Arthur Kingsley Porter Photographs of Architecture and Manuscripts, 1980s
- 1980s (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
7 boxes of photographs
Name of creator
Porter, Arthur Kingsley (1883-1933)
American architectural historian and medievalist. Porter initially studied law and architecture before completing his studies in art history at Yale University in 1917. In 1920, he joined the faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Harvard University. In 1923, Porter took a leave to teach at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. That same year, he published Romanesque Sculpture of the Pilgrimage Roads (Boston: Marshall Jones Company, 1923), a 10-volume work that included 9 portfolio volumes of photographs taken by Porter on his extensive travels through Europe. Now housed in the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University, Porter's photograph collection includes approximately 11,000 images of medieval architecture and sculpture taken by Porter and his wife, Lucy. Porter returned to Harvard in 1925 and was appointed William Dorr Boardman chair of art history.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The selected photographs were printed from original nitrate negatives owned by the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University in the 1980s. The nitrate negatives were subsequently destroyed.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Selections from Porter's photograph collection at Harvard that Porter took and compiled in the early 20th century. These duplicate photographs depict Byzantine and Medieval architecture, wall paintings, and sculpture from Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, and Turkey, as well as manuscripts and other objects from Italy and Greece.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
These photographs are arranged by country, city, site, or monument.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
This collection is unprocessed. For more information or for access to the collection, please consult ICFA staff.
Conditions governing reproduction
Photographs are for research and study purposes only. Permission to publish must be requested from the Photographic Resources Librarian at the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University (Joanne Bloom Toplyn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-495-4656).
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Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A draft inventory is available: http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/icfa/kingsleyporter-inventory.pdf. Also, photocopies of the original catalog records from Harvard University are available for consultation in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Photographs, copy negatives (reformatted from the original nitrate negatives), and original glass negatives may be found at the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University: Arthur Kingsley Porter photograph collection, 1910-ca. 1930 (http://id.lib.harvard.edu/aleph/000601589/catalog) and Arthur Kingsley Porter study and teaching collection, ca. 1880-ca. 1930 (http://id.lib.harvard.edu/aleph/011584366/catalog).
Existence and location of copies
Arthur Kingsley Porter study photographs of Romanesque architecture and sculpture, 1900s. 91.P.4. Special Collections, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa91p4.
Related units of description
Papers of Arthur Kingsley Porter, 1863-1957. HUG 1706.1xx. Harvard University Archives, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. http://id.lib.harvard.edu/aleph/000604356/catalog.
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Porter, Arthur Kingsley (Creator)
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Level of detail
Preferred Citation: Arthur Kingsley Porter Photographs of Architecture and Manuscripts, 1980s, PH.BZ.007, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.
Photographs are for research and study purposes only. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University.
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October 21, 2016 12:08 PM