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Charles Dailey Papers

Identifier: IAIAMS023

Scope and Contents note

IAIA-MS-023, The Charles Dailey Papers consists of correspondence, printed matter, meeting minutes, budgets, reports, and other materials [7 cu. ft] related to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum and Museum Studies academic program, 1973-2008 [1973-1995, bulk]. As the director of the museum and the head of the museum studies department, Dailey's collection covers the day-to-day activities of his work, including detailed monthy and annual reports for the museum, planning documents for the academic program, and other important events in the museum such as exhibits and educational programming.

Dailey's collection is the most complete look at the evolution of the museum studies program and the IAIA museum. The monthly and annual museum reports are very telling and provide most of the museum's history, while the textbooks and workbooks for the museum studies courses show the progression of teaching techniques in museum training.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1973-1995
  • 1973-2008

Biographical/Historical note

Charles Dailey was an employee of the Institute of American Indian Arts between 1971 and 2008. He was the director of the IAIA museum for many years of his employment, and was the head of the museum training (later museum stuides) department. Dailey's career is considered by many as being very influential in the Indian cultural center and museum movement of the 20th century through his innovative teaching techniques for Native students.


7.0 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript cases, 4 record cartons)

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Arrangement note

The Charles Dailey Papers are arranged in the following order
  1. 1973
  2. 1974
  3. 1975
  4. 1976
  5. 1977
  6. 1978
  7. 1979
  8. 1980
  9. 1981
  10. 1982
  11. 1983
  12. 1984/1985
  13. 1986
  14. 1987
  15. 1988
  16. 1989
  17. 1990
  18. 1993
  19. 1995
  20. Exhibits
  21. Museum Policy Manuals
  22. Museum Construction Documents
  23. MISC IAIA Documents
  24. Museum Studies
  25. Art History
  26. 2008 Donation
Each of the year-titled series is arranged by file type within the series including but not limited to: Correspondence Museum/Collections/Exhibits Academics Printed Matter

Related Archival Materials note

Three collections are related to MS-23:
  1. RG-01, IAIA Records compiled by Chuck Dailey
  2. MS-14, Native Artist Files
  3. MS-16, Museum Studies Resource Files
Charles Dailey Papers
Finding aid prepared by Ryan S. Flahive
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Institute of American Indian Arts Repository