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MS Am 2013

Berenson family. Berenson family papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2013
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Berenson family.
Title: Berenson family papers,
Date(s): 1894-1941.
Quantity: 1 collection (14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, family photographs, books, and other material of the family of the Russian-American art historian Bernard Berenson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*83M-9. Gift of Richard Arthur Berenson; received: 1983.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Berenson Family Papers (MS Am 2013). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Bernard Berenson (1864-1969) was an art historian. Included in the collection are materials by his parents, Albert and Julia (or Judith), his siblings, Senda, Abram, Elizabeth, and Rachel, some of their spouses, and his own wife Mary. The family emigrated from Vilna, Russia to Boston, Mass. in 1876.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains seven boxes of correspondence between family members, much of it from the grown children to their mother or between siblings. Includes three boxes of letters from Mary Berenson to her mother-in-law describing life with Bernard Berenson at the Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy, and Mary's manuscript "On meeting Bernard Berenson." Many of the letters or postcards from non-family members are addressed to Elizabeth Berenson. Also contains three diaries, 1925, 1927, and 1932, an address book, a postcard collection, and some books of Elizabeth; 213 family photographs; a few other manuscripts by family members; two boxes of plaster angels; and other miscellaneous material.

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