John Cotton Dana


John Cotton Dana


John Cotton Dana was the head of the Free Public Library of Newark and director of the Newark Museum from 1902 and 1909 to 1929 respectively. A scholar, librarian, and champion of the arts, he was instrumental in shaping modern exhibition and curatorial practices.

Birth Date

August 19, 1856


Woodstock, Vermont

Death Date

July 21, 1929




"John Cotton Dana." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, no. 8, 1929, p. 215.

Kern, Steven. "The Modern American Museum Was Invented in Newark." Antioch Review, vol. 74, no. 2, Spring 2016, pp. 271-284.

Maffei, Nicolas . "John Cotton Dana and the Politics of Exhibiting Industrial Art in the US, 1909-1929." Journal of Design History, no. 4, 2000, pp. 301.

William, Dane J.. "John Cotton Dana: His Art Interests & Influence." Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, no. 2, 1997, pp. 3.

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