Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China Records
Scope and Contents Note
The Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China records, dated 1974 to 1976, consist of correspondence, photographs, financial records, publicity reports, press releases, and other related material. The collection primarily documents the organization and showing of the exhibition in Kansas City.
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Conditions Governing Use Note
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Biographical / Historical Note
In the early 1970s, in an effort to improve its relations with the West, the Chinese government organized and circulated, to various cities in Europe and North America, the Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China, which consisted of 385 objects discovered after the Communist Revolution in 1949. In the spring of 1973, the exhibition opened in Paris. It subsequently traveled to London, Vienna, Stockholm, Toronto, and Washington, D.C., before coming to Kansas City. The Kansas City venue was secured by a combination of factors: Laurence Sickman's reputation; the Nelson's Chinese collection; the city's central location; and assistance from Leonard Garment, a member of the White House staff. Attracting over 280,000 visitors, the exhibition, which was shown from April 20-June 8, 1975, was the largest exhibition ever to come to the Museum. Fifteen exhibition rooms in the east wing and one-third of Kirkwood Hall was used for the display of the objects. Costs far exceeded anything previously attempted by the Museum and were offset by a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Marc Wilson, then curator of the Asian art collection, was given charge of the exhibition and its ancillary activities such as the editing of the illustrated catalog, designing and constructing of the installations, advertising and promotion, and security.
2 Linear Feet (In 2 record center cartons.)
Language of Materials
The records of the Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China, held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in 1975. The collection, dated 1974 to 1976, primarily consists of correspondence, photographs, financial records, publicity reports, press releases, and other related material.
The collection is organized into six series: Correspondence (Series I); Installation (Series II); Publicity and Public Relations (Series III); Funding (Series IV); Events and Programs (Series V); and Miscellaneous (Series VI). Each of the series, or subjects within each series, is arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition Note
Transfer. Accession numbers associated with this record group are 1992-15.
Additions to the collection are not anticipated.
- Finding Aid of the Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China Records, RG 24/10
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