Contents and Arrangement

Coolidge, John, dates not examined

1 item

Collection Overview

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 Also present are copies of "A Private Life," the unpublished autobiography of Mather's father, Frank Jewett Mather (1835-1929), and a few photographs of Mather.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

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.

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:

Coolidge, John; Frank Jewett Mather Papers, C0025, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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