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A Finding Aid to the Richard Murray research material regarding Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1948-2004, bulk 1994-2001

Richard Murray research material regarding Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1948-2004, bulk 1994-2001

Murray, Richard, 1942-2006

Curator, Art historian, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 9.0 linear feet

Summary: The Richard Murray research material regarding Abbot Handerson Thayer measures 9.0 linear feet and dates from 1948 to 2004, with the bulk of the material dating from 1994 to 2001. Project files primarily document Murray's work on the 1999 exhibition "Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art" and subsequent Thayer book project. Also found are extensive research files on Abbott Handerson Thayer and his specific works of art as well as photographic materials depicting Thayer, his family, studio, house, and works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Murray (1942-2006) was a curator and art historian at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. who specialized in Abbott Thayer. Murray was researching to write a book about Thayer.

Provenance

The collection was donated in 2011 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum via George Gurney, curator.

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