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Library Records of the Photograph and Slide Librarian

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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute:

A Guide to the Library Records of the Photograph and Slide Librarian, 1974-2003

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South St. Williamstown, MA 01267

March 31, 2009



Profile Description

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Dani Ryan August 29, 2007
Language: Finding aid written in English

Collection Summary

Repository:Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South St.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Creator: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
Creator: Wees, J. Dustin, 1944-
Creator: Kieffer, Elizabeth
Title: Library Records of the Photograph and Slide Librarian
Dates: 1974-2003
Quantity: 5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: This series contains the records of the Photograph and Slide Librarian at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, both from J. Dustin Wees, who held the position from the 1970s-2000 and from his successor, Elizabeth Kieffer.
Identification: CAI ARC 2007.39
Language: English

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in the order in which it was found. It is arranged roughly by subject. Some sections, such as the Wees correspondence files, the budgets, and the summer employment files, are arranged chronologically while other sections are seemingly unarranged.

Scope and Contents of the Records

This series contains the records of the Photograph and Slide Librarian at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute from 1974-2003. The bulk of this material is from J. Dustin Wees, who held the position from the 1970s through 2000, but some of it is from Elizabeth Kieffer. Kieffer served as slide cataloguer from 1984-2000, and as the Photograph and Slide Librarian from 2000 to 2003. There are several distinct sections within these records but the majority of the material relates to slide acquisitions and departmental business such as hiring and staff salaries. The first and by far the largest section is Wees's correspondence files. This correspondence primarily concerns the purchase, exchange, and conservation of slides but other subjects include requests for letters of recommendation from former employees, job applications, and purchase orders. Correspondence about slides includes letters from staff at other museums, libraries, and galleries. There are some letters in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian. Other sections include applications for summer employment, budget preparation files, files of statistics and drafts for the annual report, disbound binders of paid invoices, purchases and gifts, and lists of photographs of artwork from the Courtauld Institute. In addition to these groups of files, there are some unorganized files throughout the series that deal with various departmental and museum issues.


History of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.


Index Terms

Names:

Anderson, Bob
Kieffer, Elizabeth
Wees, J. Dustin, 1944-

Organizations:

Courtauld Institute of Art
Questor Systems
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williams College

Subjects:

Art museums
Art libraries
Art libraries -- Collection development
Art museums -- Employees

Places:

Williamstown (Mass.)

Document Types:

Business correspondence
Correspondence
Invoices
Job applications
Memorandums
Resumes

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is currently restricted.

Restrictions on Use

This material is currently restricted.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Some of this material was transferred to Storage A from the Office of the Photograph and Slide Librarian in January 2007. The remaining portion of the records were placed in Storage A sometime after 1981.

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Library Records of the Photograph and Slide Librarian, 1974-2003, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

This material was acquisitioned from Storage A in August 2007.

Processing Information

Dani Ryan, archives assistant, and Alex Grimley, archives intern, processed these records in August 2007. Staples were removed and materials were re-housed in acid free folders and boxes.


Related Material

Related or similar material can be found in the following series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Library Records of Michael Rinehart; Records of the Librarian, 1978-1996; Library Acquisitions Ledger, 1964-1998.


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