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File 208 - Correspondence between John Nicholas Brown and John Thacher

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DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-01-01-05-208

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Correspondence between John Nicholas Brown and John Thacher

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  • January 1960 - February 1969 (Creation)

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Brown, John Nicholas (1900-1979)

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John Nicholas Brown was born in New York in 1900. His father and uncle died shortly after his birth, causing the press to dub him "the richest baby in America." He attended Harvard and studied the History and Literature of Classical Cultures, traveling extensively after graduation. Always interested in historical architecture and art, he founded the Medieval Academy of America and was on the Byzantine Institute Committee. His public life included stints as the head of the Rhode Island division of the Public Works Administration, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air from 1946-1949. He was married to the reporter Anne Seddon Kinsolving and had three children.

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Thacher, John (1904-1982)

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John Thacher was the first director of Dumbarton Oaks, from 1940 until 1969. He attended Yale University in 1927, and graduate work at Harvard and the Courtauld Institute in London. He was the Assistant to the Directors of the Fogg Art Museum prior to coming to Dumbarton Oaks, where he served as Executive Officer from 1940 to 1945, Acting Director from 1945-1946 and Director from 1946-1969.

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Relates to the transfer of the Byzantine Institute to Dumbarton Oaks

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The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s

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Preferred citation: The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s, MS.BZ.004, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

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The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s

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Copyright for Byzantine Institute materials belong to Dumbarton Oaks. However, permission to publish materials created by other correspondents must be obtained from the copyright holder.

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  • Box: MS.BZ.004, Subgroup 01, Box 014