University of Michigan Museum of Art records, 1855-1972

University of Michigan. Museum of Art

Collection size: 1.0 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; donor files; inventories; and printed material relating to the Museum's collection and exhibitions.

REELS 566-567: Correspondence relating to the museum's collections, particularly to the Albert M. Todd Collection, the Henry C. Lewis Collection, photography acquisitions, Randolph Roger's sculpture, and WPA prints loaned to the museum; files on 96 donors; manuscripts and notes for a history of Michigan museums and collections; an inventory of works in the museum and of works in the College of Architecture; proceedings of the University of Michigan Regents relating to exhibitions; six exhibition catalogs, 1857-1906; and typed extracts from the Michigan Alumnus.

REEL 74: Photocopies of correspondence, 1948-1962, regarding the Museum's purchase and later repair of David Smith's sculpture "Tahstvant." Correspondence is between Jean Paul Slusser, director, and Marian Willard of the Willard Gallery regarding the purchase of the sculpture and drawing, and between Slusser and Smith regarding its repair from damage which occurred in 1960. Also included are a photograph of the sculpture, a shipping invoice, and damage, publication and exhibition reports.

Material on reel 74 donated 1970; material on reels 566-567 lent for microfilming 1973 all by the University of Michigan, Museum of Art.

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