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Ralph T. Coe papers, 1928-2010, bulk 1950s-2010

Coe, Ralph T., 1929-2010

Curator, Collector, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 12.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of curator, collector and scholar Ralph T. Coe measure 12.5 linear feet and date from 1928-2010. Included are biographical information, correspondence, subject files, exhibition files, writings, photographs, printed material, and audio visual material relating to the work of curator and art collector Ralph T. Coe and his work with Native American art.
Biographical material, correspondence, subject files, exhibition files, scholarly writings by Coe, photographs, slides and transparencies, and printed material mostly relate to Native American art and culture and are found throughout the collection. Audio visual material (approximately 1.0 linear foot) consists of 9 VHS cassettes, 2 DVDs, and 25 audio cassettes, 1 CD, and 1 zip disc containing music, documentaries, artist performances, meeting recordings, and lectures. Some of the audio visual material relates to art and Native Americans but other material is personal in nature.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ralph T. Coe (1929-2010) was a curator, collector, and scholar in Santa Fe, N.M.


Donated 2013 by the Ralph T. Coe Estate via Elinor Paterson Roberts, trust officer.

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How to Cite This Collection

Ralph T. Coe papers, 1928-2010, bulk 1950s-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.