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Records of the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration

Box 1

Folder 1:  Material on the Cooper Union Museum, 1962   

Loose-leaf binder titled “Material on the Cooper Union Museum”:

Includes 1962 “Fact Sheet” describing background and current status of the Museum,

1953 evaluation by James A. Perkins, Vice-President of the Carnegie Corporation,

Excerpt from 1958 Middle States accreditation report, in-house assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the Musuem collection, and suggestions from Museum staff for future development of the Museum.

Folder 2:  Museum Fact Sheet

1963

Folder 3:  Notes Extracted from Museum Files and Minutes, 1963-1965

Notes and extracts from Cooper Union records, on gifts donated and bequeathed to the  Museum, prepared by Roy Mantle of law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.                 

Folder 4:  Press Clippings

1963-1964

Folder 5:  Bulletins & Reports

Press releases, reports, surveys, outlines.  Includes black-and-white photographs of the Bowery and 3rd Street.
1957-1959, 1962

Folder 6: “Street Furniture” Exhibition Proposal

Correspondence re possible exhibit of public street lamps, street signs, benches, etc.
1950-1952

Folder 7:  Storage of Museum Property during Wartime

1942-1943, 1950

Folder 8:  Objects Received As Gifts (lists)

1964-1966

Folder 9:  H. O. Milliken Memorial Fund  (Henry Oothout Milliken)

Fund established by William Mathewson Milliken,   
1962

Folder 10:  Museum Loans

1963

Folder 11:  Museum -- Lectures

1956-1968

Folder 12:  Museum Advisory Council

1957-1962

Folder 13:  Disposition of Museum Objects

1940-1962

Folder 14:  Museum -- Press Releases

1963-1965

Folder 15:  Correspondence A-I

1963-1964

Folder 16:  Correspondence J-P

1963-1964

Folder 17:  Correspondence Q-Z

1963-1964

Folder 18:  Correspondence with Donors

1963-1964

Folder 19:  Cooper Union Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1963-1966

Folder 20:  Museum Evaluations

1961-1964

Folder 21:  Financial Data

1962-1968

Folder 22:  Miscellaneous Data, 1948-1963

Includes Museum attendance statistics 1948-1962,

List of Museum Staff, 1963

List of items for insurance purposes

Handwritten notes

Folder 23:  Museum Policies

1939-1946, 1962-1970

Folder 24:  American Association of Museums Committee

1961-1965

Folder 25:  Committee to Save the Cooper Union Museum

1963-1967

Folder 26:  Museum -- Curators

1963-1965

Folder 27:  Correspondence -- Interest in Collections

1963-1964

Folder 28:  New York State Council on the Arts

1963-1964

Folder 29:  Smithsonian Institution and the Cooper Union Museum

1963-1969

Folder 30:  Smithsonian Institution – Correspondence, Agreement and Lease

1965-1968

Folder 31:  Museum – Dinner, Sept. 12, 1963

Dinner held at Cooper Union in response to concerns expressed by the public, to discuss the future of the Museum.

Folder 32:  Danish Handcraft Exhibition October - November, 1962

1962

Folder 33:  Correspondence from Cooper Union Alumni and Students

1963

Folder 34:  Museum Relocation -- General

1954, 1963-1966

Folder 35:  Museum -- Court Petition, 1968        

Includes correspondence, and petition to transfer the Museum collections to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Box 2

Folder 1:  Museum Exhibitions

1957-1968

Folder 2:  Museum -- Gifts

1943-1966 

Folder 3:  Museum -- Insurance Schedule, 1962

Based on Appraisals as of June 30th, 1962
Dated: May 31, 1962
(Carbon copy no.3 lacks marked catalog of 1896 and 1898 engravings)

Folder 4:  Museum -- Insurance

1938-1939, 1966

Folder 5:  Book Lists and Correspondence

“Museum Library books to be retained in Cooper Union Library”

“Main Library books to be transferred to Museum Library.” 

1966-1967

Folder 6:  Information re donations to Cooper Union

Excerpts from minutes of meetings of the Trustees of Cooper Union, 1892-1940, re donations to Cooper Union’s Art Library.

Correspondence relating to donations, mostly books donated to the Art Library, 1921-1967.

           

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