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Building Superintendent Records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-94

Scope and Contents Note

The Building Superintendent’s records, dated 1933 to 1973, consist primarily of correspondence, reports, financial records, and an unpublished manuscript, and other miscellaneous materials. The collection documents the normal activities, such as maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment, janitorial service, and security, associated with the operation of the Museum building. The majority of the material is from Clarence Simpson’s time as Building Superintendent, but there are also some files from MacLean’s and Songer’s tenures.


  • Creation: 1933-1973

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

The office of the Building Superintendent was established in late 1933 when W.W. MacLean was hired. The following year his assistant, Clarence Simpson, was promoted to the position. Simpson remained as the Building Superintendent until his retirement in December 1968. In early January 1969, Sherwood Songer took over for Simpson which, until he retired in 1983, was the Museum’s last Building Superintendent.


1 Linear Feet (In one record center carton.)

Language of Materials



The records of the Building Superintendent, dated 1933-1973, consist of correspondence, reports, financial records, an unpublished manuscript, and other miscellaneous materials related to the day-to-day operation of the museum building.


This collection is arranged into two series: Correspondence (Series I); and Miscellaneous (Series II). Both series are arranged alphabetically according to correspondent or subject, respectively.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Transfer; Accession number associated with this collection is 1993-03.

Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Building Superintendent Records, RG 94
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Repository Details

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

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City MO 64111 United States