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Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956

Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956

Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924

Art patron, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 40 microfilm reels.

Summary: Letters, business records, diary, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art patron, collector, and museum founder; Boston, Mass. Immediately after graduation from Harvard, Bernard Berenson was hired by Gardner to travel throughout Italy collecting Italian Renaissance art for her recreated Venetian palazzo in Boston. She established her palazzo as a museum of fine European art with stipulations that after her death none of the exhibited works was to be moved or rearranged, but left as she had designed during her lifetime.


Microfilm lent by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for duplicating, 1972-1975.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 380-413, 631-632, 696-698, and 846 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.