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A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

Finding aid created by Lauren Barnett

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Title: Records of the University of Florida Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Dates: 1985-2010
Bulk dates: 1985-1990
Abstract: Records and photographs related to the planning, building and early development of the Harn Museum at the University of Florida.
Extent: 1.5 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: Series 176
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Harn Museum of Art is named in honor of Samuel Peebles Harn (1893-1957), whose family pledged the founding gift to the University of Florida for the museum's construction in 1983. The Museum opened to the public on September 20, 1990 with Budd Bishop as founding Director. The Harn Museum builds and maintains art collections and produces exhibitions and educational programs. Beginning in 2000, the family of David A. Cofrin and Mary Ann Harn Cofrin (daughter of the late Samuel P. Harn) significantly expanded the Museum through a series of major gifts to the University.

Scope and Content

The records of the Harn Museum of Art document the planning, building, development and expansion of the Museum. The records span 1985 to 2010 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1985 to 1990, the period covering the planning, construction and opening of the Museum. The records include photographs, brochures, newspaper articles, press releases, site plans, floor plans and a small amount of correspondence. Also included are oral histories and interviews with founders, staff and other people who played a prominent role in the creation and early development of the Museum. There is one VHS tape recording of an interview and tour with Budd Bishop that made for the opening celebration in 1990.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the University of Florida Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Harn Museum in 2010.

Contents List

1 Museum Planning. 1985-1989
1 Site plans (3 pages of photocopies).
1 Article: "A Masterful Presentation Will Bring Art to the People," Florida Architect. Overview of plans (2 pages of photocopies). 1988
1 News Release: "Harn Museum Sets Opening Dates and Exhibitions". 1989 January
1 Photographs (black and white) of architectural models (7 photos).
1 Slides of architectural models (40 slides).
1 Harn Construction: Museum Groundbreaking and Land Clearing. 1988 March-July
1 Groundbreaking Ceremony photographs (3 photos). 1988 March 31
1 Groundbreaking Ceremony color brochure. 1988
1 Photograph (black and white): Aerial view of Groundbreaking Ceremony. 1988
1 Photographs (color): Land clearing (7 photos). 1988
1 Slides of land clearing (20 slides). 1988
1 Harn Construction: Museum Building Foundation and Construction. 1989
1 Photographs of construction site (20 photos). 1989
1 Slides of exterior and interior building site (240 slides). 1989
1 Harn Construction: Museum Building Construction - Slides of Exterior and Interior (160 slides). 1989 September 7
1 Harn Construction: Museum Building Construction - Slides of Exterior and Interior (160 slides). 1989 October-1990 January
1 Harn Construction: Museum Building Construction - Slides of Exterior and Interior (200 slides). 1990 January-May
1 Harn Museum Grand Opening and Opening Celebrations. 1990
1 VHS Tape of Budd Bishop interview and tour of museum (aired on Coach's Show). 1990 September 29
1 Harn Opening Ceremony speech script by Budd Bishop. 1990
1 University Campaign article. 1990
1 Floor Plan of Museum. 1990
1 Inaugural Exhibitions Calendar (photocopies). 1990
1 "A Brief History of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art" by Lassie Patterson (photocopies). 1990
1 Harn Museum Grand Opening and Opening Celebrations - Slides of Opening Ceremony (154 slides) [Note: For news articles regarding the opening, see the Box 2 folder "Harn in the News"]. 1990
2 Museum Founders and Staff. 1991-1995 and Not dated
2 Article about Budd Bishop, Columbus Monthly (photocopy). 1995
2 Article about Budd Bishop, Florida Magazine (photocopy). 1991
2 Photographs: Museum staff in offices.
2 Photographs (color) of donor Mickey Singer with Monet art (2 photos).
2 Photographs of staff: Budd Bishop, founding director, and Kerry Oliver-Smith, curator of contemporary art.
2 Slides of administration and museum staff.
2 Museum Founders and Staff: Oral Histories. 1992-1993
2 Joseph Sabatella (Dean of Fine Arts).
2 Budd Bishop (Founding Director).
2 LeJene Norman and Peggy Bridges (Founding staff members - Secretary to the Director; Registrar).
2 Robert Bryan (UF President).
2 Scott Sloan (Planning Consultant).
2 Caroline Richardson (Founder).
2 John Mills (House of Representatives).
2 Roy Craven (Donor and Director of Latin American Studies).
2 Harn/Cofrin Family History. 1993 and Not dated
2 Dr. David A. Cofrin honorary degree (nomination by Budd Bishop, letter from Samuel Proctor, 1993 article in Alligator newspaper, etc.).
2 Oral History: Dr. David A. Cofrin.
2 Oral History: Mary Ann Harn Cofrin.
2 Article: "The Act of Giving" (photocopy).
2 Photograph (black and white): Harn family members with portrait of Samuel P. Harn.
2 Photograph (black and white): Dr. David A. Cofrin portrait.
2 Harn Events and Education - Slides (public events, dance performances, tours, etc.). Not dated
2 Harn Registration and Preparation Departments. Not dated
2 Photographs: Registration facilities and staff.
2 Slides: Registration and Preparation staff, gallery installations and de-installations, and art storage and handling areas (86 slides).
2 Harn Facilities - Interior. Not dated
2 Photographs of Administrative Offices (8 photos).
2 Photographs (color) of interior facilities.
2 Slides of museum interior (160 slides).
2 Harn Facilities - Exterior. Not dated
2 Information about the building (photocopies).
2 Architectural features information page.
2 Museum Fact Sheets - Facility Facts.
2 Photographs of exterior building.
2 Photographs (color): Aerial view of Cultural Plaza (2 photos).
2 Slides of exterior building (92 slides).
2 Harn Facilities - Photographs of Building Interior and Exterior. Not dated
2 Harn in the News. 1988-2010 and Not dated
2 CD-Rom of Newspaper and Magazine Articles: Commemorative issue of Gainesville Sun about the Harn opening, 1990; University of Florida Today magazine article, 1988; and a 1988 UF Campaign article. 1988-1990
2 Photograph of billboard: Terry Adkins Exhibition. 2001
2 Article: "At the Harn, the Focus is on Art," Florida Architect. 1991
2 Article: "Harn's Cofrin Pavilion Becomes Certified 'Green' Building" (photocopy).
2 Article: "The Harn Turns 20" (photocopy). 2010

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art - History

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