Contents and Arrangement

The Intellectual Operation in Indian Art, dates not examined

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection covers a broad spectrum of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy's work in the fields of art history, philosophy, religion, and social criticism. Present in these papers are typescript drafts, proofs, and revised published copies of many of his articles and a few of his books, A New Approach to the Vedas (London: Luzac, 1933), Time and Eternity (Ascona, Switzerland: Artibus Asiae, 1947), Yaksas (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institute, 1928). Many retyped and edited versions of Coomaraswamy's work prepared for the Bollingen Foundation by Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy after her husband's death may be found with the manuscripts, as well as many illustrations which accompany the works that appear in these papers.

In addition, the collection houses an assortment of notebooks, subject files, and loose notes, correspondence (mostly with colleagues and editors), memorabilia including a tribute to Coomaraswamy compiled by S. Durai Raja Singam, a group of photographs and miscellaneous illustrations, a large group of reprints of Coomaraswamy's articles, plus a smaller group of miscellaneous printed material. A significant portion of the collection consists of Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy's writings, notes, and correspondence. Of special interest is Mrs. Coomaraswamy's correspondence with Wallace Brockway and Alvin Moore which details her editorial methods in her work for the Bollingen Foundation.

A large group of photographs documenting Indic temples and artwork and dance from India and Southeast Asia, is also present, along with drawings, clippings, negatives, postcards, and research notes kept throughout Coomaraswamy's tenure at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

There is no Box 41 in the collection.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research.

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:

The Intellectual Operation in Indian Art; Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Papers, C0038, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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