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Platt, Dan Fellows, 1873-1938 and Platt, Ethel Bliss
Princeton University Library Collection of Dan Fellows Platt and Ethel Bliss Platt Materials
Manuscripts Division
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1851-1968 (mostly 1915-1950)
6 boxes and 3.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-5; P-000173


Consists of personal papers of archaeologist and art critic Dan Fellows Platt, a member of the Princeton Class of 1895.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of personal papers of Platt. Included are letters from Sbyl Colefax, Richard Offner, James F. Fielder, Harold W. Dodds, Bernard Berenson, Philip Hofer, Walter Lowrie, Frank Jewett Mather, Jr., Edward Hutton, Woodrow Wilson, Mary Chamberlin Fellows (Platt's grandmother), and his parents, Charles and Lillian Platt.

Also included are a few student writings by Platt, with an essay on his impressions of Woodrow Wilson, certificates and awards, photographs, Princeton and family memorabilia, genealogical notes, clippings, a file of correspondence (1938-1971) of Platt's wife, Ethel Bliss Platt, her manuscript catalog of Platt's art collection, miscellaneous papers concerning the art historian F. Mason Perkins for whom Platt acted as investment counselor, and travel journals (1888-1937).

Collection Creator Biography:

Platt, Dan Fellows, 1873-1938

Platt was a member of the Princeton Class of 1895, became an archaeologist, collector and critic of Italian art, was a former mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, and chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Art and Archaeology of Princeton University.


Ethel Bliss Platt was an American tennis player and art collector from Englewood, New Jersey. She married archeologist, author, art collector Dan Fellows Platt in 1900. When her husband died in 1937, Platt inherited one of the largest art collections in America. She gave a good portion of her collection to the Princeton University Art Museum.

Collection History


Gift of Bliss Caulkins Clark in 1999 via the Princeton University Art Museum. Additional material from the Art Museum including correspondence, memorabila, and photographs of Ethel Bliss Platt received in January 2000 and integrated into the collection. AM 2000-10 Additional memorabilia-related materials were tranferred from the Art Museum in 2020. AM 2022-060


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002. Faith Charlton updated the finding aid, including revising the title, adding Ethel Bliss Platt as a creator due to her representation in the collection per inclusive description-related work, and incorporating materials from AM 2022-060.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Dan Fellows Platt and Ethel Bliss Platt Materials; 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:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-5; P-000173