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American Academy in Rome records, 1855- 2012

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3.5: Personal Papers, Memorabilia and Ephemera , 1855-1923, undated

These records (0.66 linear feet, reel 5795) were donated to the American Academy in Rome from various sources or otherwise left on its premises. None are official records generated by the institution and some predate the institution. Included are: Ernest Lewis' photograph album/scrapbook; Allan Marquand's papers; Charles F. McKim's memorabilia, photographs, printed matter, and artifacts; Charles R. Morey's correspondence; and Elihu Vedder's Bible.
Ernest Lewis, fellow in architecture, was at the American Academy in Rome, circa 1908-1911. Little is known of him other than that he practiced architecture in New York. The Ernest Lewis scrapbook, included in this subseries, includes photographs of Lewis and his fellow students (many identified, most likely at a later date), circa 1908-1911; interior views of Mirafiore and Lewis in Egypt; photographs of architectural renderings and drawings of architectural details (some by Lewis, others unsigned); clippings and printed matter about architecture, including illustrations of a prize-winning work, and articles about French architects Constant Désiré Despradelle and Jean Louis Pascal; photographs and reproductions of architectural renderings of Roman buildings and entries in various architectural competitions; a McKim, Mead & White label [possibly a bookplate]; a reprint from The Technology Review, November 1912, of an article about Constant Désiré Despradelle; "Rome Letter," 1913 and undated, by George S, Koyle, Fellow in Architecture, American Academy in Rome; and an article about Jean Louis Pascal from Journal of the American Institute of Architects, circa 1913.
Allan Marquand (1853-1924) was professor of art history and archaeology at Princeton University, from 1883 until his death in 1924. Between 1896 and 1897 he served as a professor in the School of Classical Studies in Rome. From approximately 1909 to 1923, he chaired the annual meeting of the Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies of the Archaeological Institute of America, a committee which originated in the School of Classical Studies. Papers relating to Marquand and included in this subseries were given to the American Academy in Rome by Miss Lucy Shoe, who had received the materials from the Marquand family.
Charles Follen McKim (1847-1909), after studying at Harvard, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and working in the offices of H. H. Richardson, in 1879 formed the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White. After meeting other architects and artists at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and discussing with them the advantages of studying art in Europe, McKim proposed the idea for a school in Europe for American artists. From this plan emerged the American School of Architecture in Rome which eventually became the American Academy in Rome. In addition to being a founder, McKim served as trustee, treasurer, and president; in the early days, McKim's determined service and financial help were responsible for the institution's continued existence. Acquisition documents relating to McKim's files are contained in this subseries and include an itemized list of the gift, labeled as follows: "Documents, property of Mr. McKim, which were brought from Mr. Smith's office by Mr. Dolan (21/8/47) to be left with record in A.A.R. office (in small black case in closet)." Items 10, 11, 12 (case of drawing instruments, 18" ruler, and sketch by unknown artist) were not among the materials received from the American Academy in Rome by the Archives of American Art.
Charles R. Morey (1877-1965) was a professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University, a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Rome in 1903, and professor of classical studies at the American Academy in Rome from 1925 to 1926. From 1945 to 1947, Morey served as Acting Director, and later Director of the American Academy in Rome. Morey's correspondence is included in this subseries.
Mural painter Elihu Vedder (1836-1923), a resident of Rome, was affiliated with the firm of McKim, Mead and White during a stay in America from 1897 to 1898. Nothing is known of the circumstances under which the Elihu Vedder Bible, included in this subseries, became the property of the academy.
This subseries is arranged alphabetically by name of individual to whom the material relates, then by subject.
Description Container Select
Ernest Lewis Photograph Album/Scrapbook, circa 1908-1917
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Allan Marquand Papers
Acquisition, 1951
(label from package and brief explanatory note)
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American Institute of Archaeology, Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, Annual Reports, 1905-1916
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American Institute of Archaeology, Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology Minutes, 1909-1923
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Bibliography, Introduction to Etruscan and Roman Archaeology, undated
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Correspondence, 1896-1920
(concerns fundraising for archaeological fellowships, fellowship candidates, and business of the Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology of the Archaeological Institute of America)
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History of the School of Classical Studies, circa 1909
(notes compiled by Marquand)
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Charles F. McKim Memorabilia, Photographs, Printed Matter, and Artifacts
Acquisition
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Memorabilia
Business card of Charles F. McKim, Architect with Gambrill & Richardson
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Resolution of the Trustees of Columbia College, November 4, 1899
(thanking McKim for his gift of $20,000 to endow traveling scholarships for graduate architects; in leather presentation case, with letter of transmittal to Miss McKim, November 22, 1909)
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Proceedings of "University Day," University of Pennsylvania, February 22, 1909
(stored in OV folder 36: program for ceremony in which McKim was presented an honorary doctor of laws degree; in personalized leather presentation binding Resolution of Society of Columbia University Architects, on the death of Charles Follen McKim, November 1, 1909)
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Invitation to meeting of the American Institute of Architects, December 15, 1909
(commemorating the life and services of Charles Follen McKim)
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Certificate of Election as Academician, National Academy of Design, May 8, 1907
OV 36
Diploma, Master of Arts, Bowdoin College, undated
OV 36
Diploma, Honorary Doctor of Law, University of Pennsylvania, February 22, 1909
OV 36
Diploma, Honorary Doctor of Letters, Columbia College, 1904
OV 36
Life Membership certificate, American Academy in Rome, April 25, 1905
OV 36
Photographs of Charles F. McKim
  • Daguerreotype, circa 1855 (stored in black cabinet, drawer 8: in machine-tooled leather case with red velvet lining, metal clasp, 7.5 x 6.2 cm)
  • Album, undated, 1869 (contains 13 portraits, 11 cartes de visite and 2 tintypes)
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Photographs of Others
  • James Miller McKim (father of Charles F. McKim), undated
  • Unidentified Woman (possibly McKim's mother or another relative), undated
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Printed Matter
  • Portrait of Charles F. McKim (letterpress halftone), undated
  • Church, Albert E. Plates to "Descriptive Geometry," by Albert E. Church. New York, A.S. Barnes and Burr, 1865. (inscribed: "Charles F. McKim, Sept. 1866, Used at Paris while preparing for L'Ecole de Beaux Arts--1867--")
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Artifacts [unfilmed]
  • Steel printing block for McKim's monogram, undated
  • Brass printing plate for calling card of John W. Beatty, Director, Carnegie Institute, undated
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Charles R. Morey Correspondence, 1920
(regarding the Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies of the American Archaeological Institute; also, fellowship application of Albert M. Friend, Jr.)
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Elihu Vedder's Bible (1 wrapped package)
(published by B. Waugh and T. Mason, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, New York, 1833 [cover lacking]; inscribed: "Sent on from Florida rec'd in Rome, Feb. 24th, 1912 by Elihu Vedder")
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