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Kennedy, Clarence. Papers and photographs, 1921-1958.

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

2007 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: VSCO 151
Title: Kennedy, Clarence. Papers and photographs, 1921-1958.
Creator: Kennedy, Clarence.
Quantity: 78 boxes.
Abstract: Photograph files contain over 6,000 photographic and photomechanical prints related to Italian quattrocento sculpture, with accompanying documentation, including note cards, clippings, correspondence, and several manuscripts. More than 150 sculptors are represented with Desiderio, Donatello, Rossellino, and Verrocchio having the most extensive coverage. Subject files include articles and offprints on printing, typography, and art history; also, some sales and exhibition catalogs, books, and pamphlets. Book, article, and lecture files contain Clarence Kennedy's lecture notes, some correspondence, and 2 unpublished manuscripts (The Social background of Donatello's family; The Silver altar of San Jacopo at Pistoia), along with some manuscripts by other authors. Oversized materials files contain another unpublished manuscript by Clarence Kennedy (Desiderio). The collection also includes two sets of bibliographical note cards compiled by Kennedy on Italian quattrocento sculpture, oversized photographs, and other items.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Access Restrictions:

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

Preferred citation for publication:

Clarence Kennedy Papers and Photographs. Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Art historian and photographer Clarence Kennedy (1892-1972) received his PhD from Harvard in 1924. He was professor of art at Smith College from 1930-1960. He specialized in Italian Renaissance sculpture and published a series of portfolios, Studies in the history and criticism of sculpture, among other works.


Scope and Content

Various photographers represented, chiefly Fratelli Alinari, Giacomo Brogi, Domenico Anderson, and Clarence Kennedy. Photographic media include mostly gelatin silver prints, albumen prints, and various photomechanical prints, including photogravures, collotypes, and halftones.


Organized in five series: photograph files (boxes 1-54); subject files (boxes 55-61); book, article, and lecture files (boxes 62-64); bibliographic note card files (boxes 65-[74]); and oversized materials (boxes [75-78]). Photograph files arranged alphabetically by sculptor; subject files arranged by topic; book, article, and lecture files arranged by author; one set of bibliographic note cards arranged alphabetically by sculptor and the other set arranged chronologically from 1458-1494.

Related Material

Related materials: Edwin Land collection of Clarence Kennedy photographs; located in Fine Arts Library, Harvard University. Call number: VSCO 151.1. Access by special arrangement; for information contact Fine Arts Library Photograph Collections.

Container List

Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases.
Donatello, 1386?-1466.
Verrocchio, Andrea del, 1435?-1488.
Desiderio, da Settignano, 1428-1464.
Rossellino, Antonio, 1427-1479.
Kennedy, Clarence--Archives.
Sculpture, Italian--Photographs.
Photography of art.
Photographic prints--1920-1960.
Photomechanical prints--1920-1960.
Art reproductions--1920-1960.