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Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball, 1918-1952: Register.

Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

© 2000 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS1
Creator: Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955.
Title: Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball,
Date(s): 1918-1952.
Quantity: 5 linear ft.
Quantity: 36 boxes (520 folders and 4 boxes of 3"×5" cards)
Quantity: Folder extent is approximate.
Abstract: A portion of the personal papers of museum director and architect Sidney Fiske Kimball relating to the study of architectural history. Included in the papers are letters sent and received, manuscripts and typescripts of books and articles pertaining to European and American architecture and architects, and a vast amount of research material (notes, photos, and printed matter) collected by Mr. Kimball.
Language of materials: [code "ENG" not found in ISO 639-2 list].

Acquisition Information:

Papers bequeathed to Harvard University under the terms of [Sidney] Fiske Kimball's will. Material received: May 15, 1956.
A substantial portion of Mr. Kimball's files remained in Philadelphia. Mr. Coolidge selected only that which was most appropriate for research in architectural history.

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the Librarian of the Fine Arts Library.

Use Restrictions:

There are no restrictions imposed on the use of the material beyond the regulations established for consulting University-owned manuscripts.

[Sidney] Fiske Kimball (museum director and architect)1888-1955:

(See: Nat'l Cyclop. of Amer. Biogr., 47, pp. 660-1)


Bibliographical Note: Mary Kane, A Bibliography of the Works of Kimball. Ed. by Frederick D. Nichols, (Charlottsville, University of Virginia Press, 1959. 67p.)


Organized into the following three series: I. Subject files; II. Book, article and lecture file; and III. Miscellany [Bibliographic note cards].

Scope and Content

Papers contain subject files, which comprise the largest segment of the collection and include correspondence; manuscript drafts and typescripts of books and articles pertaining to European, especially French, and American architects and architecture; and a considerable amount of research material, such as notes, photographs, and printed material, which was collected by Kimball. The second series includes notes, manuscript drafts and typescripts of books, articles and lectures pertaining to French architecture. The third series consists of 3"x5" card files with bibliographical information on architects, specific architectural works and the history of architectural thought.

Fiske Kimball: A register of his papers in Harvard University. Manuscript Box List