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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1759-1759.4

Ernest Francisco Fenollosa papers


Chiefly lectures and writings on Japanese art by Ernest Francisco Fenollosa, curator of Oriental art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.


  • 1881-1952
  • Majority of material found within 1881-1909

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and Japanese.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


5 linear feet (3 volumes and 6 boxes)

Includes six lectures on Japanese art, 1881, and other lectures and writings on Japanese art and art education; notebook, 1884, containing descriptions of Japanese paintings and art objects; sketchbook; and diary. Also includes some of Fenollosa's correspondence as well as some correspondence of his widow Lizzie Goodhue Fenollosa, photographs, scrolls, and printed material.

Biographical / Historical

Fenollosa was a poet and student of Oriental art. He taught at the Imperial University of Tokyo (1878-1886) and was manager of the Tokyo Fine Arts Academy and the Imperial Museum. From 1890 to 1897 he was curator of Oriental art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. bMS Am 1759: Lectures on Japanese art
  2. II. bMS Am 1759.1: Notebooks
  3. III. bMS Am 1759.2: Compositions and correspondence
  4. ___A. Compositions by Ernest Francisco Fenollosa
  5. ___B. Correspondence
  6. ___C. Other compositions
  7. IV. bMS Am 1759.3: Additional correspondence and other papers
  8. V. pfMS Am 1759.4: Printed materials concerning Fenollosa

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*63M-220. Gift of Dr. E.G. Stillman; received: 1961. Manuscripts transferred from Widener Library.

*65M-157. Bequest of Dr. E. G. Stillman; received: 1966 March. Manuscripts transferred from Widener Library.

*71M-24. Manuscripts transferred fromWidener Library; received: 1971 July. These Fenollosa manuscripts were purchased by Dr. Ernest Goodrich Stillman at the Walpole Galleries in January 1920. Many of the manuscripts carry a bookplate indicating they belonged to Dr. Stillman's Japanese Collection in the Harvard College Library.

*78M-19. Gift of Mr. Owen Biddle, 1025 Old Gulph Road, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010; received: 1979 March.

Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco, 1853-1908. Ernest Francisco Fenollosa papers, 1881-1952: Guide.
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