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David Piper papers relating to British museums and art institutions, 1916-1990

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Title: David Piper papers relating to British museums and art institutions
Dates: 1916-1990
Number: 960020
Creator/Collector: Piper, David
Extent: 3.0 linear feet
Abstract: British museum director, art historian, and novelist (1918-1990). These papers reflect Piper's tenure as director of the National Portrait Gallery (1964-1967), the Fitzwilliam Museum (1967-1973), and the Ashmolean Museum (1973-1985), as well as his position on various boards and institutions. The collection consists of letters, notes, essays, reports, clippings, and some single journal issues and promotional material concerning the arts in Britain.
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Language: Collection material is in English
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Author: Finding aid prepared by Kirstin Hammer.

Biographical/Historical Note

British museum director, art historian, and novelist (1918-1990).


Scope and Content of Collection

The David Piper Papers relate to Piper's tenure as director of the National Portrait Gallery (1964-1967), the Fitzwilliam Museum (1967-1973), and the Ashmolean Museum (1973-1985), as well as his position on various boards and institutions, such as the Royal Fine Art Commission and the Leeds Castle Foundation. The papers consist of letters, notes, essays, reports, clippings, and some single journal issues and promotional material concerning the arts in Britain. Incorporated are the miscellaneous papers of Isherwood Kay, Keeper at the National Gallery from 1933-1938. Dating mostly from 1924-1938, these papers include correspondence with members of the art world, including Collins Baker, Kenneth Clark, Charles Holmes, Ellis Waterhouse, Martin Davies, and others, as well as additional ephemera and a small collection of art postcards. Piper's literary manuscripts are not included.

Arrangement note

Organized in five series:
I. Correspondence, ca. 1916-1989;
II. Notes and writings, ca. 1928-1989;
III. Ephemera, ca. 1925-1989;
IV. Clippings, ca. 1926-1990;
V. Art postcards.


Restrictions

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Contact Library Rights and Reproductions.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Piper Papers Relating to British Museums and Art Institutions, 1916-1990, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 960020.

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa960020

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1996.


Container List

Series I. Correspondence, ca. 1916-1985 17.0 folder(s)
Includes letters to and from art historians and British institutions concerning works of art, exhibitions, building programs, and general news. The correspondence is primarily professional although some letters have a personal tone. Collins Baker, the Burlington Fine Arts Club, Kenneth Clark, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Charles Holmes, Leeds Castle, and the Royal Fine Art Commission are among the most frequent correspondents or subjects of correspondence. The end of the series includes an alphabetical grouping of miscellaneous correspondence.
Box Folder
1 1 Baker, Collins, ca. 1916-1935
1 2 Baker, Collins, ca. 1936-1938
1 3 Burlington Fine Arts Club, ca. 1925-1928
1 4 Christ's College, Cambridge, ca. 1966-1968
1 5 Clark, Kenneth, ca. 1930-1938
1 6 Cooper's and Lybrand/National Heritage, ca. 1985
1 7 Fitzwilliam, ca. 1972
1 8 Holmes, Charles, ca. 1927-1934
1 9 Leeds Castle, 1986-1989
1 10 Royal Fine Art Commission, ca. 1970-1984
1 11 Miscellaneous A-D
1 12 Miscellaneous E-H
1 13 Miscellaneous I-L
1 14 Miscellaneous M-P
1 15 Miscellaneous Q-T
1 16 Miscellaneous U-Z
1 17 Unidentified Correspondence
Series II. Notes and writings, ca. 1928-1989 6.0 folder(s)
Arranged alphabetically by topic and concerning primarily artists, such as Diego Velazquez, and art institutions, including the Leeds Castle Foundation. Primarily drafts of essays and reports, with several biographical entries in typescript and manuscript form. The end of the series includes miscellaneous writings arranged by date.
Box Folder
1 18 Fitzwilliam
1 19 Leeds Castle Foundation, ca. 1989
Box Folder
2 1 Velazquez
2 2 Waterhouse, Ellis, ca. 1972-1989
2 3 Miscellaneous, 1928-1986
2 4 Miscellaneous, n.d.
Series III. Ephemera, ca. 1925-1989 2.0 and 1/2 boxes
The largest part of the collection, this series contains ephemera related to British arts institutions, including the Leeds Castle Foundation, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and a large section on the Royal Fine Art Commission, as well as an obituary file.
Box Folder
2 5 Burlington 1925
2 6 Christ's College, Cambridge, ca. 1959
2 7 Cooper's and Lybrand/ National Heritage
2 8 Fitzwilliam, 1968-1969
2 9 Leeds Castle Foundation Publications, ca. 1976-1983
2 10 Obituaries
Box Folder
3 1 Oxbridge, ca. 1970-1986
3 2 Parnham House, ca. 1982-1986
3 3 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1978
3 4 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1979
3 5 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1980
3 6 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1981
3 7 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1982
3 8 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1983
3 9 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1984
3 10 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1984
3 11 Royal Fine Art Commission, 1985
3 12 Royal Fine Art Commission, n.d.
3 13 Tradescant Trust, 1984-1985
Box Folder
4 1 Victoria and Albert, 1987-1989
4 2 Waterhouse, Ellis
4 3 Watts Gallery, ca. 1985-1986
4 4 Miscellanous Ephemera
Series IV. Clippings, ca. 1926-1990 10.0 folder(s)
Miscellaneous clippings arranged by date and concerning institutions, exhibitions, art trends, collecting, and theft. Also included are two folders devoted to "Oxbridge" and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Box Folder
4 5 Oxbridge, ca. 1966-1985
4 6 Victoria and Albert Museum, ca. 1987-1989
4 7 Victoria and Albert Museum, n.d.
4 8 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1926-1938
4 9 Miscellaneous Clippings, ca. 1966-1979
4 10 Miscellaneous Clippings, ca. 1980-1987
4 11 Miscellaneous Clippings, ca. 1988
4 12 Miscellaneous Clippings, ca. 1989
4 13 Miscellaneous Clippings, ca. 1990
4 14 Miscellaneous Clippings, n.d.
Series V. Art postcards, n.d. 1.0 box(es)
Early postcards depicting works of art. In original alphabetical order arranged by artist, collection, region, or subject, possibly assembled by Isherwood Kay.
Box
5 Postcards, arranged alphabetically by artist, institution, region or subject