Frederick Mortimer Clapp Papers
Scope and Contents
- 1852 - 1969
- Majority of material found within 1906 - 1969
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
52.55 Linear Feet (133 boxes)
Language of Materials
Frederick Mortimer Clapp (1879-1969)
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).
The collection received some level of processing in the 1970s or 1980s. Further organization and description were carried out in 2010. Series I, Correspondence, was largely left arranged as it was, with the exception that a distinct group of subject files was organized as a separate series (II). The group of Miscellaneous Manuscripts was broadened into a series of Writing and Research Files (Series III). The papers relating to Maud Ede Clapp and her family were organized as a separate series (V), and the remainder of the material was organized as a series of Personal and Other Papers (IV), including a small group of miscellaneous letters that had not previously been arranged with the rest of the correspondence and was therefore not included in Series I.
The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Za Clapp, Uncat Za MSS Clapp, ZA File Clapp, ZA File Jeffers.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- American literature -- 20th century
- American poetry -- 20th Century
- Art -- History -- Study and teaching
- Art historians
- Art historians -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, 1879-1969
- Clapp, Maud Ede
- Ede family
- Frick Collection
- Poets, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Pontormo, Jacopo da, 1494-1556
- Teachers -- United States -- 20th Century
- United States. Army. Air Service. Aero Squadron, 17th
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories -- United States
- Guide to the Frederick Mortimer Clapp Papers
- by Andrea Benefiel and Jennifer Meehan
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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