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Mather, Frank Jewett, 1868-1953
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Frank Jewett Mather Papers
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 28 items
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 Also present are copies of "A Private Life," the unpublished autobiography of Mather's father, Frank Jewett Mather (1835-1929), and a few photographs of Mather.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.

Collection History


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.


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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Frank Jewett Mather Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3