Whittemore, Thomas. Thomas Whittemore papers, circa 1875-1966: Finding Aid
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard Library, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS.BZ.013
Repository: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Thomas Whittemore papers
Date(s): circa 1875-1966
Quantity: 1 collection
Language of materials: English
In 1993, the collection was transferred from the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library to
the Byzantine Photograph and Fieldwork Archives (BPFA), now known as the Image Collections
and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA). On May 25, 1999, additional related materials were
transferred from the Dumbarton Oaks Archives. Overall, because there is little documentation,
it is difficult to determine the complete acquisition history for this collection.
In 2009, Gerrianne Schaad, former ICFA Curator, and Rebecca Bruner, former Archival
Assistant, began to process the collection and draft a finding aid. This draft finding
aid consisted of a historical note excerpted from the Dictionary of American Biography
and an arrangement with four series: Biographical, Correspondence, Reading Materials,
and Writings. The collection was primarily arranged by content type in alphabetical
order. In December 2011, Rona Razon, Archivist, and Shalimar White, Manager of ICFA,
agreed to revisit the collection because ICFA staff identified other archival materials
in the ICFA backlog related to Thomas Whittemore's personal papers. To make the collection
more easily accessible and comprehensible, ICFA staff decided to re-arrange the collection
by content type in chronological order, rather than alphabetical order. This revised
arrangement highlights the history of Whittemore's teaching career in the early 1900s
at Tufts College and his activities and whereabouts during the First World War. Additionally,
ICFA staff redefined the collection arrangement with four series (Personal Papers,
Correspondence, Unpublished and Printed Materials, and Photographs) that clearly identify
the types of material represented in the collection and their relationship with the
creator. The revised finding aid, collection arrangement, and processing were completed
by Razon in August 2012; the finding aid was edited by White in September 2012.
Access to the collection is unrestricted. It is available for research purposes. Appointment
is required for access because researcher space is limited: http://www.doaks.org/icfa-appointment-request-form
. For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives
Duplication of materials in the collection may be governed by copyright and other
For digital copies of selected materials from this collection, see the online exhibit
entitled "Before Byzantium: The Early Archaeological Activities of Thomas Whittemore
Thomas Whittemore Papers, ca. 1875-1966, MS.BZ.013, Image Collections and Fieldwork
Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.
- Archives of the American School. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Athens, Greece. http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/Archives.
- Autograph File, M 1648-1975. Houghton Library, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
- Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian and East European Culture. Rare Book and Manuscript
Library, Columbia University Libraries. New York, NY. http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/rbml/units/bakhmeteff.html. Related collections include: Crane Family Papers, 1875-1980; Charles Richard Crane
Papers, 1869-1967; Committee for the Education of Russian Youth in Exile Records,
ca. 1914-1939; and Iraida Viacheslavovna Barry Papers, 1850-1970.
- Byzantine Library. Collège De France. Paris, France. http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/en-libraries-archives/byzantine.htm.
- Digital Collections and Archives. Tisch Library, Tufts University. Medford, MA. http://sites.tufts.edu/dca.
- Harvard University Biographical (i.e. "Quinquennial") files (HUG 300). Harvard University
Archives, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.ARCH:hua11009.
- Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian
Institution. Washington, D.C. http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/isabella-stewart-gardner-papers-8959.
- The Lucy Gura Archive. Egypt Exploration Society Archive, The Egypt Exploration Society.
London, United Kingdom. http://www.ees.ac.uk/archive/LGarchive.html.
- North American Women's Letters and Diaries. Alexander Street Press, 2001-. http://alexanderstreet.com/products/north-american-womens-letters-and-diaries.
- Records of the American National Red Cross, 1881-2008 – Central Decimal Files, 1917-1934
(Boxes 867-874). Textual Archives Services Division, The U.S. National Archives and
Records Administration. College Park, MD.
Thomas Whittemore was born in Cambridgeport, MA on January 2, 1871. He received his
Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Tufts College in 1894 and was appointed
Instructor of English at his alma mater immediately afterwards. While at Tufts College,
Whittemore taught English Composition and directed several plays, such as the masque
Comus and The Pleasant Comedy of Old Fortunatus. His teaching career continued intermittently
until early 1930. In 1908, Whittemore taught a course on Ancient Art at Columbia University
and starting in 1927, he taught classes on the fine arts and the history of Greek,
Egyptian, and Byzantine art at New York University.
In the 1910s and 1920s, Whittemore became involved in expeditions and excavation
projects in Egypt and Bulgaria. In January 1911, Whittemore joined a British archaeological
expedition in Egypt under the auspices of the Egypt Exploration Society [or Egypt
Exploration Fund]. Based on the letters between Whittemore and Isabella Stewart Gardner,
Whittemore was in Egypt in the 1910s, where he helped other archaeologists discover
pre-dynastic treasures such as, kilns and "the long sought IV-V dynasty cemetery at
Abydos." In between excavation seasons, Whittemore devoted his time to humanitarian
work in Bulgaria, Russia, and Paris, particularly during and after the Russian Revolution
in 1917. He was an active member of the Committee for the Relief of War Refugees in
Russia and the Society for Relief Work among the Orphan Children of Russia. "The goal
of the organization[s were] to educate the most promising young Russians in the arts
and sciences such that they could help rebuild their country." Whittemore also travelled
to Mount Athos, Greece, in 1923 with George D. Pratt, where he and Pratt delivered
food and supplies to the Russian and Bulgarian monks that became impoverished after
the Russian Revolution.
In the 1930s, Whittemore changed his direction and focused on the conservation and
restoration of Byzantine monuments, art, and architecture in Turkey and other areas
of the former Byzantine Empire. In 1930, he founded the Byzantine Institute, a non-profit
organization, with the full support of several committee members, such as John Nicholas
Brown, Charles R. Crane, Charles R. Morey, Matthew Prichard, George D. Pratt, John
Shapley, and others. In 1931, Whittemore and the Byzantine Institute were given permission
to conserve and restore the original mosaics of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey,
by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, ?smet ?nönü, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry
of Economy. As the Director of the Byzantine Institute, Whittemore carried out the
negotiations with government officials in Turkey, obtained work permits, recruited
skilled fieldworkers, organized fundraising events, managed the Byzantine Institute
staff, and delivered fieldwork supplies from/to the various sites.
On June 8, 1950, Whittemore suffered a heart attack while on his way to a meeting
in the office of John Foster Dulles, then special advisor to the Secretary of State,
in Washington, D.C. He died at the age of 79 and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery
in Cambridge, MA.
- Fedorchenko, Sofia. Ivan Speaks. Translated from the Russian by Thomas Whittemore.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919.
- Whittemore, Thomas. "The Rebirth of Religion in Russia: The Church Reorganized While
Bolshevik Cannon Spread Destruction in the Nation's Holy of Holies." The National
Geographic Magazine 34, no. 5 (November 1918): 378-401.
- Whittemore, Thomas, ed. Post Liminium: Essays and Critical Papers by Lionel Johnson.
London: E. Matthews, 1911 and New York: M. Kennerley, 1912.
- Constable, Giles. "Dumbarton Oaks and Byzantine Fieldwork." Dumbarton Oaks Papers
37 (1983): 171-176.
- Klein, Holger A, ed. Restoring Byzantium: The Kariye Camii in Istanbul and the Byzantine
Institute Restoration. New York: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University,
- Labrusse, Rémi and Nadia Podzemskaia. "Naissance d'une vocation: aux sources de la
carrière byzantine de Thomas Whittemore." Dumbarton Oaks Papers 54 (2000): 43-69.
- Lord, Louis E. A History of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1882-1942.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1947.
- MacDonald, William L. "Whittemore, Thomas." Entry in Dictionary of American Biography,
suppl. 4, 1946-1950, 890-91. New York: Scribner, 1974.
- Nelson, Robert S. Hagia Sophia, 1850-1950: Holy Wisdom Modern Monument. Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 2004.
This collection is divided into four series based on the content type and subject
matter: Personal Papers, Correspondence, Unpublished and Printed Materials, and Photographs).
The items are organized in chronological order, with undated items filed at the end
of each series.
The bulk of the collection consists of Thomas Whittemore's teaching materials, correspondence,
printed materials (e.g., books, playbills, and pamphlets), and photographs, which
were created between the late 1800s and 1950s. The items are related to Whittemore's
teaching career at Tufts College and Columbia University before he founded the Byzantine
Institute in 1930. The contents also record and illustrate Whittemore's other activities
during this period, such as his trips to Europe, as well as his relationships with
a number of individuals, including family, friends, colleagues, and fraternity brothers,
throughout his lifetime. Collection includes an Addendum consisting of administrative
and research materials.
Collection includes an Addendum, which consists of:
- Folder 1: Document/Item Removal Forms
- Folder 2: Copies of letters between Isabella Stewart Gardner and Thomas Whittemore,
from microfilm housed at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
- Folder 3: Articles and copies of archival materials from other repositories, Folder
1 of 2
- Folder 4: Articles and copies of archival materials from other repositories, Folder
2 of 2, Includes a copy of "Thomas Whittemore: An Evocation"
- Series: MS.BZ.013-01. Personal Papers 38 folders of documents
Date: ca. 1875, 1901-1958
Scope and Contents: The first series contains Whittemore's personal papers and is divided into two (2)
subseries. Subseries A contains materials related to Thomas Whittemore's early career
as an English Professor and a stage director at Tufts College in the early 1900s and
his brief teaching stint at Columbia University in 1908. Subseries B records Whittemore's
other activities in the 1900s, such as his trips to Europe, and his death in 1950
and its aftermath.
Arrangement: Files are arranged chronologically.
- MS.BZ.013-01-01. Items Related to Thomas Whittemore's Teaching Career, Bulk: 1901-1908 18 folders of documents, notebooks, and photographs
Date: Bulk: 1901-1908
Date: 1875 - 1950
Scope and Contents: Subseries 1 contains materials related to Thomas Whittemore's early career as an English
Professor and a stage director at Tufts College in the early 1900s and his brief teaching
stint at Columbia University in 1908. Materials include: notes, list of class readings
and topics, student essays, and copies of stage plays with annotations.
- Folder 001. Notebook: "Fine Arts I, R.B. Manbert"
Date: March 1901
- Folder 002. Whittemore's notebook of daily notes
Date: June 1901-September 1904
- Folder 003. Notebook: "Comus and Notes"
- Folder 004. Two playbills for the masque Comus by John Milton and an invitation from the English
Club of Radcliffe College 1 folders
Date: 1901 and 1908
- Folder 005. Program announcement for a reading of the "Poems of Rudyard Kipling" by Professor
Thomas Whittemore of Tufts College 1 folders
Date: December 10, 1904
- Folder 006. Notebook: "Old Fortunatu"
Date: ca. March 1905
- Folder 007. Whittemore's notebook of daily notes
Date: August 1905
- Folder 008. Printed copy of the play The Pleasant Comedy of Old Fortunatus by Thomas Dekker published
for Tufts College 1 folders
- Folder 009. Programs for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Twenty-Fifth Season 1 folder with two pamphlets
Scope and Contents: Programs include announcements from the English Department of Tufts College for the
performance of The Pleasant Comedy of Old Fortunatus by Thomas Dekker on June 1, 2,
and 4, 1906. See no. 23, p. 1726 and no. 24, p. 1800.
- Folder 010. Student essays from Tufts College and notes by Whittemore 1 folders
Date: March-April 1906
- Folder 011. List of readings and lecture topics by Whittemore at Tufts College 1 folders
- Folder 012. Lecture program: "Illustrated Lectures on Ancient Art by Professor Thomas Whittemore,"
Summer Session (July 20-26) at Columbia University 1 folders
- Folder 013. Essays: "Concordat," "Virgil and the Epic poetry of the Romans," and fragment on Mary
Devereux's From Kingdom to Colony 1 folders
It is not clear if this is Whittemore's handwriting.
- Folder 014. Notebook: "Subjects of [Extemporaneous] Themes"
- Folder 015. Oversize Copy of The Pleasant Comedy of Old Fortunatus by Thomas Dekker 1 box with 1 folder
- Folder 016. Printed copy of the play "Hippolytus" by Euripedes, with annotations 1 folders
It is unclear whether Whittemore directed this play.
- Folder 017. General notes related to Whittemore's teaching activities 1 folders
- Folder 019. Photographs of stage actors performing, possibly at Tufts College 1 folders
- Folder 018. General notes related to Whittemore's teaching activities 1 folders
- MS.BZ.013-01-02. Items Related to Thomas Whittemore's Other Activities 20 folders of documents and photographs
Date: ca. 1875, 1901-1958
Scope and Contents: Subseries 2 records Whittemore's other activities in the 1900s, such as his trips
to Europe, and his death in 1950 and its aftermath. Materials include: checkbooks,
train tickets, receipts, postcards, calling cards, obituaries, and a copy of Whittemore's
- Folder 020. Property or land agreement between Benjamin Lawrence and Charlotte Newton 1 folders
Date: April 1875
- Folder 021. Print copies of lecture series on education sponsored by the Twentieth Century Club
and an address held at Leland Stanford, Jr. University 1 folders
- Folder 022. Receipts of purchased items 1 folders
- Folder 023. Checkbook stubs 1 folders
- Folder 024. Whittemore's notebook of daily notes
Date: June 10, 1910
- Folder 025. Letter from Richard B. Coolidge to Whittemore
Date: October 6, 1914
- Folder 026. First class train ticket, Bulgaria
Date: November 18, 1915
- Folder 027. "Our Cross: An open letter to the Orthodox clergy from a priest" by Wladimir Wostokoff
(priest), Moscow 1 folders
Date: March 1917
- Folder 028. Transcriptions of telegrams and announcements published during the Russian Revolution
- Folder 029. Annotated travel brochure and map 1 folders
- Folder 030. Calling cards 1 folders
- Folder 031. Postcards of sites and monuments in England, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and the
United States (Massachusetts) 1 folder of postcards
- Folder 032. Clothing catalog: Scott Adie's Royal Scotch Warehouse, London 1 printed catalog
- Folder 033. Essays and photographs of Nikodim P. Kondakov given to Whittemore after Kondakov's
- Folder 034. Photocopy of Whittemore's will 1 folders
Date: October 21, 1949
- Folder 035. Notice of Whittemore's death issued by the Department of State (No. 609) 1 folders
Date: June 8, 1950
- Folder 036. Newspaper clippings of obituaries for Whittemore 1 folders
- Folder 037. Correspondence, guest lists, and other items related to Whittemore's funeral 1 folders
Date: June 1950
- Folder 038. Letters from Robert W. Hill and Boris N. Ermoloff 1 folders
Date: 1957 and 1958
- Folder 039. Drafts of an essay about Whittemore and a letter from Roger Burlingame, Secretary
of The Century Association, to the members of The Century Association after Whittemore's
death 1 folders
- Series: MS.BZ.013-02. Correspondence 75 folders of documents
Date: 1822, 1876-1917, 1966
Scope and Contents: The second series contains correspondence to/from Thomas Whittemore and family, friends,
colleagues, lawyers, church members, or fraternity brothers. The items generally illustrate
Whittemore's activities and whereabouts during the First World War and the Russian
Revolution. The correspondence relates to: lecture invitations, general inquiries,
letters of thanks, social engagements, holiday greetings, and the creator's interest
in literature, Russia, relief work, and refugees. The letters, many filed with their
original envelopes, occasionally include drawings, sprigs of flowers, and other enclosures.
- Folder 040. Correspondence to the Reverence Thomas Whittemore from Hosea Ballou 1 folders
Date: February 4, 1822
- Folder 041. Correspondence to Mrs. Brown from an unidentified "Sabbath School Teacher," 1 folders
Date: May 10, 1876
- Folder 042. Correspondence from Fred to Tommie or Tommy (Whittemore) 1 folders
Date: July 13, 1882-April 13, 1883
- Folder 043. Correspondence from W. R. Tompkins to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: August 9, 1886
- Folder 044. Correspondence from John H. Gourlie to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: October 8, 1886
- Folder 045. Correspondence from Wilford Lash Robbins to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: November 8, 1887-April 17, 1889
- Folder 046. Correspondence from Wilford Lash Robbins to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 1, 1889-September 30, 1893
- Folder 047. Correspondence from W. S. Cram or Crane (sp?) to Aunt Lottie and correspondence from
Marina to cousin Lizzie 1 folders
Date: February 10, 1890 and January 28, 1895
- Folder 048. Correspondence from Billy [William Henry Goodrich] to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 30, 1891-March 1, 1894
- Folder 049. Correspondence from Eda Adams Wozkan (sp?) to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: August 9, 1892
- Folder 050. Correspondence from James O. J. Huntington of St. Gabriel's School to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: January 5, 1893
- Folder 051. Correspondence between I. M. Atwood of the Canton Theological School and Whittemore
Date: May 16-19, 1893
- Folder 052. Correspondence from George Riddle to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: May 25, 1893-1894
- Folder 053. Correspondence from Byron Yroce (sp?) to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 13, 1893
- Folder 054. Correspondence from Mary L. Capen to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 14, 1893
- Folder 055. Correspondence from Charles E. Fay to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: August 20, 1893
- Folder 056. Correspondence from Wilford Lash Robbins to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: October 23, 1893-1900
- Folder 057. Correspondence from Winchester Donald to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: April 10, 1894
- Folder 058. Correspondence from M. E. S. to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 1, 1894-April 1899
- Folder 059. Correspondence from Rollin Brewster Sanford to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 18, 1894-1914
- Folder 060. Correspondence from W. R. Shipman to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 22, 1894-July 3, 1900
- Folder 061. Correspondence from John Codman Ropes to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: September 5, 1894-May 23, 1895
- Folder 062. Correspondence from Duncan Campbell Lee to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: December 21, 1894-March 3, 1899
- Folder 063. Correspondence from John Codman Ropes to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 3, 1895-September 18, 1896
- Folder 064. Correspondence from Henry Sanford to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: July 31, 1895-August 2, 1895
- Folder 065. Correspondence from P. H. Savage to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: February 8, 1896
- Folder 066. Correspondence from Louise Imogen Guiney to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: April 17, 1896-December 25, 1899
- Folder 067. Correspondence rom W. H. Longridge to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: December 28, 1896-November 12, 1899
- Folder 068. Correspondence from John Codman Ropes to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: January 1, 1897-September 1, 1899
- Folder 069. Correspondence from W. C. H. to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: February 27, 1897-August 10, 1897
- Folder 070. Correspondence from Walter J. Nunn to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: February 1897
- Folder 071. Correspondence from Arthur M. Acton to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: April 1897-February 2, 1900
- Folder 072. Correspondence between Charles Gore (sp?) and Dr. Robbins 1 folders
Date: July 28, 1897
- Folder 073. Correspondence from Clara Ransom to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: August 27, 1897-1900
- Folder 074. Correspondence from E. S. Smart to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: September 13, 1897
- Folder 075. Correspondence from Felix Moscheles to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: November 5, 1897-November 2, 1899
- Folder 076. Correspondence from Ellen Frothingham and Anna Fuller to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: December 4, 1897-October 27, 1900
- Folder 077. Correspondence from Ethel Isadore Brown to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: December 18, 1897
- Folder 078. Correspondence from Harry Ofhin Jr. (sp?) to Thomas Whittemore 1 folders
Letter is addressed to Whittemore at the following address: 16 W 30th Street, New
- Folder 079. Correspondence from B. B. Pruddah to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: January 5, 1898
- Folder 080. Postcards to Whittemore
Date: February 1898-1899
- Folder 081. Correspondence from Helen Choate Bell to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: January 12, 1899
- Folder 082. Correspondence from Arthur G. Horm (sp?) to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: January 12, 1899-February 5, 1900
- Folder 083. Correspondence from Agnes Irwin to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: February 3, 1899
- Folder 084. Correspondence from Joseph L. J. Kislin (sp?) to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: February 1899
- Folder 085. Correspondence from Annie Fields to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: March 1899-November 1900
- Folder 086. Correspondence from R. M. Benson to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: December 27, 1899-April 27, 1900
- Folder 087. Correspondence from Louise Imogen Guiney to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: January 8, 1900-1901
- Folder 088. Correspondence from R. T. [or R. F.] to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: February 6, 1900
- Folder 089. Correspondence from F. H. Evans to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: April 28, 1900-July 14, 1900
- Folder 090. Coorespondence from Whittemore to Mrs. George L. Hearns (sp? 1 folders
Date: October 25, 1900
- Folder 091. Correspondence from P. S. [or P. E.] Sharp to Whittemore and Ms. Guiney 1 folders
Date: May 5, 1901-November 15, 1901
- Folder 092. Correspondence from Elizabeth Powell Bond 1 folders
Date: April 15, 1907
It is unclear if this letter is addressed to Whittemore.
- Folder 093. Correspondence from Michel to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: October 5, 1914
- Folder 094. Correspondence from Caroline Thomas to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: December 14, 1914
- Folder 095. Correspondence from Alice Forbes Perkins Hooper to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: January 7, 1915
- Folder 096. Correspondence from Stanley Washburn of The Times Petrograd Office to Prince Koudacheff,
Date: November 2, 1915
- Folder 097. Correspondence from Mary to John 1 folders
Date: December 3, 1915
- Folder 098. Correspondence from Marie N. Buckman of the Egypt Exploration Fund to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: February 2, 1916
- Folder 099. Correspondence from Winnie Papt (sp?) to Alice 1 folders
Date: April 6, 1916
- Folder 100. Correspondence from Viera Ourbusolef (sp?) to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: December 16, 1916-January 29, 1917
- Folder 101. Postcard from Whittemore to Marion McCanna 1 folders
Date: January 19, 1917
- Folder 102. Correspondence from E. Gurney Groffman to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: May 27, 1917-June 8, 1917
- Folder 103. Postcard from Cy Seligman to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 23, 1917
- Folder 104. Correspondence from Mrs. Elizabeth H. Russell to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: July 10, 1917
- Folder 105. Correspondence to Whittemore on letterhead for Cram and Ferguson Architects 1 folders
Date: July 10, 1917
- Folder 106. Correspondence from Elizabeth Cram to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: July 22, 1917
- Folder 107. Correspondence from Mac to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: July 24, 1917
- Folder 108. Correspondence from Ida A. Higginton (sp?) to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: August 13, 1917
- Folder 109. Letter from Charles Nagel, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian
Institution, to Mrs. E. Arthur Evans 1 folders
Date: November 14, 1966
- Folder 110. Correspondence from A. Poavell (sp?) to Thomas Whittemore 1 folders
Date: June 27, (year unknown)
- Folder 111. Correspondence from Isabelle to Whittemore 1 folders
Date: July 24, (year unknown)
- Folder 112. Correspondence from J. E. Chandler 1 folders
Date: July 11, (year unknown)
- Folder 113. Correspondence from William Harwood 1 folders
Date: September 28, (year unknown)
- Folder 114. Correspondence from Reg to Whittemore 1 folders
- Series: MS.BZ.013-03. Unpublished and Printed Materials 28 folders of documents and publications
Date: ca. 1898-1930s
Originally labeled "Thomas Whittemore Collected Articles."
Scope and Contents: The third series contains unpublished essays about Byzantine art and coins and Russian
art and architecture. Some of these materials may relate to Thomas Whittemore's honorary
position as Keeper of Byzantine Coins and Seals at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard
University to which he was appointed in 1933. They may also include student papers
related to Whittemore's teaching activities at New York University in 1927-1930. In
addition, there are printed materials, including books, playbills, pamphlets, and
essays, which illustrate Whittemore's interest in theater, opera, poetry, religion,
Arrangement: Drafts or transcriptions of articles are organized alphabetically by the author's
last name and then alphabetically by title. Printed materials arranged roughly by
date and by subject.
- Folder 115. Adams, Philip Rhys, "The significance of Porphyry in Byzantine Art" 1 folders
- Folder 116. Gray, Roland, "Theodore I of Nicaea: A Hoard of Rare and Inedited Coins" 1 folders
- Folder 117. Lapteff, V., "Cosmetics in China in the XIth, XIIth, and XIIIth Centuries" 1 folders
- Folder 118. Lossky, V. L., "Byzantine Coins: Mints, Weights, Inscriptions, Iconography" 1 folders
Date: October 7, 1927
- Folder 119. Lossky, W.L. "The Holy Virgin as Represented on Byzantine Coins" 1 folders
Note on last page: "translated from the manuscript of W. L. Lossky."
- Folder 120. Phillips, Jessie B., "Sources of Mosaic Technique" 1 folders
- Folder 121. Rice, D[avid] Talbot, "The Trebizond Churches" 1 folders
- Folder 122. Rayevsky, V. N., "Andrey Rublev: The Greatest Representative of Moscow Painting" 1 folders
- Folder 123. "The Arab Conquest and the culmination of Byzantine effort in Moslef [sic] hands"
- Folder 124. "The Architecture of Moscow"
- Folder 125. "Brief notes on the Origin and Use of Bells in Mediterranean Counties and in Russia"
- Folder 126. "Byzantine Art in the Metropolitan Museum: Human Figure" 1 folders
- Folder 127. "A Byzantine Bronze Medallion with an Imperial Representation" 1 folders
Date: October 18, 1949
- Folder 128. "The Cross as Represented on Byzantine Coins, English Translation" 1 folders
- Folder 129. "Material for an Article on Two Bronze Weights" 1 folders
- Folder 130. "Nelles Litteraries" 1 folders
- Folder 131. "The New Point of View" 1 folders
- Folder 132. "The Problems of Restoration in the Light of Modern Science: New Methods in the Study
of the Oldest Russian Art" 1 folders
- Folder 133. "Two lead seals found recently of great interest and historical point of view" 1 folders
- Folder 134. Book: poems by Rudyard Kipling and essays by various authors
- Folder 135. Subscription brochure for Knut Hamsun's works and copy of a poem, "Hoch! Der Kaiser!",
recited by Rear Admiral Coghlan at a Union League Club dinner in New York 1 folders
Date: April 21, 1899
- Folder 136. Books: F. L. Griffith, ed., Archaeological Report, 1899-1900 (London: Egypt Exploration
Fund, 1990) and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Atrocities of Justice Under British Rule in
Egypt (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1906)
Date: 1899-1900, 1906
- Folder 137. Issues of The Herb O'Grace: A Monthly Miscellany [of prose and verse] (nos. I-XI),
January-December, 1901 1 folders
Date: January-December, 1901
- Folder 138. Poetry books 1 folder with three books
Date: ca. 1901-1907
- Folder 138-001. Poetry for Poetry's Sake, lecture delivered by A.C. Bradley 1 items
Date: June 5,1901
- Folder 138-002. Lisímaco Chavarría, Desde Los Andes (San Jose, Costa Rica: Avelino Alsina, 1907) 1 items
- Folder 138-003. Olga Lanceray, trans., Anthologie des Poètes Russes traduits en vers français ([St.
Petersburg]: Société Troud, 1902) 1 items
- Folder 139. Issue of The North American Review (vol. 177, no. 5)
Date: November 1903
See page 775 for marginalia.
- Folder 140. Libretto for the opera Sanga by Eugène Morand and Paul de Choudens, music by Isidore
de Lara 1 folders
Whittemore's name is inscribed in pencil on the cover
- Folder 141. Pamphlets about poetry 1 folder with four pamphlets
- Folder 141-001. Henry Birkhead and the Foundation of the Oxford Chair of Poetry, lecture delivered
by J.W. Mackail 1 items
- Folder 141-002. John Ruskin, A Walk in Chamouni and Other Poems (Hull: J. R. Tutin, n.d.), initials,
"T.W.," inscribed on cover 1 items
- Folder 141-003. Leavitt Clough Sherburne, The Abbot, A Christmas Tale of Long Ago, and Other Poems
(Rockport, MA, 1906) 1 items
- Folder 141-004. Issue of L'Eco, Organo del Circolo Italiano (no. XII, February 10, 1916) 1 items
Date: February 10, 1916
- Folder 142. Pamphlets on religious themes 1 folder with 5 pamphlets
Date: ca. 1909-1915
- Folder 142-001. Summary of Conditions for Admission into the Third Order Secular of St. Francis, n.d.
- Folder 142-002. L' Abbé C. Albin de Cigala, Petite Histoire du Livre de L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ
(Paris: Librairie de l'Abeille, n.d.) 1 items
- Folder 142-003. Prayers: for use on active service (London: The Society of SS. Peter and Paul, 1915)
- Folder 142-004. Edwin James Palmer, D.D., Parting Words: A Sermon (Oxford and London: B.H. Blackwell
and Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1909) 1 items
- Folder 142-005. George Lansbury, My Faith and Hope in View of the National Mission (London: National
Mission, n.d.) 1 items
- Series: MS.BZ.013-04. Photographs 16 folders of photographs and 1 photograph album
Date: ca. 1910-1952
Scope and Contents: The fourth series contains photographs, including portraits and sketches of Whittemore
and other individuals. It includes his 1923 trip to Mt. Athos to deliver food and
supplies to the impoverished monks. It also contains a photo album documenting Whittemore's
trip to the Greek Islands and surrounding areas in April-May 1928.
Arrangement: Photographs of Thomas Whittemore are followed by photographs of other individuals
and places related to Whittemore.
- Folder 143. Photograph of Whittemore with unidentified individuals
Date: late 1800s
- Folder 144. Photographs and a portrait drawing of Whittemore
- Folder 145. Photographs of portraits of Whittemore by artists Henri Matisse and Iraïda Barry
Date: 1937, 1945-1947
- Folder 146. Photographs of Whittemore's trip to Greece, including Mount Athos
Date: May 1923
- Folder 147. Photographs of Whittemore and unidentified individuals in Paris, France and Mount
Publication note: Kessel's photographs of Whittemore were published in a photo essay in Life Magazine,
"Proud Byzantium's Christian Treasure: Sacred Mosaics Reappear in Churches of Istanbul,"
(December 1950, pp. 54-61).
- Folder 148. Photographs of Mount Athos, Greece
- Folder 149. Photographs of Whittemore at Hagia Sophia and Kariye Camii, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: ca. late 1940s or early 1950
Publication note: Kessel's photographs of Whittemore and the work of the Byzantine Institute were published
in a photo essay in Life Magazine, "Proud Byzantium's Christian Treasure: Sacred Mosaics
Reappear in Churches of Istanbul," (December 1950, pp. 54-61).
- Folder 150. Photograph of Whittemore and an unidentified workman on the roof of the Church of
SS. Sergius and Bacchus, Istanbul, Turkey
- Folder 151. Photographs of Whittemore and several unidentified individuals at the Byzantine Institute
Library in Paris, France
Date: January 1945
- Folder 153. Photographs from a trip to Bulgaria
- Folder 154. Photographs of various individuals related to Whittemore
Some of these photographs may have been given to or obtained by Whittemore during
the late 1910s and early 1920s, while he was in Russia and Bulgaria.
- Isadora Duncan
- Andrei Grigoriyevich Shkura (Shkuro), Lieutenant General of the White Army, inscribed
- Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna of Russia, inscribed in Russian
- King Boris III of Bulgaria, signed and inscribed "Sofia 1923"
- Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia, later Queen Olga of the Hellenes, inscribed
"In remembrance of my beloved / Mother / † 19th June 1926"
- Unidentified male sitter
- Possibly Whittemore's deceased mother on her deathbed
- Folder 155. Photographs of Russian individuals related to Whittemore
Scope and Contents
: Subjects include:
- Vladimir Rayevsky, c. 1920
- Boris and Dimitri Ermoloff, 1923
- Whittemore and Nadine Somoff with scholarship students of the Committee for the Education
of Russian Youth in Exile, 1926
- Folder 156. Photographs of Medieval churches, buildings, and decorative elements in France and
- Folder 157. Photographs of Byzantine floor mosaics, possibly from the Great Palace of Constantinople
in Istanbul, Turkey and Bulgaria
- Folder 158. Photographs of documents
- Folder 159. "The 'Impossible' Cruise: Log of Yacht 'Migrant,' April 21st to May 20th, 1928" 1 photograph albums
Date: April 21, 1928-May 20, 1928
World War I
New York City, NY
Whittemore, Thomas, 1871-1950
Tufts University, 1852-
Columbia University, 1754-
New York University, 1831-
Byzantine Institute, Inc., 1930-1962
Fogg Art Museum, 1895-