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Oral history interview with Eleanor M. Garvey

Interviewee:
Garvey, Eleanor M.  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Clark University (Worcester, Mass.)  Search this
Houghton Library  Search this
Newark Museum  Search this
Wellesley College  Search this
Worcester Art Museum  Search this
Abbot, Agnes Anne, 1897-1992  Search this
Bentinck-Smith, William, 1914-  Search this
Campbell, Alexander  Search this
Campbell, Louisa Dresser, 1907-1989  Search this
Coffey, Katherine, d. 1972  Search this
Conant, Kenneth J.  Search this
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie, 1896-1989  Search this
Freedberg, S. J. (Sydney Joseph), 1914-1997  Search this
Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984  Search this
McAndrew, John  Search this
O'Gorman, James F.  Search this
Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886  Search this
Sawyer, Charles Henry, 1906-2005  Search this
Winship, George Parker, 1871-1952  Search this
Extent:
76 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1997 February 28-June 13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Eleanor M. Garvey conducted 1997 February 28-June 13, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art in Garvey's office, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Garvey discusses her childhood in Worcester, Massachusetts; majoring in art history at Wellesley College under Serape der Nersessian, Alexander Campbell, Agnes Abbott, and Kenneth Conant; study of education at Clark University, with drawing classes at the art school of the Worcester Art Museum; and the extremely useful experience working at the Museum under Charles Sawyer and Louisa Dresser.
Working as an art librarian and museum curator at Wellesley College (1947-1952), and art history professors John McAndrew, Sidney Freedberg, James O'Gorman; moving on to the Newark Museum (1952-1953) and its collections and administration under Katherine Coffey.
Joining the Dept. of Printing and Graphic Arts of the Houghton Library in 1953 beginning as secretary to curator Philip Hofer; Hofer's work on illustrated books; the development of the Houghton Library from the so-called "Treasure Room" of the main Harvard Library under the direction of George Parker Winship; Garvey's close relationship with William Bentinck-Smith, a Houghton patron and an authority on type design; the status of women professionals at Harvard.
Continued discussion of Houghton patron William Bentinck-Smith; publications and exhibitions while at Houghton, including: "The Artist and the Book, 1860-1960" (1961), "The Turn of a Century, 1885-1970" (1970), "Henry Hobson Richardson and His Office: Selected Drawings" (1974), and "Artists of the Book in Boston, 1890-1910" (1988), as well as her current project producing a catalog of 18th century Venetian illustrated books and her involvement in seminars on artists' books.
Biographical / Historical:
Eleanor M. Garvey (1918- ) is a curator and writer from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes as X digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 30 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Museum curators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Book design  Search this
Illustrated books -- 19th century  Search this
Illustrated books -- 20th century  Search this
Women museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.garvey97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ace508c0-0cbf-4909-a16d-8ab7a5e20be4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-garvey97
Online Media:

Armenian art

Author:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Physical description:
270 p. : ill. ; 37 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
Call number:
709.2 .D37
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_861807

Armenian manuscripts in the Freer Gallery of Art / by Sirarpie der Nersessian

Author:
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 146 p., 108 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 36 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1963
Topic:
Manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Call number:
759.9566 .D27
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_843211

Le psautier arménien illustré / par Gabriel Millet et Sirarpie Der Nersessian

Author:
Millet, Gabriel 1867-1953  Search this
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Armenian Church Psalter  Search this
Physical description:
p. [137]-181, xvi plates on 8 leaves : ill. (incl. tables), col. facsims. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
1929]
Topic:
Manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Byzantine church--Psalter  Search this
Call number:
281.62 .M65
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_857432

The gospels of Bert'ay : an Old-Georgian ms. of the tenth century / by R.P. Blake and Sirarpie Der Nersessian

Author:
Blake, Robert P (Robert Pierpont) 1886-1950  Search this
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Subject:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Physical description:
p. [226]-285, [8] leaves of plates ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1943
1942
1943?]
Call number:
226.049 .B6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_857479

Armenian miniatures / Text and notes by Lydia A. Dournovo. Pref. by Sirarpie Der Nersessian. [Text translated from the French by Irene J. Underwood]

Author:
Durnovo, Lidiia Aleksandrovna  Search this
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Subject:
Mashtotsʻi Anvan Hin Dzeṛagreri Institut Matenadaran  Search this
Physical description:
181 p. mounted illus. (part col.) col. map (on lining paper) 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Armenia
Date:
1961
[1961]
Topic:
Illumination of books and manuscripts  Search this
Call number:
759.9566 .D81
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860186

A catalogue of the Armenian manuscripts / with an introd. on the history of Armenian art by Sirarpie der Nersessian

Author:
Chester Beatty Library  Search this
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Subject:
Chester Beatty Library  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. ; 36 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Ireland
Dublin
Date:
1958
Topic:
Manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Call number:
016.091 .C51
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_861751

Armenian manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery / by Sirarpie der Nersessian

Author:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Walters Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Walters Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
x, 111 p., [259] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 39 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Maryland
Baltimore
Date:
1973
Topic:
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Illumination of books and manuscripts  Search this
Call number:
759.9566 .D271
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_862629

Archives Sirarpie Der Nersessian : catalogue / par Silvia Agémian

Author:
Agémian, Sylvia  Search this
Subject:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Physical description:
v. <1 > : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Archives
Catalogs
Place:
Armenia
Date:
2003
Topic:
Art, Armenian--History  Search this
History  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
Z3465 .A54 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_866356

Manuscrits arméniens illustrés : des xii, xiii et xiv siècles de la Bibliothèque des Pères Mekhitharistes de Venise, d'après les photographies de la Frick Art Reference Library / Sirarpie Der Nersessian ; préface de Gabriel Millett

Author:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Mechitarists  Search this
Frick Art Reference Library  Search this
Matenadaran Mkhitʻareantsʻ i Venetik  Search this
Subject:
Matenadaran Mkhitʻareantsʻ i Venetik  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 202 p. : ill. ; 32 cm. + Album of 13 p., 102 plates on 51 leaves; 33 cm
Type:
Specimens
Catalogs
Date:
1936
1937
1936-1937
Topic:
Manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Illumination of books and manuscripts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_878284

Miniature painting in the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia from the twelfth to the fourteenth century / Sirarpie Der Nersessian ; jointly prepared for publication with Sylvia Agemian ; with an introduction by Annemarie Weyl Carr

Author:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Agémian, Sylvia  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Turkey
Cilicia
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval  Search this
Call number:
ND3239.A72 C554
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_881116

Armenian manuscripts in the Freer Gallery of Art

Author:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 146 p. 108 plates (incl. facsims.; part col.) 36 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1963
Topic:
Manuscripts, Armenian  Search this
Call number:
Z6605.A7 D4X
Z6605.A7D4X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_265129

Armenia and the Byzantine empire : a brief study of Armenian art and civilization / by Sirarpie Der Nersessian; preface by Henri Grégoire

Author:
Der Nersessian, Sirarpie 1896-1989  Search this
Physical description:
4 p. ℓ., [vii]-xxi, 148 p. illus. (incl. map, plans) xxxii pl. on 16 ℓ. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Armenia
Byzantine Empire
Date:
1945
Topic:
Art  Search this
Civilization  Search this
History  Search this
Relations (general) with Byzantine Empire  Search this
Relations  Search this
Call number:
915.66 .D4
DS171.D4X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_180228

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