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 2,581 people had this role and were involved with 95,956 objects.
  • Designer 2,992 people had this role and were involved with 19,191 objects.
  • Cataloguer 169 people had this role and were involved with 13,314 objects.
  • Vendor 563 people had this role and were involved with 13,133 objects.
  • Bequestor 60 people had this role and were involved with 9,004 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,572 people had this role and were involved with 8,616 objects.
  • Artist 1,092 people had this role and were involved with 6,824 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,031 objects.
  • Maker 861 people had this role and were involved with 2,789 objects.
  • Fund 32 people had this role and were involved with 2,599 objects.
  • Architect 128 people had this role and were involved with 2,071 objects.
  • Client 322 people had this role and were involved with 1,456 objects.
  • For 159 people had this role and were involved with 1,062 objects.
  • Producer 239 people had this role and were involved with 882 objects.
  • Draftsman 97 people had this role and were involved with 756 objects.
  • Publisher 134 people had this role and were involved with 750 objects.
  • Company 165 people had this role and were involved with 653 objects.
  • Weaver 55 people had this role and were involved with 640 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 52 people had this role and were involved with 438 objects.
  • Engraver 148 people had this role and were involved with 410 objects.
  • Agent 61 people had this role and were involved with 400 objects.
  • Distributor 94 people had this role and were involved with 383 objects.
  • Printer 152 people had this role and were involved with 370 objects.
  • After 151 people had this role and were involved with 307 objects.
  • Attributed to 181 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 150 objects.
  • Etcher 27 people had this role and were involved with 119 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.