Daniel Catton Rich papers
Thannhauser, Justin, 1892-1976.
Daniel Catton Rich (DCR) was born April 16, 1904, in South Bend, IN to Daniel and Martha (Catton) Rich. He married poet Bertha Ten Eyck James on September 23, 1927 and together they had four children: Anthony Catton, Michael James, Stephen Ten Eyck, and Penelope. DCR received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1926, and went on to Harvard University for one year of post-graduate studies in English and the Fine Arts. Throughout his career, DCR made significant contributions to the advancement of art. DCR was hired by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1927 as Editor of the Art Institute Bulletin. In 1929, he became Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture under the directorship of Robert Harshe, and was promoted in 1931 to Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, eventually filling the role of Chief Curator and Director of Fine Arts until 1958. In 1958, DCR he left the Art Institute to become Director of the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. After his retirement from the Worcester Art Museum directorship in 1970, DCR served as Director Emeritus until his death in New York City in 1976.
DCR was a member of numerous national and internal art council and organizations: International Council of Museums (Paris); American International Academy; Association of Art Museum Directors; American Academy of Arts and Sciences (fellow); American Society of Aesthetics; American Institute of Interior Designers; American Antiquarian Society; American Cultural Society; La Societe des Rosettes et Rubans de France; Phi Beta Kappa; Cliff Dwellers Club; Arts Club; The Wayfarers Club; Art Directors Club (honorary life); Chicago Club; and Tavern Club. Over the course of his career, DCR also served on the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Marlboro College (VT); Chicago Educational TC Council.
|1927-39||Editor of "Bulletin" (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL)|
|1927-39||Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL)|
|1929-31||Associate Curator (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL)|
|1931-38||Curator (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL)|
|1938-58||Director of Fine Arts (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL)|
|1938-45||Director of Institute (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL)|
|1945-58||Trustee (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL)|
|1958-70||Director (Worcester Art Museum)|
|1960-1976||Trustee (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)|
|1970-76||Director Emeritus (Worcester Art Museum)|
Scope and Content Note
The Daniel Catton Rich papers are comprised of the research notes of Daniel Catton Rich (DCR), Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Trustee, and Vivian Barnett (VB), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) Curator, on art objects in and outside the Museum's collection. DCR's research notes specifically pertain to SRGM's Thannhauser Collection. The "Justin K. Thannhauser notes" are the notes co-authored by VB, DCR, and Justin K. Thannhauser on the works in the Thannhauser collection. Also present in the Daniel Catton Rich papers are pages from DCR's appointment book, which include reference to Edouard Vuillard's "Place Vintimille."
|Daniel Catton Rich|
|000549||3||Research Notes (restricted)||undated|
|Justin K. Thannhauser|
|000549||4||Chronology of Thannhauser Galleries||undated|
|000549||5-7||Notes (3 folders)||1972, 1975|
|000549||8||"Notes on His Own Biography"||undated|
|000549||9-11||Vivian Barnett: Research Notes (3 folders)||undated|