Records of the Boston Committee of Sauvegarde de l'art Français, 1925-1938
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Extent.25 linear feet
The materials were damaged in a flood of the Art Museum Archives in 1998. Some of the envelopes are stuck to papers, and some of the ink has run. Many of the papers are wrinkled and some are acidic.
Jean-Jacques Haffner, head of the Department of Architecture at Harvard College, made frequent trips to,France, reporting from there to the Boston Committee on the goings on at the Paris Sauvegarde de l'art Français, and the state of the repairs at Larressingle. By 1930, Sauvegarde de l'art Français had committees in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Madison, and Minneapolis, as well as in cities all over France. The Boston Committee ceased to exist in early 1938 after it completed a successful purchase and restoration of the village of Larressingle. Sauvegarde de l'art Français exists today as a private restoration subsidy; it focuses mainly on the repair and restoration of old churches built prior to 1800. Larressingle is currently a popular tourist destination of the Pyrenees. As of January 2009, a website for the "Friends of Larressingle" was located at http://www.larressingle.asso.fr/; the Sauvegarde website was at http://www.sauvegardeartfrancais.fr/
Series in the collection:
- Series I, Meeting Records, includes secretaries' reports, attendance lists, andinvitations to meetings of both the committee and the subscribers.
- Series II,Correspondence, makes up the largest group of the collection, and consists of correspondencebetween Boston Committee members, and correspondence with the Paris Committee. BostonCommittee Newsletters and Progress Reports, and Paris Committee Newsletters and ProgressReports.
- Series III, Financial Records are grouped as financial contributors'lists, financial correspondence, and bills and receipts.
- Series IV, Maps andArticles, contains articles concerning fundraising efforts, maps and notes regarding Larressingle,and a photocopy of the letter-box in which the collection was originally housed.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Antiquities-- Conservation and restoration
- Antiquities-- Collection and preservation
- Architecture and history--France
- Architecture, Medieval--Europe--Conservation and restoration--History
- Architecture, Medieval--France--Conservation and restoration--History
- Architecture--France--Conservation and restoration
- Art, French--Conservation and restoration
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Cultural property-- Protection-- France-- History-- 20th century.
- Financial records
- Floor plans
- Forbes, Edward W. (Edward Waldo), 1873-1969
- France-- History-- 14th century
- Fund raising-- France
- Fund raising--Massachusetts
- Fund raising--United States--History--20th century
- Gascony (France)--Antiquities
- Gascony (France)-- Buildings, structures, etc.
- Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--France
- Historic sites--Conservation and restoration--France
- Historic preservation--France
- Larressingle (France)
- Larressingle (France)-- Buildings, structures, etc.
- Larressingle (France)-- Historical geography-- Maps
- Monuments -- Conservation and restoration
- Village communities – France, Southwest –History – to 1500
- Records of the Boston Committee of Sauvegarde de l'art Français (SC 6), 1925-1938: A Guide
- Harvard Art Museum Archives
- EAD ID
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