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Collection MS.GL.001 - David Robbins Coffin Papers, 1918-2003

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David Robbins Coffin Papers, 1918-2003


  • 1918-2003 (Production)

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Importance matérielle et support

Approximately 40 linear feet, including:
38 boxes of notebooks
3 boxes of offprints
3 boxes of catalog cards
7 boxes of negatives
3 boxes of slides
11 boxes of unprocessed materials, papers and photographs

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Nom du producteur

Coffin, David R. (1918-2003)

Notice biographique

American historian of Renaissance gardens and landscape architecture. Coffin taught at Princeton University from 1949-1988, serving as chair of the art and archaeology department from 1964-1970. In addition, Coffin was the first chairman of the Garden Advisory Committee for Dumbarton Oaks, which led to the establishment of a scholarly program for garden and landscape studies in 1971. Coffin also organized the first garden symposium at Dumbarton Oaks in 1971, which focused on his métier, Italian gardens.

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In 2009, Dumbarton Oaks acquired the Coffin papers from his estate and the collection was transferred from Coffin's residence and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.

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Présentation du contenu

The collection consists of Coffin's personal papers and materials relating to his teaching career at Princeton University and his scholarly research interests in Renaissance architecture and garden history. Materials include notebooks, index cards, correspondence, typescripts, course syllabi, class and lecture notes, and offprints. Of particular note are Coffin's notebooks, which contain extensive research notes on English, French, and Italian gardens. There is also a significant amount of visual material, including photographs, slides, microfilm, and negatives.

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Conditions d’accès

The collection has not been processed and is only partially rehoused. For more information or for access to the collection, please consult ICFA staff.

Conditions de reproduction

Duplication of materials in the collection may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.

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Instruments de recherche

An unpublished draft inventory of Coffin's notebooks is available for consultation in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

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Note de l'archiviste

The archive was partially processed by Gerrianne Schaad, ICFA Curator in 2009-2010.

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Preferred Citation: David Robbins Coffin Papers, 1918-2003, MS.GL.001, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.



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Copyright for David Coffin materials belongs to Dumbarton Oaks. However, permission to publish materials created by other correspondents must be obtained from the copyright holder.


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