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Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957. Francis Henry Taylor papers, circa 1920-1958: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: 57M-274
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-1957.
Title: Francis Henry Taylor papers
Date(s): 1920-1958
Quantity: 25 linear feet (34 boxes)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for professional and some personal papers of American museum director, Henry Francis Taylor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

57M-274. Deposited by Mrs. Francis Henry Taylor; received: 1958.

Processing Information:

This preliminary list was derived from a typed list created in 1988 and, for the most part, not checked against the contents of the collection. The optical character recognition method used resulted in typographical errors, not all of which will have been caught in the review process. Readers are advised to use keyword searching when looking for specific terms.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Francis Taylor was an American museum director and curator, heading the Metropolitan Museum of Art for fifteen years.
Taylor was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1924. He traveled to France to teach English at the Lycée de Chartres 1924-1925; he entered the Sorbonne the next year where he met the medievalist art historian Henri Focillon. He was Focillon's first American student and the two remained in contact all their lives. Returning to the United States, Taylor enrolled at the Graduate School of Princeton, spending 1926-1927 in Europe as a Carnegie Fellow. He returned to the United States in 1928, married Pamela Coyne (1903-1970), and left Princeton without completing his degree to become curator of medieval art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art under Fiske Kimball. In 1931 he left to become the Director of the Worcester Museum of Art in Worcester (Mass.), a museum with a long relationship with school education which Taylor continued to build. In 1939 he succeeded the famed Egyptologist Herbert Eustis Winlock as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a post he resigned in 1954 to return as director of the Worcester Museum. He died unexpectedly at age 54 after kidney surgery.


Arrangement is original and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change. Readers are advised to try keyword searching within this document.

Scope and Contents

Professional and some personal papers of American museum director, Henry Francis Taylor; includes material on the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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