Duncan Phillips Centennial Exhibition records
Scope and Contents
These curatorial records were collected and created during the research, planning, and execution of the Duncan Phillips Centennial Exhibition and catalogue. As Laughlin Phillips, son of the museum’s founder, wrote in the exhibition catalogue, "This exhibition… is intended to clarify by example some of the ideas which inspired his collection and his ways of showing it."
The exhibition opened at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 1986 and closed August 31, 1986.
The primary creator of the exhibition planning records and the catalogue was Eliza Rathbone, Associate Curator.
The bulk of this collection consists of research and exhibition planning files. The records include correspondence; floor plans; articles; reviews; publicity; complementary programming; and installation design. The remaining source material is comprised of copies of correspondence from Duncan Phillips (1927-1941), a National Endowment for the Arts grant proposal (1986), an interdepartmental progress report (1986), and an activities calendar (1986).
- 1920 - 1986
- Usage: The material in this collection were used in preparation for the 1986 exhibition.
- Rathbone, Eliza, 1948- (Person)
Biographical / Historical
This exhibition marks the centennial of founder Duncan Phillip’s birth and chronicles the evolution of the collection over its sixty-five year history.
0.42 Linear Feet (1 full legal box)
Language of Materials
Duncan Phillips Centennial Exhibition records hold material created and collected by Eliza Rathbone, currently Chief Curator, The Phillips Collection, throughout the process of organizing the 1986 exhibition. Included are research, exhibition planning documents and installation plans.
The collection is organized in one series:
Exhibition Planning 1920 - 1986
This series has been arranged chronologically. This collection maintains the original order created by Eliza Rathbone, Associate Curator.
The collection is owned by The Phillips Collection and was accessioned from the curator’s office.
After an initial survey of the collection, some documents were identified as being of no future reference value for the collection, such as duplicate documents, expense reports, obsolete collection inventories, payment requisitions, and funding bids. These items were weeded with the librarian’s approval. Original newsprint articles were copied onto acid-free paper; all documents were re-foldered in acid-free folders and metal paper clips were replaced with plastic clips.
- Grants Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- TPC.1986.7 -- Duncan Phillips: Centennial Exhibition Subject Source: Local sources
- art exhibitions Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- permanent collections Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- The Phillips Collection. Curatorial Department (Organization)
- Duncan Phillips Centennial Exhibition records, 1920-1986
- The Phillips Collection Library and Archives 1600 21st Street NW Washington D.C. 20009
- Michele De Shazo, Volunteer Archives Assistant, supervised by Karen Schneider, Librarian
- December, 2008-January, 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the The Phillips Collection Archives Repository
1600 21st St. NW
Washington DC 20009 United States