George Grey Barnard papers, circa 1860-1969, bulk 1880-1938

Barnard, George Grey, b. 1863 d. 1938
Active in New York, N.Y.; Bellefonte, Pa.

This site provides access to the papers of George Grey Barnard in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 5,640 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection size: 13.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of New York sculptor, collector, and dealer George Grey Barnard measure 13.6 linear feet and date from 1860 to 1969, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1880-1938. These papers document his life and work as an artist, as well as his activities as a collector and dealer of medieval art, through correspondence, collecting notebooks, diaries and daily journals, ephemera, inventories, business and financial records, exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings, reference materials, publications, photographs, and a small number of sketches.

Biographical/Historical Note: George Grey Barnard (1863-1938) was an American sculptor, collector, and dealer, whose collection of medieval art formed the nucleus of the Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art of the middle ages.

The bulk of the George Grey Barnard papers was transferred from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (formerly the National Collection of Fine Arts) in 1975 and 2003, where it had been given by the artist's son Monroe in 1970. In 1971, Monroe Barnard donated additional papers. In 1976, the Pennsylvania State University Archives donated 2.0 linear feet of papers.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Additional George Grey Barnard papers are available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1985 the museum loaned approximately 4.0 linear feet of correspondence, exhibition files, and sketches to the Archives for microfilming on reels 3658-3664.