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 2,872 people had this role and were involved with 81,757 objects.
  • Designer 3,420 people had this role and were involved with 21,477 objects.
  • Cataloguer 171 people had this role and were involved with 13,720 objects.
  • Vendor 604 people had this role and were involved with 13,078 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,736 people had this role and were involved with 9,507 objects.
  • Bequestor 62 people had this role and were involved with 8,275 objects.
  • Artist 1,145 people had this role and were involved with 6,827 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,034 objects.
  • Maker 954 people had this role and were involved with 2,829 objects.
  • Fund 33 people had this role and were involved with 2,751 objects.
  • Architect 128 people had this role and were involved with 2,029 objects.
  • Client 445 people had this role and were involved with 1,698 objects.
  • For 183 people had this role and were involved with 1,132 objects.
  • Producer 272 people had this role and were involved with 957 objects.
  • Draftsman 99 people had this role and were involved with 757 objects.
  • Company 178 people had this role and were involved with 699 objects.
  • Publisher 188 people had this role and were involved with 602 objects.
  • Weaver 59 people had this role and were involved with 537 objects.
  • Firm 70 people had this role and were involved with 490 objects.
  • Design Director 28 people had this role and were involved with 474 objects.
  • Embroiderer 419 people had this role and were involved with 463 objects.
  • Printer 182 people had this role and were involved with 452 objects.
  • Distributor 101 people had this role and were involved with 441 objects.
  • Agent 63 people had this role and were involved with 440 objects.
  • Lender 57 people had this role and were involved with 388 objects.
  • After 155 people had this role and were involved with 352 objects.
  • Attributed to 186 people had this role and were involved with 311 objects.
  • Funder 89 people had this role and were involved with 252 objects.
  • Transferor 16 people had this role and were involved with 220 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 28 people had this role and were involved with 202 objects.
  • Engraver 149 people had this role and were involved with 184 objects.
  • Photographer 101 people had this role and were involved with 175 objects.
  • Print Maker 59 people had this role and were involved with 133 objects.
  • Executor 3 people had this role and were involved with 110 objects.
  • Student at 20 people had this role and were involved with 109 objects.
  • Design Team member 57 people had this role and were involved with 102 objects.