Art History Department records, 1965-2010

Emory University

Emory University Archives

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/bnmm0

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Emory University. Art History Department.
Title: Art History Department records, 1965-2010
Call Number:Series No. 178
Extent: 6 linear ft. (13 boxes) and
Abstract:Collection includes administrative materials, course materials and syllabi, grant related records, planning files, and other records of the Art History Department at Emory University.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Selected materials are closed to research for periods of 75 years from the date of creation in accordance with Emory University Archives access policy for student educational records, personnel related records, and financial and donor records.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact MARBL in advance to access this collection.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.




[after identification of item(s)], Art History Department records, Emory University Archives, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Noemi Molitor, February 2012.

Collection Description

Administrative History

The Art History Department was established at Emory University in 1965. Thomas Lyman (Medieval Art), John Howett (Renaissance Art), and William Crelly (Baroque Art) became the first three full time faculty members in 1967.

The study of the visual arts at the Art History Department broadly includes painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as performance, and installation. Areas of research pursued at the Art History Department and reflected in the undergraduate and graduate level curriculum include the art and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome; art of the ancient Americas, of Egypt, and of Africa; Northern Renaissance and Baroque art; and modern and contemporary art and architecture.

Since 1967 the department offered studio art courses through Emory's Studio Arts Program and through an exchange program with the Atlanta College of Arts. In 1995 the Studio Arts Program moved to its current facility the Visual Arts Building and Gallery located on Peavine Drive. After being renamed in 2004 into Visual Arts Program, the program became a separate department in 2008.

In 1977 the art history department established a two-year M.A. program. A close collaboration with the Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA) brought about the first graduate level course in Art History in 1975 and gave students with Art History masters the opportunity to earn Ph.D. degrees through the ILA. In 1991 the first Ph.D. class was admitted to the art history department and since 1998 graduate students have been able to pursue a Ph.D. in Art History. The department also offers a summer abroad program.

The Art History department works in close collaboration with other departments and institutions at Emory, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the departments of Classics, History, The Institute of African Studies (IAS), the Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS), and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Collaborations with institutions outside of Emory have included and continue to include the Atlanta Art Workers Coalition, the Atlanta College of Art and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

The Art History department is housed in Carlos Hall, originally designed by Henry Hornbostel in 1916. In 1984 architect Michael Graves was selected to renovate Carlos Hall, he and later designed the Michael C. Carlos Museum adjacent to Carlos Hall. The Carlos Museum now houses a collection of works of art on paper that John Howett helped bring to the Art History department after arriving at Emory in 1966. Between 1970 and 1984 the department was temporarily moved to a World War II-era facility, it moved back into Carlos Hall after the renovation was completed, winning an Award of Excellence by the national American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of course materials and subject files of the Art History Department at Emory University. Course materials include syllabi, lists of in-class slides, handouts, class exercises, bibliographies, and annotated bibliographies.

Subject files include materials relating to partnerships with other Emory departments and institutions as well as with outside institutions including the Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA), Department of Library Science, Atlanta College of Art, and Georgia State University. Subject files also include some administrative materials related to the departmental business such as degree requirements, the establishment of a Visual Arts Department, and curriculum planning, and to University-wide initiatives. There are also some materials relating the proposed construction of a fine arts building, the expansion of the Museum of Art and Architecture (later the Michael C. Carlos Museum), and other items related to campus building and planning.

The web archives series contains the captured and preserved web site of the Emory Art History Department available to browse via the Web Archiving Service of the California Digital Library.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Course materials, (2) Subject files, and (3) Web archives.

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