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San Francisco Museum of Art Office of the Director Records 1959-1965
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Francisco Museum of Art Office of the Director Records 1959-1965
    Dates: 1959-1965
    Collection Number: ARCH.ADM.004
    Creator/Collector: San Francisco Museum of Art
    Extent: 9.2 linear feet (9 cartons, 1 oversize box)
    Repository: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Abstract: The San Francisco Museum of Art Office of the Director Records contain administrative records from the Museum generated between 1959 and 1965, corresponding generally with the 1958-1965 tenure of its second director, George Culler. Highlights of Culler’s years at the Museum include the expansion and formal establishment of the Education Department, a graphic design program for publications, and an exploration of publicity through television and radio programs. Records are divided by calendar year and arranged alphabetically within each year.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is available for use. Some materials are restricted for confidentiality or condition.

    Publication Rights

    For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the SFMOMA Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [box year and folder title], Office of the Director, 1959-1965, Administrative Records, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Office of the Director Records, 1959-1965 collection consists of administrative records from the San Francisco Museum of Art(SFMA) created during the tenure of the Museum’s second director George Culler. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence, financial records, reports, and employment applications. Records document administrative activities related to Museum operations and maintenance, educational programming, publicity, events, fundraising and membership, and Culler’s personal and professional activities. The records date from Culler’s tenure, but do not contain all the records generated while he was Director. Records from his first few months at the Museum in 1958 are found in Office of the Director Records, 1935-1958. Additional records generated during Culler’s tenure are found in Office of the Director Records, 1966-1972 in files whose date ranges precede Gerald Nordland’s 1966 start date as Director. Each year’s worth of records were processed separately, except for 1964 and 1965 which were processed together.

    Indexing Terms

    Art appreciation—Study and teaching—California—San Francisco
    Art appreciation—Study and teaching (Elementary)—Activity programs—California—San Francisco
    Art, Modern—20th century—Exhibitions
    Art museum curators
    Art museum directors
    Art museums and community—California—San Francisco
    Art museums—Collection management—California—San Francisco
    Art museums—Educational aspects
    Art museums—Employees
    Art museums—Exhibitions
    Art museums—Public relations—California—San Francisco
    Art rental and lending services—California—San Francisco
    Museum buildings—California—San Francisco
    Culler, George
    San Francisco Museum of Art
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    San Francisco Museum of Art—Archives
    San Francisco Museum of Art—Board of Trustees
    San Francisco Museum of Art—History—Sources
    San Francisco Museum of Art—Records and correspondence
    War Memorial Veterans Building (San Francisco, Calif.)

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