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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:

Painting of the high Renaissance in Rome and Florence

Author:
Freedberg, S. J (Sydney Joseph) 1914-1997  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. plates. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Rome
Date:
1961
Topic:
Painting--History  Search this
Painting, Italian--History  Search this
Painting, Italian  Search this
Call number:
ND615 .F89
ND615.F89
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_16577

Andrea del Sarto

Author:
Freedberg, S. J (Sydney Joseph) 1914-1997  Search this
Subject:
Sarto, Andrea del 1486-1530  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1963
Call number:
N40.1.S251 F8
N40.1.S251F8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_37000

Painting in Italy, 1500 to 1600 [by] S.J. Freedberg

Author:
Freedberg, S. J (Sydney Joseph) 1914-1997  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 554 p. 300 illus., col. plate. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Date:
1971
[1971, c1970]
Topic:
Painting, Italian  Search this
Painting, Renaissance  Search this
Mannerism (Art)  Search this
Call number:
ND615 .F85
ND615.F85
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_8732

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