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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute:

A Guide to the Records of John H. Brooks, 1968-2007

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

March 31, 2009

Profile Description

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Lacy Schutz and Dani Ryan April 10, 2007
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

Repository:Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St. Williamstown, MA 01267
Creator:Brooks, John H.
Title: Records of John H. Brooks
Dates: 1968-2007
Quantity:5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: These are the papers of John H. Brooks, Associate Director of the Clark from 1968 - 1976.
Identification:CAI ARC 2007.02
Language: English

Arrangement of the Records

This collection is divided into three groups of records that were transferred to the archives at different times. The first group is divided by year and arranged alphabetically within each year. The second group is arranged by subject. The third group was arranged by John Brooks into categories of administration, editing, education, membership, public programs, registrar, miscellaneous, and summaries.

Scope and Contents of the Records of John H. Brooks, 1968-2001

This series includes three group of records created by John H. Brooks was employed by the museum beginning in 1968 as the assistant, and later associate, director. He retired in 2001 but continued as a part time consultant through 2007 running the docent summer school and Friends of the Clark travel programs.

The first group of records Brooks consists of carbon copies of John H. Brooks's outgoing business correspondence from 1968-1977. They are mostly short letters and there are rarely replies or earlier correspondence from the recipients. The content of this correspondence primarily deals with planning and organizing events at the Clark, confirming school group visits, confirming flight and hotel reservations for visiting lecturers, and arranging meetings between staff members.

The second group contains ten folders of inventories from the early 1970's of silver, prints, drawings, paintings, etc which were found in Storage A at a later date.

The final group of records contains 44 folders transferred to the archives by Brooks in April 2008. These records span 1968-2001 and concern a wide variety of departments in which Brooks worked. They include records of the education program, members' trips, public events at the Clark, departmental reports prepared by Brooks, and a variety of attendance records and statistics.

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


Brooks, John H.
Cunningham, Charles Crehore, 1910-1979
Hartmann, Fritz
Malmstrom, Ronald E.
Moss, Lowell
Mulhall, Marion E.
Abrams, George
Asher, Martha
Banks, Talcott
Behrens, G.
Berkowitz, Leo
Bok, Gordon
Brandt, Mortimer
Cartmell, Robert, 1939-
Cass, David B.
Cohn, Anna
Dauterman, Carl Christian, 1908-
De Rham, Casimir, 1924
Erickson, Patricia
Fernandez, Rafael, 1927-
Goldschmidt, Lucien
Goodwillie, Eugene W.
Grant, William C.
Hamilton, George Heard
Hannibal, Emmett
Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-
Hendricks, Gordon
Highet, Keith
Hunter, James H.
Isselhardt, Tordis
Jaffé, Arthur
Kelso, David
Larus, Louise
Lesser, Budd
Marlotti, Vincent
McConkey, Gerald
McManus, George Louis
Morgan, Fiona
Rinehart, Michael
Sabin, Selma
Salinger, May H.
Shoja, Jafar
Tager, Aron
Wees, J. Dustin, 1944


Samuel Ward Manufacturing Company
Bausch & Lomb, inc.
Berkshire Hills Conference, inc.
Boston Globe Foundation
C. H. Powell Co.
Cinema 5
Corning Museum of Glass
DNP (America) Inc.
George Little Press
Harrison Harries, Inc.
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Hayden Gallery
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum
Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Krasker Memorial Film Library
Lamb Printing Company
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
Maysles Films
Meriden Gravure Company
Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
Mount Greylock Regional School District
Musée du Louvre
Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield, Mass.)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company
New Music Ensemble of Providence
New York Cultural Center
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pyramid Films, inc
Ringling Museums
Roten Galleries
Sam Flax Inc.
Schenectady Museum & Planetarium
Smith College. Museum of Art
Smithsonian Institution
Southern Vermont Art Center
Stone & Downer
Summer Institute in the Humanities
Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
Syracuse University. Film Library
Tate Gallery
Time-Life Films
Treck Photographic, Inc.
University of Southern California
Vermont Graphics
Viking Press
Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, Md.)
Washington Cathedral
Wellesley College
Whitney Museum of American Art
Williams, Witten, Carter and Dollard
Williamstown Public Schools
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Aaron Ashley, Inc.
Acoustiguide Corporation
Albany Institute
Allan Frumkin Gallery
American Association of Museums
American Automobile Association
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
Architects Collaborative, Inc.
Art Institute of Chicago
Artistic Picture Publishing Company, Inc.
Arts Council of Great Britain
Arts Council of Great Britain
Berkshire County Historical Society
Berkshire Hills Conference, inc.
Capital City News Bureau
Caspari, H. George, inc.
Central Midwestern Regional Educational Laboratory
Cleveland Museum of Art
Currier Gallery of Art
Design Collaborative
Detroit Institute of Arts
English-Speaking Union of the United States
Excelsior Printing
Farjeon, Ballin & Co
Farnsworth Museum of Art
Fogg Art Museum
Galerie Durand-Ruel
Ganymed Graphische
Hartford Times
Hoffman Printing
Hub Precision Products
Hudson Valley Paper Company
Hyde Collection
Intermuseum Conservation Association
Isaac Delgado Museum of Art
Joh. Enschedé en Zonen
John F. Curry Agency
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Martin Gordon Inc.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y)
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
New England Newsclip Agency, inc.
New York Graphic Society
New York Times Company
North Adams State College
Northeast Utilities
Portland Museum of Art
Sandak, inc.
Sheridan-Elson Communications
Smith College
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Tanglewood (Music Festival)
The Berkshire Eagle
University of California, Los Angeles
Vose Galleries of Boston
W. R. Keating & Co.
Washington Cathedral
Williams College
Winard Advertising Agency
Worcester Art Museum
Yale University Press
Art News
Chapel Press
Christian Science Publishing Society
College Art Association of America
David Tunick, Inc.
Donald Art Company
Harper & Row Publishers
Hirschl & Adler Galleries
Hudson Valley Paper Company
International Council of Museums
Joslyn Art Museum
Macmillan Films
Massachusetts. General Court
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Mystic Seaport, Inc.
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)
Park-McCullough House Association
Schocken Books
Skidmore College
Studley Press
United Artists Corporation
United States Information Agency
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Williamstown Children's Museum


Art museums
Art museums -- educational aspects
Art museums -- employees
Art museums -- public relations
Art museums and community


Williamstown (Mass.)

Document Types:

Attendance records


Restrictions on Access

This material is currently restricted.

Restrictions on Use

This material is currently restricted.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The bulk of these materials were transferred to Storage A sometime after 1977 and stayed there until the formation of the Archives in 2006. The group of records at the end of the series was transferred to the archives by John Brooks in early 2008.

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], The Records of John H. Brooks, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

These materials were acquisitioned from Storage A in April, 2007. In May, we acquisitioned several boxes of Clark publications. Contained therein were several binders containing inventories from the early 1970's of the Clark's collections of prints, drawings, sculpture, etc. The binders, which were in poor shape and removed, were labeled "Assistant Director" and were thus assumed to come from the office of John H. Brooks. They were, therefore, placed at the end of this run of records.

Processing Information

These materials were processed by Dani Ryan and Lacy Schutz in April 2007. The original order was retained. Paperclips and staples were removed and materials were rehoused in acid-free folders. The run of inventories were added in June of 2007 and the records at the end of the series were added in May 2008.

Related Material

Related or similar material can be found in the following series in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Records and Papers of David Brooke; Director's Office Records of David Brooke, 1980-1994; Public Relations Event Records; Press Releases from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; and Records of the Director's Office, 1955-1977.

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