The Resource Directors Correspondence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Directors Correspondence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Label
Directors Correspondence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1933-1977 (bulk 1934-1976)
Title
Directors Correspondence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Inclusive dates
1933-1977 (bulk 1934-1976)
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Contains the records of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 1933 until 1977 (bulk 1934-1976). The records are arranged alphabetically by folder title and include annual reports, correspondence, memos, minutes, reports and other materials related to the planning of events, programs and exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Of particular interest are the materials regarding the planning of exhibitions, the development of the Artmobile program and the Virginia Museum Theatre, and general planning regarding the future direction and growth of the Museum
  • The collection documents the terms of the first three Directors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Thomas C. Colt, Jr. (1933-1948); Leslie Cheek, Jr. (1948-1968) and James M. Brown (1968-1976). Also documented are the terms of the Associate Directors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts during World War II: Violet MacDougall Pollard and Beatrice von Keller and long-time associate director Muriel B. Christison
  • Of note in the collection is: the correspondence with members of the Board of Trustees; records of the construction of the original building in 1934 and subsequent additions; and correspondence with various artists, donors and art dealers. Notable correspondents include: Henry W. Anderson; Julien Binford; Alexander Calder; John Canaday; Walter Chrysler, Jr.; Elizabeth Nottingham Day; Horace Day; Jessie Ball duPont; Douglas Southall Freeman; Aldred Geiffert, Jr.; Paul L. Grigaut; Carlisle H. Humelsine; Jay W. Johns; Merrill C. Lee; Paul Mellon; Jo Mielziner; John Lee Pratt; Vincent Price; John D. Rockefeller, III; Aline Saarinen; Eero Saarinen; Edward D. Stone; Lewis L. Strauss; Alexander W. Weddell; E. Randolph Williams; Andrew Wyeth; and Richard Q. Yardley
  • In addition to the records documenting the operations of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, there are numerous records documenting other activities of the director and staff. Leslie Cheek, Jr. was involved in a number of activities including: member of the Fine Arts Advisory Committee for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels; member of the United States Fine Arts Commission of UNESCO; member of the Fine Arts Committee of the U.S. Air Force Academy; Professional Advisor to the Virginia War Memorial; and United States Coordinator for the international touring exhibition Design in Scandinavia. Violet MacDougall Pollard served as Chair of the Virginia Inter-Agency Committee on Recreation. Muriel B. Christison was active with the Virginia Arts Alliance. Records of these activities are found in this collection, including notes, correspondence, drawings and photographs
  • Accession 43987 has been interfiled with Accession 33863
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Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Directors Correspondence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi01059.xml
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
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Extent
81.85
Governing access note
Access to specific materials within this accession are restricted as follows: Architectural drawings and access system details (Code of Virginia 2.2-3705.2(2)); Closed meeting records of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees (Code of Virginia 2.2-3711(9)); Certain financial records that may jeopardize the security of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and its collections and records disclosing the identity of anonymous donors (by agency request). Access to the materials may be granted only with the written permission of the Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or with the written permission of the Archivist of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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001582652
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (91 boxes)

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