James S. Ackerman papers, [ca. 1942-1950]

Ackerman, James S., b. 1919
Art historian, Architectural historian
Active in Cambridge, Mass.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Lecture notes, lecture outlines, and writings from Ackerman's graduate student years at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, ca. 1942-1950. Included are notes from courses given by Henry Russell Hitchcock, R. Krautheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Meyer Shapiro, Dimitri Tselos, and Martin Weinberger; also mimeographed lecture outlines of various courses; and a 1 p. Christmas skit by graduates of the Institute. Also included is a notebook of commentary on works of art and architecture kept by Ackerman while he travelled in France and Italy in 1948; a copy of "Shooting Palladio," Ackerman's account of the filming of "Palladio: the Architect and his Influence in America," based on a diary kept from 1977-1980; and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art, architectural historian; Cambridge, Mass. Ackerman was born in San Francisco in 1919. He received his undergraduate training at Yale, and his M.A. (1947) nd Ph.D. (1952) at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts. His studies were interrupted by his Army service in Italy during WWII, where he volunteered for the Monuments and Fine Arts service recovering the archives of the palace of Milan, which led to his Ph.D. study of Milanese Renaissance architecture. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, 1952-1960, and at Harvard from 1961.

Donated 1990 and 1996 by James Ackerman.

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