Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1966

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Museum director and art historian; New York City.

Rorimer was the motivating force in the development of the Cloisters. Educated at Harvard University and the Ecole Gory in Paris, his employment by the Metropolitan Museum of Art began in 1927 and continued until his death. He was curator of the Department of Medieval Art (1934-1955), director of the Cloisters (1949-1966) and director and trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1955-1966). During WWII, Rorimer served in the Monuments, Fine Art and Archives Section of the U.S. Army, recovering and protecting hidden and stolen art works (1943-1946).

From the description of James J. Rorimer papers, 1923-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122571109

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1966. Papers, 1927-1966. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). Letters, 1925-1958, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Rorimer, Katherine S. Oral history interview with Katherine S. Rorimer, 1994 Mar. 17-25. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Geldzahler, Henry,. Oral history interview with Henry Geldzahler, 1970 Jan. 27 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gladys Tilden Papers, 1875-1982 The Bancroft Library.
creatorOf Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1966. James J. Rorimer papers, 1923-1962. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Papers, 1939-1984 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). Photostatic prints from Trier Museum : photographs of Merovingian antiquities, with accompanying correspondence, 1936-1937. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Osborn, William Church, 1862-1951. William Church Osborn records, 1904-1953. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Papers, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). Office of the Secretary. Office of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Geldzahler, Henry. Henry Geldzahler interview, 1970 Jan. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rorimer, Anne. Oral history interview with Anne Rorimer, 2010 Nov. 15-16. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Barnard, George Grey, 1863-1938. Papers, 1889-1967. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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associatedWith Barnard, George Grey, 1863-1938. person
associatedWith Blumenthal, George, 1858-1941. person
associatedWith Breck, Joseph, b. 1885. person
associatedWith Cloisters (Museum) corporateBody
associatedWith Collens, Charles, 1873-1956. person
associatedWith Cook, Walter W. S. (Walter William Spencer), 1888-1962. person
associatedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Geldzahler, Henry. person
associatedWith Howe, Thomas Carr person
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.). Office of the Secretary. corporateBody
associatedWith Osborn, William Church, 1862-1951. person
associatedWith Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Rorimer, Anne person
associatedWith Rorimer, Katherine S. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
correspondedWith Tilden, Gladys, 1900- person
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France
Germany
United States
New York (State)--New York
Europe
Subject
Art treasures in war
Museum Directors
World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage
Art, Medieval--Collectors and collecting
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Birth 1905

Death 1966-05-11

Americans

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