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- Mather, Frank Jewett, 1868-1953
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Frank Jewett Mather Papers
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 3 boxes and 28 items
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3
Consists primarily of correspondence of the American educator, art critic, and museum director Frank Jewett Mather (1868-1953).
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists primarily of letters received by Mather during the years he was a professor in the art and archaeology department at Princeton (1910-1933) and the first director of the Museum of Historic Art (1922-1946), now the Princeton University Art Museum. Correspondents include such colleagues and friends as John Truslow Adams, Irving Babbitt, Bernard Berenson, Van Wyck Brooks, Royal Cortissoz, Arthur Hazard Dakin, Henry Holt, Clare Leighton, Allan Marquand, Paul Elmer More, Lewis Mumford, and Hans Tietze. The collection includes a unique war item, a letter sent by Mather to Bernard Berenson in England in 1941 that was intercepted and returned by German censors. Also present are copies of "A Private Life," the unpublished autobiography of Mather's father, Frank Jewett Mather (1835-1929), and a few photographs of Mather.
Additions to the collection include correspondence between Mather and Abris and David Silberman (1828-1848) of E. and A. Silberman Galleries in New York City regarding acquiring artwork for the Art Museum, and a manuscript essay on Herman Melville.
The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: AMsS = autograph manuscript signed and TMsS = typed manuscript signed.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Mather, Frank Jewett, 1868-1953
Frank Jewett Mather (1868-1953) was an American art critic and professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University.
The manuscripts about Herman Melville were a gift of Frank Jewett Mather in Septmeber 1946 .
- Custodial History:
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Ran Tao in 2004. Finding aid written by Ran Tao in 2004.
Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Frank Jewett Mather Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Art -- Study and teaching -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Art critics -- United States -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Censorship.
- Genre Terms:
- Autobiographies -- 20th century.
Manuscripts -- 20th century.
Photographs -- 20th century.
- E. and a. Silberman Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
Princeton university art museum
Princeton university. Department of art and archaeology
Princeton University. Museum of Historic Art.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.