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 2,899 people had this role and were involved with 82,996 objects.
  • Designer 3,503 people had this role and were involved with 22,309 objects.
  • Cataloguer 171 people had this role and were involved with 14,007 objects.
  • Vendor 606 people had this role and were involved with 12,333 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,796 people had this role and were involved with 10,818 objects.
  • Bequestor 62 people had this role and were involved with 8,281 objects.
  • Artist 1,152 people had this role and were involved with 6,807 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,105 objects.
  • Maker 970 people had this role and were involved with 2,938 objects.
  • Fund 33 people had this role and were involved with 2,762 objects.
  • Architect 125 people had this role and were involved with 2,086 objects.
  • Client 445 people had this role and were involved with 1,738 objects.
  • For 183 people had this role and were involved with 1,120 objects.
  • Producer 277 people had this role and were involved with 977 objects.
  • Draftsman 97 people had this role and were involved with 746 objects.
  • Company 178 people had this role and were involved with 698 objects.
  • Publisher 196 people had this role and were involved with 633 objects.
  • Weaver 59 people had this role and were involved with 536 objects.
  • Firm 81 people had this role and were involved with 510 objects.
  • Distributor 108 people had this role and were involved with 507 objects.
  • Design Director 28 people had this role and were involved with 477 objects.
  • Embroiderer 419 people had this role and were involved with 463 objects.
  • Printer 189 people had this role and were involved with 461 objects.
  • Agent 64 people had this role and were involved with 421 objects.
  • After 181 people had this role and were involved with 407 objects.
  • Lender 57 people had this role and were involved with 391 objects.
  • Attributed to 190 people had this role and were involved with 315 objects.
  • Engraver 171 people had this role and were involved with 253 objects.
  • Funder 89 people had this role and were involved with 251 objects.
  • Transferor 16 people had this role and were involved with 221 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 29 people had this role and were involved with 209 objects.
  • Source 4 people had this role and were involved with 187 objects.
  • Photographer 104 people had this role and were involved with 179 objects.
  • Print Maker 60 people had this role and were involved with 134 objects.
  • Author 83 people had this role and were involved with 112 objects.
  • Executor 3 people had this role and were involved with 110 objects.