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  • Contributing Institution: Mingei International Museum
    Title: Finding Aid for Mingei International Museum Records, 1978-2018
    Creator: Mingei International Museum
    Identifier/Call Number: casdmim_ai_0001
    Physical Description: 200 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1978-2018
    Abstract: Mingei International Museum opened in 1978 as Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art in San Diego, California. The museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world. The museum collects and exhibits folk art, craft and design used in daily life created by known and unknown craftsmen, from traditional cultures of the past and present, and by historical and contemporary designers. The Museum's first location (1978-1996) was a 6,000 square-foot space in University Towne Centre, a shopping mall near La Jolla. In August 1996, the Museum relocated to a 41,000-square-foot facility in historic Balboa Park. In 2003, a second satellite museum opened in Escondido, CA, which was closed in June of 2010. On September 4, 2018, the Balboa Park facility closed for a major transformation, with plans to reopen in 2021.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    No interpretive restriction is placed on material. Separate permissions are to be obtained for publishing material. Property rights to the physical object belong to Mingei International Museum. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where Mingei International Museum does not hold the copyright. Confidential records related to security or operations and records containing personal information, legal communications or information about donors are permanently closed. Mingei International Museum reserves the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.

    Scope and Contents

    The museum's permanent collection comprises more than 26,000 objects from over 160 countries, dating from ancient times to the present day. The museum's archive consists of papers, publications, photographs, press clippings and media releases, slides, audiotapes, videotapes, films, memorabilia and objects.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mingei International Museum
    Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art
    Art museums--California--San Diego
    Longenecker, Martha
    Sidner, Rob