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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1801

Bernard Berenson letters to Margaret Scolari Barr


Letters from art historian Bernard Berenson to his friend Margaret Barr.


  • 1936-1966

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
Chiefly photocopies of letters from Berenson to Barr concerning personal matters, mutual friends and social events, as well as discussions of art and art criticism/history. Some letters touch on political matters during the time of World War II. Other letters are copies of correspondence among Max Schuster of Simon and Schuster, Brandt and Brandt, Berenson's U.S. agents, and Nicky Mariano, Berenson's secretary, concerning the US publication of "Rumor and Reflection," which was complicated by passages regarded by some as anti-Semitic.

Biographical / Historical

Berenson, an art historian and leading authority on Italian Renaissance painting, was born in Lithuania, grew up in Boston, and from 1900 lived in his Villa I Tatti, outside Florence.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-97. Gift of Mrs. Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jr., 49 East 96th Street, New York, New York 10028; received: 1966 December.
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. Bernard Berenson letters to Margaret Scolari Barr, 1936-1966: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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