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COLLECTION Identifier: BER -4

Frederick Hartt papers


Notes and drafts for writings, correspondence, and clippings by Frederick Hartt.


  • 1937-1991

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Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Biblioteca Berenson's usual procedures. Copyright: The Biblioteca Berenson does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collections. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archivist. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Archivist are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.
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1.7 linear feet (4 boxes; 72 folders)
The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts and typescripts of Frederick Hartt's writings, notes, correspondence, and clippings. Series I (Frederick Hartt) has three subseries: 1. Biographical 2. Notes and writings. 3. Correspondence with the publisher H.N.Abrams.The notes and writing subseries includes manuscripts, notes and proofs for Frederick Hartt's books and articles, and a report about Villa I Tatti and Bernard Berenson during World War II. Series II (Bernard Berenson material) consists of obituaries regarding Berenson's death, and a copy of reminiscences presumably by Alda Anrep, the sister of Berenson's longtime secretary Nicky Mariano.


The art historian Frederick Hartt was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1914. He received his B.A. from Columbia College and his Ph.D. from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis (1949-1960). During this period, he was instrumental in forming the university's collection of American abstract expressionist art. He later taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1960-1967), and finally at the University of Virginia (1967-1984).During World War II, he served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division of the U.S. Army and was responsible for a program dedicated to the rescue and restoration of monuments and works of art damaged by war. During his stay in Tuscany he met Bernard and Mary Berenson. Hartt's writings include books on Botticelli, Giulio Romano, Michelangelo, and Donatello. He died in Washington D.C. on October 31, 1991.


The papers are divided in two series: I. Frederick Hartt, II. Bernard Berenson. Series I is sub-divided into three subseries: Biographical; Notes and writings; Correspondence with the publisher H.N.Abrams.

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Biblioteca Berenson in 1993 and in 2002 by Eugene D. Markowski.
Frederick Hartt papers, 1937-1991: A Finding Aid
Biblioteca Berenson
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Part of the Biblioteca Berenson, I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Repository

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