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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 194

Papers of Morris Carter, 1920-1963


Correspondence of Morris Carter, director of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


  • 1920-1963


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Morris Carter as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 box)

The present collection consists of letters Morris Carterreceived while at the Gardner Museum, some dealing with social events at the Museum, and others of a personal nature.


Morris Carter obtained his AB from Harvard in 1898 and his AM in 1899; he taught at Robert College in Constantinople, 1899-1902; and in 1903-1904 was an assistant at the Princeton University Library. From 1904 to 1910 he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, first as librarian and later as assistant director. In 1919 he became assistant director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum under Mrs. Gardner. Upon her death in 1924 he became director, a post he retained until 1954. He was the author of Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fenway Court, 1925.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 536, 556, 562, 608, 678

The Morris Carter papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in January, February, and June 1963, and January 1964 by Morris Carter.

Processing Information

Processed: January 1974

By: Emily J. Rosenthal

Carter, Morris, 1877-1965. Papers of Morris Carter, 1920-1963: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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