Grace, Frederick Randolph, 1909-1942. Papers of Frederick Randolph Grace, 1910-2012:
Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
The President and Fellows of Harvard College
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Repository: Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
Title: Papers of Frederick Randolph Grace, 1910-2012: A Guide
Quantity: 8 linear feet (7 file boxes, 2 8.5x12 card boxes, 2 5.5x12 card boxes, 1 15x22 folio box, oversize
Abstract: Class notes and papers from Grace's time as a student at in Harvard's Fine Arts Department,
as well as documents, report cards, and student evaluations related to his work as
a tutor in the department. The collection also includes varied ephemera he collected,
and correspondence received by his widow after his death.
The collection was donated by Judith Grace Stetson in November 2012.
The collection was processed from January to September, 2013 by Brooke McManus with assistance from Karen Trop.
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 Museums Archives
before publishing quotations from any material in the collection.
Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Harvard Art Museums Archives'
There are additional papers concerning Frederick Randolph Grace in the Edward Waldo
Forbes Papers, Records of the Assistants to the Directors, and Paul J. Sachs Papers
in the Harvard Art Museums Archives.
Frederick Randolph Grace was born in New York City on September 21, 1909 to Virginia Fitz Grace (née Randolph)
and Lee Ashley Grace, a cotton importer. One of his siblings, Virginia R. "Mart" Grace,
was a professional archaeologist and worked for the Allies during WWII. In 1926, he
graduated with high marks from Phillips Andover Academy. From 1927-1928, he attended the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. He received his A.B. in Fine Arts from Harvard College in 1930. From 1930-1933 he was employed at the National City Bank of New York.
As an undergraduate, Grace became close with Paul J. Sachs and his wife, Meta, and visited them often at their home Shady Hill. Grace stayed
in touch with Sachs after graduating, and with Sachs' encouragement, he returned to
Harvard to pursue a graduate degree in art in 1934, during which time he was a student
in Sachs' "Museum Course." The same year, he became an Assistant and Tutor in the
Fine Arts Department, positions he held until 1936. Grace married Priscilla Bartol on December 21, 1935. They had four children: John Sebastian, Judith, Nicholas Adam,
and Daniel Gregory.
Between study excursions to Greece in 1934 and 1937, Grace received his A.M. from
Harvard in 1935, and in 1938, he earned a Ph.D. specializing in Ancient Art. His thesis,
Archaic Sculpture of Boeotia, was published by Harvard University Press in 1939. From 1938 to 1941 he was an Instructor
in Fine Arts and acted as Head Tutor; in that capacity, he assigned tutors to lead
academic instruction sessions one on one or in small groups of students. He also delivered
papers at meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America and gave lectures from 1939-1941 in various eastern colleges under the auspices of
the Institute. His final publication was an article titled "Notes on Seventh-Century
Grace served as the Acting Assistant to the Directors of the Fogg Museum for one year from 1941 to 1942, during which time he oversaw museum programs and
exhibition arrangements, and managed the galleries. In the fall of 1941, he was promoted
to a Faculty Instructorship in the Department of the Fine Arts for a period of five
years, which he was unable to fulfill; shortly thereafter, he was commissioned as
a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve in April 1942. Grace died while on active duty on
November 23, 1942. He was the first civilian Harvard faculty member to die in the
The collection is arranged into two series: Education, Research, and Teaching, and
Personal. Each series is further divided into subseries, based on topical groupings.
For example, in the Personal series, "Correspondence" is one subseries, while "Ephemera,
Art, and Memorabilia" is another.
- Series I. Education, Research, and Teaching
- ___Subseries A: Class Materials
- ___Subseries B: Research and Publications
- ___Subseries C: Teaching Materials
- Series II. Personal
- ___Subseries A: Correspondence
- ___Subseries B: Ephemera, Art, and Memorabilia
- ___Subseries C: Transcriptions
The papers in this collection document Frederick Grace's education and brief teaching
career in the Fine Arts Department at Harvard, his research interests in Ancient art,
and the response to his death from colleagues, friends, and family. The bulk of the
material dates from the late 1930s to the mid 1940s. The papers consist of a range
of material including but not limited to class notes, student evaluations, correspondence,
publications, drawings, and photographs.
When possible, acidic documents have been isolated from neighboring materials to mitigate
damage. Extremely fragile materials have been placed in Mylar sleeves. Oversized and
rolled items have been separated and housed in appropriately sized containers. The
location of these items is marked on the finding aid.
- Box 1: 1-18
- Box 2: 19-30
- Box 3: 32-48
- Box 4: 49-65
- Box 5: 66-81
- Box 6: 82-91
- Box 7: 92-131
- Card Boxes 8-9: 31
- Card Box 10: 41
- Card Box 11: 49
- Folio Box 12: Rolled Materials from 95-96, 105
- Map Drawer: Oversized Folders 94, 98-101, 103-104
- Archaeological Institute of America
- Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969.
- Fogg Art Museum.
- Hanfmann, George M. A. (George Maxim Anossov), 1911-1986.
- Harvard University. Alumni and alumnae.
- Harvard University. Art Museums.
- Harvard University -- Dept. of Fine Arts.
- Harvard University. Department of Fine Arts -- Faculty.
- Harvard University -- Faculty.
- Mongan, Agnes.
- Rowland, Benjamin, 1904-1972.
- Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965.
- United States. Naval Reserve.
- Warner, Langdon, 1881-1955.
- Archaeologists--United States
- Art, Ancient.
- Art--Study and teaching--20th Century
- Art historians--Massachusetts--Cambridge.
- Sculpture, Greek--Greece--Voiōtia.
- World War, 1939-1945
- Artifacts (Object Genre)
- Card Files
- Cards (Information Artifacts)
- Clippings (Information Artifacts)
- Lecture notes
- Manuscripts (Document Genre)
- Painting (Visual Works)
- Programs (Documents)
- Series: I:. Education, Research, and Teaching
- A:. Teaching Materials
Scope and Contents: This subseries contains class notes and papers from Grace's undergraduate years at
Harvard, as well as notes and his thesis from his time as a graduate student in the
Department of Fine Arts. Materials are organized chronologically and date from 1923
to 1938. Also included are two boxes of file cards, arranged in original order, which
contain his class notes on architecture, painting, and sculpture, in the eras ranging
from ancient Egypt to the 18th Century.
- 1. Sˡ English, 
- 2. General Review Egyptology 6, [1929-1930]
- 3. Philosophy B, 1929-1930
- 4-6. Fine Arts 9a, 1928-1929
- 7. Fine Arts 9a, 1928-1929 – Class papers
- 8. Fine Arts 13a, 1929
- 9. Philosophical Ideas, their Origins and Development, 1930
- 10-13. Fine Arts 8a, 1933
- 14. [Anthropology 4a, 1933-1934]
- 15. Fine Arts 7a, 1933-1934
- 16. American Painting, 1934
- 17. Fine Arts 5d, 1934
- 18. Fine Arts 9b, 1934
- 19. Gothic Art in Europe, [1934-1935?]
- 20-22. Fine Arts 1e, 1936-1937
- 23. History 136, 1938
- 24. [Art in France – various influences, n.d.]
- 26. Borrossa Thesis – Rough Draft, [n.d.]
- 27. [Byzantine architecture, n.d.]
- 28. El Greco & Velasquez Rough Draft, [n.d.]
- 29. [English 28 notebook, n.d.]
- 30. [Fine Arts 5l and Fine Arts 5k – outlines, n.d.]
- 31. [Fine Arts notecards, n.d.]
[31: filed in card boxes 8-9]
- 32. [Greek mythology and art, n.d.]
- 33. [Hellenistic architecture, n.d.]
- 34-35. [Medieval History and sculpture, n.d.]
- 36. Mostly notes on [Chandler] Post's "Scripture" – General Review – Also for later Spain,
- 37. [Norman Romanesque architecture, n.d.]
- 38. The Pilgrimage Group, [n.d.]
- B:. Research and Publications
Scope and Contents: This subseries includes Grace's research on Boeotia, notes on art, clippings and publications
collected during his time as a graduate student and tutor at Harvard. The materials
are arranged alphabetically. There is also a box of Boeotian terracotta figurines;
it is unknown when and where Grace acquired them.
- 39. Arch. Insti. Lecture, Dec. 1937 [lecture on Boeotian terracottas]
- 40. Archaic Sculpture in Boeotia, 1939
- 41. [Boeotian terracotta figurines, n.d.]
[41: filed in card box 10]
- 42. [Clippings on archaeology, n.d.]
- 43. Harvard Tercentenary Conference of Arts and Sciences, 
- 44-47. [Note cards on various art objects, n.d.]
- 48. [Notes on Europe, 3000-1600 B.C.]
- 49. [Notes on literature, n.d.]
[49: index cards filed in card box 11]
- 50-51. "Observations on Seventh-Century Sculpture," 1942
- 52-53. [Sedgwick terracottas, n.d.]
- 54. [Sketches of Baths of Caracula, n.d.]
- 55. [Sketch of pediment, n.d.]
- 56-57. [Writings by others, n.d.]
- C:. Teaching Materials
Scope and Contents: This subseries contains materials from Grace's time as a teaching assistant and tutor,
as well as from his tenure as head tutor at Harvard. Materials, which include evaluations,
report cards and correspondence from Grace and other members of his department, are
arranged in original order.
- 58. [Student files, A-D, 1936-1937]
- 59. [Student files, E-J, 1935-1940]
- 60. [Student files, K-R, 1936-1941]
- 62. [Student files, S-Z, 1938-1940]
- 63. [Student files – Various, 1938-1939]
- 64. [Student files – Various, 1939-1940]
- 65-66. [Student files – Various, 1939-1941]
- 67. Student files, Various, 1940-1941]
- 68-69. Tutorial – Seniors Graduated in 1937, [1936-1938]
- Series: II:. Personal
- A:. Correspondence
Scope and Contents: The bulk of this subseries comprises condolence letters to Priscilla Grace from family,
friends, and colleagues of Frederick Grace, including Paul and Meta Sachs, Edward
Waldo Forbes, Agnes Mongan, and Langdon Warner. There is a small amount of correspondence
to Grace himself from Warner, George M.A. Hanfmann, and several family members and
friends prior to his death in 1942. Letters are arranged alphabetically.
- 70. A-B, 1934-1944
- 71. Bowers, William and Ros, 1942-1943
- 72. C-E, 1942-1999
- 73. F-G, 1942-1947
- 74. Grace, Lee Ashley and Virginia, 1938-1943
- 75. Grace, Priscilla Bartol, n.d.
- 76. Grace, Virginia ("Mart"), 1935-1943
- 77. H-J, 1941-1943
- 78. Hanfmann, George M.A., 1942-1980
- 79. K-L, 1942-1944
- 81. McPhedran, Jane and Maurice, 1942-1943
- 82. R, 1942-1943
- 83. S, 1941-1943
- 84. Unidentified, 1935-1980
- 85. W, 1942-1943
- 86. Warner, Langdon, 1942-1943
- B:. Ephemera, Art, and Memorabilia
Scope and Contents: This subseries includes ephemera collected by Grace, such as playbills and maps, art
and illustrations, and photographs taken during Grace's travels to Greece. It also
includes paintings by friend and Harvard Fine Arts professor Benjamin Rowland, and
photographs of Grace and Rowland painting a replica of a classical Greek pediment
on the exterior of Wiseacres.
- 87. [Bach sheet music, n.d.]
- 88. ["Blue Guide" to Greece (in French)]
[cloth cover stitched by Priscilla Grace]
- 89. [Boston Symphony Orcestra programs, 1934-1937]
- 90. [Brochures and bulletins, 1929-1940]
- 91. [Calendars, 1937-1942]
- 92. [German prayer book, n.d.]
- 93. [Faculty] Minute on the Life and Services of Frederick Randolph Grace, [n.d.]
- 94. [Greek topographical map, n.d.]
[filed in map drawer]
- 95. [Harvard diploma, 1938]
[filed in folio box 12]
- 96. KISH – Ground Plan of the Temple, 1928
[filed in folio box 12]
- 97. Memorial service for Frederick Randolph Grace, December 1, 1942
Date: December 1, 1942
- 98-100. Paintings by Ben Rowland, 1934-1950
[filed in map drawer]
- 101. Paintings by unidentified artist, n.d.
[filed in map drawer]
- 102. Path Maps of Mount Desert Island – Revised 1938
- 103. [Pediment sketch, n.d.]
[filed in map drawer]
- 104. Phi Beta Kappa [membership certificate, 1930]
[filed in map drawer]
- 105. Photograph of pediment, n.d.
[filed in folio box 12]
- 106. Photographs of Greece, n.d.
- 107. [Picasso collage, 1940?]
- 108. [Playbills and programs, 1941, n.d.]
- 109. Stocks and War Bonds, 1910-1923, n.d.
- 110. [Wiseacres – Heating addition, 1940]
- 111. [Wiseacres – Pediment, n.d.]
- C:. Transcriptions
Scope and Contents: The series includes emails with transcriptions of letters to Priscilla and Frederick
Grace from Subseries A, as well as emails containing biographical information about
the family, provided by Judith G. Stetson. There are also transcribed letters from
the Graces and emailed photographs that are not held by the Harvard Art Museums Archives.
The emails are arranged alphabetically, and the dates in the folder titles reflect
the dates on the original letters, rather than the transcriptions.
- 112. A-E, 1942-1943
- 113. "Abigail story," n.d.
- 114. [Biographical information and genealogy from 1885 onward]
- 115. Bowers, Ros and William, 1942-1943
- 116. F-J, 1942-1947
- 117. [Frederick Randolph Grace Memorial Service, 1942]
- 118. Grace, Frederick Randolph, 1929-1942
- 119. Grace, Lee Ashley and Virginia, 1938-1943
- 120. Grace, Priscilla Bartol, 1942
- 121. Grace, Virginia ("Mart"), 1935-1943
- 122. Hanfmann, George M.A., 1942, n.d.
- 123. K-N, 1942-1944
- 124. McPhedran, Jane and Maurice, 1942-1943
- 125. O-R, 1942-1945
- 126. Photographs, circa 1930s-1969, n.d.
- 127. [Recollections of Frederick Randolph Grace by Priscilla B. Grace, 1934-2005]
- 128. S-W, 1942-1945
- 129. Stetson, Judith G., 2012
- 130. Unidentified, 1942-1943
- 131. Warner, Langdon, 1942-1943