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Archive of the Museum of Primitive Art, 1949-1992 (inclusive), 1957-1975 (bulk).

Author: Museum of Primitive Art (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Database:WorldCat
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The Archive of the Museum of Primitive Art includes documents, correspondence, memoranda, photographs, and negatives from the offices of the Director, Registrar, Controller, and Curators, as well as materials from the Library and Public Relations departments. The documents relate to the exhibitions, administration, publications, acquisitions, and education programs of the Museum of Primitive Art, from its first
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Genre/Form: publications
Architectural drawings
Catalogs
Checklists
Correspondence
Ephemera
Manuscripts for publication
Photographs
Press releases
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Exhibitions
Named Person: Rene D'Harnoncourt; Robert John Goldwater; Douglas Newton; Nelson A Rockefeller
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Museum of Primitive Art (New York, N.Y.)
OCLC Number: 122427865
Description: ca. 145 linear feet.

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The Archive of the Museum of Primitive Art includes documents, correspondence, memoranda, photographs, and negatives from the offices of the Director, Registrar, Controller, and Curators, as well as materials from the Library and Public Relations departments. The documents relate to the exhibitions, administration, publications, acquisitions, and education programs of the Museum of Primitive Art, from its first exhibition in 1957 to its final presentation in 1974. During the period from 1975 to 1978 when the Museum of Primitive Art was closed to the public, the files from various MPA departments were brought together to form the Archive, in preparation for transfer to the Metropolitan. Materials concerning the transition of the MPA to the Metropolitan, along with the opening of the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan Museum in 1982, are included in the Archive. These materials include correspondence, memoranda, photographs, and architectural drawings and sketches.

Of particular importance to the Archive are the materials relating to the special exhibitions that were presented from Feb. 1957 through Dec. 1974, including correspondence, memoranda, and exhibitions catalogs. Among other items, the Archive holds approximately 1,200 black-and-white, 8-by-10-inch photographs of the actual special exhibition installations. Taken primarily by Charles Uht, the staff photographer, they are complemented by a less complete group of color 35 mm. slides by Uht and other photographers. Also included are sketches of installation designs by René d'Harnoncourt and Douglas Newton.

The Archive also contains collections of ephemera that encompass an extensive range of media, from newspaper clippings to the metal lettering from the facade of the building. Important components of the Archive are the scrapbooks of articles concerning the museum's opening, exhibitions, and public programs. Publicity releases are also included in the scrapbooks. The sixty-three publications produced by the staff of the Museum of Primitive Art and visiting scholars are also represented in the Archive.

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