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 2,859 people had this role and were involved with 86,996 objects.
  • Designer 3,403 people had this role and were involved with 21,727 objects.
  • Cataloguer 171 people had this role and were involved with 13,771 objects.
  • Vendor 600 people had this role and were involved with 13,298 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,724 people had this role and were involved with 9,428 objects.
  • Bequestor 62 people had this role and were involved with 8,869 objects.
  • Artist 1,141 people had this role and were involved with 6,900 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,034 objects.
  • Maker 943 people had this role and were involved with 2,998 objects.
  • Fund 33 people had this role and were involved with 2,746 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 1,128 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 699 objects.
  • Publisher 183 people had this role and were involved with 698 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.
  • Agent 62 people had this role and were involved with 440 objects.
  • Distributor 101 people had this role and were involved with 438 objects.
  • Printer 176 people had this role and were involved with 435 objects.
  • Lender 57 people had this role and were involved with 356 objects.
  • After 155 people had this role and were involved with 353 objects.
  • Attributed to 184 people had this role and were involved with 309 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.