Planning, Kabakov
Box 18
Beyond Brancusi: John Safer, September 29-November 7, 1999
Box 18
Checklist, Beyond Brancusi
Box 18
Research/Background Information, Beyond Brancusi
Box 18
About Face: Works on Paper
Box 18
Installation, About Face
Box 18
Labels, About Face
Box 18
Research/Background Information, About Face
Box 18
Planning, About Face
Box 18
Checklist, About Face
Box 18
Critic's Choice: Julia Morton, April 13-May 28, 2000
Box 18
Checklist, Julia Morton
Box 18
Correspondence, Julia Morton
Box 18
Student Curated Exhibit XII, April-June 2001
Box 18
List of Student Exhibits
Box 18
Budget and Expenses, Student Curated Exhibit XII
Box 18
Exhibition Planning, Student Curated Exhibit XII
Box 18
Publicity and Opening, Student Curated Exhibit XII
Box 18
Installations, Student Curated Exhibit XII
Box 18
Correspondence, Student Curated Exhibit XII
Box 18
October-December 2001, Academic Eye II: Ariel Dorfman
Box 18
Correspondences, Ariel Dorfman
Box 18
Publications, Ariel Dorfman
Box 18
Catalogue, Ariel Dorfman
Box 18
Budget, Ariel Dorfman
Box 18
April 16-June 10, 2001, Student Curators XII: Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
Correspondences, Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
Exhibit File Student-Curated Show Background/Research, Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
Budget [2], Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
Publications, Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
DUMA SAVY PROGRAM SAVY SHOW - 2001 Publications
Box 18
Exhibit File Student-Curated Show Checklist, Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
Checklist, Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
Research, Contemporary Issues in Asian Art
Box 18
August 16-October 28, 2001, Rodolfo Abularach: Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
Budget/Expenses, Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
Presentation/Catalogue, Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
Correspondences, Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
Publications, Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
Registrar Information, Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
Research/Background, Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
Photographs/Slides, Apocalyptic Landscapes
Box 18
November 8-December 21, 2001, Giorgio de Chirico: Legacy and Connoisseurship--A Student Curated Exhibit
Box 18
Exhibition File: "de Chirico--Tempest"
Box 18
January 24-March 24, 2002, Dancing Ink: Calligraphy of Wang Fangyu
Box 18
Exhibition File: Dancing Ink: Calligraphy of Wang Fangyu
Box 18
August 23-October 27, 2002, Missing: Documenting the Spontaneous Memorials of 9/11
Box 18
September 11 Municipal Arts Society
Box 18
November 14, 2002-February 2, 2003, Pedro Figari (1861-1938): Lines of Uruguayan Life, A Student Curated Exhibit
Box 18
Correspondences, Pedro Figari exhibit
Box 18
Checklist, Pedro Figari exhibit
Box 18
Research/Background, Pedro Figari exhibit
Box 18
Figari's Catalogue
Box 18
Figari's Translations
Box 18
Information on exhibits proposed and presented and general information. Includes promotional as well as administrative materials.
Box 19
Acquitions
Box 19
Hugo Robus
Box 19
Medieval Manuscript
Box 19
Louis K. Meisel
Box 19
Tulie Speight
Box 19
Goncharov
Box 19
Robert Capen
Box 19
Brummer Exhibition Loan Objects
Box 19
Exhibitions 1996-1997
Box 19
Correspondence 1993-1994, Director's Office
Box 19
Woman Artists MNWA Show, Exhibition Labels
Box 19
NMWA Photographs
Box 19
Exhibit: Royal Palace
Box 19
Ellen Biddle Shipman Exhibition
Box 19
Andrei Erofeer (Tsaritsino Museum Show)
Box 19
Saffer
Box 19
Monumental Propaganda Exhibition, 94/95
Box 19
Romare Bearden
Box 19
DUMA Student Curators, 1988-1999
Box 19
Gospel Concert Fall 1989, Future Exhibits
Box 19
Artificial Reality
Box 19
Exhibit File: Amazon Show
Box 19
Exhibition File: Socialist Realism
Box 19
1994 Frederick II exhibition/WAG
Box 19
Exhibitions 97-98
Box 19
Nabatoff
Box 19
VRA Bulletin, Winter 2005, volume 31, number 2
Box 19
DUMA Magazine [7]
Box 19
William S. Heckschaw, and Director of the DUMA
Box 19
Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama: XIII-XIV
Box 19
Guests
Box 19

Historical Note

The Duke University Museum of Art opened to the public in 1969, in a renovated science building on the University's East Campus. Planning for the Museum of Art began when the University acquired the Brummer Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Art in 1966. Other significant holdings included the George Harley Memorial Collection of African Art and a significant pre-Columbian collection, as well as Classical, American, and Russian art. As of 2004, the museum housed a collection of about 13,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary art, and it regularly organized and featured a number of national traveling exhibitions.

The Museum's directors have been: Robert Moeller (1969-1970), William Heckscher (1970-1974), William Stars (1974-1982), John Spencer (1982-1986), Michael Mezzatesta (1987-2003), and Kimerly Rorschach (2004- ).

In 1998, Duke alumnus Raymond D. Nasher ('43) donated funds to support construction of a new art museum at Duke University. Construction began in 2000 on the Nasher Museum of Art, located between Duke's East and West campuses, and it was set to open in October 2005. Designed by Rafael Violy, the 65,000 square-foot facility was planned to become a cornerstone for cultural activities on campus, serving as a venue for performing arts events, lectures, film series and social gatherings.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Museum of Art Reference Collection. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Art Association Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Duke University Museum of Art Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer between 1970-2010.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed: may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Encoded by Jill Katte, June 2005; updated by Kimberly Sims, Oct. 2010; updated by Maureen McCormick, Feb. 2013.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.