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Richard McLanathan papers, [ca. 1950-2000]

Richard McLanathan papers, [ca. 1950-2000]

McLanathan, Richard B. K., 1916-1998

Art historian, Author, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 37.4 linear ft.

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

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.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Richard McLanathan papers, [ca. 1950-2000]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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