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 2,243 people had this role and were involved with 87,586 objects.
  • Designer 2,641 people had this role and were involved with 17,883 objects.
  • Cataloguer 163 people had this role and were involved with 13,056 objects.
  • Vendor 505 people had this role and were involved with 11,815 objects.
  • Bequestor 56 people had this role and were involved with 8,951 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,402 people had this role and were involved with 8,116 objects.
  • Artist 959 people had this role and were involved with 6,326 objects.
  • Office of 27 people had this role and were involved with 3,027 objects.
  • Maker 805 people had this role and were involved with 2,675 objects.
  • Fund 32 people had this role and were involved with 2,536 objects.
  • Architect 106 people had this role and were involved with 1,937 objects.
  • Client 209 people had this role and were involved with 1,065 objects.
  • For 136 people had this role and were involved with 1,015 objects.
  • Producer 225 people had this role and were involved with 830 objects.
  • Publisher 117 people had this role and were involved with 802 objects.
  • Weaver 51 people had this role and were involved with 634 objects.
  • Draftsman 65 people had this role and were involved with 630 objects.
  • Company 157 people had this role and were involved with 612 objects.
  • Design Director 22 people had this role and were involved with 456 objects.
  • Engraver 122 people had this role and were involved with 414 objects.
  • Firm 43 people had this role and were involved with 408 objects.
  • Agent 57 people had this role and were involved with 397 objects.
  • Distributor 90 people had this role and were involved with 382 objects.
  • Embroiderer 312 people had this role and were involved with 356 objects.
  • Attributed to 172 people had this role and were involved with 288 objects.
  • After 138 people had this role and were involved with 278 objects.
  • Printer 117 people had this role and were involved with 271 objects.
  • Funder 60 people had this role and were involved with 202 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 17 people had this role and were involved with 162 objects.
  • Lender 4 people had this role and were involved with 150 objects.
  • Etcher 25 people had this role and were involved with 142 objects.
  • Photographer 67 people had this role and were involved with 109 objects.
  • Student at 20 people had this role and were involved with 109 objects.
  • Author 45 people had this role and were involved with 96 objects.
  • Source 3 people had this role and were involved with 90 objects.
  • Print Maker 48 people had this role and were involved with 85 objects.