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COLLECTION Identifier: HC 2

Papers of Edward Waldo Forbes, 1867-2005

These papers of Fogg Museum director Edward Waldo Forbes document his administration of the museum and a wide range of personal and professional activities and interests. The bulk of the collection dates from 1909 to 1944. The papers consist primarily of correspondence, including a series of correspondence with art dealers, and also include photographs, reports, expedition field notes and journals, printed material, newspaper clippings, blueprints, meeting minutes, letters of recommendation, insurance records, invoices, page proofs, telegrams, rubbings, sketches, visiting cards, shipping documents and press releases.

Dates

  • 1867-2005

Conditions on Access:

Access: Unrestricted.

Copyright: The President and Fellows of Harvard College hold any copyright in Forbes' papers. Copyright in some papers in the collection may be held by their 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.

Extent

51 linear feet (119 file boxes, oversize materials)

The papers in this collection document Edward Waldo Forbes' career as director of the Fogg Museum, his research interests in the technical study of works of art, his national and international travels, his role as a mentor to students and colleagues, his involvement on boards and committees, and various other personal and professional endeavors and interests. The papers date from 1867 to 2005, with the bulk spanning the years 1909-1944, and consist primarily of correspondence. They include Forbes' so-called "dealer files," in which he maintained letters to and from art dealers separately from other correspondence. The papers include memos, clippings and other published materials, telegrams and radiograms, meeting minutes, reports, expedition logs, photographs, blueprints and architectural drawings, field notes, letters of introduction, lists, page proofs, insurance records, bills of lading, maps, work orders, invoices, posters, press releases, visiting cards, and a few sketches and rubbings.

The folders have been re-housed into archival folders and boxes. Folders and their contents have been kept in their original order, and overstuffed folders have been divided among several folders for the sake of preservation and numbered to indicate that they represent a part of a larger whole (for example: "folder 1 of 2"). The original folder titles have been retained; any added information has been enclosed in square brackets by the processing archivist. The folders are filed alphabetically by title, and in most instances the papers within each folder are filed in reverse chronological order. Occasionally the papers are filed alphabetically instead of chronologically.

It is unknown if the papers' organization was created by Forbes and his staff or imposed by subsequent museum employees. Some folders contained notes of unknown origin and documents clearly added after Forbes' death, including archivists' memoranda. These added materials have been removed from the papers and maintained in separate files in the archives; they may be consulted upon request. The dates of these materials has been preserved in the folder titles, as a cue to researchers that added materials from a given folder can be found in a separate location. Researchers should also note that folder titles are not always entirely accurate or reflective of content. In cases where the folder title and content differ significantly, a note has been added at the folder level of the finding aid.

Acidic documents have been isolated with archival paper and in some cases enclosed in mylar. Fragile materials have been enclosed in mylar. Oversize materials have been filed in oversize storage; separation sheets indicate their removal. These oversize materials may be consulted upon request, and their location is indicated in the detailed container list that follows. Some of the collection suffered water damage in a flood of the archives in 1998; as a result, many of the papers are wrinkled, some ink has run, and some are stuck together and in need of treatment by conservators.

Biography:

Edward Waldo Forbes was born July 16, 1873 on Naushon Island, southwest of Cape Cod. He was the son of William Hathaway Forbes, founder and first president of the American Bell Telephone Company, and Edith Emerson Forbes, daughter of poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Forbes studied at Milton Academy before entering Harvard University, where he received an A.B. in 1895. During his studies at Harvard, Forbes' interest in the fine arts was encouraged by Professor Charles Eliot Norton. In 1898, Forbes traveled to Europe and began an earnest study of art and art history, with a focus on Italian primitive paintings. During these travels he also began to acquire early Italian paintings. Forbes studied English Literature at Oxford University from 1900 to 1902.

Upon his return to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1902, Forbes formed the Harvard Riverside Associates, a group that purchased land between Harvard Yard and the Charles River which would later become part of Harvard's campus. Forbes continued to cultivate his interest in art and became a trustee of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1903 and of the Fogg Museum in 1904. He also taught at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts for one term in 1904, but was obliged to leave the position due to poor health. In 1907, he married Margaret Laighton, an accomplished gardener and watercolorist. They were married until her death in 1966 and raised five children at Gerry's Landing, the Forbes' Cambridge home.

In 1907 Forbes taught his first course, on Florentine painting, at Harvard. He became Lecturer in Fine Arts in 1909, the year he became director of the Fogg Museum. Forbes continued to teach throughout his years as director and was named Martin A. Ryerson Lecturer in Fine Arts in 1935. He was most well-known for his "Egg and Plaster" course, entitled Methods and Processes of Italian Painting, in which students learned about artists' materials and techniques by painting frescoes and using egg yolks to bind tempera to panels.

Forbes assumed the directorship of the Fogg Museum in 1909, after its first director, Charles Herbert Moore, retired At that time, the museum's annual income was minimal, its collections limited, and its architectural spaces not conducive to display and study. Forbes described the collections as being installed, "in galleries where you could not see, adjacent to a lecture hall in which you could not hear." He immediately began efforts to improve the physical spaces of the museum, to garner financial support for its operation and endowment, and to build and strengthen its collections Forbes was tremendously successful in these endeavors; by the time he retired from the directorship in 1944 the Fogg collection had become extensive and world-renowned, the museum was in a new building (opened in 1927) vastly more suited to its purposes, and the museum's financial situation was decidedly more stable.

Forbes' accomplishments at the Fogg were inextricably connected to those of Paul J. Sachs, whom Forbes persuaded to join the Fogg Museum as assistant director in 1915. Under Forbes and Sachs' direction for almost thirty years, the Fogg Museum built a distinguished teaching collection, sponsored a range of archaeological expeditions, and trained curators and directors for many American museums. Both men retired in 1944.

The technical study of works of art was one of Forbes' most passionate interests. He founded the Center for Conservation and Technical Studies (now named the Straus Center for Conservation) at the Fogg in 1928; it was the first fine arts conservation treatment, research, and training facility in the United States. Forbes pioneered the use of x-rays to analyze the technique and authenticity of paintings, to detect repainting, and to further study of attributions. He was also instrumental in the publication and success of Technical Studies in the Field of the Fine Arts, which was published from 1932 to 1942. In recognition of his accomplishments, Forbes was named the first honorary fellow of the Institute of Conservation on his 85th birthday, in 1958. At that time the Institute (now formally called the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) also established an Edward Waldo Forbes prize in his honor.

Forbes received many awards and distinctions throughout his career and was also active on various boards and committees. He received two honorary degrees from Harvard: an A.M. in 1921 and a Doctor of Arts in 1942. He was also honored with an LL.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1927. Forbes served in the American Red Cross in Italy during the first World War, and he was named Chevalier by the French Legion of Honor in 1937. He was a trustee of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for sixty-three years (beginning in 1903) and also a trustee of the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut. Forbes was also on the administrative committee of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and Research Library of Byzantine Studies in Washington, D.C. from 1941 to 1963. In addition, he was a trustee of the Public Reservations of Massachusetts for more than sixty years and a founding member and president of the American Research Center in Egypt from 1948 to 1962.

Throughout his life, Forbes was an avid outdoorsman; he loved to sail, hike, ride and swim, and he was active in the yearly sheeping on Forbes family properties at Nashawena and Naushon Islands in Massachusetts. He was an enthusiastic painter, teased for lugging excessive equipment on even the smallest painting outing, and also loved music and singing. Forbes' kindness, hospitality and generosity were legendary.

Edward Forbes died in Belmont, Massachusetts on March 11, 1969.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged in two series:
  1. Series I: General Correspondence
  2. Series II: Dealer Files
Series I, General Correspondence (#1-2350), contains correspondence with a wide range of individuals and is arranged alphabetically by folder title. Series II, Dealer Files (#2351-2574), consists of correspondence with art dealers, filed alphabetically by name, as well as photographs of works of art, grouped by geographical location, school or medium.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were left at the Fogg Museum by former director Edward Waldo Forbes.

Related Material:

There are additional papers of Edward Waldo Forbes and the Forbes family in the Harvard University Archives and in Houghton Library. There are also papers related to the Sauvegarde de l'Art Français in the Harvard Art Museums Archives.

Box and Folder Locations

  1. Box 1: Folders 1-24
  2. Box 2: Folders 25-50
  3. Box 3: Folders 51-77
  4. Box 4: Folders 78-105
  5. Box 5: Folders 106-124
  6. Box 6: Folders 125-145
  7. Box 7: Folders 146-171
  8. Box 8: Folders 172-194
  9. Box 9: Folders 195-221
  10. Box10: Folders 222-244
  11. Box 11: Folders 245-275
  12. Box 12: Folders 276-300
  13. Box 13: Folders 301-322
  14. Box 14: Folders 323-345
  15. Box 15: Folders 346-367
  16. Box 16: Folders 368-389
  17. Box 17: Folders 390-413
  18. Box 18: Folders 414-435
  19. Box 19: Folders 436-464
  20. Box 20: Folders 465-492
  21. Box 21: Folders 493-522
  22. Box 22: Folders 523-544
  23. Box 23: Folders 545-567
  24. Box 24: Folders 568-590
  25. Box 25: Folders 591-618
  26. Box 26: Folders 619-650
  27. Box 27: Folders 651-677
  28. Box 28: Folders 678-701
  29. Box 29: Folders 702-726
  30. Box 30: Folders 727-745
  31. Box 31: Folders 746-771
  32. Box 32: Folders 772-799
  33. Box 33: Folders 800-823
  34. Box 34: Folders 824-849
  35. Box 35: Folders 850-873
  36. Box 36: Folders 874-896
  37. Box 37: Folders 897-917
  38. Box 38: Folders 918-938
  39. Box 39: Folders 939-962
  40. Box 40: Folders 963-987
  41. Box 41: Folders 988-1012
  42. Box 42: Folders 1013-1043
  43. Box 43: Folders 1044-1068
  44. Box 44: Folders 1069-1090
  45. Box 45: Folders 1091-1106
  46. Box 46: Folders 1107-1131
  47. Box 47: Folders 1132-1155
  48. Box 48: Folders 1156-1176
  49. Box 49: Folders 1177-1201
  50. Box 50: Folders 1202-1219
  51. Box 51: Folders 1220-1241
  52. Box 52: Folders 1242-1259
  53. Box 53: Folders 1260-1273
  54. Box 54: Folders 1274-1294
  55. Box 55: Folders 1295-1312
  56. Box 56: Folders 1313-1328
  57. Box 57: Folders 1329-1345
  58. Box 58: Folders 1346-1362
  59. Box 59: Folders 1363-1379
  60. Box 60: Folders 1380-1402
  61. Box 61: Folders 1403-1428
  62. Box 62: Folders 1429-1447
  63. Box 63: Folders 1448-1469
  64. Box 64: Folders 1470-1489
  65. Box 65: Folders 1490-1511
  66. Box 66: Folders 1512-1531
  67. Box 67: Folders 1532-1558
  68. Box 68: Folders 1559-1582
  69. Box 69: Folders 1583-1605
  70. Box 70: Folders 1606-1627
  71. Box 71: Folders 1628-1651
  72. Box 72: Folders 1652-1678
  73. Box 73: Folders 1679-1701
  74. Box 74: Folders 1702-1716
  75. Box 75: Folders 1717-1735
  76. Box 76: Folders 1736-1755
  77. Box 77: Folders 1756-1774
  78. Box 78: Folders 1775-1797
  79. Box 79: Folders 1798-1816
  80. Box 80: Folders 1817-1833
  81. Box 81: Folders 1834-1850
  82. Box 82: Folders 1851-1868
  83. Box 83: Folders 1869-1891
  84. Box 84: Folders 1892-1914
  85. Box 85: Folders 1915-1937
  86. Box 86: Folders 1938-1955
  87. Box 87: Folders 1956-1975
  88. Box 88: Folders 1976-1996
  89. Box 89: Folders 1997-2014
  90. Box 90: Folders 2015-2034
  91. Box 91: Folders 2035-2048
  92. Box 92: Folders 2049-2065
  93. Box 93: Folders 2066-2084
  94. Box 94: Folders 2085-2101
  95. Box 95: Folders 2102-2119
  96. Box 96: Folders 2120-2138
  97. Box 97: Folders 2139-2157
  98. Box 98: Folders 2158-2176
  99. Box 99: Folders 2177-2194
  100. Box 100: Folders 2195-2215
  101. Box 101: Folders 2216-2239
  102. Box 102: Folders 2240-2257
  103. Box 103: Folders 2258-2270
  104. Box 104: Folders 2271-2282
  105. Box 105: Folders 2283-2295
  106. Box 106: Folders 2296-2316
  107. Box 107: Folders 2317-2333
  108. Box 108: Folders 2334-2350
  109. Box 109: Folders 2351-2368
  110. Box 110: Folders 2369-2386
  111. Box 111: Folders 2387-2413
  112. Box 112: Folders 2414-2438
  113. Box 113: Folders 2439-2458
  114. Box 114: Folders 2459-2480
  115. Box 115: Folders 2481-2503
  116. Box 116: Folders 2504-2525
  117. Box 117: Folders 2526-2546
  118. Box 118: Folders 2547-2561
  119. Box 119: Folders 2562-2574
  120. Box 120: Oversize materials
Names
  1. Abbott, Jere
  2. Allerton, William
  3. Ames, Winslow
  4. Asplund, Erik Gunnar, 1885-1940
  5. Austin, Arthur Everett,1900-1957
  6. Barnard, George Grey, 1863-1938
  7. Barr, Alfred Hamilton, 1902-
  8. Baum, Julius, 1882-
  9. Bell, Hamilton, 1857-1929
  10. Benesch, Otto, 1896-1964
  11. Berenson, Bernard,1865-1959
  12. Berenson, Mary, 1864-1945
  13. Berliner, Rudolf, 1886-
  14. Bingham, Henry
  15. Binyon, Laurence, 1869-1943
  16. Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970
  17. Bliss, Mildred Barnes, 1879-1969
  18. Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962
  19. Bohn, J. Lloyd
  20. Brown, John Nicholas,1900-
  21. Brummer Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
  22. Buck, Richard D.
  23. Burroughs, Alan, 1897-1965
  24. Burroughs, Bryson, 1869-1934
  25. Chapin, Cornelia Van Auken, 1893-
  26. Chiera, Edward, 1885-1933
  27. Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, b. 1879
  28. Clark, Kenneth, 1903-1983
  29. Conant, Kenneth John, 1894-
  30. Constable, W. G. (William George), 1887-
  31. Coolidge, Charles Allerton, 1858-1936
  32. David, Sir Percival, 1892-
  33. Demotte, G. J., d. 1924
  34. Demotte, Inc.(New York, N.Y.)
  35. Demus, Otto
  36. DeWild, A. Martin
  37. Dossena, Alceo, 1878-1937
  38. Douglas, R. Langton
  39. Duell, Prentice, 1894-1960
  40. Dudley, Laura
  41. Durand-Ruel Galleries (New York,N.Y.)
  42. Durham, Charles
  43. Durlacher Bros. (New York, N.Y.)
  44. Duveen, Joseph Duveen, Baron, 1869-1939
  45. Duveen Brothers
  46. Edgell, George Harold, 1887-1954
  47. Ehrich, Robert W.
  48. Eliot, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
  49. Farnsworth, Marie
  50. Fewkes,Vladimir J.
  51. Ficke, Arthur Davison, 1883-1945
  52. Fitzgerald, Anne, 1902-
  53. Fogg, Elizabeth
  54. Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969
  55. Forbes, Margaret Laighton
  56. Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron),1870-1959
  57. Freedley, Durr, 1888-1938
  58. Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984
  59. Friedlander, Max J., 1867-1958
  60. Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924
  61. Gettens, Rutherford J. (Rutherford John)
  62. Giedion, S.(Sigfried), 1888-1968
  63. Gilman, Margaret,1883-1969
  64. Gimpel & Wildenstein (Gallery: NewYork, N.Y.)
  65. Gnoli, Umberto, 1878-1947
  66. Goldman, Henry, 1856-
  67. Goldman, Hetty, 1881-1972
  68. Goldschmidt, Adolph, 1863-1944
  69. Graeff, Walter
  70. Greene, Belle da Costa
  71. Greene, Jerome Davis, 1874-1959
  72. Guiffrey, Jean
  73. Hahn, Andrée
  74. Hambidge, Jay, 1867-1924
  75. Hanfmann, George Maxim Anossov, 1911-
  76. Henríquez Ureña, Pedro, 1884-1946
  77. Henry Reinhardt & Son
  78. Hind, Arthur Mayger, 1869-1943
  79. Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984
  80. Holt, George
  81. Holmes, C. J. (Charles John), 1868-1936
  82. Huntington, Archer M. (Archer Milton), 1870
  83. Iacovleff, Alexandre, 1887-1938
  84. Ives,Herbert Eugene, 1882-1953
  85. Jacques Seligmann &Co.
  86. Jayne, Horace H. F. (Horace Howard Furness),1898-
  87. Kelekian, Dikran G., 1868-1951
  88. Kimball, Sydney Fiske, 1888-1955
  89. Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-
  90. Kress, Samuel H. (Samuel Henry), 1863-1955
  91. Krinkin, Lydia Nadejena
  92. Lake, Kirsopp, 1872-1946
  93. Laurie, A. P. (Arthur Pillans),1861-1949
  94. Lee of Fareham, Viscount (Arthur Hamilton Lee), 1868-1947
  95. Lehman, Arthur
  96. Lehman, Robert, 1892-1969
  97. Lochoff, Nicholas
  98. Loeb, James, 1867-1933
  99. Loeser, Charles A.
  100. Longstreet, Gilbert Wendel
  101. Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943
  102. Lucas, E. Louise (Edna Louise), b. 1899
  103. Lyon, R. Arcadius
  104. M. Knoedler &Co.
  105. Maclagan, Eric Robert Dalrymple, 1879-1951
  106. Mannes, Leopold D.
  107. Marle, Raimond van, 1888-1936
  108. Mather, Frank Jewett, 1868-1953
  109. Matisse, Henri,1869-1954
  110. Matisse, Pierre
  111. Meeks, Everett Victor, 1879-1954
  112. Miles, Emily Winthrop
  113. Mongan, Agnes
  114. Moore, Charles Herbert, 1840-1930
  115. Morey, Charles Rufus,1877-1955
  116. Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont),1867-1943
  117. Mortier, Édouard Napoléon César Edmond, duc de Trevise, 1912-1946
  118. Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919
  119. Murray, John E.
  120. Newberry, John S. (John Stoughton), 1910-1964
  121. Newton, Roger Hale
  122. Nicolson, Benedict
  123. Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908
  124. Norton, Edith
  125. Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, 1866-
  126. Norton, Richard, 1872-1918
  127. Norton, Sara, 1864-1922
  128. Offner, Richard, 1889-1965
  129. O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986
  130. Opdycke, Leonard, 1895-1977
  131. Oppenheim, Max, Freiheir von, 1860-1946
  132. Pabst, Gustav, Jr.
  133. Pach, Walter, 1883-1958
  134. Paine, Robert Treat,1861-1943
  135. Pelliott, Paul, 1878-1945
  136. Perkins, F. Mason
  137. Pfeiffer, Robert Henry, 1892-1958
  138. Picasso, Pablo,1888-1973
  139. Platt, Dan Fellows, 1873-1938
  140. Plotz, Harry, 1890-1947
  141. Pope, Arthur, 1880-1974
  142. Pope, Arthur Upham, 1881-1959
  143. Porter, Arthur Kingsley, 1883-1933
  144. Porter, Lucy Kingsley
  145. Post, Chandler Rathfon, 1881-1959
  146. Pratt, Harriet Barnes
  147. Puyvelde, Leo van, 1882-
  148. Priest, Alan Reed, 1898-1969
  149. Robinson, Edward, 1858-1931
  150. Robinson, Frederick B.
  151. Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich
  152. Rockefeller, John D., 1906-1978
  153. Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937
  154. Rogers, Meyric R.(Meyric Reynold), 1893-
  155. Rosenberg, Jakob, 1893-
  156. Rosenberg, James N. (James Naumberg), b. 1874
  157. Ross, Denman Waldo, 1853-1935
  158. Rowland, Benjamin, 1904-1972
  159. Rubenstein, Lewis W. (Lewis William), 1908-
  160. Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814
  161. Sachs, Arthur
  162. Sachs, Paul J. (PaulJoseph), 1878-1965
  163. Saint-Gaudens, Homer, 1880-
  164. Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925
  165. Sayre, Eleanor A.
  166. Scheyer, Galka E.
  167. Schmidt-Degener, F. (Frederik),1881-1941
  168. Schroeder, Eric, 1904-
  169. Scott & Fowles (firm)
  170. Scott, Henry Edwards, 1900-
  171. Sickman, L.C. S. (Laurence C. S.)
  172. Siple, Walter H.
  173. Sirén, Osvald, 1879
  174. Sizer, Theodore, 1892-1967
  175. Smith, Hammond, [d. 1927]
  176. Sommer, Clemens Ernst Joseph Adolf, 1891-
  177. Spiridon, Joseph, d.1930
  178. Starr, Richard F. S. (Richard Francis Strong),1900-
  179. Stein, Aurel, Sir, 1862-1943
  180. Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946
  181. Stout, George L. (George Leslie)
  182. Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
  183. Sturgis, Russell,1836-1909
  184. Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957
  185. Thacher, John S.
  186. Thompson, Daniel V. (Daniel Varney), 1902-
  187. Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, 1880-1958
  188. Venturi, Adolfo, 1856-1941
  189. Vernon, Ambrose White, 1870-1951
  190. Walker, John,1906-1995
  191. Warburg, Edward M. M.
  192. Warburg, Felix M. (Felix Moritz), 1871-1937
  193. Warburg, Frieda Schiff, 1876-1958
  194. Warburg, Gerald Felix, 1902-1971
  195. Warner, Langdon, 1881-1955
  196. Warner, Lorraine d'O. (Lorraine d'Orémieulx), 1887-1965
  197. Warren, Gretchen Osgood
  198. Warner, Roger S.
  199. Wells, Cady, 1904-1954
  200. Wetzel, Hervey E.
  201. Wheatland, Richard, 1872-1944
  202. White, William Augustus, 1843-1927
  203. Whittemore, Thomas,1871-1950
  204. Widener, Joseph E. (Joseph Early),1872-1943
  205. Wiles, Bertha Harris, 1896-
  206. Winlock, Herbert Eustis, 1884-1950
  207. Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943
  208. Witt, Robert Clermont, Sir, 1872-1952
  209. Wolfinsohn, Wolfe
  210. Yamanaka Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
  211. Zevallos, Fernando Ortiz de
  212. Ziloty, Alexandre
Subjects
  1. Addison Gallery of American Art
  2. Adolphus Busch Hall (Cambridge, Mass.)
  3. American Academy in Rome
  4. American Association of Museums
  5. American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas
  6. American Federation of Arts
  7. Art--Attribution
  8. Art--Collectors and Collecting
  9. Art--Collectors and Collecting-Italy
  10. Art--Collectors and Collecting--United States
  11. Art--Conservation and Restoration
  12. Art--Conservation and Restoration--Europe-history
  13. Art--Conservation and Restoration--history
  14. Art--Conservation and Restoration--periodicals
  15. Art--Conservation and Restoration--technique
  16. Art--Conservation and Restoration--technological innovations
  17. Art--Conservation and Restoration--United States
  18. Art--Criticism and Interpretation
  19. Art dealers--France
  20. Art dealers--United States
  21. Art--Exhibitions
  22. Art--Exhibitions--History
  23. Art--Exhibition techniques
  24. Art--History-Study and teaching (Higher)--United States
  25. Art--History--20th Century
  26. Art in universities and colleges
  27. Art--Periodicals
  28. Art--Private collections
  29. Art--Study and Teaching-20th Century
  30. Art dealers
  31. Art historians
  32. Art museum directors
  33. Art museums--Administration
  34. Art museums--Educational aspects
  35. Art Museums--Massachusetts--Cambridge-History
  36. Art objects--Collectors and collecting
  37. Art objects--Conservation and Restoration
  38. Art objects--Prices
  39. Art objects--Private collections
  40. Art patronage--Massachusetts
  41. Art patrons
  42. Art--Periodicals--Indexes
  43. Art--private collections
  44. Art publishing
  45. Art--Scholarships, fellowships, etc.
  46. Art--Societies, etc.
  47. Art--Studyand teaching--United States
  48. Art--Study and teaching--20th century
  49. Artists' materials
  50. Artists
  51. Art treasures in war
  52. Ayasofya Müzesi
  53. Berenson Library
  54. Byzantine Institute of America
  55. Carnegie Corporation of New York
  56. Chichén Itzá Site (Mexico)
  57. Cloisters (Museum)
  58. Collectors and collecting
  59. College art museums--Massachusetts--Cambridge
  60. Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch, and Abbott
  61. Commercial documents
  62. Courtauld Institute of Art
  63. Cultural Property--Repatriation
  64. Drawing, European--Collectors and collecting
  65. Dumbarton Oaks
  66. Dunhuang Caves (China)
  67. Emergency Management-Massachusetts
  68. Excavations (Archaeology)
  69. Exhibitions
  70. Expeditions
  71. Fogg Art Museum-Administration
  72. Fogg Art Museum--Benefactors
  73. Fogg Art Museum-History
  74. Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969--Correspondence
  75. Forgery of antiquities
  76. Fund raising
  77. Galerie Durand-Ruel
  78. Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940: San Francisco, Calif.)
  79. Graphische Sammlung Albertina
  80. Harvard Society for Contemporary Art
  81. Harvard University--Alumniand alumnae
  82. Harvard University-Anniversaries, etc.
  83. Harvard University-Benefactors
  84. Harvard University--Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship
  85. Harvard University-Faculty
  86. Harvard University--Germanic Museum
  87. Harvard University--History-20th Century
  88. Harvard University--Museums
  89. Harvard University--Portrait Collection
  90. Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum
  91. Kirkūk (Iraq)--Description and travel
  92. Kirkūk (Iraq)--History
  93. Lectures and lecturing
  94. Longmen Caves (China)-Antiquities
  95. Lyman Allyn Museum
  96. Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N. Y.)
  97. Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont),1867-1943--Art collections
  98. Mosaics, Byzantine--Turkey--Istanbul
  99. Mural painting and decoration
  100. Musée du Louvre
  101. Museum directors
  102. Museum directors-Massachusetts
  103. Museum exhibits
  104. Museum loans
  105. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  106. Museum of Modern Art (New York,N. Y.)
  107. Museums--Massachusetts
  108. Nazi persecution of college teachers
  109. Naushon Island (Mass.)
  110. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  111. Nuzi (Extinct city)
  112. Painting--Conservation and Restoration
  113. Painting--Expertising
  114. Painting--Forgeries
  115. Painting--Radiography
  116. Painting, European--Collectors and collecting
  117. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
  118. Pennsylvania Museum of Art
  119. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  120. Pigments--analysis
  121. Political refugees
  122. Public libraries-Massachusetts--Boston
  123. Publications
  124. Red Cross
  125. Refugees
  126. Research Grants
  127. Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957--Political and Social Views--Exhibitions
  128. Rockefeller Center
  129. Rockefeller Foundation
  130. Rübel Asiatic Art Research Bureau
  131. Sculpture, European--Collectors and collecting
  132. Stradivarius Quartet
  133. Tariff Law and legislation
  134. Trade catalogs--Minerals
  135. Travel-Europe
  136. Vatican City
  137. Victoria and Albert Museum
  138. Worcester Art Museum
  139. World War, 1914-1918
  140. World War, 1939-1945--Art and the War
  141. World War, 1939-1945--Camouflage
  142. X-rays
  143. Yale University Art Gallery
  144. Yugoslavia--Description and travel
  145. Czechoslovakia--Description and travel
Form/Genre Terms
  1. affidavits
  2. annual reports
  3. auction catalogs
  4. bills of lading
  5. blueprints (reprographic copies)
  6. condition reports
  7. contracts
  8. field notes
  9. financial records
  10. floor plans
  11. insurance records
  12. invoices
  13. letters of recommendation
  14. maps
  15. memorandums
  16. minutes
  17. newsletters
  18. page proofs
  19. photographic postcards
  20. postcards
  21. posters
  22. press releases
  23. radiograms
  24. rubbings
  25. shipping records
  26. ships plans
  27. sketches
  28. telegrams
  29. visiting cards

Processing Information

The collection was processed from January to April 2008 by Laura Morris. Some of the expedition records in the collection were processed by Meghan Lydon in 2006; these materials are now in folders 606 through 681.
Link to catalog
Title
Papers of Edward Waldo Forbes (HC 2), 1867-2005: A Guide
Author
Harvard Art Museums Archives
Sponsor
These papers were processed with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Getty Foundation
EAD ID
art00005

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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