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William Mills Ivins papers, 1878-1964

Ivins, William Mills, 1881-1961

Curator, Lawyer

Collection Information

Size: 20.5 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence, writings, notes, and photographs; and Ivins family papers.
The collection contains professional and personal correspondence with art historians, art dealers, museum curators, print and book collectors, and artists concerning the history of print making, book design and illustration, print collectors and collecting, exhibitions, and museum administration. Correspondence files appear to be complete, and correspondence is of substantive content. Also found are Ivins' published and unpublished writings and lectures, and notes. Of particular interest are the letters from Bernard Berenson, Paul J. Sachs, and Theodore Sizer, each of whom corresponded with Ivins freqently over extended periods about both personal and professional and matters.
Ivins' family papers include family correspondence, genealogies, and photographs. The papers of Ivin's wife, illustrator Florence Wyman Ivins (1881-1948), and the correspondence of several other relatives, can be found here augmented by family photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Museum curator, director; New York, N.Y. Lawyer, 1907-1916; Curator of Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916-1946; Honorary Curator of Prints, Pierpont Morgan Library, 1938- ; Assistant Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933-1938; Acting Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1938-1940.


Donated 1977-1983 by Barbara Ivins, daughter of William Ivins, Jr.