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Platt, Dan Fellows, 1873-1938 and Platt, Ethel Bliss (1881-1971)
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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

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 (scamss): Boxes 1-5; P-000173