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William Harvey Pierson papers, 1935-1970

Pierson, William Harvey, 1911-2008

Editor, Educator, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 12 Linear feet

Summary: A file of selective bibliographies, lectures, notes, and syllabi by art historians for courses at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, ca. 1935-1940; and one typed manuscript and four galley proofs for Pierson's book AMERICAN BUILDINGS AND THEIR ARCHITECTS, Vol. I (1970). Also included is a catalog card file used in the preparation of ARTS IN THE UNITED STATES: A PICTORIAL SURVEY, edited by Pierson, 1960. The ca. 6,000 cards contain descriptions and photographs relating to architecture, decorative arts, photography, graphic arts, Indian arts and artifacts, painting, sculpture, stage design, advertising, and cartoons.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian, educator, editor; Williamstown, Massachusetts.


Donated 1979-1981 by William H. Pierson, Jr.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

William Harvey Pierson papers, 1935-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.