Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, 1879-

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American poet.

From the description of Frederick Clapp papers, 1938-1960. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754872491

Frederick Mortimer Clapp was an American art historian, educator, and poet, and the first director of The Frick Collection from 1936 to 1951. He was born in New York City in 1879, and attended the City College of New York (1896-1899) and then Yale (1899-1902) receiving a B.A. and M.A. He taught at City College and the University of California extension services before traveling throughout Europe and studying art. Clapp married Maud Caroline Ede (1876-1960), an artist in Florence, in 1908. He received a doctorate in art history from the Sorbonne in 1914 and wrote his dissertation on Pontormo's drawings. In 1916 Clapp published a book and catalogue raisonné on Pontormo's paintings. The same year, he began publishing poetry, issuing collections of verse through the 1950s.

Clapp served with the 17th and 22nd Aero Squadrons during the First World War, and wrote a history of the 17th Aero Squadron that was published in 1920. In 1926 Clapp joined the University of Pittsburgh as chair of the art history program. His association with The Frick Collection began in 1931, when he was named advisor to the collection after the death of Mrs. Frick. He became organizing director in 1933, overseeing the transformation of the Frick mansion from a home into the present museum, and then director in 1936, eventually retiring in 1951. Clapp died in 1969 at the age of ninety.

Biographical information drawn from Dictionary of Art Historians: http://www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/clappf.htm (accessed on 28 January 2011).

From the guide to the Frederick Mortimer Clapp Papers, 1852-1969, 1906-1969, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Dwight Papers, 1890-1959 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, b. 1879. Frederick Mortimer Clapp papers, ca. 1885-1965. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Rudolf Kolisch papers, 1886-1978. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Flanner, Hildegarde, 1899-1987. Hildegarde Flanner papers, 1924-1984. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Garnett, Porter, 1871-1951. Porter Garnett papers, 1916-1951. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, b. 1879. Frederick Clapp papers, 1938-1960. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969. Papers, 1867-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Frick Collection. The Frick Collection Central Files (1932-1936), 1930-1937. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Porter, Arthur Kingsley, 1883-1933. Papers of Arthur Kingsley Porter : correspondence, 1910-1925. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Frederick Clapp [photograph], [ca. 1850-1860]. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bird, Grace V. Grace V. Bird papers, 1910-1976, n.d. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Frederick Mortimer Clapp Papers, 1852-1969, 1906-1969 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Rice family papers, 1810-1916 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Frick Collection. The Frick Collection Symposium on the History of Art Records, 1939-1982. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Rice family. Rice family papers, 1810-1916 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Matthias, Blanche, 1887-1983. Blanche Matthias papers, 1901-1983. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Frick Collection. The Frick Collection Construction Records, 1933-1937. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Frick Collection. The Frick Collection Records of the Organizing Director - Frederick Mortimer Clapp, 1920-1937. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Dwight, Harrison Griswold, 1875-. Dwight papers, 1890-1959. Amherst College Library
referencedIn Blanche Matthias papers, 1901-1983 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adriani, Bruno. person
associatedWith Bird, Grace V. person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Clapp, Maud Ede. person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Dwight, Harrison Griswold, 1875- person
associatedWith Ede family. family
associatedWith Flanner, Hildegarde, 1899-1987. person
associatedWith Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969. person
associatedWith Frick Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Garnett, Porter, 1871-1951. person
associatedWith Kolisch, Rudolf, 1896-1978 person
associatedWith Matthias, Blanche, 1887-1983. person
associatedWith Pontormo, Jacopo da, 1494-1556 person
associatedWith Porter, Arthur Kingsley, 1883-1933. person
associatedWith Rice family family
associatedWith Rice family. family
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
associatedWith United States. Army. Aero Squadron, 17th. corporateBody
associatedWith Wortzman, Marjorie. person
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American literature--20th century
Authors, American--20th century--Archives
American poetry--20th century
World War, 1914-1918--Regimental histories--United States
Art--History--Study and teaching
Poets, American--20th century--Archives
Occupation
Poets
Art historians
Teachers
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Birth 1879-07-26

Death 1969

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