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High Ideals and Aspirations Collection

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-73

Scope and Contents Note

The High Ideals and Aspirations Collection primarily contains correspondence, interviews, magazine articles, book chapters, research papers, newspaper clippings, photographs, dated 1930 to 1993, related to the research and writing of the Museum’s official history, The High Ideals and Aspirations.


  • Creation: 1930-1993

Restrictions on Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Conditions Governing Use Note

Notification of intent to publish, quote, or cite archival materials is required. Contact the archives via

Biographical / Historical Note

Michael Churchman and Scott Erbes wrote High Ideals and Aspirations: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 1933-1993 to celebrate the Museum's 60th anniversary.The book was intended to remind longtime friends of the Museum's important role in the community and to introduce newcomers to its collections and programs. It was also meant to tell the story of the Museum's leaders, to describe the acquisition of its collections, to highlight the development of its educational programs, and to recount the saga of the design and construction of its building, all in a historical context. The book also served as supportive background to the long-range planning and development efforts that were just getting under way in the early 1990s.


0.40 Linear Feet (In 2 half legal document cases.)

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This collection of material is related to the Museum’s official history, High Ideals and Aspirations. The files primarily contain correspondence, interviews, magazine articles, book chapters, research papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs.


This collection has been divided into two series: Research and Writing (Series I) and Photographs (Series II).

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note


Accruals Note

Additions to this collection are note anticipated.

Finding Aid of the High Ideals and Aspirations Collection, RG 73
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Repository Details

Part of the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives Repository

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