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Ellen Schwartz Harris Papers

in The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Museum of Modern Art Archives
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
© 2007
The Museum of Modern Art Museum Archives
Finding aid prepared by the Museum Archives.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Schwartz Harris, Ellen
Title: Ellen Schwartz Harris Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1989-1992
Quantity: 0 Linear Feet
One 5" and one 2.5" document boxes

Biographical Note

Ms. Harris is a graduate of the Yale School of Organization and Management and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She was a vice president of Emigrant Savings Bank, director of exhibitions at Pratt Institute, assistant to the administrator at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and editor of art books for Harry N. Abrams, author of articles on contemporary art, and treasurer of the Franklin Furnace Archive. In 1992 she became the director of the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey.

Scope and Content Note

The records of Ellen Schwartz Harris, Deputy Director for Finance and Auxiliary Activities, September 1989 to January 1992, are contained in two document boxes (5.5" and 2"). Box 1 contains six folders of outgoing correspondence filed in reverse chronological order. Box 2 contains one folder of original facsimile letters received during this period, and a Publications Department Strategic Planning Project Summary by Larraine Balk, dated 3/10/90. The function of this position was to oversee the departments of Finance, Sales and Marketing, Publications, and Food Services.

Subjects covered include:

1. Correspondence:

A. Publications:
Abrams and Little Brown publishing agreements
Foreign language editions
Association of American Publishers profit & loss format
Information systems
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Separating Publications and Retail departments
Publishing of Art of the Forties, Für Vorwerk, Guernica portfolio, High & Low book and video, Landscape Architecture, Microchip book, Picasso and Braque, Russian Avant Garde, Russian Drawings, Three Young Rats, and Philip Yenawine's children's book (with Dell)

B. Sales & Marketing:
Boston Consulting Group
Christmas catalog
Design stores in Europe and Japan
Edward S. Gordon
Grand Central store
Information systems
Inventory, outages
Lease renewal
Member discounts
Members' Library
Merchandising, displays
Mass Transit Authority advertising
Peat Marwick
Relevance of merchandise to Museum program
Strategic planning
Warehousing agreements

C. Food Services:
Capital improvements
Daka contract revision
Glorious Foods
Information systems
Menu: complaints, reviews, tastings and changes
Peat Marwick
Summer Garden Cafe

D. Other:
Audio guides
Blood drives
Franklin Furnace Archive
Photo studio
Recommendations of the Trustee House, Finance, Publications, and Sales & Marketing Committees

2. Publications Department Strategic Planning Project Summary:
Strategy (trade distribution, McNamee Consulting Co., 12/89)
Accounting (inventory control and royalty recordkeeping)
AAP Format (putting 511 cost center in AAP Profit & Loss format)
Budget (separating Publications from Retail)
Reports (streamlining sales reports)
Trade Sales (distribution outline, 1/90)
Promotion (catalogue and direct mail)
Foreign (Thames & Hudson foreign rights)


Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Ellen Schwartz Harris Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons and Organizations:
Schwartz Harris, Ellen

Administrative Information


The papers of Ellen Schwartz Harris, Deputy Director for Finance and Auxiliary Activities, were transferred to the Museum Archives by Ethel Shein, then Assistant to the Director of the Museum, in August, 1995.

Preferred Citation

Ellen Schwartz Harris Papers, [folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Container List

Folder List

Folder Title
1 November 1991 to July 1991
2 June 1991 to April 1991
3 March 1991 to January 1991
4 December 1990 to October 1990
5 September 1990 to July 1990
6 June 1990 to September 1989
7 Facsimile letters: January 29, 1992 to Aug. 3, 1990
8 Publications Department Strategic Planning Summary

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