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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 2

Papers of Daniel D. Reiff, 1960-2004


Recordings by Daniel Reiff and Edward A. Ruesling of four Harvard University Fine Arts lectures from April 22, 1963, and supplementary information on the lecturers; Daniel Reiff's CVs and photographs of the Fogg Museum, the Carpenter Center with the original Le Corbusier ramp, and Professors Max Loehr and Kenneth Conant; study set of fine art reproductions issued for Fine Arts 13.


  • 1960-2004

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Copyright: The donor has transferred any copyright held in these papers to the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Copyright in some papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Harvard Art Museum Archives before publishing quotations from any material in the collection.

Conditions on Use:

Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Harvard Art Museums Archives' usual procedures.


1 linear feet (1 file box)
The collection contains recordings of lectures given by professors Sydney Freedberg, Detlef Heikamp, Max Loehr, and Benjamin Rowland, Jr. on April 22, 1963, and supplementary materials related to the lectures and the professors themselves. Also included are Daniel Reiff's CVs and two duplicate sets of photographs, printed in different years with different resolution depicting the Fogg Museum, the Carpenter Center, including the original Le Corbusier ramp on the Prescott Street side, Professor Max Loehr, and Professor Kenneth Conant. The collection also includes a three volume set of fine art reproductions ranging from Oriental-Ancient to Renaissance-Modern issued to students in Fine Arts 13: Introduction to the History of Art.


Daniel Reiff received the B. A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard College in 1963; M.A. in 1964 (Harvard); and Ph.D. in 1970 (Harvard). From 1970-2004 he was a professor of art history at the State University of New York, Fredonia. From 1985-1988 he served as chairman of the art department at the State University of New York. In 2004, he retired as SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. Besides teaching, from 1995-1998, Reiff served as president of Fredonia Preservation Society, Inc. He has written many books on architecture including: Houses from Books: Treatises, Pattern Books and Catalogs in American Architecture, 1758-1950: A History and Guide; Architecture in Fredonia, New York, 1811-1997: From Log Cabin to I.M. Pei; and Small Georgian Houses in England & Virginia: Origins and Development Through the 1750s.

Kenneth John Conant received the B.A. from Harvard College in 1915 and taught architecture at Harvard School of Architecture from 1925-1955.

Sydney Freedberg (1914-1997) was trained at Harvard University and subsequently worked for the Department of Fine Arts from 1953-1983. In addition to being the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor he served as Chairman of the Department from 1959-1963, Walter Channing Cabot Fellow from 1973-1976, and as the Acting Director of the Fogg Museum, 1978-1979. Detlef Heikamp was a visiting professor from the Kunsthistoriches Institute in Florence, and specializes in the Medici family. Max Loehr (1903-1988), studied the history of Chinese art, and was trained at the University of Munich. He subsequently studied, and worked in China from 1940-1949, ending his time there as an Assistant Professor at Tsinghua University. Upon arriving in the United States he worked at the University of Michigan (1951-1960), and Harvard University (1960-1974). Benjamin Rowland, Jr. (1904-1972) studied and lectured on a wide breadth of art history topics including ancient India, modern America, and pre-modern Europe. He was trained at Harvard University and was brought on staff first as a tutor in 1930. In 1950 he became a full professor, and was appointed Gleason Professor of Fine Arts in 1960. He was also a well known watercolorist with pieces exhibited in diverse museums.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Daniel Reiff in October 2004, with addenda in April 2012, August 2012, and November 2019.

General note

  1. Conant, Kenneth John, 1894-
  2. Freedberg, S. J. (Sydney Joseph), 1914-1997
  3. Heikamp, Detlef.
  4. Loehr, Max.
  5. Reiff, Daniel D. (Daniel Drake).
  6. Rowland, Benjamin, 1904-1972.
  7. Ruesing, Edward A.
  8. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
  9. Fogg Art Museum
  10. Harvard University
  1. Art--History
  2. Art--Study and teaching--20th Century
  3. Art--Study and teaching--Massachusetts
  4. College art museums--Massachusetts--Cambridge
  5. Harvard University--History--20th century
  6. Harvard University--Faculty
  7. Photographs--color
Form/Genre Terms
  1. Clippings
  2. CV(s)
  3. Lecture(s)
  4. Lecture note(s)
  5. Obituary
  6. Photographs
  7. Sound recording(s)

Processing Information

Processing Information: The collection was processed in March 2007 by Andrea Medina-Smith with assistance from Susan von Salis. Addenda was processed by Salma Sabreen Hussain in May 2012, by Brooke McManus in February 2013, and by Megan Schwenke in December 2019.
Link to catalog
Papers of Daniel D. Reiff (SC 2), 1962-2004: A Guide
Harvard Art Museums Archives

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Art Museums Archives Repository

The Harvard Art Museums Archives is the official repository for institutional records and historical documents in all formats relating to the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 1895 to the present. Its collections include significant papers of individuals and groups associated with the museums' history, as well as correspondence with collectors, gallery owners, museum professionals, and notables throughout the twentieth century. Its holdings also document the formation of the museums' collections and its mission as a teaching institution.

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