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 2,640 people had this role and were involved with 94,569 objects.
  • Designer 3,077 people had this role and were involved with 19,621 objects.
  • Cataloguer 170 people had this role and were involved with 13,589 objects.
  • Vendor 575 people had this role and were involved with 13,192 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,588 people had this role and were involved with 8,827 objects.
  • Bequestor 60 people had this role and were involved with 8,728 objects.
  • Artist 1,118 people had this role and were involved with 6,831 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,031 objects.
  • Maker 867 people had this role and were involved with 2,835 objects.
  • Fund 32 people had this role and were involved with 2,670 objects.
  • Architect 128 people had this role and were involved with 2,071 objects.
  • Client 339 people had this role and were involved with 1,505 objects.
  • For 160 people had this role and were involved with 1,065 objects.
  • Producer 245 people had this role and were involved with 898 objects.
  • Publisher 147 people had this role and were involved with 775 objects.
  • Draftsman 97 people had this role and were involved with 756 objects.
  • Company 167 people had this role and were involved with 664 objects.
  • Weaver 56 people had this role and were involved with 645 objects.
  • Design Director 26 people had this role and were involved with 467 objects.
  • Embroiderer 419 people had this role and were involved with 463 objects.
  • Firm 56 people had this role and were involved with 452 objects.
  • Engraver 148 people had this role and were involved with 407 objects.
  • Agent 61 people had this role and were involved with 400 objects.
  • Distributor 95 people had this role and were involved with 386 objects.
  • Printer 157 people had this role and were involved with 378 objects.
  • After 151 people had this role and were involved with 303 objects.
  • Attributed to 182 people had this role and were involved with 302 objects.
  • Transferor 13 people had this role and were involved with 259 objects.
  • Funder 83 people had this role and were involved with 240 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 19 people had this role and were involved with 160 objects.
  • Lender 4 people had this role and were involved with 155 objects.
  • Photographer 88 people had this role and were involved with 154 objects.
  • Etcher 27 people had this role and were involved with 112 objects.
  • Student at 20 people had this role and were involved with 109 objects.
  • Print Maker 54 people had this role and were involved with 105 objects.
  • Author 53 people had this role and were involved with 101 objects.