John D. Morse papers, 1951-1960

Morse, John D., b. 1906
Author, Editor
Active in Sarasota, Fla.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft. (on 2 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Letters; and research material for OLD MASTERS IN AMERICA (1955).

REEL 865: Material compiled in preparation for OLD MASTERS IN AMERICA (Rand McNally, 1955) " a practical guidebook" to the paintings of 40 European "old masters" in American and Canadian art museums. Copies of 4 form letters sent by Morse; 160 letters, 1951-1954, from the museums, some galleries, and some private collectors; and completed questionnaires which list the paintings and usually their dimensions and dates. [Questionnaires have not been filmed as they contain info. found in the publication.]

REEL 3161: Four letters received, 1958-1960, including a letter from Morse's cousin, Ruth Sperry regarding his mother, and letters from Edward Hopper, Byron Browne and William Zorach regarding articles by Morse in ART IN AMERICA.

Biographical/Historical Note: Writer, editor; Sarasota, Florida.

Material on reel 865 donated 1959 by John D. Morse; material on reel 3161 donor is unknown.

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