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MC 194

Carter, Morris, 1877-1965. Papers of Morris Carter, 1920-1963: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 194
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Morris Carter, 1877-1965
Title: Papers of Morris Carter, 1920-1963
Date(s): 1920-1963
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of Morris Carter, director of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 536, 556, 562, 608, 678
The Morris Carter papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in January, February, and June 1963, and January 1964 by Morris Carter.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1974
By: Emily J. Rosenthal

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Morris Carter as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Morris Carter Papers, 1920-1963; item description, dates. MC 194, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


Morris Carter obtained his AB from Harvard in 1898 and his AM in 1899; he taught at Robert College in Constantinople, 1899-1902; and in 1903-1904 was an assistant at the Princeton University Library. From 1904 to 1910 he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, first as librarian and later as assistant director. In 1919 he became assistant director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum under Mrs. Gardner. Upon her death in 1924 he became director, a post he retained until 1954. He was the author of Isabella Stewart Gardner and Fenway Court, 1925.


The present collection consists of letters Morris Carterreceived while at the Gardner Museum, some dealing with social events at the Museum, and others of a personal nature.

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Additional Index Terms

Museum directors
Comstock, Ada Louise
Hills, Laura Coombs, 1859-1952
LinkIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Lehmann, Lotte
Pusey, Nathan M. (Nathan Marsh), 1907-2001
Sears, Eleonora
Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946
Thompson, Anna Boynton, 1848-1923