Collections: Libraries and Archives: Finding Aids

Finding aids are guides to the collections of records housed in the Museum Archives. These guides provide a historical or biographical note about the creator of the records, which could be a department or an individual curator. They also describe the intellectual organization of the records and provide listings of the folders with brief descriptions of the materials in these folders.

Our finding aids are organized into three areas: curators' collections, departmental records, and artist and donor collections.

Curators' Collections

The Guide to the Culin Archival Collection (18711933)
Stewart Culin (1858–1929) was the Brooklyn Museum's first curator of ethnology and an early expert in anthropology. A Guide to the Culin Archival Collection provides a chronology of Culin's life, a detailed description of the collection, as well as a bibliography of publications written by Culin.
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The Guide to the Goodyear Archival Collection (18741940)
William Henry Goodyear (1846–1923) was the Brooklyn Museum's first curator of fine arts and a renowned art and architectural historian. The Guide to the Goodyear Archival Collection provides a biography of Goodyear, a detailed description of the collection, as well as bibliographies of articles and books written by and about Goodyear.
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Departmental Records

Records of the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas (AAPA) (19292001)
The records of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific contain information relating to the development of the department including its projects and exhibitions and the research and activities of the curators, including the work of Herbert J. Spinden, scholar in Mayan art.
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Records of the Department of Asian Art (19252003)
The records of the Department of Asian Art contain information on the development of the department and of the Asian and Islamic collections. The materials document the administrative and curatorial activities of the department, which include records relating to exhibitions, objects and other activities of the curators.
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Records of the Department of Costumes and Textiles (19112004)
The records of the Department of Costumes and Textiles document the history of the department and the collection. Included are records regarding the establishment in 1948 and operation of the Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory. Through its membership program, the Design Lab influenced fashion designers and manufacturers by making costume and textile works available to members for research.
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Records of the Department of Egyptian, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Art (ECANEA) (1890s2002)
The records of the Department of Egyptian, Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Art cover the history of the Museum's Egyptian antiquities collection and the scholarship of prominent staff Egyptologists. The collection features the correspondence of Egyptologists Charles Edwin Wilbour, Jean Capart, and Bernard Bothmer.
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Records of the Departments of European Painting and Sculpture, American Painting and Sculpture, and Contemporary Art (18972005)
This guide contains information on the records relating to the growth of the Department of Painting and Sculpture, which has recently been divided into three distinct departments. The collection includes information on departmental projects and exhibitions and the research and activities of the Brooklyn Museum curators.
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Records of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (18782001)
The records of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs trace the history of the department from its early inception. Records of the National Print Exhibitions, held annually or biennially from 1947, are particularly important, as is correspondence with printmakers who sold and donated their work to the Museum, and used the Museum's presses for printing.
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Records of the Brooklyn Museum Art School (19411985)
The records of the Brooklyn Museum Art School contain information relating to the development and projects of the art school, a non-degree-granting professional school, which opened at the Brooklyn Museum in the summer of 1941. The Brooklyn Museum Art School faculty provided instruction for amateur artists until January 1985. Among its noted instructors were Augustus Peck, Toshio Odate (pictured), Ben Shahn, Donald Judd, and Max Beckmann.
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Artist, Donor and Scholar Collections

Arthur W. Clement Papers (17941952, n.d., bulk: 19341952)
Arthur W. Clement (1878–1952) was a collector of early American ceramics and an important donor of ceramics to museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. The papers in this collection relate to his research in American Decorative Arts, his business relationship with museums and curators, and his acquisition of objects.
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Emil Fuchs Papers (18801931)
Emil Fuchs (1866–1929) was a medalist, sculptor, and painter who was friendly with artists including John Singer Sargent and Daniel Chester French. During his lifetime he accepted commissions by distinguished individuals, such as members of the British Royal family. Included in these papers are his correspondence and an album of sketches, invitations, letters, autographs, and other ephemera.
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The Guide to the Wilbour Archival Collection (18331935, bulk: 18801896)
Starting in 1916, the heirs of American Egyptologist Charles Edwin Wilbour (1833–1896) donated his collection of Egyptian antiquities, books and personal papers to the Brooklyn Museum. The Wilbour Archival Collection, which includes correspondence, notebooks, squeezes, and inscriptions, provides insight into his research and travels.
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Allen Wardwell Papers (17911998, n.d., bulk: 19581998)
Allen Wardwell (1935–1999) was a scholar, collector and curator of Northwest Coast Indian, Oceanic and African art. These papers relate to his research and publications and include descriptions of objects, images, articles, letters, reprints, museum bulletins and clippings.
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