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COLLECTION Identifier: MS1

Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball,

A portion of the personal papers of museum director and architect Sidney Fiske Kimball relating to the study of architectural history. Included in the papers are letters sent and received, manuscripts and typescripts of books and articles pertaining to European and American architecture and architects, and a vast amount of research material (notes, photos, and printed matter) collected by Mr. Kimball.

Dates

  • 1918-1952.

Language of Materials

English

Physical Description

Folder extent is approximate.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Please contact Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions imposed on the use of the material beyond the regulations established for consulting University-owned manuscripts.

Extent

5 linear feet

36 boxes (520 folders and 4 boxes of 3"×5" cards)

Papers contain subject files, which comprise the largest segment of the collection and include correspondence; manuscript drafts and typescripts of books and articles pertaining to European, especially French, and American architects and architecture; and a considerable amount of research material, such as notes, photographs, and printed material, which was collected by Kimball. The second series includes notes, manuscript drafts and typescripts of books, articles and lectures pertaining to French architecture. The third series consists of 3"x5" card files with bibliographical information on architects, specific architectural works and the history of architectural thought.

[Sidney] Fiske Kimball (museum director and architect)1888-1955:

(See: Nat'l Cyclop. of Amer. Biogr., 47, pp. 660-1)

  • 1888Born, Newton, Mass., December 8, 1888.
  • 1909A.B., Harvard University
  • 1909-10Teaching assistant in fine arts, Harvard University
  • 1910-11Architectural study in Europe as Sheldon fellow of Harvard
  • 1912M.Arch., Harvard University
  • 1912-13Instructor in architecture at University of Illinois
  • 1913Married Marie Goebel, Urbana, Ill., June 7, 1913
  • 1913-15Instructor in architecture at University of Michigan
  • 1915Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • 1915-16Assistant professor in architecture at Univ. of Michigan
  • 1916-17Sachs research fellowship at Michigan
  • 1918-19Assistant professor of fine arts at Univ. of Michigan
  • 1919-23Professor and head of department of architecture and fine arts, University of Virginia
  • 1919-25Lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1921-23Supervising architect of Univ. of Virginia
  • 1923Established the Instit. of Fine Arts at New York University
  • 1923-25Director of the Instit. of Fine Arts and Morse professor of the literature of the arts of design, New York University; also lecturer at the National Academy of Design, New York City.
  • 1924-55Architect for New York University
  • 1925-55Director of Philadelphia Museum of Art until his retirement in January, 1955
  • 1935-55Member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission
  • 1955Director of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • 1955Elected director emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 1955Died, Munich, Germany, August 14, 1955.
Bibliographical Note: Mary Kane, A Bibliography of the Works of Kimball. Ed. by Frederick D. Nichols, (Charlottsville, University of Virginia Press, 1959. 67p.)
1888
Born, Newton, Mass., December 8, 1888.
1909
A.B., Harvard University
1909-10
Teaching assistant in fine arts, Harvard University
1910-11
Architectural study in Europe as Sheldon fellow of Harvard
1912
M.Arch., Harvard University
1912-13
Instructor in architecture at University of Illinois
1913
Married Marie Goebel, Urbana, Ill., June 7, 1913
1913-15
Instructor in architecture at University of Michigan
1915
Ph.D., University of Michigan
1915-16
Assistant professor in architecture at Univ. of Michigan
1916-17
Sachs research fellowship at Michigan
1918-19
Assistant professor of fine arts at Univ. of Michigan
1919-23
Professor and head of department of architecture and fine arts, University of Virginia
1919-25
Lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1921-23
Supervising architect of Univ. of Virginia
1923
Established the Instit. of Fine Arts at New York University
1923-25
Director of the Instit. of Fine Arts and Morse professor of the literature of the arts of design, New York University; also lecturer at the National Academy of Design, New York City.
1924-55
Architect for New York University
1925-55
Director of Philadelphia Museum of Art until his retirement in January, 1955
1935-55
Member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission
1955
Director of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
1955
Elected director emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
1955
Died, Munich, Germany, August 14, 1955.

Arrangement

Organized into the following three series: I. Subject files; II. Book, article and lecture file; and III. Miscellany [Bibliographic note cards].

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers bequeathed to Harvard University under the terms of [Sidney] Fiske Kimball's will. Material received: May 15, 1956.

A substantial portion of Mr. Kimball's files remained in Philadelphia. Mr. Coolidge selected only that which was most appropriate for research in architectural history.
Title
Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball, 1918-1952: Register.
Author
Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library
EAD ID
fal00001

Repository Details

Part of the Fine Arts Library Repository

The Fine Arts Library is among the leading libraries in the world for the study of art, architecture, and visual culture from antiquity to the present. Since 1895, FAL has served the needs of the visual arts community at Harvard, providing research and curricular support for all areas in the history of art, architecture, photography, and the decorative arts. FAL's archival collections may be consulted in the Special Collections Study Room, which is open Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM.

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