Papers, 1927-1966.


Papers, 1927-1966.

The James J. Rorimer Papers (1927-1966) contain a rich and varied assortment of archival materials that document the career of James Joseph Rorimer (1905-1966), curator of medieval art, director of The Cloisters museum, and director of the MMA. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence, research notes, typescript and handwritten drafts of various lectures and publications written while working for The Cloisters and the MMA, and administrative records relating to The Cloisters' annual budget and daily activities. Other material includes index cards, library call slips, newspaper clippings, MMA press releases, notebooks, photographs, records relating to specific exhibits, and miscellaneous ephemera (flyers, pamphlets, catalogues, programs, etc). Other material of note include documents relating to Rorimer's tenure as Chief of Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the Seventh Army during WWII. The collection will no doubt be of interest to museum staff and external researchers studying the foundation of The Cloisters, museum administration, and the man himself. It may also serve provide information regarding the provenance of specific pieces of art now in The Cloisters' custody.

8 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

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