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 2,808 people had this role and were involved with 86,658 objects.
  • Designer 3,244 people had this role and were involved with 20,071 objects.
  • Cataloguer 171 people had this role and were involved with 13,691 objects.
  • Vendor 589 people had this role and were involved with 13,262 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,645 people had this role and were involved with 9,074 objects.
  • Bequestor 60 people had this role and were involved with 8,694 objects.
  • Artist 1,128 people had this role and were involved with 6,824 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,033 objects.
  • Maker 885 people had this role and were involved with 2,886 objects.
  • Fund 33 people had this role and were involved with 2,721 objects.
  • Architect 128 people had this role and were involved with 2,072 objects.
  • Client 431 people had this role and were involved with 1,670 objects.
  • For 175 people had this role and were involved with 1,090 objects.
  • Producer 260 people had this role and were involved with 935 objects.
  • Publisher 159 people had this role and were involved with 770 objects.
  • Draftsman 97 people had this role and were involved with 756 objects.
  • Company 172 people had this role and were involved with 693 objects.
  • Weaver 56 people had this role and were involved with 530 objects.
  • Firm 67 people had this role and were involved with 486 objects.
  • Design Director 26 people had this role and were involved with 468 objects.
  • Embroiderer 419 people had this role and were involved with 463 objects.
  • Agent 61 people had this role and were involved with 436 objects.
  • Printer 174 people had this role and were involved with 401 objects.
  • Distributor 100 people had this role and were involved with 394 objects.
  • Engraver 149 people had this role and were involved with 351 objects.
  • After 153 people had this role and were involved with 314 objects.
  • Attributed to 182 people had this role and were involved with 303 objects.
  • Transferor 14 people had this role and were involved with 270 objects.
  • Funder 83 people had this role and were involved with 244 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 25 people had this role and were involved with 166 objects.
  • Photographer 95 people had this role and were involved with 164 objects.
  • Lender 4 people had this role and were involved with 155 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 100 objects.
  • Etcher 27 people had this role and were involved with 98 objects.