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Thesis Proposal Presentation

What convictions about art education and docent programming did the participants from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Junior League possess when they met for the docent-training course in September 1941? How did this seminar reflect the various bel
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Elizabeth Roath

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Thesis Proposal Presentation

The 1941-1942 Junior League Docent Training Course Conducted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Examination of Museum Education Beliefs and Convictions towards Volunteer Educators

by Elizabeth Roath
2010 What convictions about art education and docent programming did the participants from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Junior League possess when they met for the docent-training course in September 1941? How did this seminar reflect the various beliefs museum education staff held towards volunteer docents and what precedent was set for the relationship between Junior League members and museum educators at this time? Central Research Question Methodology Motivations Docent Training Course This course was formed as an attempt to, “equip a carefully chosen group in the leadership and training of volunteers in their own communities” (Public lecture program, 1941, p. 182). The Players Francis Henry Taylor: Director







Richard Bach: Head of Education

Helen T. Findlay: Researcher, Volunteer studies (and Junior League member) Arguments Final Thoughts Obstacles Archival Research Junior League Particpants 1. restructured Department of Education

2. Helen T. Findlay’s writings about Junior League volunteers in art museums and her session, “Training Volunteers” at the American Association of Museum annual meeting in 1940

3. increase in popularity of Junior League chapters across the country

4. the impending war in Europe

5. Francis Henry Taylor as the new Director of the Met in 1939
- Filling in the gaps of history of docents and museum education
- my (potential) future work with docents from the Junior League
Archives of the Met Travel to NYC is ex$pen$ive

Finding sources
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