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Letter to Merrick, Mrs. Richard T., January 26, 1937: from Myron Bement Smith Collection; Series 1: Papers;Subseries 1.8: Katharine Dennis Smith Papers and Correspondence

Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Sevruguin, Antoin -1933
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
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Correspondence : 1 item (3 leaves) ; 21.7 cm. x 28 cm and smaller
January 26 1937
Classical archaeologist, architect, and art historian Myron Bement Smith (1897-1970) had a life-long devotion to West Asia, accumulating some 87,000 items now in the Archives documenting Islamic art and culture from Spain to India, with an emphasis on architecture. Established in 1948 to further an appreciation for Persian art and culture, nearly seventy-five percent of Smith's "Islamic Archives" consists of his own work; the remainder obtained from other sources. One of the most significant portions of the "Islamic Archives" is the photographic material of Antoin Sevruguin, a commercial photographer in Tehran active during the 1870s to 1930. Other materials in the collection include Smith's personal and professional papers including correspondence, research files, writings, and documentation regarding his 1927-1928 Italian and 1933-1937 Iranian expeditions.
The papers of Katharine Dennis Smith include some biographic and personal material, but most of the material consists of her correspondence after her marriage, Boxes 56 to 58. Of particular interest are her letters about life in Iran, especially those to her long time friend Amy Schroeder and to E. Vail Stebbins, friend and handler of affairs on behalf of the Smiths while they were in Iran. She was an active participant in her husband's academic and Islamic Archives projects, Series 2. She corresponded with many of the same people, sometimes answering letters written to her husband. Her letters complement his. Her correspondence is arranged in alphabetically and includes the years for which letters are available.
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Myron Bement Smith Collection; Islamic Archives; Series 1: Papers; Subseries 1.4: Katharine Dennis Smith Papers and Correspondence. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Katherine Dennis Smith, 1973-1985
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FSA A.4 1.8.57.KDS
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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