Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). Office of the Secretary.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 in New York City by a group of businessmen, financiers, artists and collectors. On April 13 of that year the New York State Legislature granted an Act of Incorporation "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said City a Museum and Library of Art, of encouraging and developing the Study of the Fine Arts, and the application of Art to manufacture and natural life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction and recreations." Railroad executive John Taylor Johnston served as the institutions first President. Luigi Palma di Cesnola was appointed the first Director in 1879. The Office of the Secretary was established concurrently with the founding of the Museum, and is the central repository for official Trustee records, administrative correspondence and legal files of the Museums General Counsel. The Secretary is a member of the Museum staff who performs administrative duties under the general direction of the President or as may be assigned by the Chairman or Board of Trustees. The Secretary is responsible for coordinating and recording the proceedings of meetings the Board of Trustees and Trustee committees. The Secretary attends to official correspondence, has custody of and preserves the corporate seal and the archives, and oversees the legal affairs of the Museum. The following have served as Secretary of the Museum: William J. Hoppin (1874-1877), Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1877-1904), Robert W. DeForest (1904-1913), Henry W. Kent (1913-1940), George Lauder Greenway (1941-1942), Dudley T. Easby, Jr. (1945-1969), Ashton Hawkins (1969-1987), Linden Havemeyer Wise (1987-1992), Sharon H. Cott (1992-present).

From the description of Office of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing]. (Metropolitan Museum of Art). WorldCat record id: 429606137

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Barnard, George Grey, 1863-1938. person
associatedWith Burroughs, Bryson, 1869-1934. person
associatedWith Cesnola, Luigi Palma di, 1832-1904. person
associatedWith Clarke, Caspar Purdon, Sir, 1846-1911. person
associatedWith Dean, Bashford, 1867-1928. person
associatedWith De Forest, Robert W. 1848-1931. person
associatedWith Fry, Roger Eliot, 1866-1934. person
associatedWith Hoving, Thomas, 1931-2009. person
associatedWith Jarves, James Jackson, 1818-1888. person
associatedWith Johnston, John Taylor, 1820-1893. person
associatedWith Kent, Henry Watson, 1866-1948. person
associatedWith Lythgoe, Albert M. 1868-1934. person
associatedWith Marquand, Henry Gurdon, 1819-1902. person
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Morgan, J. Pierpont 1837-1913. person
associatedWith Redmond, Roland Livingston, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Robinson, Edward, 1858-1931. person
associatedWith Rockefeller, John D. 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Rorimer, James J. 1905-1966. person
associatedWith Story, George Henry, 1835-1923. person
associatedWith Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957. person
associatedWith Winlock, Herbert Eustis, 1884-1950. person
Place Name Admin Code Country

Corporate Body

Active 1880

Active 1980

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