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Corcoran Collections Guides

Above image: František Kupka, (Czech, 1871–1957), Untitled, 1912, Oil on canvas

Corcoran Collections Guides

The following collections guides provide details about the contents of the Corcoran Archives so that researchers can identify materials that may answer their questions. For help using these collection guides or help requesting materials to view on site please contact us at speccoll@gwu.edu.

The Corcoran Archives have been organized in 17 collections by department or unit. Each collection has a unique Record Group number:

RG 1.0 Board of Trustees records, 1884-2014

Board minutes and reports

RG 2.0 Directors' records, circa 1896-2012

Correspondence, memoranda, and other materials generated by the Director’s office

RG 3 Development and Membership, Special Events, Public Programs, Graphics

Inactive donor records, financial reports, program and program files, design records

RG 3.1 Art rental records, 1962-1973

RG 3.2 Development and membership records, 1896-2010

RG 3.3 Public relations and graphics records, circa 1942-2009

RG 3.4 Special events records, 1891-2010

RG 3.5 Public programs records, circa 1995-2011

RG 4.0 Financial records, 1872-1988

Financial activities and concerns

RG 5 Curatorial, (museum) Registrar’s office, Conservation, Archives

Exhibition files and catalogues, administrative records for the departments, records on incoming and outgoing loans

RG 5.0 Curatorial office records, circa 1921-2009

RG 5.1 Gallery registrar's office records, 1869-2007

RG 5.2 Conservation department records, circa 1940-2010

RG 5.3 Archives department records, circa 1890-2010

RG 6.0 Education department records, 1961-1973

Program and exhibition files, docent program records

RG 7.0 Buildings and grounds records, 1870-2007

Architectural records including plans and project files for realized and unrealized architectural projects

RG 8 Women’s Committee and Friends of the Corcoran

Records relating to the activities of the two supporting groups including programs and acquisitions

RG 8.1 Women's Committee records, circa 1960-2001

RG 8.2 Friends records, circa 1961-1996

RG 9.0 Corcoran School of Art + Design records, circa 1908-2012

Early transcripts, school catalogs, administrative records

COR0001.MS Ruth Porter Ward papers, 1909-1965

Ruth Porter Ward (1900 September 16 - 1936 July 24) was an artist primarily known for her still lifes and portraits done with oil, pastel, and watercolor. Ward was a student at the Corcoran School of art from 1920 through 1928. This collection contains newspaper articles, correspondence, postcards, art work and photographs dating from 1909 through 1965.


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