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One of the treasures of Newark. Founded in 1909, the Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey. Collections include the best collection of Tibetan art in the Western hemisphere. In line with the philosophy of its founding Director, John Cotton Dana, the Museum has always had an unusually strong service and educational commitment.
Art For All: The Special Collections. Samantha Johnston and Rosie Uyola. Clementine Productions, 2008. Documentary on the history of Special Collections at Newark Public Library from John Cotton Dana to William Dane.
Ulysses Grant Dietz. Magazine Antiques. 182(1), Jan/Feb 2015, pp. 129-145.
History of the Museum. Influence of the first director, John Cotton Dana, in establishing collections of contemporary American Art, folk art, decorative arts, and Asian and African art. Rutgers-restricted Access
Steven Kern. Antioch Review 74(2), Spring 2016, pp. 271-284.
"[John Cotton Dana's] 1913 essay, ‘'The Gloom of the Museum,” signaled a whole new philosophy and intent for museums in America; Dana called for a fresh start with facilities, location, content, service, and audience. Indeed, his comparison of a museum to a department store more than one hundred years ago is consistent with current museum expectations: a popular gathering place that is relevant and accessible, that serves all ages and people and attracts visitors from outside the community, that is a place of discovery and excitement, and that intersects deeply with the region’s business and industry." Rutgers-restricted Access
"Museums and Department Stores: Close Encounters,"
Carol Duncan IN High-pop: Making Culture into Popular Entertainment. Jim Collins, ed. Malden, Mass., Blackwell Publishers, 2002, pp.129-154. Available?
Antoinette M. Guglielmo. Curator: The Museum Journal 55(2), April 2012, pp. 203-214
"Benjamin Ives Gilman’s metaphor of the art museum as a temple and John Cotton Dana’s metaphor of the museum as a department store...are often viewed by historians in a dichotomy of unresolved tension." Rutgers-restricted Access
The Newark Museum: A Chronicle of the Founding Years, 1909-1934.