Smart Museum records

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

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.