Our cataloguers talk about roles as a way to describe how those responsible for a work were involved in its creation.

A single object may have multiple people, in a variety of different roles, associated with it. Different curatorial departments use descriptive terms in different ways. Over time, this creates tremendous diversity in the vocabulary that appears in collection records. We are currently working to reconcile these differences.

  • Donor 2,869 people had this role and were involved with 82,641 objects.
  • Designer 3,413 people had this role and were involved with 21,477 objects.
  • Cataloguer 171 people had this role and were involved with 13,725 objects.
  • Vendor 603 people had this role and were involved with 13,207 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,729 people had this role and were involved with 9,477 objects.
  • Bequestor 62 people had this role and were involved with 8,280 objects.
  • Artist 1,145 people had this role and were involved with 6,870 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,034 objects.
  • Maker 948 people had this role and were involved with 2,812 objects.
  • Fund 33 people had this role and were involved with 2,749 objects.
  • Architect 128 people had this role and were involved with 2,029 objects.
  • Client 440 people had this role and were involved with 1,691 objects.
  • For 182 people had this role and were involved with 1,131 objects.
  • Producer 272 people had this role and were involved with 956 objects.
  • Draftsman 99 people had this role and were involved with 757 objects.
  • Publisher 185 people had this role and were involved with 702 objects.
  • Company 178 people had this role and were involved with 699 objects.
  • Weaver 58 people had this role and were involved with 532 objects.
  • Firm 69 people had this role and were involved with 489 objects.
  • Design Director 27 people had this role and were involved with 473 objects.
  • Embroiderer 419 people had this role and were involved with 463 objects.
  • Printer 178 people had this role and were involved with 446 objects.
  • Agent 62 people had this role and were involved with 440 objects.
  • Distributor 101 people had this role and were involved with 439 objects.
  • Lender 57 people had this role and were involved with 375 objects.
  • After 155 people had this role and were involved with 352 objects.
  • Attributed to 186 people had this role and were involved with 311 objects.
  • Transferor 16 people had this role and were involved with 305 objects.
  • Funder 89 people had this role and were involved with 252 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 28 people had this role and were involved with 201 objects.
  • Engraver 149 people had this role and were involved with 184 objects.
  • Photographer 101 people had this role and were involved with 175 objects.
  • Print Maker 59 people had this role and were involved with 144 objects.
  • Author 82 people had this role and were involved with 126 objects.
  • Executor 3 people had this role and were involved with 110 objects.
  • Student at 20 people had this role and were involved with 109 objects.