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Susan Edwards Harvith

curator , film historian , Museum administrator

Susan Edwards Harvith, museum administrator, curator, film historian. Training grantee Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, 1971-1972; Winterthur grantee Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Delaware, 1971.


Harvith, Susan Edwards was born on January 13, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Arthur Allan and Bernice Hildur (Nelson) Edwards.


Bachelor in Theater, Wayne State University, 1968. Master of Museum Practice, University Michigan, 1973.


Curator exhibitions, director docent program Cranbrook Academy Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1973-1976. Co-curator national touring exhibition Karl Struss: Man With a Camera, 1976-1977. Co-project director Phonograph Centenary Exhibit & Symposium University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1977.

Assistant to director public relations Interlochen (Michigan) Center for Arts, 1979-1980. Gallery director, film program director, teacher film history Firelands Association for Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio, 1981-1989, administrator, 1984-1987. Membership and special events administrator Allen Memorial Art Museum of Oberlin College, 1987-1989.

Executive director Santa Cruz (California) County History Trust, 1989-1990, Regional Council of History Agencies of Center and Northern New York State, Syracuse, 1990-1991. Adjunct faculty member history of film College Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, since 1994. Instructor history of film University College of Syracuse University, since 1992.

Co-curator Hollywood: The Golden Years, New Gallery for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, 1983. Co-curator, lecturer Karl Struss Centenary Exhb. Ohio State University, Columbus, 1987.

Consultant Amon Carter Museum on book and exhibition New York to Hollywood: The Photography of Karl Struss also co-author (with husband) book's afterword Karl Struss: The Man Behind the Camera, 1995.


Active Spectrum, Oberlin, 1986-1989. Member long-range planning committee Lorain County Arts Council, Elyria, Ohio, 1984-1985. President, vice president Oberlin College Women, 1982-1985.

Board directors Light Work, Syracuse, since 1995. Member English Speaking Union.


  • Other Interests

    Collecting art.


Married John Dana Harvith, June 15, 1972. 1 child, Rachel.