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Manuscript Collection No. 787
Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Tom L. Freudenheim was born in Stuttgart, Germany on July 3, 1937. In 1942, he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen. He is married to Leslie M. Freudenheim, who is an architectural historian, museum curator/director, and writer. They have two grown sons.
Freudenheim has served as director of several museums, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, and London’s Gilbert Collection. As Assistant Secretary for Museums at the Smithsonian Institutions, he had oversight responsibility for all the national museums. An art historian with degrees from Harvard College (1959) and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts (1966), he also was director of the Museum Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at Harvard College, he attended the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion from 1959–1961. Currently, he serves as president of the American Federation of Arts and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal, Curator: The Museum Journal, and other publications.
--Adapted from "Consultant Biographies", by Annenberg Learner (http://www.learner.org/courses/globalart/consultants.html) & "Curriculum Vitae", by Tom L. Freudenheim (http://www.culturalconsulting.com/TLFCVMar08.pdf), accessed November 3, 2011.
This collection consists of correspondence, committee minutes, and museum exhibit plans. Dr. Tom L. Freudenheim was very concerned with the preservation of Jewish culture and the wider American culture through museums, which led him to posts with national prominence with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institute. He was also involved with the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. This collection strongly represents various organizations for museum professionals such as the Association of Art Museum Directors, Museum Management Institute, and the American Association of Museums. It also provides insight into the process of museum accreditation and professional standards.
This collection is arranged in one (1) series; material arranged topically and roughly chronologically.
Terms of Access and Use
This collection is open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Laura MacCarthy, by the act of donating the Tom L. Freudenheim Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Tom L. Freudenheim or his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Tom L. Freudenheim Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-787. Tom L. Freudenheim Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Tom L. Freudenheim Papers were received from Laura MacCarthy, Archives Specialist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. in February, 2007.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Processing was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
Processed by Michelle Wirth, August, 2011.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Freudenheim, Tom L.
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission
American Association of Museums
Association of Art Museum Directors
Museum Management Institute