Exhibition records of the Contemporary Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975

Finch College. Museum of Art, est. 1967 - 1975
Museum, School
New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 20.5 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The exhibition records of the Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art measure 20.5 linear feet and date from 1943 to 1975, with the bulk of records dating from the period its galleries were in operation, from 1964 to 1975. Over two-thirds of the collection consists of exhibition files, which contain a wide range of documentation including artist files, checklists, correspondence, writings, photographs, interviews, numerous films and videos, artist statements, printed materials, and other records. Also found within the collection are administrative records of the museum, artist files, and papers of the Contemporary Wing's director and curator, Elayne Varian, which were produced outside of her work at Finch College.

Biographical/Historical Note: Finch College was founded in 1900 as a private, women's college in New York City. It operated with its affiliated Museum of Art until 1975, when increased costs and a lack of an endowment forced the entire institution to close permanently.

The Archives of American Art acquired these records after the Finch College Museum of Art closed permanently in June 1975.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Funding for the preservation and transfer of the motion picture film provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee,and for the remaining sound and video recordings from the Smithsonian's Collection Care Pool Fund.

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Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with curator Elayne Varian conducted by Paul Cummings, May 2, 1975.