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Subseries 4.1 | A Finding Aid to the American Academy in Rome records, 1855- 2012

American Academy in Rome records, 1855- 2012

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4.1: Records of Staff: Directors and School of Fine Arts Faculty , 1903-1947, undated

This subseries consists primarily of the office files of the Rome office directors but also contains four folders of records of the School of Fine Arts faculty. The records document the administration of the School of Fine Arts, the School of Classical Studies, and their facilities in Rome. The most extensive and complete files are those of Gorham Phillips Stevens (1.25 linear feet, reels 5796-5798). Records of other directors, H. Siddons Mowbray (reel 5795), George Breck (reel 5795), Jesse Benedict Carter (reel 5795-5796), James Monroe Hewlett (reel 5798), Chester H. Aldrich (reel 5798), Amey Aldrich (reel 5798), Charles R. Morey (reel 5798), Laurance P. Roberts (reel 5798), Frank P. Fairbanks (reel 5799), and Felix Lamond (reel 5799) are quite incomplete and range in size from 1 folder to 0.5 linear feet.
H. Siddons Mowbray's correspondence includes letters to McKim about the Villa Aurora, expenses, exhibition, and the King and Queen attending the academy opening; a letter from Charles Keck about his studio; and correspondence concerning endowment fundraising.
George Breck's correspondence includes a letter to Secretary Millet about appraisal of the Villa Mirafiore and Madam Loyson's idea of starting a girls' school in Rome that would be a branch of the American Academy in Rome. It also includes letters from Rockefeller's secretary declining to participate in the academy's proposed endowment.
General correspondence of Jesse Benedict Carter concerns competitions, use of the terms "fellowship" and "scholarship," an exhibition, Committee on the School of Classical Studies business, a request for extension of fellowship time, and activities of fellows. Endowment fundraising correspondence concerns Carter's lecturing activities on behalf of the academy's endowment fund and appeals to individuals for contributions. A folder concerning the Villa Mirafiore contains correspondence regarding an agreement to use the Villa Mirafiore as a hospice for mutilated Italian soldiers.
Gorham Phillips Stevens Stevens served as director in 1912. During Carter's tenure as director, from 1913 to 1917, Stevens was director of the School of Fine Arts and served as acting director during Carter's frequent absences. He was acting director following Carter's death in 1917, and in 1919 became the director. His general correspondence includes "Suggestions for the Management of the Academy during the absence of the Director in America;" correspondence about a proposed publication; requests for museum passes; letters of introduction; inquiries about fellowship competitions; travel arrangements; letters concerning shipment of art work, concerns about war conditions, and Daniel Chester French's opinion of the proposed purchase of an enlarging machine for the sculptors; George Breck's comments on prices set by artists for their work; and letters concerning summer school, housing for women, the possibility of McKim's daughter giving his medals and diplomas to the academy, and the trustees decision to inaugurate a new educational policy under a new director.
There is one folder of material relating to Amey Aldrich, sister of Chester H. Aldrich, who acted as an assistant and official hostess during his tenure, and probably served as acting director for a brief time following Mr. Aldrich's death. The folder includes a report on the administrative situation of the academy, ideas about closing the academy during World War II, and evaluation of staff. Material also concerns repairs to buildings, staffing, and receipts for academy funds held by Chester Aldrich and returned after his death.
Records of the directors comprise the bulk of the subseries and are first in the subseries. Records of faculty members Frank P. Fairbanks and Felix Lamond are at the end of the subseries. Director and faculty member names are indicated in bold at the top of each file group.
File groups for each individual begin with any general correspondence and are then arranged alphabetically by subject or name of individual to whom the file relates.
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H. Siddons Mowbray, Correspondence, undated, 1903-1906
32
5
George Breck, Correspondence, 1906-1910
32
6
Jesse Benedict Carter
General Correspondence, undated, 1913-1916
32
7
Endowment Fundraising, undated, 1912-1914
32
8
Villa Mirafiore, 1916
32
9
Gorham Phillips Stevens
General Correspondence, undated, 1912-1934
32
10-18
Academic Council Minutes, 1919-1932
32
19-20
Annual Report (notes), 1916
32
21
Association of Alumni of the American Academy in Rome (includes letter about collaborative problem), 1914-1915
32
22
Benton, Hale P. (Assistant to Director, Rome), 1926-1932
32
23
Blashfield, Edwin H. (Committee on the School of Fine Arts), undated, 1916-1928
32
24
Boring, William A. (Treasurer)/Arthur H. Crane (Assistant Treasurer), 1913-1932
32
25-26
Carter, Jesse Benedict (Director, Rome), undated, 1913-1917
32
27-28
Collaborative Problem, 1916
32
29
Conferences, 1926-1930
32
30-33
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1928
33
1
Del Frate, Gastone (Legal Counsel), 1913-1929
33
2
Egbert, James C. (Committee on the School of Classical Studies), 1922-1932
33
3
Exhibitions, 1913-1917
33
4-7
Fairbanks, Frank P. (Professor in Charge, School of Fine Arts), 1919-1929
33
8
Fellows, undated, 1913-1927
33
9-11
Frank, Tenney (Professor in Charge of Classical Studies), 1924
33
12
Galassi Architetti, 1915-1929
33
13
Guernsey, Roscoe (Executive Secretary), 1920-1932
33
14
Kelsey, Francis W. (Trustee), 1915, 1924
33
15
Kendall, William M. (Trustee), 1913-1930
33
16
La Farge, C. Grant (Secretary)/Wolfe, W.R. (Associate Secretary)/ Moses, Lionel (Assistant Secretary), 1912-1932
33
17-18
Lamond, Felix (Professor of Music), undated, 1924-1928
33
19
Laurie, Charles (Bursar), 1913-1915
33
20
Library and Publications, undated, 1912-1929
33
21
McClellan, George B. (Library Committee; Vice President), 1914-1930
33
22
Mead, William R. (President), 1911-1928
33
23-24
Mellon, Edward P. (Trustee; Endowment Committee), 1913-1915; 1922-1923
33
25
Notes re: Castle of Bolsena and St. Peter's, undated
33
26
Platt, Charles A. (Vice President; Acting President; Committee on the School of Fine Arts; President), 1928-1932
33
27
Richardson, W. Symmes (Professor of Fine Arts), 1914-1915, 1925
33
28
Rotch Traveling Scholarship, 1915
33
29
Sanders, Henry A. (Annual Professor of Classical Studies), 1915
33
30
Showerman, Grant (Director, Summer Session), 1928
33
31
Trowbridge, Breck (Acting President; Vice President; Committee on the School of Fine Arts; Chairman, Endowment Committee), 1915-1926
33
32
Van Buren, Albert W. (Librarian; Professor of Archaeology), 1913-1928
33
33
Vitale, Ferruccio (Committee on Landscape Architecture), 1927-1932
33
34
West, Andrew (Committee on the School of Classical Studies), 1924
33
35
Wilkins, H. Blakiston (Executive Secretary, Rome), 1920-1921
33
36
James Monroe Hewlett
General Correspondence, 1934-1935
33
37
Academic Council Minutes, 1935
33
38
Aldrich, Chester H. (Committee on the School of Fine Arts), 1933-1935
33
39
Boring, William A. (Treasurer), 1933
33
40
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1933
33
41
Del Frate, Gastone (Legal Counsel), 1935
33
42
Guernsey, Roscoe (Executive Secretary), 1933-1935
33
43
La Farge, C. Grant (Secretary), 1933-1934
33
44
McClellan, George B. (Acting President), 1933
33
45
Platt, Charles A. (President), 1933
33
46
Pope, John Russell (President), 1933-1935
33
47
Chester H. Aldrich
Committee on the School of Classical Studies (James C. Egbert, Chairman), 1936-1938
33
48
Committee on the School of Fine Arts (James Kellum Smith, Chairman), undated, 1935-1937
33
49
Guernsey, Roscoe (Executive Secretary), 1935-1940
33
50
McClellan, George B. (Vice President), 1937-1939
33
51
Pope, John Russell (President), 1935-1937
33
52
Smith, James Kellum (President), 1937-1940
33
53
Aldrich, Amey, General Correspondence, 1941
33
54
Charles R. Morey
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1945-1946
33
55
Library, 1945
33
56
Smith, James Kellum (President), 1945-1946
33
57
Laurance P. Roberts
General Correspondence, 1946-1947
33
58
Brown, Frank E. (Professor in Charge of Classical Studies), 1947
33
59
Davico, Riccardo (Secretary, Rome), 1947
33
60
Fulbright Bill, 1947-1948
33
61
Hammond, Mason (Trustee), 1946
33
62
Howe, George (Architect in Residence), 1947
33
63
Lord, Milton E., 1946-1947
33
64
Mendell, Clarence (Committee on the School of Classical Studies), undated, 1946-1947
33
65
Moore, Lamont (Assistant Director), 1947
33
66
Morey, Charles R., (Acting Director, Rome), 1946-1947
33
67
Smith, James Kellum (President), 1946-1947
33
68
Stuart, Meriwether (Executive Secretary), 1946
33
69
Villa Aurelia, 1945-1947
33
70
Williams, Mary T. (Executive Secretary), 1947
33
71
Frank P. Fairbanks (Professor of Fine Arts), Correspondence, 1923-1930
33
72
Felix Lamond (Professor of Music)
Correspondence, 1922-1932
33
73
Endowment Campaign--Fundraising Correspondence, 1919-1920
33
74
Endowment Campaign--Horatio Parker Fund, 1920
33
75

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