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Charles W. Millard Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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5 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1, B-001200 to B-001203


Consists of select correspondence, dating from 1946 to 2011, of art historian Charles W. Millard (1932-2017) with artists such as Sir Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Carl Chiarenza, Mark Hewitt, Nick George, Jules Olitski, and others.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, dating from 1946 to 2011, of art historian, writer, and curator Charles W. Millard (1932-2017). Correspondents include several artists such as Sir Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Carl Chiarenza, Mark Hewitt, Nick George, Jules Olitski, and Kenneth Noland. Additional correspondents include Princeton University Professor of American Art and Architecture Donald D. Egbert; Lawrence Morton, former music curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and artistic director of the Ojai Festival; and writer Allan Gurganus.

Most of the correspondence consists of incoming letters and includes handwritten and typewritten letters as well as email print-outs.

Collection Creator Biography:

Millard, Charles W.

Completing undergraduate and graduate work at Princeton University ('54) and Harvard University (MA '63, PhD '71), art historian and avid collector Charles W. Millard (1932-2017) worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden before becoming director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Ackland Art Museum from 1986 to 1993. In 2015 Millard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Millard also served for a time as art critic for The Hudson Review magazine.

Millard maintained close friendships with several artists including Sir Anthony Caro (1924-2013), Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), Carl Chiarenza, and others.

Collection History


Select Correspondence with Anthony Caro was a gift of Charles W. Millard ('54) in 2015 (AM 2015-82). Millard bequeathed the remaining materials in the collection, which were received from his estate in 2018 (AM 2018-112).

Custodial History

Material in the Select Correspondence with Anthony Caro file group was held by The Hudson Review before being donated to Princeton University Library.


No materials were removed from the collection during 2015 or 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in May 2015. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in May 2015.

Additional materials were processed by Sara Rogers in July 2018. Finding aid updated by Sara Rogers in July 2018.

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:

Charles W. Millard Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1, B-001200 to B-001203