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Series 1 | A Finding Aid to the William Mills Ivins papers, 1878-1964

William Mills Ivins papers, 1878-1964

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Series 1: Professional and Personal Papers, circa 1908-1961
(Boxes 1-8; 6.5 linear ft.)

This series contains the personal and professional correspondence of William M. Ivins, Jr., consisting mainly of letters addressed to Ivins, with copies of his replies amounting to about five percent of the total. Correspondence with relatives can be found with the Ivins Family Papers.
Of particular interest are the letters of Bernard Berenson, Paul J. Sachs, and Theodore Sizer, each of whom correspondend with Ivins frequently over extended periods; their letters pertain to both professional and personal matters. Very few copies of Ivins' letters to them are contained in the collection; however, Ivins' letters to Sizer (approximately 110 items, dated 1926-1959) are in the collection of Yale University Library.
Also included are letters of condolence upon the death of his wife, Florence Wyman Ivins, in 1948, and correspondence and receipts from print dealers and booksellers concerning purchases for Ivins' personal collection.
This series is organized into three subseries:
1.1: Correspondence, A-Z, circa 1908-1961
1.2: Metropolitan Museum of Art, General Office Files and Correspondence, circa 1919-1947
1.3: Correspondence With Publishers, 1932-1958
1.1:Correspondence, A-Z, circa 1908-1961
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Correspondence, A
(including Elmer Adler)
1
1-2
Alford, Roberta Fansler, 1933-1959
1
3
Ames, Adelbert, Jr., 1940-1947
(about physiology of vision and psychology of perception)
1
4
Ames, Winslow, 1947-1958
(about WMI writings, particularly
Art and Geometry;
family news; announcement of departure from Springfield Art Museum)
1
5
Arensberg, Walter, 1909-1930
(recommending Marcel Duchamp and Walter Pach as assistants in Print Department; symbolism in "The Melancholia"; WMI's reminiscences of Arensberg [classmate, Harvard, 1090], in response to a request from Fiske Kimball)
1
6
Arms, John Taylor, 1930-1948
(tribute on the occasion of WMI's retirement; invitations; letters about juries, Brooklyn Society of Etchers, and other organizations for printmakers)
1
7
Atcheson, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, 1911
1
8
Correspondence, B
(includes Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1937; Beal, Gifford. 1935)
1
9-13
Baerwald, Emil, 1917-1949
(about print collecting and recent sales; comments on WMI writings; Max Friedlander)
1
14
Barlow, T. D., 1927-1953
(about print collecting and books)
1
15
Benson, John, 1952-1956
1
16
Berenson, Bernard and Nicky, 1925-1961
(about visitors to I Tatti; travels, with descriptions of landscapes and light; news of mutual friends; family news; health; reading and writing; projects)
1
17-36
Boas, George
1
37-40
Born, Kay, 1956-1961
1
41-43
Brooks, Van Wyck, and Gladys, 1951-1959
1
44
Burroughs, Alan, 1934-1957
1
45
Burroughs, Bryson, 1922-1934
(MMA news, including death of E. Robinson; family news; charicatures of Acting Director Reily and unknown)
1
46
Burroughs, Louise [Mrs. Bryson], 1948-1961
1
47
Correspondence, C
(includes: Clarke, Kenneth, 1929; Cleland, Thomas; Cortissoz, Royal, 1916-1935)
1
48-52
Carrington, FitzRoy, 1908-1955
(about print collecting; WMI writings for
Print Collectors Quarterly
Print Dept., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; recent books about prints; ts of article by FC, "Some Designs by Florence Wyman Ivins")
2
1
Century Association, 1934-1949
(includes: Beal, Gifford; Tack, Augustus Vincent)
2
2
Champion, Librarie Ancienne, 1921-1927
(correspondence, receipts and invoices regarding purchases by WMI for personal collection)
2
3
Chase, Beulah Dimmick, and Julian, 1946-1958
2
4
Cockerell, Sydney Carlyle, 1921-1956
(about WMI's writings; calligraphy; books and collecting; Fitzilliam Museum; news of mutual friends)
2
5
Cohn, Alfred E., and Aggie Lockwood (Mrs. Manus [daughter?]), 1920-1959
(about art; philosophy; opinions of recently published books; comments on WMI's writings, particularly
Art and Geometry;
news of mutual friends; reports on health of AEC; also included are WMI's letters to AEC, removed from AEC's files and sent to WMI by the Executor of the estate)
2
6-7
Constable, William George, 1932-1961
(about his own writings and speeches, and those of WMI; Bernard Berenson; collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; travels; fakes)
2
8-9
Correspondence, D
(includes: Davies, Arthur B. 1921; Dillyae, Blanche, 1908-1909; duBois, Guy Pene, undated; Duchamp, Marcel, 1926-1927)
2
10-12
Dana, John Cotton, 1917-1925
(about organization of the Newark Public Library, recordkeeping, and curatorial practices)
2
13
DeForest, Robert W., 1918-1930
(about WMI writins; MMA administrative matters; invitations)
2
14
Dodgson, Campbell, 1918-1943
(about Contemporary Art Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and
Print Collectors Quarterly
)
2
15
Correspondence, E
(includes Easby, Dudley T, 1948-1958)
2
16
Elliott, Huger, and Elizabeth Shippen Green, 1927-1949
2
17
Emmett, Burton, 1921-1929
2
18
Erlich, Evelyn, 1948-1950
2
19
Correspondence, F
2
20-21
Firuski, Maurice, 1953-1960
(books offered and purchased for WMI collection at Housatonuc Bookshop, Salisbury, Conn.; some news of mutual friends)
2
22
Frankfurter, Felix, 1940-1960
(about Bernard Berenson; news of mutual friends)
2
23
Frick Collection, 1939-1947
(about WMI lectures there)
2
24
Friedlander, Max J., 1927-1945
2
25
Fulton, John E., 1947-1948
(about Vesalius)
2
26
Correspondence, G
(includes: Gabo, Miriam [Mrs. Naum], and Nina [daughter], 1942-1953; Gallatin, A. E., 1943-1947)
2
27-28
Ginsberg, Jekuthiel, 1942-1953
(about WMI articles for
Scripta Mathematica
)
2
29
Greene, Belle da Costa, 1917-1947
(about mutual friends; Bernard Berenson see also: Grolier Club Morgan Library)
2
30
Grolier Club, 1916-1959
(arrangements for exhibitions and other club business; includes letters from Cassatt, Mary, 1919, 1924; Greene, Belle da Costa, 1921; Havemeyer, Mrs. H.O., 1919; Pennell, Joseph, 1918-1921; Woodbury, Charles H. C., 1921; Young, Mahonri. undated; miscellaneous printed matter, notes, drafts and catalog text)
2
31-34
Correspondence, H
(includes: Haviland, Paul, 1908; Hind, Arthur M., 1920-1953; Hopkinson, Charles, 1946-1952)
3
1-4
Harvard Club
3
5
Harvard University
(includes Class of 1901; general)
3
6
Hauser, Walter, 1946-1956
(about MMA staff)
3
7
Hofer, Philip, 1935-1950
3
8
Howard, Ros, 1945-1948
(about
Art and Geometry;
psychology and physiology of perception; Bernard Berenson)
3
9
Howson, Roger, 1953-1956
3
10
Correspondence, I
3
11
Iconophiles, 1926-1953
3
12
Correspondence, J
(includes: Janson, H. W)
3
13
Correspondence, K
(includes: Kepple, Frederick 1911-1913)
3
14-17
Kelley, Nicholas, 1920-1960
3
18
Kent, Henry W., 1910-1948
(comments on writings and speeches of WMI; MMA administration)
3
19-20
Correspondence, L
(includes: Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut, 1930; Loewy, Raymond, 1934)
3
21-22
Lay, Charles Downing, 1926-1960
(about C. Goodhue Memorial Exhibition; WMI's writings; calligraphy; news of mutual friends)
3
23
Lefferts, Helen Lambert, 1957-1958
(about Daumier exhibition)
3
24
Library of Congress, 1945-1946
3
25
Lockwood, Will, and Louise, 1955-1960
3
26
Lowell Institute, 1949
(regarding Annual Lectures)
3
27
Correspondence, M
(includes MacBride, Henry, 1929; Mielziner, Leo, and Ella F. 1917-1955)
3
28-33
McMahon, A. Philip, 1928-1947
(about own writings and those of WMI)
3
34
Malloch, Archibald, 1932-1953
(about Vesalian essays)
3
35
Mansfield, Howard, and Helen, 1917-1948
(comments on WMI's writings; exhibitions and acquisitions of MMA; biographical notes on HM)
3
36
Mather, Frank Jewett, 1921-1946
(lists of printmakers for his book; about WMI review of Gabriel book)
3
37
Mayor, A. Hyatt, and Virginia, 1940-1960
(about MMA; writings of WMI)
3
38
Merriman, Daniel, 1947-1956
(about Davenport College, Yale University)
3
39
Moe, Henry Allen, 1938-1955
(about perspective and geometry; applicants for Guggenheim Fellowships)
3
40
Morgan, Junius Spencer
(about his collection and new acquisitions)
3
41
Morgan Library, 1922-1958
(appointment of WMI as Honorary Curator of Prints and Drawings; acquisitions; invitations; see also: Greene, Belle da Costa)
3
42
Mosenthal & Sons Insurance
3
43
Morison, Stanley, 1925-1934
(about books and prints; printing;
The Fleuron
(journal of typography); news of mutual friends)
3
44
Munroe, Vernon, 1923-1957
4
1
Munson, Ida, 1960-1961
4
2
Correspondence, N
4
3-5
Newlin, Alice, 1924
4
6
Correspondence, O
4
7
Oppenheimer, Henry, 1919-1936
4
8
Osborne, William Church, 1925-1946
(about MMA administration and policy; writings of WMI; WMI's recommendations for
Bulletin
)
4
9
Correspondence, P
(includes: Pach, Walter, 1921-1955; Phillips, Duncan, 1929-1930; Print Club of Cleveland, 1923-1945; Print Club (of Philadelphia Pa.), 1925-1926; Print Club of Rochester, 1931-1932; Print Collectors Quarterly, 1922-1924; Print Makers Society of California, 1921)
4
10-15
Panofsky, Erwin, 1932-1935
4
16
Pease, Murray, 1945-1950
4
17
Quartich, Bernard, 1918-1934
(invoices and letters concerning purchases of books for WMI personal library)
4
18
Correspondence, R
(includes: Rorimer, James, 1934-1961; Rosenbach, A.S.W., 1931; Rosenberg, Jakob, 1927-1953)
4
19-22
Redmond, Rollin, 1944-1948
4
23
Riggs, Lawrason, 1933-1960
4
24
Robinson, Edward, 1917-1941
(about MMA Print Dept.; other museum business, including loans and exhibitions; travels)
4
25
Rogers, Bruce, 1919-1956
4
26
Rollins, Carl Purington, and Margaret, 1931-1955
(about WMI writings; samples of printing; and news of mutual friends)
4
27
Rosenthal, [Rabbi] Henry M., 1945-1955
4
28-30
Rous, Peyton, 1945-1953
4
31
Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1917-1960
(about his exhibitions; travels; printing; exhibition design; WMI's writings; news of mutual friends)
4
32
Correspondence, S
(includes Schniewind, Carl O., 1930-1946; Sheeler, Charles. undated; Spicer-Simson, Theodore, 1944; Stieglitz, Alfred, 1928-1929)
4
33-39
Sachs, Paul J., and Meta, 1910-1955
(about Fogg Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; acquisitions; PJS lectures; WMI writings and lectures; prints and drawings on the market; travels)
4
40-41
Sarton, George, 1942-1951
(about philosophy, ancient and modern; books;
Isis
(Review of the History and Philosophy of Science); WMI's writings)
4
42
Saunders, A.P., 1942-1948
5
1
Savile Club, 1933-1954
5
2
Simkhovitch, Vladimir G., 1918-1960
(about art; history of ancient Greece; WMI's writings)
5
3
Simonson, Lee, 1929-1956
(about books and reading; WMI's writings; teaching; opera set designs; news of mutual friends)
5
4
Singer, Charles Joseph, 1949-1954
(WMI criticism of CS writings on Vesalius; books; anatomy; writings of WMI)
5
5
Sizer, Theodore, 1922-1960
(WMI lectures to Cleveland Print Club; travels; news of mutual friends; exhibitions; Yale University Art Gallery; TS lectures and book on Trumbull)
5
6-9
Southold [Long Island] property, 1919
5
10
Stechert, G.E. & Co., 1909-1929
(invoices and letters regarding purchase of books for WMI library)
5
11
Stowaways, 1921-1933
5
12-13
Correspondence, T
5
14-17
Taylor, Francis Henry, 1933-1948
(about MMA business; WMI lectures)
5
18
Troxell, Janet, 1954-1959
5
19-20
Correspondence, U
5
21
University of Chicago, 1932-1945
(includes U.C. Press)
5
22
Correspondence, V
5
23-24
Vasari Society, 1922-1933
5
25
Correspondence, W
(includes: Watrous, Harry W., 1925; Watson, Forbes, 1926)
5
26-32
Wallace, Ed, 1954-1958
5
33
Warburg, Felix M., 1919-1935
(about acquisitions for FMW collection)
5
34
Webster, Herman A., and Mounette, 1910-1959
(about travels; prints for sale in Europe; WMI's writings; exhibitions of HAW work in U.S.; German occupation of France)
5
35-36
Weil, Ernst, 1932-1955
(about WMI book purchases; see also: Tauber & Weil)
5
37
Wetmore, Edith, 1928-1956
5
38
Weyhe, E., 1948-1959
(about WMI book purchases)
5
39
Wilkinson, Charles, 1946-1961
(about MMA staff; travels; news of mutual friends)
5
40
Wind, Edgar, 1945-1952
(about Vesalius; translations; Greek art; aesthetics; his own writings and those of WMI; news of mutual friends)
6
1
Winlock, Herbert Eustis, 1931-1948
(about MMA staff; MMA Egyptian expedition; acquisitions; MMA administration)
6
2
Winter, Carl, 1939-1943
(about Elizabethan miniatures; World War II; book about Nicholas Hilliard; news of mutual friends)
6
3
Winternitz, Emanuel, 1945-1961
(about MMA staff; MMA Musical Instrument Collection; news of mutual friends)
6
4
Woodbury, Conn. Property, 1941-1956
6
5
Woodhouse, Betty Burroughs, 1935-1959
6
6
Correspondence, Y
(includes Young, Art, undated)
6
7
Yale University, 1942-1958
(includes Art GalleryConvocation, 1946; Elizabethan Club; Library; Y.U. Press; Yale Review)
6
8
Correspondence, Z
(includes Zigrosser, Carl, 1932-1959)
6
9
Correspondence, unknown and illegible
6
10
1.2:Metropolitan Museum of Art, Correspondence and Office Files, circa 1919-1947
The file on European travels contains letters of introduction to curators and collectors, miscellaneous notes, and expense records for museum business. Files on gifts and loans refer to those from WMI's personal collection to the museum. Metropolitan Museum Studies files include records of the Editorial board meetings, 1927-1936; circulation records, 1933; general records, 1931; Vol 4 and 5, 1933-1935; correspondence with and about contributors, including Burroughs, Alan, Cooke, Walter W.S., Cumont, Diamond, W., Dinsmore, William B., Frick, Colin G., Jacobsthal, Lewis, W.S., Morgan, John Hill, Panofsky, Erwin, Planiscig, L., Richter, Gisela A.M., Tietze, Hans, Updike, D.B., and Wehle, H; and rejected articles. Printed matter does not include exhibition catalogs from the museum.
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Addresses
6
11-13
Calendar, 1931
6
14
Employees' Association, 1937-1947
6
15
European Travels, 1919, 1922
6
16
Gifts, 1922-1946
6
17
Loans, 1923-1936
6
18
Miscellaneous Letters, Notes, etc., 1923-1935
6
19
Pension
6
20
Printed Material Issued by Metropolitan Museum
6
21
Print Department
6
22
Publications
6
23
Restaurant Bills
6
24
Durer Collection of Junius Spencer Morgan, circa 1919
6
25-27
Metropolitan Museum Studies
6
28-50
Clippings
6
51
History of Metropolitan Museum of Art by Winifred E. Howe, 1905-1941
(galley sheets annotated by WMI)
7
1
1.3:Correspondence with Publishers, 1932-1958
DescriptionContainer
On the Rationalization of Sight,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1948
7
2
Three Vesalian Essays,
University of Chicago and New York Academy of Medicine, 1932-1951
7
3-4
Art & Geometry,
Harvard University Press and Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1945-1951
7
5-6
Prints and Visual Communication,
Harvard University Press and Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1950-1958
7
7-8
What Makes a Masterpiece?,
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1953-1954
8
1

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