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Michael Bell papers, 1942-1989

Bell, Michael S., 1946-

Curator, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 4.6 Linear feet

Summary: Papers relating to Bell's involvement in American Association of Museum Registrars Committee and his research on Surrealism.
Included are correspondence with colleagues concerning grant proposals, plans for seminars, and the activities of the American Surrealist Initiative, and the American Association of Museum Registrars' Committee, 1977-1989; notes for the lecture "Collections Management", 1977; notes concerning the AAM Registrars' Committee, 1976-1980, and the Western Association of Art Museums Committee, 1977-1979; a consultancy report for the Joslyn Art Museum, 1977; a card file of artists' addresses; essays and surrealist artists' statements; exhibition files which include a video tape and audio cassette pertaining to exhibition "100 Vows of the Sun", 1985; exhibition catalogs, 1942-1988; clippings; miscellaneous printed material; and photographs of artists and works of art, 1977-1984.

Biographical/Historical Note

Curator, art administrator; San Francisco, California. Born 1946. Began work on contemporary Surrealists in 1975 under George Neubert at the Oakland Museum, later at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Donated 1982-1988 by Bell. He collected materials on Surrealism privately under the title "American Surrealist Initiative."

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How to Cite This Collection

Michael Bell papers, 1942-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.