- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Seitz, William Chapin
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- William C. Seitz Notebooks
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-2
William Chapin Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian, painter, and museum curator who received the first PhD in modern art from Princeton University in 1955. The collection consists of ten notebooks Seitz kept for his early courses on ancient art and architecture in Princeton University's Department of Art and Archaeology in 1949 and 1950.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of ten notebooks kept by William C. Seitz as a graduate student in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Notebooks include reading and lecture notes, sketches of ancient sculptures and buildings, test booklets, course syllabi, and assignments for his early courses on ancient art and architecture in 1949 and 1950. They contain both typescript and manuscript notes, chronologies, and outlines, including frequent annotations, drawings, and clippings from art history textbooks. Notebooks also contain notes and reflections on lectures by Princeton professors including E. Baldwin Smith and Richard Stillwell.
- Collection Creator Biography:
William Chapin Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian, painter, and museum curator who received the first PhD in modern art from Princeton University in 1955. He wrote his dissertation on Abstract Expressionism following a yearlong debate over his topic within the Department of Art and Archaeology due to the faculty's divided views. Seitz remained at Princeton as an assistant professor until 1960 when he left to become a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Gift of Malcolm Bell, III in 2015 (AM 2016-46).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Nothing was removed from the collection during 2015 processing.
- Processing Information:
During 2015 processing, notebook pages were removed from original binder enclosures.
This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in December 2015. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in December 2015.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- 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:
William C. Seitz Notebooks; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Architecture, Ancient -- Study and teaching -- 20th century -- Sources.
Art historians -- United States -- New Jersey -- 20th century -- Sources.
Arts, Ancient -- Study and teaching -- 20th century -- Sources.
- Genre Terms:
- Notebooks -- 20th century
- Princeton university. Department of art and archaeology
Seitz, William Chapin