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Kelleher, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1917-
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Patrick J. Kelleher Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1939-1981 (mostly 1960-1978)
6 boxes
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): 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


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:

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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

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:

Patrick J. Kelleher Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184

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Publication Note:

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:
Princeton university art museum