Smith, Paul J., b. 1931
Active in New York, N.Y.
Collection size: 0.6 linear feet
Collection Summary: Paul J. Smith papers consist of photographs and documentation compiled in preparation for interviews he conducted with craft artists Mark Lindquist, Susan Harnly Peterson, Alice Parrott, Jane Sauer, and John Mason for the Archives of American Art. Also included is information about Lloyd Herman who conducted an interview of Smith for the Archives of American Art. Additional papers include biographical information, as well as published writings and chronologies about craft institutions he was involved with (0.2 linear feet).
Biographical/Historical Note: Paul J. Smith (1931- ) is an art administrator and curator in New York, N.Y. He joined the American Craftsmen's Council staff in 1957 to develop educational traveling exhibitions and became involved with its museum, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, in 1960. In 1962, he was appointed assistant director of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, director in 1963, and director emeritus in 1987. (In 1979 the Museum of Contemporary Crafts changed its name to the American Craft Museum.)
Donated 2004-2012 by Paul J. Smith, as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
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