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 2,890 people had this role and were involved with 82,581 objects.
  • Designer 3,492 people had this role and were involved with 21,911 objects.
  • Cataloguer 171 people had this role and were involved with 13,820 objects.
  • Vendor 606 people had this role and were involved with 12,136 objects.
  • Manufacturer 1,770 people had this role and were involved with 10,022 objects.
  • Bequestor 62 people had this role and were involved with 8,281 objects.
  • Artist 1,152 people had this role and were involved with 6,808 objects.
  • Office of 28 people had this role and were involved with 3,105 objects.
  • Maker 970 people had this role and were involved with 2,893 objects.
  • Fund 33 people had this role and were involved with 2,762 objects.
  • Architect 125 people had this role and were involved with 2,086 objects.
  • Client 445 people had this role and were involved with 1,737 objects.
  • For 183 people had this role and were involved with 1,119 objects.
  • Producer 277 people had this role and were involved with 976 objects.
  • Draftsman 97 people had this role and were involved with 746 objects.
  • Company 178 people had this role and were involved with 698 objects.
  • Publisher 193 people had this role and were involved with 612 objects.
  • Weaver 59 people had this role and were involved with 536 objects.
  • Firm 81 people had this role and were involved with 510 objects.
  • Distributor 107 people had this role and were involved with 477 objects.
  • Design Director 28 people had this role and were involved with 477 objects.
  • Embroiderer 419 people had this role and were involved with 463 objects.
  • Printer 188 people had this role and were involved with 461 objects.
  • Agent 63 people had this role and were involved with 420 objects.
  • Lender 57 people had this role and were involved with 387 objects.
  • After 158 people had this role and were involved with 358 objects.
  • Attributed to 188 people had this role and were involved with 313 objects.
  • Funder 89 people had this role and were involved with 251 objects.
  • Transferor 16 people had this role and were involved with 221 objects.
  • Engraver 163 people had this role and were involved with 207 objects.
  • Graphic Designer 29 people had this role and were involved with 206 objects.
  • Source 4 people had this role and were involved with 187 objects.
  • Photographer 104 people had this role and were involved with 178 objects.
  • Print Maker 60 people had this role and were involved with 134 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.