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Scott Erbes Files

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-100

Scope and Contents Note

This collection, dated 1926-1999, contains material related to Scott Erbes’s years as the Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and his research as co-author of the museum history, High Ideals and Aspirations. Included are letters, memoranda, and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1926-1999

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 Notes

Scott Erbes attended Michigan State University, where, in 1988, he earned his bachelor’s degree in History and Historic Preservation. Following graduation, he enrolled in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware, where he received his master’s degree in 1990. Erbes began working in the Department of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art later that same year. He remained there until 1999, when he left to become the Curator of Decorative Arts at the Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.


0.4 Linear Feet (In 1 legal document case.)

Language of Materials



This collection is comprised of correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper clippings from Erbes’s tenure as the Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and as co-author of the Museum history, High Ideals and Aspirations.


The collection has been organized into two series: Correspondence (Series I) and High Ideals and Aspirations (Series II). Series I is arranged chronologically and Series II is arranged alphabetically by topically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Transfer; accession number associated with this collection is 1994-05.

Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Related Materials Note

Department of Decorative Arts Records, RG 04 (unprocessed); High Ideals and Aspirations Records, RG 73.

Finding Aid of the the Scott Erbes Files, RG 100
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Repository Details

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

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