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Archives related to: Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960

titleArchives pamphlet file: Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960 : miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
descriptionPamphlet file
The folder may include clippings, correspondence, memoranda, press releases, brochures, announcements, reviews, invitations, obituaries and other ephemeral material relevant to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and its history.

MoMA Manhattan Archives Pamphlet File

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Rockefeller, John D., 1906-1978
extent1 folder
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updated03/16/2023 10:29:53

titleRockefeller Family Archives, 1819-(1879-1961)-2000 Record Group 1, John D. Rockefeller
repositoryRockefeller Archive Center
descriptionMaterial in this record group documents John D. Rockefeller's activities during the 19th Century.

Arranged in nine series:
Series B: Business Related Material, 1871-1917
Series C: Correspondence, 1879-1894
Series F: Financial Material, 1855-1937
Series I: William O. Inglis interviews and research materials, 1917-1926
Series L: Letterbooks, 1877-1918
Series M: Scrapbooks, 1904-1937
Series N: Philanthropy Related Material - American Baptist Education Society, 1917-1926
Series S: Spelman Family, 1854-1942
Series Z: Miscellany
extent550 cubic feet.
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Business Records Interview Scrapbooks
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updated11/12/2014 11:29:53

titleRockefeller Family Archives, 1819-1990, 1879-1961 (bulk).
repositoryRockefeller Archive Center
descriptionThe Rockefeller Family Archives document the careers and activities of three generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the founderof the family fortune, John D. Rockefeller and including his son and grandson, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and John D. Rockefeller III, and their families and associates.

John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937), founder of Standard Oil (1870) and philanthropist./ With the advice of his adviser Frederick T. Gates (1853-1929) and son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960), Rockefeller developed an orderly system of philanthropic giving. He established the Rockefeller Institutefor Medical Research (1901), the General Education Board (1902), the Rockefeller Foundation (1913), and the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Foundation (1918), each of which he endowed with large amounts. He was alsothe principal benefactor of the University of Chicago (1891ff.) John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who joined his father's office in New York in 1897, oversaw the expansion and diversification of the philanthropic work begun byhis father. The six children of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948)--John III (1906-78), Nelson A. (1908-79), Laurance S. (b. 1910), Winthrop (1912-73), David (b. 1915), and AbbyM.--further diversified Rockefeller influence and interests.

Organized into the following record groups: RG 1 John D. Rockefeller Papers; RG 2 Office of the Messrs Rockefeller; RG 3 Rockefeller Family and Associates General Files; RG 4 Nelson A. Rockefeller Personal Papers; RG 8 Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc; RG 9 Winthrop Rockefeller, Governor; RG 13 Public Relations Department; RG 14 Media; RG 15 Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor; RG 17 Rockefeller Family Associates; RG 18 Martha Baird Rockefeller; RG 19 Products of Asia; RG 26 Nelson A. Rockefeller (Vice President), New York Files; RG 30 Museum of Primitive Art; RG 50 William Rockefeller./ Unpublished finding aids available in repository

Named Person:
Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937.
Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960.
Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1906-1978.
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.
Rockefeller, Laurance S. (Laurance Spelman), 1910-
Rockefeller, Winthrop, 1912-1973.
Rockefeller, David, 1915-
Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich, 1874-1948.
extent4150 cubic ft.
formatsBusiness Records Financial Records Personal Papers Correspondence Ephemera
accessAppointments must be made to conduct research at the Rockefeller Archive Center.
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finding aidUnpublished finding aids available in repository.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:53

titleOffice of the Messrs Rockefeller, 1858-(1879-1961)
repositoryRockefeller Archive Center
descriptionThis collection contains correspondence, reports, pamphlets, memoranda, deeds, maps, contracts, reports, minutes, charters, certificates of incorporation, clippings, diaries, notebooks, calendars, and memorabilia.

The Office of the Messrs. Rockefeller (OMR) materials document the increasing role assumed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the management of Rockefeller affairs and amply document his business and philanthropic affairs. They also chronicle the entrance of JDR Jr.'s sons, John 3rd, Nelson A., Laurance S., Winthrop, and David, into the world of business, philanthropy, civic leadership, and politics as they joined the office.
extent580 cubic ft.
formatsCorrespondence Ephemera Legal Papers Diaries Notebooks
accessPortions are restricted or closed. Material related to living members of the Rockefeller family is not available for research.
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finding aidThere is a microfilm card index of personal and institutional names.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:53

titleJames J. Rorimer Papers: 1927-1966.
repositoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
descriptionThe James J. Rorimer Papers (1927-1966) contain a rich and varied assortment of archival materials that document the career of James Joseph Rorimer (1905-1966), curator of medieval art, director of The Cloisters museum, and director of the MMA. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence, research notes, typescript and handwritten drafts of various lectures and publications written while working for The Cloisters and the MMA, and administrative records relating to The Cloisters' annual budget and daily activities. Other material includes index cards, library call slips, newspaper clippings, MMA press releases, notebooks, photographs, records relating to specific exhibits, and miscellaneous ephemera (flyers, pamphlets, catalogues, programs, etc). Other material of note include documents relating to Rorimer's tenure as Chief of Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the Seventh Army during WWII. The collection will no doubt be of interest to museum staff and external researchers studying the foundation of The Cloisters, museum administration, and the man himself. It may also serve provide information regarding the provenance of specific pieces of art now in The Cloisters' custody.

Identification of item, date (if known), James J. Rorimer Papers; box number; folder number; The Cloisters Library and Archives, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Blumenthal, George, 1858-1941
Breck, Joseph, b. 1885
Collens, Charles, 1873-1956
Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960
Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1966
Cloisters (Museum)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Art, Medieval -- Collectors and collecting -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- Europe

Cloisters Library

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Cloisters Archives collection no.41 LIB USE ONLY
extent3.5 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence Notebooks Administrative Records Photographs Ephemera
accessOpen for research by appointment from The Cloisters Library and Archives staff
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finding aidFinding aid available in the repository; The Cloisters Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art; folder level control
acquisition informationUnknown; material in this collection was amassed during Rorimer's career at The Cloisters Museum, but where or when this material was transferred to The Cloisters Library and Archives is unknown.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:04

titleMattie E. Hewitt and Richard A. Smith photograph collection [graphic], ca. 1910-1960 (bulk 1920-1939)
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
descriptionThe New-York Historical Society received material for approximately 485 assignments, most of them residences in Manhattan. There are approximately 5,000 photographic prints and 400 film negatives. Approximately three-quarters of the photographs are credited to Hewitt, and the remainder are by Smith.

The bulk of the clients are popular magazines and interior decorators. Views of fashionable apartment interiors, newly built houses, small urban gardens, and other residential settings display the work of decorators and the tastes of well-known people, among them designer Raymond Loewy and photographer Margaret Bourke-White. There are also interiors of hotels, restaurants, clubs, shops, and decorator exhibitions. Miscellaneous images include a 1940 "House of Ideas," a Vanderbilt family yacht, and a radio station. Captions are usually limited to client's name and address and are often dated. The decorator is identified for about half of the assignments.

Historical Note:
Noted garden and architecture photographer Mattie Edwards Hewitt (d. 1956) moved to New York city in 1909 to share a studio with Frances Benjamin Johnston. By the 1920s, she was working independently. When Hewitt retired to Boston, she left her working files to her nephew, Richard Averill Smith, who added to them many of his own prints.

After Smith's death in 1971, the Nassau County Museum received more than 12,000 photographs and distributed many to various historical societies according to their geographic interests.

Cite as
Mattie E. Hewitt and Richard A. Smith Photograph Collection, Dept. of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

New-York Historical Society
Print RoomPR-026
extentca. 5,000 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
accessAccess: open to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society.
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finding aidIndexes: Finding aid and item level database for this collection available online and at repository. Prints are arranged alphabetically by the name of the resident or business.
acquisition informationGift from the Nassau County Museum in 1971.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:07

titleOffice of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing].
repositoryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
descriptionRecords comprise correspondence and subject files created by the Secretary and General Counsel, Trustees and several past Directors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This material relates to all aspects of Museum operations and administration including: acquisition of artworks through purchase, gift and bequest, exhibitions, building maintenance and construction, relations with City and State agencies, drafting and negotiating contracts, managing litigation, cultural property issues, legal and business affairs, grants and corporate donations. Files documenting the tenures of each Secretary of the Museum are included.

In addition, there is substantial original documentation created by: former Directors of the Museum, including Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Caspar Purdon Clarke, Edward Robinson, Herbert E. Winlock; past Trustees, including: John Taylor Johnston, Henry Gurdon Marquand, Robert W. De Forest, and J. Pierpont Morgan; and key curatorial and administrative staff.

Biography or History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 in New York City by a group of businessmen, financiers, artists and collectors. On April 13 of that year the New York State Legislature granted an Act of Incorporation "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said City a Museum and Library of Art, of encouraging and developing the Study of the Fine Arts, and the application of Art to manufacture and natural life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction and recreations." Railroad executive John Taylor Johnston served as the institution’s first President. Luigi Palma di Cesnola was appointed the first Director in 1879.

The Office of the Secretary was established concurrently with the founding of the Museum, and is the central repository for official Trustee records, administrative correspondence and legal files of the Museum’s General Counsel. The Secretary is a member of the Museum staff who performs administrative duties under the general direction of the President or as may be assigned by the Chairman or Board of Trustees.

The Secretary is responsible for coordinating and recording the proceedings of meetings the Board of Trustees and Trustee committees. The Secretary attends to official correspondence, has custody of and preserves the corporate seal and the archives, and oversees the legal affairs of the Museum.

The following have served as Secretary of the Museum: William J. Hoppin (1874-1877), Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1877-1904), Robert W. DeForest (1904-1913), Henry W. Kent (1913-1940), George Lauder Greenway (1941-1942), Dudley T. Easby, Jr. (1945-1969), Ashton Hawkins (1969-1987), Linden Havemeyer Wise (1987-1992), Sharon H. Cott (1992-present).

[Title of item], [date], [folder title], Office of the Secretary Records, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives.

Most materials in English; French, Italian, German and other languages are represented as well.
extent2500 linear feet.
formatsCorrespondence Subject Files Administrative Records Financial Records Legal Papers
accessConsult Archives staff regarding permission to quote or reproduce.
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finding aidnpublished index and folder level database; access restricted to Archives staff only.
acquisition informationTransferred from Office of the Secretary.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:08

titlePapers of William J. Collins, 1902-1958.
repositorySterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
descriptionWilliam J. Collins was brought on as the first curator of prints and drawings in 1958. He had been the head, since 1939, of the Department of Prints at Knoedler & Co. in New York City, where the Clarks purchased many of their artworks. Collins passed away unexpectedly in 1960.

This collection consists of a number of different types of items. A three-ring binder documents sales of prints, drawings, and etchings to such major early-20th century collectors as Henry Clay Frick, Andrew W. Mellon, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Joseph Widener, and Blanche Adler. Sales date back as early as 1902, so the binder probably belonged to Collins's predecessor at Knoedler's, Norman F. Wells, or perhaps even Wells's predecessor.

Collins kept a number of loose letters and ephemera stored inside its covers. There is also a small bound leather book divided into alphabetically tabbed sections. Most of the pages are blank, but some contain more lists in the same handwriting as the binder. They may also be prints and drawings bought or sold by Knoedler, but the annotations use abbreviations and numbers that are indecipherable.

An A-Z accordion file contained items relating to both the life and work of Collins, including a letter to his father composed after his brother was killed in battle during World War I; a letter from RSC, along with Collins's responses, regarding some prints RSC was hoping to buy; photographs of works Collins was buying or selling; ephemera relating to art shows; and other correspondence.

A black spring binder contains notebook pages with writing in pencil. There are passages that relate to the Bible and to art history. There is some translation from German. There is nothing conclusively identifying this object with Collins and its purpose remains unclear. The remaining items were found in Collins's room at the Williams Inn after he died. These include catalogs and other publications; several small oil paintings perhaps done by Collins; ephemera such as his credit card and Catholic holy cards; and additional correspondence and documents. One folder of materials is labeled James F. Drake, Inc. and contains correspondence between Collins and the rare book dealer regarding obtaining a number of art books for the Clark.

extent.8 linear ft.
formatsPhotographs Correspondence Ephemera Inventories Financial Records
accessContact the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library for further details.
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finding aidAvailable online and at the repository (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library).
acquisition informationThe binder and the book were acquisitioned in early 2007 after being removed from a collection of items that eventually made up the Realia and the Personal series of the Sterling and Francine Clark Papers. The A to Z file and personal items were accessioned in October 2007, along with records pertaining to the Prints and Drawings Collection.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:10

titleThe Fototeca Berenson (Villa I Tatti Photo Archives)
repositoryBiblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti
descriptionThe collection contains about 300,000 photographs, many of them collected by Berenson himself from the 1880s until the time of his death in 1959. Many have notes on the back in his handwriting. Many show works of art before restoration, and others show images since destroyed.

An important section, "Homeless paintings", contains photographs of works whose current location is unknown. The photographs are almost exclusively black and white in a variety of photographic media, such as albumen, gelatine, or carbon.

About 3000 large-format photographs are stored separately. In addition, there is a considerable amount of documentary material in the form of clippings, notes and printed reproductions.

The photographs are arranged according to Berenson's original scheme, by school: Florence, Siena, Central Italy, Northern Italy, Lombardy, Venice, Southern Italy. Within each school they are arranged by artist, then by topography, followed by homeless. Paintings and drawings are arranged separately.

The main focus of the collection is on Italian painting and drawing from the mid-thirteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. This part of the collection continues to be developed through the acquisition of new materials and through photographic campaigns. Later periods are also represented but in smaller scale, without systematic updating.

There is also material on medieval painting, arranged topographically; manuscript illumination, arranged according to present location; archeology; Byzantine art and architecture, arranged both by artist and by location; and non-Italian art, arranged by country. Finally a section of 8000 photographs is devoted to the art of the Far East, India and Islam.

In addition to the original Berenson nucleus, collections of prints, glass plates, negatives and transparencies have entered the Fototeca.

These include the collections of Emilio Marcucci (nineteenth-century projects for the completion of various Florentine monuments), George Kaftal (representations of saints in Italian painting of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries), Henry Clifford (painting thirtheenth to seventeenth centuries), Giorgio Castelfranco (Italian art thirteenth to twentieth centuries), Giannino Marchig (restoration), Frederick Hartt (Michelangelo, Giulio Romano), Giuseppe Marchini (Italian art and stained glass), and Craig H. Smyth (Renaissance painting and drawing).

There is a small collection of micropublications and microfiche (162,386 frames): L=index photographique de l'art en France (95,648); Sotheby's Pictorial Archive - Old Master Paintings (45,472); Christie's Pictorial Archive Italian School (9,898); Christie's Pictorial Archive - New York 1977-95 Old Master Paintings & Drawings (11,368). The microfilm of the Bartsch Corpus comprises about 42,000 frames.

Most photographers not identified.

extent300,000 + photographs
formatsPhotographs Reproductions Microfilm Artist Files
accessContact Ilaria Della Monica the archivist at the Berenson Library for restrictions and appointments.
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finding aidCurrently, there is no catalog of the photographs at Villa I Tatti. In some cases, Artist Files, can be found school (i.e. Venetian, Lombard, Northern Italy, Central Italy, etc. . .) and some are cataloged in Harvard's online catalog, HOLLIS.
acquisition informationOriginally formed by Bernard Berenson the Library continues to add to the file.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:10