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 2,326 people had this role and were involved with 94,656 objects.
  • Designer 2,751 people had this role and were involved with 18,784 objects.
  • Cataloguer 163 people had this role and were involved with 13,110 objects.
  • Vendor 531 people had this role and were involved with 12,891 objects.
  • Bequestor 57 people had this role and were involved with 8,991 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,457 people had this role and were involved with 8,225 objects.
  • Artist 986 people had this role and were involved with 6,647 objects.
  • Office of 27 people had this role and were involved with 3,027 objects.
  • Maker 823 people had this role and were involved with 2,733 objects.
  • Fund 32 people had this role and were involved with 2,564 objects.
  • Architect 111 people had this role and were involved with 2,031 objects.
  • Client 244 people had this role and were involved with 1,210 objects.
  • For 153 people had this role and were involved with 1,051 objects.
  • Producer 225 people had this role and were involved with 839 objects.
  • Publisher 124 people had this role and were involved with 838 objects.
  • Weaver 52 people had this role and were involved with 637 objects.
  • Company 159 people had this role and were involved with 631 objects.
  • Draftsman 65 people had this role and were involved with 630 objects.
  • Engraver 129 people had this role and were involved with 465 objects.
  • Design Director 22 people had this role and were involved with 460 objects.
  • Agent 58 people had this role and were involved with 423 objects.
  • Firm 44 people had this role and were involved with 423 objects.
  • Distributor 91 people had this role and were involved with 380 objects.
  • Embroiderer 312 people had this role and were involved with 356 objects.
  • Printer 146 people had this role and were involved with 349 objects.
  • After 142 people had this role and were involved with 299 objects.
  • Attributed to 175 people had this role and were involved with 293 objects.
  • Funder 80 people had this role and were involved with 236 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 17 people had this role and were involved with 159 objects.
  • Lender 4 people had this role and were involved with 155 objects.
  • Etcher 26 people had this role and were involved with 147 objects.
  • Photographer 76 people had this role and were involved with 135 objects.
  • Student at 20 people had this role and were involved with 109 objects.
  • Author 45 people had this role and were involved with 95 objects.
  • Print Maker 48 people had this role and were involved with 90 objects.
  • Source 3 people had this role and were involved with 89 objects.