Boxes at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.

COURTESY ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has named two new appointees to positions related to African-American art: Erin Jenoa Gilbert as curator of African-American manuscripts and Rayna Andrews as archivist for the institution’s African American Collecting Initiative.

Gilbert, an independent curator with experience in various departments of Chicago’s Kruger Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, will be charged with developing “a strategy for substantially increasing the collections of papers of and about African-American artists and will travel nationally to acquire collections,” according to…