Mongan, Agnes

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Agnes Mongan, art historian, curator and director at Fogg Art Museum.

From the description of Oral history interview with Agnes Mongan, 1979 June 19-Aug. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 657039442

From the description of Agnes Mongan interviews, 1979 June 19-Aug. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646397418

b. 1905, Somerville, Mass.; d. Sept. 15, 1996, Cambridge, Mass.

From the description of Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 86101309

Art historian, teacher, and museum administrator, Agnes Mongan was born in Somerville, Mass., in 1905, and earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr in 1927. In 1928 she came to the Fogg Museum at Harvard as a special student; she remained there for over forty years, serving in various positions, finally as director. She is author of a number of works, including, with Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art (1940) and, with E. Mongan, European Paintings in the Timken Art Gallery (1969). Harvard University has named the Agnes Mongan Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs in the Fogg Museum in her honor.

From the description of Interview, 1991. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008283

Agnes Mongan (1905-1996) was an art historian, curator, and director at Fogg Art Museum.

From the description of Oral history interview with Agnes Mongan, 1979 June 19-Aug. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 779477508

Art historian, curator, director, Fogg Art Museum. Born 1905. Died 1996.

From the description of Agnes Mongan interviews, 1979 June 19-1979 Aug. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220188317

Agnes Mongan was born on January 21, 1905 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Mongan attended the Cambridge School, and received her B.A. in 1927 from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied art history and English literature. From 1927-1928 she studied Italian art in Florence through the Smith College Year Abroad Program, and received her A.M. from Smith in 1929. In 1928 she began working at the Fogg Art Museum as a special student. From 1929-1937 she worked as a research assistant for Paul J. Sachs, creating a catalogue of his collection of drawings. From 1937-1947, her title was Keeper of Drawings, and in 1947 she became Curator of Drawings. She was the first female curator at the Fogg, and kept the title through her retirement in 1975. From 1951-1964 she was also the Assistant Director of the Fogg, from 1964-1968 Associate Director, from 1968-1969 Acting Director, and from 1969-1971 Director. She was the first woman to direct a major art museum in the United States. From 1960-1975 she also held the title of Martin A. Ryeson Lecturer on the Fine Arts. After she retired from the position of Director in 1971, she was Director Emerita and consultant until her official retirement in 1975. Her career also included stints as Acting Director of the Timken Gallery in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, and visiting professor for various institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin. She was the recipient of seven honorary degrees, and was honored by Harvard University in 1994 when the Agnes Mongan Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs opened at the Fogg. She died on September 15, 1996.

Born in 1909, Elizabeth Mongan graduated from Miss Haskell's School for Girls in 1927. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1931, where she majored in art history. In July 1931, she started working at the Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut, under director Winslow Ames. From 1935-1936 she taught at Sheldon Nixon School, Florence, and in 1937 became curator for Lessing J. Rosenwald, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. When the collection moved to the National Gallery of Art, she became its curator there, and was later named Curator of Graphic Arts. She left the National Gallery of Art in 1963, when she went to Paris to work on a catalogue of Paul Gaugin prints. She became the Acting Director and Curator of Prints and Drawings of the Smith College Museum of Arts, where was the Associate Director until 1975. In 1975, she became Acting Director of the Timkin Gallery. Om 1979, she worked at visiting curator in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She died in June 2002.

From the description of Papers, 1914-1993 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 234361053

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referencedIn Myron Bement Smith collection, circa 1910-1970 Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments, Inc. (ACRIM), 1946-1950 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf MONGAN, AGNES. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes,. Oral history interview with Agnes Mongan, 1989 June 21. National Gallery of Art Library
creatorOf Committee for the Exhibition of French Drawings from American Collections. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1958. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Mongan, Elizabeth,. Oral history interview with Elizabeth Mongan, 1979 Sept. 18 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes. Papers of Agnes Mongan, 1941-1964 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard Art Museum. Exhibition Records, 1905-2008 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Photographs and other material of Agnes Mongan relating to private collections, 1944-1962 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Cándida Smith, Richard. Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-. Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Francis, Henry Sayles, 1902-1994. Henry Sayles Francis papers, [ca. 1924-1983]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Research material of Agnes Mongan: the Frick collection, 1930-1958 (inclusive), 1942-1958 (bulk). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: Société de reproduction de dessins anciens et modernes (SORDAM), 1950-1959 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: administrative, 1940-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes. Oral history interview with Agnes Mongan, 1979 June 19-Aug. 30. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Agnes Mongan travels: miscellaneous materials, 1960-1971 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: dealers and galleries, 1940-1974 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: museums and universities, 1938-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Records of Agnes Mongan: Heart of Spain, 1939-1942 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Papers concerning Agnes Mongan, 1990-1996 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Records, 1939-1992 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Wasserman, Jeanne L. 1915-2006. Papers of Fogg Art Museum Honorary Curator of Sculpture 1960-c.1987 Harvard University Art Museum
creatorOf College Art Association of America. Glimpses of some early departments of the history of art in the U.S.A. : panel discussion, 1987 Feb. 13. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes. Oral history interview with Agnes Mongan, 1979 June 19-Aug. 30. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: exhibitions, 1940-1959 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Corporation. Committee on Inter-American Relations. Report of Agnes Mongan, Secretary, 1943-1944 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. Bernard and Mary Berenson, Papers (1880-2002, bulk 1880-1959) : a finding aid. Houghton Library
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: general, 1929-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969. Papers, 1867-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Berenson, Bernard and Mary. Papers, 1880-2002, 1880-2002 Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Dumbarton Oaks. Administrative records of Dumbarton Oaks, 1940-1965 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Annual reports, 1948-1970 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Mongan, Elizabeth,. Oral history interview with Elizabeth Mongan, 1979 Sept. 18 [sound recording]. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Daily log books of Agnes Mongan, 1965-1969 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Pope, Arthur, 1880-1974. Papers, 1907-1979. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Radcliffe College Archives biography files, 1855-2007 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Harvard Art Museums. Archives. Exhibition Records, 1905-2008. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Window Shop (Cambridge, Mass.). Records, 1939-1992 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes. Papers, 1914-1993 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museums [preferred code= MH-AM or MH-HUAM]
referencedIn Coolidge, John, 1913-1995. Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Papers of Arthur Pope, 1907-1979 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes 1905-1996. Agnes Mongan interviews, 1979 June 19-Aug. 30. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Marguerite Yourcenar additional papers, 1842-1996. Houghton Library
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Houghton Library
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes. Interview, 1991. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes. Museum curator : Agnes Mongan : oral history transcript / interviewed by Taina Rikala de Noriega and Richard Cándida Smith ; completed under the auspices of the Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles, and the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1994. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Course notes, 1936-1937. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Julius S. Held papers, ca. 1918-1999 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library
creatorOf College Art Association of America. Glimpses of some early departments of the history of art in the U.S.A. : panel discussion, 1987 Feb. 13. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Archives of the Fogg Art Museum, 1895-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
creatorOf Mongan, Agnes. Agnes Mongan interviews, 1979 June 19-1979 Aug. 30. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: American Defense (Harvard Group), 1940-1945 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Dept. of Drawings. Correspondence of Agnes Mongan: Pan American Society, 1941-1973 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
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correspondedWith Yourcenar, Marguerite. person
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Massachusetts--Cambridge
United States
Massachusetts--Cambridge
Connecticut--New Haven
Massachusetts--Cambridge
Europe
United States
Asia--Social life and customs
Massachusetts--Cambridge
Massachusetts--Cambridge
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Drawing--Study and teaching--History--20th century
Art--Collectors and collecting
Curator--Interviews
College art museums
Women museum curators
Art historians--Interviews
Women in education
Art--Study and teaching--History--20th century
Women educators
Drawing, French
Museums--Administration
Arts administrators
Art, American
Women in the professions
Voyages and travels--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Art and the war
Museum curators--Interviews
Art historians
Art--Study and teaching
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