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Helen M. Danforth records

Scope & content

The bulk of the collection consists of Museum correspondence, 1926-1949, organized chronologically. The records include letters to Danforth, reports, lists of loans to the Museum, a draft of the Administrative Manual, and Museum Director applicant letters. Correspondents include Museum Directors Alexander Dorner and Gordon Washburn, Executive Vice-President Royal Bailey Farnum, Paul Sachs (Fogg Art Museum), Russell Cheney, Charles Sterling, and Gilbert Franklin. Subjects documented include drafts of Trustee meeting minutes, expenses for the Museum's Georgian Room, the Sophia Baker Fund, Advisory Committee reports, "The Terrace," the Royal Little scholarship, RISD dormitories, and the Building Committee. The correspondence was microfilmed as part of the 1985 Archives of American Art project.

Series I contains letters from John J. DeCosta, William H. Edwards, Howard Hoppin, and Edith Wetmore as well as records for the Georgian Room. Series III consists of Danforth's correspondence to RISD Presidents Sullivan, Frazier, and Bush-Brown with copies of their correspondence to her. Also included is a letter from Danforth to her Aunt and Uncle regarding the Eliza Radeke Memorial Garden (1933).