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HC 22

Harvard Art Museums. Photographs of the Harvard Art Museums, 1895-2003: A Guide

Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
The President and Fellows of Harvard College

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HC 22
Repository: Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
Title: Photographs of the Harvard Art Museums, 1895-2003: A Guide.
Date(s): 1895-2003
Quantity: 19 linear feet (43 file boxes, oversize materials)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains photographic views of the 1895 and 1927 Fogg Museum buildings, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, united under the Harvard Art Museums name in 1983. It includes exterior and interior views, including images of exhibitions and galleries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The materials of this collection were generated and collected by staff of the Harvard Art Museums.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed August 2004 - May 2006 by Emma Winter-Roffe, Sarah C. Albright and Julia Sullivan with assistance from Jennifer Hughes and Wingsze Mak. Series III and Series IV addenda were processed by Vanessa Marcoux in Summer 2014 and encoded by Michelle Interrante in February 2016. Updates to the finding aid were made by Michelle Interrante in April 2018.

Conditions Governing Access:


Conditions Governing Use:

Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Harvard Art Museums Archives' usual procedures.
Copyright: The President and Fellows of Harvard College hold copyright in images created by Harvard Art Museums employees. Copyright in some items in the collection may be held by their creators' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Harvard Art Museums Archives before publishing any material in the collection.

Biographical / Historical

The original Fogg Museum, commonly referred to as the Old Fogg, opened in 1895. Major funding was provided by Mrs. William Hayes Fogg with the intention of dedicating the museum to the memory of her husband. This building was used until the "new" Fogg Museum opened its doors at the current location at 32 Quincy Street in 1927. The museum was created as a place where interactive learning and research in the field of art could transpire in a single, unified space. This mission is still at the center of the Fogg Museum and the building stands as a reminder of the forward thinking which gave breath to its existence in 1927.


Series and Subseries in the Collection

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photos, slides, glass slides, transparencies, and negatives. Some special features of this collection are photographs of the construction and floor plans of the New Fogg, images of the Montepulciano Presbytery which provided inspiration for the creation of the Fogg Art Museum Courtyard and images of the offices of the Old Fogg Museum staff including the office of Paul J. Sachs. In addition there are images of installation projects of sculptures and paintings including Radcliffe's "Discerning Eye," Pablo Picasso's "Guernica," and Lewis Rubenstein's frescoes for the Busch-Reisinger Museum.
The collection is arranged into two series. Series I contains images of exhibitions, galleries and events. Series II, Fogg Art Museum, contains 13 subseries. Each subseries represent either a different location within the Fogg Art Museum or locations relating to the Fogg Art Museum. In most folders, contents are arranged either chronologically or alphabetically. Series III was added in 2010 and contains 8 subseries, and Series IV was added in 2014 with 4 subseries. Some folders contain documents lacking dates or descriptions and for these items there is no current arrangement.
The original order of Series I was maintained during its processing. There was no original order to Series II, III, or IV prior to processing. All series, subseries and folder titles were created by the processor. The materials are housed in acid free folders.







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