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Smart Museum records
Unprocessed. Undetermined number linear feet of material consisting of records of the David and Alfred Smart Museum, including such matters as exhibition planning, development, installation, publicity, catalog publication, and administrative and registration matters. Also included are the files for the Public Relations Office focusing on public outreach and educational programs (including the Docent for a Day program) as well as museum newsletters, the files of one-time director John Carswell and curator Richard Born, and budget and correspondence files. A portion of the collection is restricted.
Biographical Historical Note
The David and Alfred Smart Gallery was founded in October 22, 1974, in a modernist building designed by Chicago-born architect Edward Larrabee Barnes on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus. Since its founding, the museum has been guided by an educational mission focused on teaching and research, and by a commitment to making the arts accessible to the university community and wider public through its collection and special exhibitions.