Inventory

Swope Art Museum Collection
Dates:  1949-2002
Accession Number:  20050511
Description:  Two document cases

History

The Sheldon Swope Art Gallery opened in 1942 in the Swope Block building on the northwest corner of Seventh and Ohio Streets in Terre Haute, Indiana.  The museum is named after a prominent Terre Haute jeweler of the 19th and 20th centuries.  In his will, written in 1903, Swope specified that, a public art gallery to be known as and called the Sheldon Swope Art Gallery shall be established in Terre Haute.  Swope also specified that art work be purchased and, displayed publicly and free of charge to all residents of Terre Haute and Vigo County, Indiana, forever.

When it opened in 1942, the core of the Swope Art Gallery collection was American art with works by Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton and others.  In the ensuing years the Swope collection expanded to include pre-Columbian art and works from Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

In the late 1980s, the Swope expanded from its second floor location to encompass the entire Swope Block building and changed its name from the Sheldon Swope Art Gallery to the Sheldon Swope Art Museum.

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection consists of newsletters, press releases, publicity flyers, calendars of events, newsletters, program announcements, exhibit announcements and exhibit catalogs.  These materials were originally part of the Community Affairs Files in the Library's Special Collections Department.

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Capital Funds Campaign booklet
  (includes a history of the Museum)

ca. 1974

 

 

 

 

Informational brochures

ca. 1960s-1970s

 

 

 

Folder 2

Bulletins and Calendars

1961-1965

 

 

 

Folder 3

Calendar of Events

1972-1977

 

 

 

Folder 4

Calendar of Events

1978-1979

 

 

 

Folder 5

Press Releases

1961-1969,
2000

 

 

 

Folder 6

Program announcement flyers

1998-2001

 

 

 

Folder 7

Newsletter

1980-1981

 

 

 

Folder 8

Newsletter

1982-1984

 

 

 

Folder 9

Newsletter

1992-1995
1998-1999

 

 

 

Folder 10

Newsletter

1999-2002

 

 

 

Folder 11

Women's Division of the Sheldon Swope
  Art Gallery: Handbook


1972-1978

 

 

 

Folder12

Alliance of the Sheldon Swope Art
  Gallery:  Handbook

1979,

 

 

 

 

Alliance of the Sheldon Swope Art
  Gallery:  Newsletter


1996, 1997

 

 

 

Folder 13

Exhibit announcements and catalogs

1949, 1951

 

 

 

Folder 14

Exhibit announcements and catalogs

ca. 1961-1968

 

 

 

Folder 15

Exhibit announcements and catalogs

1969-1974

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Exhibit announcements and catalogs

1975-1979

 

 

 

Folder 2

Exhibit announcements and catalogs

1980-1993

 

 

 

Folder 3

Wabash Valley Exhibition:  catalogs

1961-1973

 

 

 

Folder 4

Wabash Valley Exhibition:  catalogs

1976-1978

 

 

 

Folder 5

Wabash Valley Exhibition: catalogs

1979-1984,
1999