Public Information scrapbooks, 1929-1975

Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)Dept. of Public Information

Collection size: 44 microfilm reels.

Collection Summary: 212 scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings concerning the Museum of Modern Art from its opening in 1929 through the mid 1970's. Included are accounts of exhibitions shown at the museum and circulated elsewhere; museum programs; personnel; policies; department changes; building renovations and expansions; parties and benefits; fund-raising campaigns; anniversaries; lectures; concerts; symposia; film series; visits by dignitaries; trustee appointments; and reviews of staff publications.

Biographical/Historical Note: The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Public Information was formerly the Publicity Department.

The scrapbooks were compiled by the Museum's Publicity Department, later the Department of Public Information. Portions of the scrapbooks were placed on microfiche in 1973. The volumes were remicrofilmed in 1994-1995 under a grant from NEH. The Museum of Modern Art lent the microfilm of the scrapbooks to the Archives of American Art for duplication in 1996.

How to Use this Collection

  • Microfilm reels 5055-5098 available for use only at the Archives of American Art's New York Regional Center and through interlibrary loan, and by appointment at the Museum of Modern Art Archives.
  • The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
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