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Haring, Norman Walter, 1898-1944
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Norman Walter Haring Papers
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 1.7 linear feet
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ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-4


The Norman Walter Haring Papers consists of lecture notes, manuscripts, and a diary fragment of the American art historian, professor, and Princeton graduate (Class of 1919) Norman Walter Haring (1898-1944).

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of undergraduate lecture notes from classes at Princeton, manuscripts, and a diary fragment. The lecture notes include those taken in Professor Charles Rufus Morey's lectures on medieval art and Roman sculpture, as well as miscellaneous lecture notes on French Renaissance, miniature painting, and Flemish and Dutch painting. Also included are undergraduate essays, poems, stories, and reviews. In addition, there are lectures on the history of art that Haring gave at Dartmouth College (1923) where he taught for thirteen years, and on Spanish painting of the 15th through 17th centuries, delivered at Columbia University.


The collection is unprocessed, although organized by subject.

Collection Creator Biography:

Norman Walter Haring was born in 1898 and was part of the Princeton University class of 1919. During his career, he taught art history at Columbia University, Dartmouth University, and Princeton University. Haring died in 1944.

Charles Rufus Morey (1877-1955) was an American art historian and chairman of the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University from 1924 to 1945. Born in Hastings, Michigan in 1877, Morey later went on to earn a BA from the University of Michigan in 1899. The following year, he received his MA from the University of Michigan studying classical languages and literature and spent three years at the American School of Classical Studies in Rome. In 1903, Morey came to Princeton as a fellow in Classics. Three years later, he accepted from Allan Marquand the position of Wilson-appointed preceptor in art history at Princeton until 1918 when he was appointed the rank of full professor. Morey taught renaissance and modern art as well as his specialties in early Christian and medieval art, practicing his own belief that his faculty should be knowledgeable in all fields. In 1917, Morey founded the Index of Christian Art, which was the first thematic and iconographic index of Early Christian and medieval art objects.

While at Princeton, Morey worked tirelessly in educating students, faculty, and countless members of the academic community. Morey had a prolific publishing career, his first essay, "The Christian Sarcophagus in S. Maria Antiqua" was published in 1905 and his celebrated volumes Early Christian Art and Medieval Art were both published in 1942. Among countless other articles, reviews, chapters and contributions over his professorship, Morey also directed the Vatican's Museo Sacro catalogue of Christian art, which first appeared in 1936. For seven years he guided a group of five institutions (including Princeton) in a joint excavation of Antioch, and he supervised the ensuing publications. He helped found and cultivate the College Art Association and its publication, The Art Bulletin. In addition to teaching at Princeton, Morey similarly helped develop the art history curriculum at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Humanities.

Throughout his professional career, not limited to the time he was at Princeton, Morey helped establish the budding art history discipline as a respected field of learning. He has been partly credited with making the profession one which students would be encouraged to follow. At the end of his tenure at Princeton, there were the five years (1945-1950) that Morey spent as Cultural Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy in Rome. Morey died in 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Collection History

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Rachel Jordan in 2004. Finding aid written by Rachel Jordan in 2004.

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:

Norman Walter Haring Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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