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MS Am 1801

Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. Bernard Berenson letters to Margaret Scolari Barr, 1936-1966: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1801
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959.
Title: Bernard Berenson letters to Margaret Scolari Barr
Date(s): 1936-1966
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from art historian Bernard Berenson to his friend Margaret Barr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

66M-97. Gift of Mrs. Alfred Hamilton Barr, Jr., 49 East 96th Street, New York, New York 10028; received: 1966 December.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Bernard Berenson Letters to Margaret Scolari Barr, 1936-1966 (MS Am 1801). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Berenson, an art historian and leading authority on Italian Renaissance painting, was born in Lithuania, grew up in Boston, and from 1900 lived in his Villa I Tatti, outside Florence.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly photocopies of letters from Berenson to Barr concerning personal matters, mutual friends and social events, as well as discussions of art and art criticism/history. Some letters touch on political matters during the time of World War II. Other letters are copies of correspondence among Max Schuster of Simon and Schuster, Brandt and Brandt, Berenson's U.S. agents, and Nicky Mariano, Berenson's secretary, concerning the US publication of "Rumor and Reflection," which was complicated by passages regarded by some as anti-Semitic.

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