Richard McLanathan papers, [ca. 1950-2000]

McLanathan, Richard B. K., b. 1916 d. 1998
Art historian, Arts administrator, Author
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Collection size: 37.2 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Project, research, museum, and exhibition files; writings; photographs; and sound and video recordings compiled by McLanathan during his career as a curator, museum director, administrator and consultant.

Lecture notes; research material for articles, lectures and publications, including guidebooks on museums. Also included is a manuscript on Hugh Stix. Videos include "See the Americas"; a conversation between Carroll M. Williams and McLanathan made during the Summer of 1987 for a segment of tapings for the Society of Fellows of Harvard University; and a kinescope recording "State of the Arts," 1962. Personal materials relate to McLanathans travel on his Moscow trip, including menus, ticket stubs, hotel bills, and other ephemera and journals of McLanathans European travels in Greece and France.

Biographical/Historical Note: Curator, museum director; writer; b. 1916; d. 1997 McLanathan received a Ph.D from Harvard in 1951. Positions include Ass't Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1946-1948, and Secretary, 1949-1956; Director, Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1957-1962; Curator of the art exhibit of the American National Exhibition, Moscow, Russia, 1959; Director, New York State Council on the Arts, 1960-1964; Director, American Association for Museums, 1976-1978; author of numerous publications on art.

Donated 1994 by Richard McLanathan and in 2007 by Jane McLanathan via Elena D. Vandervoot. One video was received in 1995 from the Society of Fellows of Harvard University at Richard McLanathan's request.

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