Institute of Contemporary Art records, 1936-1971

Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)
Art gallery

Collection size: Loan: 42 microfilm reels
Gift: 0.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: REELS 205-245: Correspondence about exhibitions held and also those not held; minutes; catalogs; bulletins; press releases; clippings; photographs; and miscellaneous printed material.

REEL 1082: Minutes of the corporation, executive committee and board of trustees meetings; treasurers' reports and project reports; agreements, contracts, and proposals; miscellaneous financial papers, including bank statements, receipts, budget proposals, and a promissory note; correspondence; a speech by President Nathaniel Saltonstall; a statement "Modern Art and the American Public," and "A Statement on Modern Art"; notices of meetings, agenda, memorandums, and projected exhibition schedules.

UNMICROFILMED: Catalogs; announcements; and other exhibition material; publications; three photographs; and 15 posters.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art foundation and organization; Boston, Mass. Originally known as the Institute of Modern Art until 1948. Changed its name and became more active in industrial design.

Records on microfilm were lent, and unmicrofilmed material donated between 1971 and 1976 by the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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