Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955

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Museum director, architect. Educated at Harvard (M.Arch. 1912) and University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1915). Founder and director of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (1923-1925). Director of Philadelphia Museum of Art (1925-1955).

From the description of Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball, 1918-1952 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 269301918

Sydney Fiske Kimball, b. Newton, Mass. Architect, architectural historian, professor of architecture and fine arts, and author. University of Michigan (1912-1919), University of Virginia (1919-1923), New York University (1923-1925), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1925-1955). Restored Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, and Stratford, seat of the Lee family.

From the description of Sketch of west elevation of Monticello [manucript], n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 57467154

Architect and museum director.

From the description of Letter, 1918 March 13, Ann Arbor, to Mr. Lewis. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 170925302

" ... incorrectly called the McIntire Amphitheater--an amphitheater is circular or oval in shape ... the theater was made possible by a $120,000 gift from Paul Goodloe McIntire ..." (Virginius Dabney, Mr. Jefferson's University : A History).

From the description of Blueprints of Amphitheatre of the University of Virginia [manuscript], 1920. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647925289

Supervising Architect for Memorial gymnasium.

From the description of Plans and elevations for Memorial Gymnasium [manuscript], 1922. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 648017855

(See: Nat'l Cyclop. of Amer. Biogr., 47, pp. 660-1)

  • 1888: Born, Newton, Mass., December 8, 1888.
  • 1909: A.B., Harvard University
  • 1909 - 10 : Teaching assistant in fine arts, Harvard University
  • 1910 - 11 : Architectural study in Europe as Sheldon fellow of Harvard
  • 1912: M.Arch., Harvard University
  • 1912 - 13 : Instructor in architecture at University of Illinois
  • 1913: Married Marie Goebel, Urbana, Ill., June 7, 1913
  • 1913 - 15 : Instructor in architecture at University of Michigan
  • 1915: Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • 1915 - 16 : Assistant professor in architecture at Univ. of Michigan
  • 1916 - 17 : Sachs research fellowship at Michigan
  • 1918 - 19 : Assistant professor of fine arts at Univ. of Michigan
  • 1919 - 23 : Professor and head of department of architecture and fine arts, University of Virginia
  • 1919 - 25 : Lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1921 - 23 : Supervising architect of Univ. of Virginia
  • 1923: Established the Instit. of Fine Arts at New York University
  • 1923 - 25 : Director of the Instit. of Fine Arts and Morse professor of the literature of the arts of design, New York University; also lecturer at the National Academy of Design, New York City.
  • 1924 - 55 : Architect for New York University
  • 1925 - 55 : Director of Philadelphia Museum of Art until his retirement in January, 1955
  • 1935 - 55 : Member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission
  • 1955: Director of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • 1955: Elected director emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 1955: Died, Munich, Germany, August 14, 1955.

Bibliographical Note: Mary Kane, A Bibliography of the Works of Kimball. Ed. by Frederick D. Nichols, (Charlottsville, University of Virginia Press, 1959. 67p.)

From the guide to the Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball, 1918-1952., (Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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referencedIn Papers, 1939-1984 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf Zigrosser, Carl, 1891-. Carl Zigrosser papers, 1891-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Nagel, Charles, 1899-1992. Charles Nagel papers, ca. 1927-1992. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Stanard, Mary Newton, 1865-1929. Papers of Mary Mann Page Stanard [manuscript] ca. 1916-23. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Coolidge, John, 1913-1995. Correspondence : with Carl Zigrosser, 1956-1962. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Makielski, Stanislaw John, 1893-1969. Architectural drawings of Stanislaw J. Makielski [manuscript], 1914-1968. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Philadelphia Museum of Art. Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, 1946-1947. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Gertrude Wolf, papers, undated, 1899-1944 American Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Jones, Hilary P.,. Papers of the Noland family of Hanover County, Va., 1814-1948. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Blueprints of Amphitheatre of the University of Virginia [manuscript], 1920. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wells Ira Bennett Papers, 1916-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Hudnut, Joseph, 1886-1968. Drawings of the University of Virginia to illustrate Fiske Kimball's article on "Jefferson the Architect" : [manuscript] : 5 drawings 1926. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Sketch of west elevation of Monticello [manucript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Photographs pertaining to the Fiske Kimball symposium at the University of Virginia [graphic], 1996. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Plans and elevations for Memorial Gymnasium [manuscript], 1922. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball, 1918-1952 (inclusive). Harvard University, Fine Arts Library
referencedIn Seymour, George Dudley, 1859-1945. George Dudley Seymour papers, 1684-1944 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Frary, I. T. (Ihna Thayer), 1873-1965. Papers 1887-1952. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Letter, 1918 March 13, Ann Arbor, to Mr. Lewis. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Canaday, John, 1907-1985. Essay on modern printing [manuscript], 1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Philadelphia Museum of Art. Correspondence to Paul Philippe Cret, 1939-1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Guest book of Julia and James Southall Wilson [manuscript], 1922-1937. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wilson, James Southall, 1880-1963. Guest book of Julia and James Southall Wilson, 1922-1937. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf R.E. Lee and Son. Papers of R.E. Lee and Son [manuscript], 1935-1962. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn George Dudley Seymour papers, 1684-1944 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Fiske Kimball records, 1908-1955. Philadelphia Museum of Art
creatorOf Bywaters, Jerry. Jerry Bywaters papers, [ca. 1900-1979]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hume, Gary Leroy, 1941-. Checklist of architectural drawings in the U.Va. Library [manuscript] 1968. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Correspondence with Paul Philippe Cret, 1922-1943. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Warwick, Linwood Hughes, 1887-. Papers regarding the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial [manuscript], 1926. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1929-1956, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Papers of Sidney Fiske Kimball, 1918-1952. Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Garvan, Francis P. (Francis Patrick), 1875-1937. Francis Patrick Garvan papers, [ca. 1913-1956]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Grigg, Milton L. (Milton LaTour), 1905-1982. Papers of Milton L. Grigg [manuscript] 1930-1981. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Pagon, Katherine Dunn, b. 1892. Katherine Dunn Pagon papers relating to the Barnes Foundation, [ca. 1938-1961]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Charles Moore papers, 1901-1940 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sypher, Wylie. Wylie Sypher Papers, 1924-1986, 1953-1975. Simmons College, Beatley Library
referencedIn Duell, Prentice, 1894-1960. Papers of Prentice Van Walbeck Duell, 1894-1960 (inclusive). Harvard University, Fine Arts Library
referencedIn Canaday, John, 1907-1985. John Canaday interviews, 1971 Aug. 17-Aug. 24. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Moore, Charles, 1855-1942. Charles Moore papers, 1889-1940. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Hume, Fannie Page, 1838-1865. Fannie Page Hume diary extracts and miscellaneous Civil War and Albemarle County history items [manuscript], 1862-1945. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bennett, Wells Ira, 1888-. Wells I. Bennett papers, 1916-1965. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Rosenbach Company. Correspondence, 1903-1953. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Papers regarding the exact location of Thomas Jefferson's birth place 1945 April13. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter Family papers, 1840-1961 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Building Analysts. Drawing of Shack Mountain [manuscript], 1990. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Architectural drawings of Stratford, Westmoreland Co., Va. [manuscript] 1937. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Campbell, Edmund S. (Edmund Schureman), 1884-1950. Edmund Schureman Campbell papers. [manuscript] 1884-1950. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Harrison, Francis Burton, 1873-1957. Francis Burton Harrison papers [manuscript], 1921-1945, no date. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Shackelford, George Green. Papers of George Green Shackelford and the Shackelford family [manuscript], 1909-1990. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Madison, James, 1751-1836,. Correspondence with Fiske Kimball [manuscript] 1830, 1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Building Analysts. Drawing of Shack Mountain, 1990. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Fiske Kimball papers, 1874-1957, n.d. Philadelphia Museum of Art
creatorOf Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia Museum of Art selected records, 1874-1954. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Kean, Jefferson Randolph, 1860-1950. Papers of Jefferson Randolph Kean [manuscript] 1890-1950. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cocke, Betty Page, 1872-1973,. Papers of the Cocke-Elliot family [manuscript], 1854-1992. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs), 1872-1951. Correspondence with the University of Pennsylvania, 1926-1950. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Morris family. Papers, 1684-1935. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Fitz-Hugh, Thomas, 1862-1957. Papers of Thomas Fitz-Hugh [manuscript] 1881-1906. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers of Paul J. Sachs, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn New York University. Office of the University Architect. Joseph J. Roberto administrative records, 1928-1987 (bulk 1960-1987). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Material relating to the Public Works of Art Project and W.P.A. Projects in Pennsylvania, ca.1939-ca.1940. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Emil Lorch Papers, 1891-1963 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871. Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter family papers, 1840-1961. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Fiske Kimball Papers, 1920-1941. Peabody Essex Museum
referencedIn Canaday, John, 1907-1985,. Oral history interview with John Canaday, 1971 Aug. 17-24 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Porter, Arthur Kingsley, 1883-1933. Papers of Arthur Kingsley Porter : correspondence, 1910-1925. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Kimball, Marie Goebel, 1889-1955. Papers of Marie Goebel Kimball [manuscript] ca. 1920-1955. University of Virginia. Library
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United States
France
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.)
France
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
United States
Salem (Mass.)
Stratford Hall (Va.)
Italy
Subject
Art museums--Acquisitions
Art museums--Educational aspects
Historic preservation
Architecture, Rococo
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
Art museum architecture
Architecture
Art museums--Employees
Gymnasiums--Designs and plans
Museum finance
Architecture--Designs and plans
Architecture, domestic--19th century
Architecture, Domestic
Art museums--Public relations
Architects
Printing
Museum Directors
Architecture, Renaissance
Architecture, Domestic--18th century
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Birth 1888-12-08

Death 1955-08-14

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