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Brooklyn Museum records, 1823-1963

Brooklyn Museum records, 1823-1963

Brooklyn Museum

Collection Information

Size: 25 reels of microfilm.

Summary: Included are extensive memoirs of William Henry Fox director of the museum for over 25 years; scattered records of the Brooklyn Institute, 1823-1873; catalogs for Brooklyn Museum exhibits (4 1/2 reels) and for exhibits held in various galleries and museums, primarily in N.Y. (14 reels); brief records of the Dept. of Painting and Sculpture primarily relating to Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington; records of the Dept. of Prints and Drawings, mainly regarding exhibitions, including correspondence, much of it with curator Una Johnson, correspondence with art dealers, files on artists, and statistics on exhibitions, 1936-1939; and records of the Registrar's office, 1933-1936, regarding the museum's involvement in the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, mainly the Graphic Arts Division.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Brooklyn Museum had its roots in the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, founded 1823. The Museum was formed in 1889.


Lent for microfilming 1964-1965 by Brooklyn Museum.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Brooklyn Museum.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels BR1- BR25 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Brooklyn Museum records, 1823-1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.