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Corcoran Digital Resources 

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

Corcoran Digital Resources 

We are working to digitize key documents from the Corcoran Archives. Here are some samples. Included are also archives of Corcoran websites. 

British Naval Photographs (1918) at Corcoran Gallery of Art

Listing of Corcoran exhibitions, 1897-2014

The National Gallery of Art created this comprehensive listing of all special exhibitions held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1897 until its closing in 2014. Exhibitions for which a catalog was produced are noted. Catalogs may be found in the George Washington University Libraries and the National Gallery of Art Library. Related materials, such as research files, checklists for shows without catalogs, and other materials documenting many of these exhibitions are also available in the Corcoran Archives at George Washington University Libraries. Researchers should consult available collection guides or contact Special Collections staff at speccoll@gwu.edu

Sample of photographs from the Corcoran Archives

A small sample of the vast photographic images from the Corcoran Archives. The selection of images here ranges from 1907 - 1982, and includes images from several historic exhibits, from the Corcoran Ball, and early views of the Flagg building's main staircase and exhibit spaces. More information about the Corcoran's photo archives can be found in the Guide to COR005.03RG Series 1 Subseries 1.

Biography and Registers, four volumes, and loose sheets

The Biography contains information on the physical treatment of works of art in the Corcoran’s permanent collection. The Registers were the earliest records created about works of art in the Corcoran’s collection and are arranged by the date of the acquisition. Use of these volumes was discontinued in the 1940s when modern registration methods were implemented. Accompanying the four bound volumes are various loose sheets of material, some undated.


Biography of Paintings, 1890 - 1895

Register of Paintings Belonging to the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Register of Sculptures, Etc. Belonging to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1869 - 1942

Register of Bronzes Belonging to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1873 - 1946

Loose sheets:

Corcoran Supplementary List of Paintings, 1920 - 1924

Index Record of Paintings belonging to the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Index to Record of Casts belonging to the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Corcoran Catalog of Engravings

Transcriptions of the journals of William MacLeod, the Corcoran’s first curator, 1876-1884 & 1886

Corcoran's first curator William MacLeod maintained these journals as an aid in compiling his annual reports to the Board of Trustees - reports that included statistics and narrative reports on all of the Corcoran’s activities.  

In brief daily entries, MacLeod noted objects received on exhibition, the physical condition of the building, the visit to the gallery by important personages, the activities of the students, notable correspondence received, as well as the number of visitors and the number of catalogs sold, his health, and the weather.  The journals are among the most important records on the earliest years of the museum and the school. The transcripts were created with support from the NHPRC by Marshall Kiker. 

Architectural designs for the Gehry addition to Corcoran

Architectural plans for the proposed Gehry expansion to the Corcoran Flagg building, 2003.

"Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment"

Materials related to the withdrawn 1989 exhibit "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment," including press releases and press kit.

Corcoran Web Archives

Archived websites of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Corcoran Gallery of Art 

Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2014 draft redesign of website never publicly used 

Corcoran College of Art + Design

Corcoran College of Art + Design

Unveiled @ Corcoran School

NEXT at the Corcoran

Related websites

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Repository Guide

In 1985, the Corcoran Gallery of Art published a Repository Guide that described all of its archival holdings as of that date in detail. Although the majority of that description has been included in the finding aids listed above, it also contains some general historical information about the Corcoran, including timelines, which researchers may find useful. 

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