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
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lecture notes, some correspondence, and 2 unpublished manuscripts (The Social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unpublished manuscript by Clarence Kennedy (Desiderio).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.
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Clarence Kennedy Papers and Photographs. Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.
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.
- Born, Philadelphia. Pa., September 4, 1892.
- B.S., University of Pennsylvania.
- M.A., University of Pennsylvania.
- Student at Harvard University.
- Studied at American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece, as
Charles Eliot Norton Fellow of Harvard University.
- Married Ruth Wedgwood Doggett, May 5, 1921.
- Ph.D., Harvard University.
- Director of division of graduate studies in Europe for Smith College,
- Professor of art, Smith College.
- Visiting professor of fine arts, New York University.
- Annual professor, Toledo Museum of Art.
- Exhibition of his photographic work at the Golden Gate Expositon, San
- With Mrs. Kennedy listed monuments, art treasures and architecture in
central Italy for American Council of Learned Societies to protect cultural
treasures in war areas, as requested by Allied Bomber Command.
- Chairman, Smith Art Department. Member, Committee on Stereo-photography
of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
- Retired after 44 years of teaching at Smith. Resident Art Historian at
American Academy in Rome, first term, 1960-1961.
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-); 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
Related materials: Edwin Land collection of Clarence Kennedy photographs; located
in Fine Arts Library, Harvard University. Call number: VSCO 151.1.
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arrangement; for information contact Fine Arts Library Photograph Collections.
- Series: Subject files (boxes 55-61).
Articles and offprints pertaining to printing, typography, and art
history, together with a small number of sale and exhibit
- MS Box3/55. Subject Files: Printing and Typography (Offprints, Catalogs,
- 1. Roman Inscriptions; Renaissance Inscriptions; Modern
- 3. Design of the Printed Page in Italy
- MS Box3/56.
- 2. The "Livres a Vignettes" (i.e. Les Cochins)
- MS Box3/57.
- 1. Miscellaneous samples and type catalogues
- 2. Significant double-development scales (Technical Photographic
- MS Box3/58. Books and Pamphlets
- 1. The photographic Work of Edward Crosby Doughty
- 2. Leicester Holland, Traffic Ways about france in the Dark Ages
(Allentown, PA 1919)
- 3. Maud Stevens, A History of the Vernon House in Newport, R.I.
- 4. Konigliche Museum zu Berlin, Beschreibung der Bildwerke des
christlichen Epoche (Berlin, 1888)
- MS Box3/59.
- 1. Charles Picard, La Sculpture antique des Origines a Phidias
- 2. American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of
Artistic and historic monuments in War Areas, Report (Washington,
- 3. Homer Thompson, The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens 9Princeton,
- 4. Harry Carman, et al., Appreciation of Frederick Paul
Keppel... 9New Yorl, 1951)
- 5. Ulrich Middeldorf, Giovanni Bandini detto Giovanni dell'Opera
- MS Box3/60.
- 1. American Art Gallery, The Canessa Collection (Missing) (New
- 2. F.A. Bernett, Architecture 9New York, 1947)(Catalogue no.
- 3. William Salloch, The Art of the Middle Ages (New York)
(Catalogue no. 70)
- 4. Charles Slotkin Galleries, Renoir-Degas: Sculptures and
Drawings (New York, n.d.)
- 5. Smith College Museum of Art, "The First hundred Years of
Print-Making" (24 mimeo)
- 6. J.P. Speed Memorial Museum, Handbook of the Preston Pope
Satter White Collection (Louisville, N.D.)
- 7. Metropolitan Museum of Art, A Special Exhibit of Heads in
Sculpture... (New York, 1940)
- 8. Wildenstein, Fashion in Headdress, 1450-1943 (New York,
- 9. Yale University Art Gallery, Pagan Imagery in Renaissance Art
- Miscellaneous Offprints and Periodicals:
- 10. Plates and Articles from the Connoisseur and
- 11. Plates and Articles from the Connoisseur and
- 12. Articles on special collections
- MS Box3/61.
- 1. (Box of Un-numbered items) Offprints, single nos. of
periodicals, etc. 2 photos; 5 periodicals; 28 articles; 62 repros;
- Series: Book, article, and lecture files (boxes 62-64).
Manuscript notebooks, pertaining to Donatello, his social background and
work, together with manuscripts and printed articles on Desiderio, Il
Greco, and Niccolo Pisano.
- MS Box3/62.
- Manuscripts other than C. Kennedy:
- 1. Photos by Geo E. Stone
- 2. Agnes Mongan, "Certain Italian Paintings in the
Jacquemart-Andre Museum" (1929) 5l Typescript
- 3. Barbara Sessions, "The Schools of Painting of North Italy
as Represented in the Louvre" (n.d.) 41l. Typescript
- 4. M. Hautecoeur, "Italian Painting in the 14th Century"
(1927?) Manuscript notes by Sessions. 23l.
- 5. Barbara Sessions, "The Study of 15th Century Florentine
Painting in the Louvre" (ca. 1926) MS. 25l
- 5a. Walter Agord, "Modern Sculpture [A Bibliography]"
Washington, D.C., 1931
- Book, Article and Lecture File (C. Kennedy):
- 6. Chronology, 1381-1466: Donatello and
- MS Box3/63.
- 1. The Silver Altar of San Jacopo at Pistoia, 1 [unpublished
manuscript] 150 p., 5 hand-drawn diagrams on tracing paper, 24
photographs laid in, 9 note cards
- 2. The Silver Altar of San Jacopo at Pistoia, 2 [unpublished
manuscript] 299 p., 10 hand-drawn diagrams
- 3. The Silver Altar of San Jacopo at Pistoia, 3 [unpublished
manuscript] 299 p., 11 hand-drawn diagrams; 5 photographs and 1 printed
pamphlet laid in
- 4. "Niccolo Pisano and the Silver Altar at Pistoia" (1958) 10l.
- 5. "Niccolo Pisano and the Silver Altar at Pistoia" (1958) 13l.
- 6. Documenti Inediti su Desiderio da Settigna: No e la sua
Famiglia (Olschki, 1930. 51p)
- 7. Documenti Inediti su Desiderio da Settigna: No e la sua
Famiglia (Olschki, 1930. 51p) Estratto della Rivista
- 8. "Il Greco aus Fiesole." In: Mitteilungen de kunsthistorischen
Institutes in Florenz, Bd.4 (Juli 1932)
- 9. "The Selection of Copy for Illustrations." In: Art Bulletin
(1949) 5 copies
- MS Box3/64.
- 1. Committee on the Protectionof Monuments, "List of Monuments:
Central Italy, Region of Tuscany." 31l Mimeo
- 2. Committee on the Protection of Momuments, region of Umbria 13
- 3. Committee on the Protection of Momuments, Region of the
Marches. 13 Mimeo
- 4. Committee on the Protection of Momuments, Regions: Latium,
etc. 51 Mimeo
- 5. Central Italy: Bibliography. 5 Mimeo
- 6. Final "Short List" (i.e. Tuscany, Umbria and the
- 9. Italian Epigraphy: Notes (1921) 1 notebook.
- 10. Italian Epigraphy: Letter (1921) 1 notebook. Original
rubbings by C. Kenendy.
- 11. Lecture notes and Material on "Perspective"
- 12. Misc. notes and Letters
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.
Verrocchio, Andrea del, 1435?-1488.
Desiderio, da Settignano, 1428-1464.
Rossellino, Antonio, 1427-1479.
Photography of art.