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Hummingbirds and Orchids Martin Johnson Heade
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Hummingbirds and Orchids (47.36) — Martin Johnson Heade


Preserving the records and documents of a major art museum is nearly as important as preserving the art. The DIA is an important part of Detroit history, so in 1978 the Museum Archives and Record Center was founded to centralize records of the museum's activities.

Contents and Scope

The Museum Archives and Record Center houses over 1600 cubic feet of museum records and related materials dating from 1876 to the present. Major areas of documentation include The Founder's Society, Director's Office, Curatorial Departments, Performing Arts, and Administrative and Service Departments. Types of records consist mainly of administrative and curatorial files such as minutes and correspondence, and reports and publications of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Special materials include architectural plans and drawings, photographs, audio and videotapes, and oral histories.

Thanks to a Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) digitization grant, the Detroit Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts' Bulletins and Annual Reports have been digitized and are now available as PDF files.