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Reiff, Daniel D. (Daniel Drake). Papers, 1962-2004: A Guide

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 2
Repository: Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
Creator: Reiff, Daniel D. (Daniel Drake)
Title: Papers of Daniel D. Reiff, 1962-2004: A Guide
Date(s): 1962-2004
Quantity: 1 collection (11 files)
Abstract: 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 some photographs of the Fogg Museum, the Carpenter Center with the original Le Corbusier ramp, and Professors Max Loehr and Kenneth Conant.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The collection was donated by Daniel Reiff in October 2004. Two additional folders were donated in April 2012, followed by another folder of photographs in August 2012.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed in March 2007 by Andrea Medina-Smith with assistance from Susan von Salis. Two folders of addenda were processed in May 2012 by Salma Sabreen Hussain. An additional folder of photographs was processed by Brooke McManus in February 2013.

Conditions on Access:

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.


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.

Scope and Content:

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. There are four folders housing all the supplementary information on the professors giving the lectures recorded on CD. All supplementary information on the recordings or the professor is listed directly after the recording, in alphabetical order by last name of lecturing professor. There are two additional folders containing Daniel Reiff's CVs and two duplicate sets of photographs, printed in different years with different resolution. The photographs depict the Fogg Museum, the Carpenter Center, including the original Le Corbusier ramp on the Prescott Street side, Professor Max Loehr, and Professor Kenneth Conant.






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