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Kelleher, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1917-
Patrick J. Kelleher Papers
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1939-1981 (mostly 1960-1978)
6 boxes
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-6


Patrick Kelleher was director of the Princeton University Art Museum from 1960 to 1972. His papers consist of articles, notes, photographs, and printed matter from Kelleher about the Holy Crown of Hungary. There is a smaller selection of correspondence with artists and colleagues about the direction of the Art Museum.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists, for the most part, of articles, notes, photographs, and printed matter prepared and collected by Kelleher concerning the Holy Crown of Hungary, which was returned to Hungary by the United States in 1978. Also present is correspondence (1958-1976) with various artists and associates covering, primarily, the period (1960-1972) Kelleher served as director of the Princeton University Art Museum.


Roughly organized into Holy Crown of Hungary material (boxes 1-4) and correspondence and lectures (box 5).

Collection Creator Biography:

Kelleher, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1917-

Patrick Joseph Kelleher, born in 1917, was the much-loved director of the Princeton University Art Museum from 1960 to 1972. During World War II, Kelleher headed the Greater Hesse Division of the monuments, fine arts, and archives section of the United States Army's Office of Military Government for Germany, recovering and returning works of art in Europe. He was most notably in charge of the Holy Crown of Hungary during this time. Kelleher eventually moved to Princeton, where he supervised the first modern expansion of the University's Art Museum. He oversaw the construction and dedication of a new museum building in 1966, and served on the committee that oversaw the selection and installation of the Putnam Memorial Sculptures on campus. He passed away on June 16, 1985.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Patrick J. Kelleher.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Patrick J. Kelleher 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:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-6

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The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, via JSTOR.

Subject Terms:
Art historians -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Art objects, Byzantine.
Artists -- United States -- 20th century.
Holy Crown of Hungary.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war.
Genre Terms:
Photographs, Original.
Princeton University. Art Museum