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

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Finding aid for the David Piper papers relating to British museums and art institutions, 1916-1990

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.




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