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Millard Meiss Papers

Creator:
Meiss, Millard, 1904-1975  Search this
Names:
American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments  Search this
College Art Association (U.S.)  Search this
Committee to Rescue Italian Art  Search this
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Princeton University  Search this
Gombrich, E. H. (Ernst Hans), 1909-2001  Search this
Lavin, Irving, 1927-  Search this
Nordenfalk, Carl Adam Johan, 1907-  Search this
Panofsky, Dora Mosse  Search this
Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968  Search this
Extent:
11.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1918-circa 1977
bulk 1950-1975
Summary:
The papers of art historian, writer, and educator Millard Meiss measure 11.4 linear feet and date from circa 1918 to circa 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1975. The papers are comprised of biographical material, correspondence, writing projects and lectures, and professional files that document his post World War II work as chairman of the American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments, among other work.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian, writer, and educator Millard Meiss measure 11.4 linear feet and date from circa 1918 to circa 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1975. The papers are comprised of biographical material, correspondence, writing projects and lectures, and professional files that document his post World War II work as chairman of the American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments, among other work.

Biographical material includes various awards and honorary degrees received; a bibliography of published and unpublished books, articles, essays, and editing projects by Meiss; memorial materials and obituaries for Meiss as well as for Dora and Erwin Panofsky (to whom he was close); and resumes and education materials among other files.

Correspondence is predominantly professional in nature and is with colleagues, peers, museums, and institutions. Some correspondents include Ernst Gombrich, Irving Lavin, Carl Nordenfalk, and Erwin Panofsky, among many others.

Writing project and lecture files document Meiss's work on numerous published and unpublished articles and book projects, and lectures. Books include The Boucicaut Hours, De Artibud Opscula XL: Essays on Erwin Panofsky, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry, and Painting in Florence and Siena, among many other works. Files contain manuscripts, notes, book proposals, reviews, correspondence, and clippings.

Professional files document the many committees, institutions, and organizations in which Meiss was involved, including the American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments, Committee to Rescue Italian Art, and International Committee of the History of Art. Also included are general files on The Art Bulletin, College Art Association, Institute for Advanced Study, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Princeton University, among others.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 4 series:

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1918-circa 1977 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1936-circa 1977 (4.3 linear feet; Boxes 1-5)

Series 3: Writings Projects and Lectures, circa 1934-circa 1975 (2.4 linear feet; Boxes 5-8)

Series 4: Professional Files, circa 1933-circa 1975 (4.4 linear feet; Boxes 8-12)
Biographical / Historical:
Millard Meiss (1904-1975) was an art historian and educator whose expertise was medieval and Renaissance art. He taught at Columbia University and Princeton, and was a curator at the Fogg Museum for four years. Following World War II, Meiss served as chairman of the American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments until 1951.

Millard Meiss received a B. A. from Princeton University in 1926, and a Ph. D. from New York University in 1933. He was a professor of fine arts and archaeology at Columbia University from 1934-1953. In 1954, Meiss accepted the position of professor of fine arts and curator of paintings at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. In 1958, he returned to Princeton, New Jersey to become professor of art history at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he remained for the rest of his career.

While at Columbia University, Meiss acted as editor-in-chief of The Art Bulletin, and also stayed on the editorial board for the next thirty-three years until his death in 1975. Throughout his career, Meiss edited several leading art journals, and wrote numerous articles and books on medieval and Renaissance painting, including Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death (1951), and his multi-volume French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry (1967-1974), as well as many others.

In addition to serving as chairman of the American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments after World War II, Meiss organized the Committee to Rescue Italian Art in 1966 after the flood of the Arno River in Italy. He worked to help organize the first meeting in the United States of the International Congress of the History of Art and served as president and vice-president. He was actively involved in the College Art Association of America.

Meiss was a member of many arts and scholarly organizations in Europe and the United States including the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Accademia Senese degli Intronati, Accademia Clementina, Accademia Toscana Colombaria, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, American Philosophical Society, British Academy, and the Société des Antiquaires de France. In addition, he was a Fellow of the Mediaeval Academy of America and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Meiss was also the recipient of many awards, including the Wanamaker English Prize, 1925; Haskins Medal from the Mediaeval Academy of America, 1953; Lewis Prize from the American Philosophical Society, 1967; Morey Award from the College Art Association of America, 1969, and posthumously in 1976; and the Art Dealers Association of America Award, 1974.
Provenance:
The Millard Meiss papers were donated to the archives in 1976 and 1986 by Meiss's widow Margaret L. Meiss.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Millard Meiss papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Educators -- New Jersey  Search this
Authors -- New Jersey  Search this
Topic:
Painting -- Italy  Search this
Painting -- France  Search this
Art historians -- New Jersey -- Princeton  Search this
Citation:
Millard Meiss papers, circa 1918-circa 1977, bulk 1950-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.meismill
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-meismill
Online Media:

Shadows : the depiction of cast shadows in Western art / E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
National Gallery (Great Britain)  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
Topic:
Shades and shadows in art  Search this
Visual perception  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_489055

Psychology, art, and antifascism : Ernst Kris, E.H. Gombrich, and the politics of caricature / Louis Rose

Author:
Rose, Louis  Search this
Subject:
Kris, Ernst 1900-1957  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 295 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Austria
Date:
2016
Topic:
Art historians  Search this
Psychology and art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093473

The ravished image : an introduction to the art of picture restoration & its risks / Sarah Walden ; foreword, key writings & unpublished letters by Ernst Gombrich

Author:
Walden, Sarah  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
181 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
2004
Topic:
Painting--Conservation and restoration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_773771

Antony Gormley / John Hutchinson, E.H. Gombrich, Lela B. Njatin, W.J.T. Mitchell

Author:
Mitchell, W. J. T (William John Thomas) 1942-  Search this
Njatin, Lela B  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Gormley, Antony  Search this
Hutchinson, John 1950-  Search this
Subject:
Gormley, Antony Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
211 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 29 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2000
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, British  Search this
Call number:
NB497.G65 H87 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_632978

Illusion in nature and art / edited by R. L. Gregory and E. H. Gombrich ; with contributions by Colin Blakemore ... [et al.]

Author:
Gregory, R. L (Richard Langton)  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Blakemore, Colin  Search this
Physical description:
288 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
C1973
Topic:
Optical illusions  Search this
Visual perception  Search this
Call number:
BF241 .G728 1973b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647966

Antony Gormley / John Hutchinson, E.H. Gombrich, Lela B. Njatin

Author:
Hutchinson, John 1950-  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Njatin, Lela B  Search this
Subject:
Gormley, Antony 1950- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Gormley, Antony  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
Call number:
NB497.G65 H87 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_652419

On pride and prejudice in the arts / Ernst Gombrich

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
19 p. : ill. (port.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
Art and society  Search this
Arts and society  Search this
Art criticism  Search this
Call number:
NX180.S6 G56 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_673778

The preference for the primitive : episodes in the history of Western taste and art / E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
324 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
Topic:
Art--Philosophy  Search this
Art, Primitive  Search this
Primitivism in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_688986

Tête à tête : portraits / by Henri Cartier-Bresson ; introduction by E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Cartier-Bresson, Henri 1908-2004  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Subject:
Cartier-Bresson, Henri 1908-2004  Search this
Physical description:
142 p. : ill. ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Portraits
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Celebrities  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C327 G6 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_537177

Tête à tête : portraits / by Henri Cartier-Bresson ; introduction by E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Cartier-Bresson, Henri 1908-2004  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Subject:
Cartier-Bresson, Henri 1908-2004  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ports. ; 31 cm
Type:
Portraits
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Celebrities  Search this
Call number:
TR647.C327 G6 1998b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_550437

The uses of images : studies in the social function of art and visual communication / E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
304 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
Topic:
Art and society  Search this
Art--Psychology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_561534

Kokoschka in his time : lecture given at the Tate Gallery on 2 July 1986 / E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Subject:
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill., 1 facsim., ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1986
C1986
Call number:
N40.1.K82 G63 1986
N40.1.K82G63 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405722

Oskar Kokoschka : letters, 1905-1976 / selected by Olda Kokoschka and Alfred Marnau ; foreword by E.H. Gombrich ; [translated from the German by Mary Whittall]

Author:
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980  Search this
Kokoschka, Olda  Search this
Marnau, Alfred 1918-  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Subject:
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980 Correspondence  Search this
Physical description:
320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Artists--Correspondence  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.K82 A1l 1992
N40.1.K82A1l 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_432746

Gombrich on art and psychology / edited by Richard Woodfield

Author:
Woodfield, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
Topic:
Art--Psychology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_493820

The essential Gombrich : selected writings on art and culture / edited by Richard Woodfield

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Woodfield, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
624 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
Topic:
Art--Psychology  Search this
Visual perception  Search this
Art--History  Search this
Art--Philosophy  Search this
Call number:
N7445.2 .G58e 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_494242

Meditations on a hobby horse : and other essays on the theory of art / by E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
x, 182 p., [64] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
1985, c1963
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art--Philosophy  Search this
Call number:
N7445.2.G58 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_301555

New light on old masters / E.H. Gombrich

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Physical description:
191 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Date:
1986
Topic:
Art, High Renaissance  Search this
Art, Italian  Search this
Call number:
N6915.G59 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_342638

Reflections on the history of art : views and reviews / E.H. Gombrich ; edited by Richard Woodfield

Author:
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Woodfield, Richard  Search this
Physical description:
256 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
1949
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Call number:
N5300.G6426 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_345989

Orbis pictus, the prints of Oskar Kokoschka, 1906-1976 : selected from the collection of Reinhold, Count Bethusy-Huc / with essays by Jaroslaw Leshko, E.H. Gombrich, Reinhold, Count Bethusy-Huc

Author:
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980  Search this
Leshko, Jaroslaw 1939-  Search this
Gombrich, E. H (Ernst Hans) 1909-2001  Search this
Bethusy-Huc, Reinhold Graf  Search this
Santa Barbara Museum of Art  Search this
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  Search this
Smith College Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Kokoschka, Oskar 1886-1980  Search this
Bethusy-Huc, Reinhold Graf Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
104 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Austria
Vienna
Date:
1987
20th century
Topic:
Prints, Austrian  Search this
Prints  Search this
Expressionism (Art)  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.K82 S2
N40.1.K82S2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_351187

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