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Rose Art Museum

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Identifier: 04-MWalB00104A

Scope and Contents

Materials in this collection range from 1910 through 2011. However, most of the collection was produced in the 1960s and 1970s. Materials include administrative files of Rose Art Museum such as, correspondence with Friends of the Rose Art Museum, exhibition logs, accession logs, guest books, and scrapbook. The collection also contains material that documents exhibitions such as newspaper clippings, photographs of the art collection and exhibits, programs, and video and audio tapes.  The Archives does not maintain a comprehensive set of exhibition publicity.  There is also a small collection of memorabilia and photographs of Edward and Bertha Rose. Some of the materials in the Rose Art Collection pertain to the Poses Institute of Art.


  • 1910-2011, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 19980500


Conditions Governing Access

This collection does contain restrictions on access to certain materials. Some restricted materials were identified in 2009 and that material has been moved to a separate box. Because this collection does contain donor information and administrative files, reference use of this collection will be monitored by reference staff.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Rose Art Museum was established in 1961 to maintain a highly contemporary art collection and provide undergraduates the opportunity to study art history through direct contact with art objects. The museum was a gift of Edward and Bertha Rose. In 1974 the Roses donated funds for a new wing to the museum. In 1981 the Rose Purchase Fund was established as an "Acquisitions Fund" used solely for the purpose of acquiring artworks for the collection. The first curator of the Rose Art, Sam Hunter, made a large impact on the museum by developing the Gervirtz-Mnuchin Purchase Fund. From 1965 to 1971 William Seitz served as the director of the museum. Michael Wentworth took over the directorship in 1971 and served through 1974. Following Wentworth, Carl Belz held the directorship of the museum until 1998; the position was then held by Joseph Ketner until 2005. The museum's collection includes work by Rene Magritte, Mitchell Siporin, James Brooks, and Andy Warhol.  The museums collection numbers over 9000 objects, a small percentage of which are on view at any one time in rotating exhibits throughout the year.  In addition to highlighting its collection, the Rose is committed to showcasing the work of emerging national and regional artists through monographic and thematic exhibitions.  An exhibition brochure is published for most exhibits.


35.8 Linear Feet

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Arranged in seven series: 1. Administration, 1960-2011, undated; 2.Friends of Rose Art & Donors, 1954-1991; 3. Exhibitions, 1949-2004, undated; 4. Photographs, 1957-1974, undated; 5. Moving Image & Audio Files, 1961-1995, undated; 6.Acquistion Log & Guest Books, 1961-1995, undated; 7.The Rose Family, 1910s-1979, undated. The series are arranged in original order. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing. 13 record center boxes, 5 document boxes, 3 clamshell boxes, 1 scrapbook

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

There are some files on olf media in this collection, notably in the Moving Image and Audio Files series and in box 38. These files are not available for immediate use and access must be requested through an archivist.

Source of Acquisition

A majority of these materials were produced and collected by the staff of the Rose Art Museum.  The Rose Family materials were transferred from the Rose Art Museum offices May 1999.

Related Materials

Some Rose Art Museum announcements and press releases are found in the Media Relations Collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections