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Kent, Henry Watson


Henry Watson Kent (1866-1948) was an American librarian and museum administrator, "a great pioneer in American museum education and administration".[1]

Kent was educated at Columbia College, where he was taught by Melvil Dewey. He was librarian at the Norwich Free Academy and then curator for 12 years at the adjacent Slater Memorial Museum. In 1900 Kent started working at the New York Grolier Club, rising from assistant librarian to become President.

In 1905 Robert W. De Forest recruited Kent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in 1907 Kent became Supervisor of Museum Instruction. Appointed to the position of Secretary in 1913, Kent stayed at the Metropolitan until 1940. Kent was a founding member of the American Association of Museums and the American Federation of Arts. In 1924 he was invited to join the Arts Advisory Committee for the Carnegie Foundation.

Henry Watson Kent served as president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts from 1936–1938. In 1930 he received the AIGA Medal, the most distinguished in the field of design and visual communication.

1. Antoniette M. Guglielmo (2008). Workbench of American Taste: Richard F. Bach, Industrial Art, and Consumerism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1917--1940. ProQuest. pp. 70–75. ISBN 978-0-549-98777-2. Retrieved 9 February 2013.

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Henry Watson Kent Collection

Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-153