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Corporate author Frick Collection.
Title The Frick Collection Symposium on the History of Art Records, 1939-1982.
Description 1.5 linear feet (4 boxes).
Arrangement Arranged chronologically by date of Symposium; subject files within each year are arranged alphabetically.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  TFC.600    AVAILABLE BY APPT
Access restrictions These records are open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives access policy. Contact the Archives Department for further information at
Summary Correspondence, programs, invitations, press releases, work orders, opening remarks, and summaries of graduate student papers document the founding, evolution and administration of The Frick Collection Symposium on the History of Art (known as the Symposium on Art and Archaeology from 1940-1953). Records date from 1939 to 1982. The earliest files contain the most comprehensive documentation of the program, and only the files from 1940-1942 contain summaries of the papers presented. No copies of the graduate students' papers presented at the Symposia are in the collection. Correspondence concerns the selection of graduate students, biographical information on the presenters, their paper topics, the logistical planning of the Symposium lectures and luncheons, expenses, and discussions regarding which universities to include in the program.
Correspondents, primarily Frick Collection staff, professors of participating universities and graduate student speakers, include Frederick Mortimer Clapp, Franklin M. Biebel, Harry D.M. Grier, Bernice Davidson, Walter W.S. Cook, Sumner McK. Crosby, William B. Dinsmoor, Charles Rufus Morey, Joseph C. Sloane, E. Baldwin Smith, Craig Hugh Smyth, and Rudolf Wittkower. The files also contain responses to invitations from Erwin Panofsky, Alfred Barr, Fiske Kimball, and Belle da Costa Greene. The Symposium continues to be held on an annual basis, and additional records will be added to this collection as they are processed.
Biographical/historical note The Frick Collection, in conjunction with the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, held its first Symposium on Art and Archaeology for graduate students on February 23, 1940, the first symposium of its kind to be held in the United States. The press release referred to it as "a new experiment in art education," held to "provide graduate students with an opportunity to meet one another and compare varying approaches to the field of art in a scholarly and appreciative environment." Eleven students from the art history graduate programs of Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Yale University, and Bryn Mawr College presented papers on topics of their choice at the first Symposium.
The Symposium was suspended from 1942-1946, and held solely at New York University from 1947-1948. Beginning in 1949, the program was held annually, and hosted in alternate years by The Frick Collection or the Institute of Fine Arts. In 1953, the program's title was changed to the Symposium on the History of Art. Additional institutions participating in the Symposium over the years include the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, the University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College, the State University of New York at Binghamton, Boston University, Brown University, the University of Delaware and Rutgers University. The Symposium continues to be held on an annual basis.
Cite as The Frick Collection Symposium on the History of Art Records. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Biebel, Franklin M. (Franklin Matthews)
Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, 1879-1969.
Cook, Walter W. S.
Crosby, Sumner McK. (Sumner McKnight), 1909-1982.
Davidson, Bernice F.
Dinsmoor, William Bell, 1886-1973.
Grier, Harry D. M., 1914-1972.
Sloane, Joseph C.
Frick Collection.
New York University. Institute of Fine Arts.
Art -- History -- Congresses.
Art -- Study and teaching.
Genre/Form Symposia.
WorldCat no. 605037824

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