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 2,857 people had this role and were involved with 86,812 objects.
  • Designer 3,403 people had this role and were involved with 21,545 objects.
  • Cataloguer 171 people had this role and were involved with 13,736 objects.
  • Vendor 600 people had this role and were involved with 13,366 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,723 people had this role and were involved with 9,333 objects.
  • Bequestor 62 people had this role and were involved with 8,829 objects.
  • Artist 1,141 people had this role and were involved with 6,898 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,034 objects.
  • Maker 941 people had this role and were involved with 2,984 objects.
  • Fund 33 people had this role and were involved with 2,743 objects.
  • Architect 128 people had this role and were involved with 2,076 objects.
  • Client 436 people had this role and were involved with 1,678 objects.
  • For 180 people had this role and were involved with 1,094 objects.
  • Producer 272 people had this role and were involved with 955 objects.
  • Draftsman 97 people had this role and were involved with 756 objects.
  • Company 177 people had this role and were involved with 698 objects.
  • Publisher 179 people had this role and were involved with 694 objects.
  • Weaver 57 people had this role and were involved with 531 objects.
  • Firm 69 people had this role and were involved with 489 objects.
  • Design Director 27 people had this role and were involved with 471 objects.
  • Embroiderer 419 people had this role and were involved with 463 objects.
  • Distributor 101 people had this role and were involved with 438 objects.
  • Agent 62 people had this role and were involved with 438 objects.
  • Printer 176 people had this role and were involved with 404 objects.
  • Lender 57 people had this role and were involved with 356 objects.
  • After 155 people had this role and were involved with 350 objects.
  • Attributed to 183 people had this role and were involved with 307 objects.
  • Transferor 15 people had this role and were involved with 275 objects.
  • Funder 88 people had this role and were involved with 249 objects.
  • Engraver 149 people had this role and were involved with 231 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 28 people had this role and were involved with 198 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 69 people had this role and were involved with 118 objects.
  • Student at 20 people had this role and were involved with 109 objects.
  • Design Team member 58 people had this role and were involved with 102 objects.