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Friend, Albert Mathias, Jr., 1894-1956
Albert Mathias Friend Papers
Manuscripts Division
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12 boxes
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-12


Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. (Princeton Class of 1915), was an officer and a scholar. Friend served in World War I and then did his graduate studies in art and architecture in Europe, studying and salvaging the great works of art and architecture that may have been damaged by the fighting. He then worked with Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library before becoming a professor at Princeton University. The collection contains notes and course materials from Friend's time as a student and as a professor, correspondence, and some of his research materials, photographs, and negatives, focusing on medieval art and architecture in Greece, Rome, and other Mediterranean cultures.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of personal papers of Friend, ranging from 1914 to 1955, the year before he passed away. These include his undergraduate and graduate notebooks, course plans and lecture outlines for seminars and classes he gave at Princeton, correspondence and souvenirs from all aspects of his life (military, academic, and personal), papers he delivered at Dumbarton Oaks symposia, research notebooks from his time abroad, and his scholarly notes, drawings, photographs, and negatives. Professor Friend's notes and papers are primarily on the subjects of medieval iconography and the architecture of cathedrals and theaters in ancient Greece, Rome, and other Mediterranean cultures. The notes also cover medieval painting and mosaic, classical Greek sculpture, and Byzantine art and architecture. Negatives show Byzantine and Latin manuscripts; art and architecture from Greece, Rome, and medieval France; as well as some personal travel photographs.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Friend, Albert Mathias, Jr., 1894-1956

Albert Mathias Friend, Jr., was an officer and a scholar. After his undergraduate years (Princeton Class of 1915) and a few semesters of graduate study at Princeton, Friend served a tour of duty in the first World War. As a graduate student, he was permitted by the University to remain in Europe, studying and salvaging the great works of art and architecture that may have been damaged by the fighting. After he returned, Friend often spent summers or years abroad, studying manuscripts in the National Libraries of France and Italy. When he had completed his graduate studies, President Dodds offered him a research-intensive professorship in Art and Architecture. Concurrently, he was offered the Directorship of Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, where he had contributed immensely to their Byzantine research and collections. With ties to both Princeton and Dumbarton Oaks, it was a difficult decision. Friend chose the professorship but continued his relationship with Dumbarton Oaks, where he was later appointed Chairman of the Administrative Committee. In this position, he tried to strengthen the research relationship between Princeton and Harvard, putting special emphasis on the annual Dumbarton Oaks symposia.

Collection History


Transferred from Department of Art and Archaeology in 2002 (2003-19). Negatives were transferred in 2013 (2014-49).


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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

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:

Albert Mathias Friend Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-12