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Corporate author Frick Collection.
Title The Frick Collection Records of the Organizing Director - Frederick Mortimer Clapp, 1920-1937.
Description 3.0 linear feet (7 boxes).
Arrangement The collection is organized in four series: Series I: Notebooks, 1931-1936; Series II: Account Books, 1920-1937; Series III: Diaries, 1932-1937; and Series IV: Small Catalogue, 1934-1935.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  TFC.300.10    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 Records of The Frick Collection's Organizing Director, Frederick Mortimer Clapp, contain reports, correspondence, memos, minutes, budget projections and statements, and summaries of meetings and telephone conversations documenting his involvement in the planning and details of alterations and additions to The Frick Collection, and the construction of a new Frick Art Reference Library building from 1931-1935. Also contains manuscripts for a small catalogue published in 1935 by The Frick Collection, "The Frick Collection: Paintings: Summary Catalogue." The bulk of the files span from 1931 to 1936.
Files include minutes from meetings of the Committee on Organization and Policy and the office of architect John Russell Pope; correspondence with John Russell Pope and general contractor Marc Eidlitz & Son; and summaries of Mr. Clapp's meetings and telephone conversations with Board of Trustee members Helen Clay Frick, Childs Frick, Walker D. Hines and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Topics covered include all aspects of the buildings' architecture, construction, and interior design, including selection of materials, finishes, and furnishings, as well as decisions regarding air conditioning and other mechanical concerns, museum administration, and art installation.
Biographical/historical note The Frick Collection was founded by industrialist and art collector, Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), who bequeathed his home, furnishings and works of art to the public for the purpose of "establishing and maintaining a gallery of art." When the Trustees began the process of converting the Frick residence into a public art museum in 1931, Frederick Mortimer Clapp (1879-1969) was hired as an adviser on the project and was named Organizing Director in January, 1933. Mr. Clapp oversaw every aspect of the alterations and additions to The Frick Collection, as well as the construction of a new Frick Art Reference Library building. The Frick Art Reference Library building opened on January 14, 1935, and The Frick Collection opened on December 16, 1935. In 1936 Frederick Mortimer Clapp became the Director of The Frick Collection, a position that he held until his retirement in 1951.
Frederick Mortimer Clapp, born in New York, received his master's degree from Yale University in 1910. He taught Greek at City College and Elizabethan drama and Russian literature at the extension of the University of California. In 1914 he received a doctorate degree in art from the University of Paris. He served as the head of the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Pittsburgh from 1926 to 1937. Among his publications are numerous volumes of poetry, and a catalogue raisonné of Pontormo's works.
Cite as The Frick Collection Records of the Organizing Director - Frederick Mortimer Clapp. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Related collections The Frick Collection Central Files, 1932-1936. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
The Frick Collection Construction Records, 1933-1937. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
LC subject Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, 1879-1969.
Frick, Childs, 1883-1965.
Frick, Helen Clay, 1888-1984.
Hines, Walker D. (Walker Downer), 1870-1934.
Pope, John Russell, 1874-1937.
Rockefeller, John D., Jr. (John Davison), 1874-1960.
Delano & Aldrich.
Frick Art Reference Library.
Frick Collection.
Marc Eidlitz & Son.
Other subject The Frick Collection: paintings: summary catalogue.
LC subject Art museum architecture.
Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York.
Library architecture.
Mansions -- Remodeling for other use.
Genre/Form Account books.
WorldCat no. 612325784

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