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Encyclopedic Chart, ca. 1895–96

This is a Encyclopedic Chart. It was written by Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Sarah & Eleanor Hewitt: Designing a Modern Museum.

It is dated ca. 1895–96. Its medium is ink on paper. It is a part of the department.

Following the example of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Eleanor created encyclopedic reference charts, which classified in detail architecture and decorative arts into centuries, countries, and periods. Volunteers helped compile almost 1,000 scrapbooks with images of many aspects of the decorative arts by 1902. These visual references had “practical instructive value” and enriched the holdings of the museum and library.

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, SIA Record Unit 267, Box 14, Series 10.

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