Skip to main content

James Lord papers

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 790
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of material created and accumulated by James Lord in the course of his activities as an art critic and writer, and includes drafts of writings, research material, correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual recordings. Correspondence (Series I) is both personal and professional, and relates chiefly to the artistic and literary world of mid- and late-twentieth-century Paris. Writings (Series II) include Lord's extensive research files, drafts, and primary sources for Giacometti: A Biography. Drafts and correspondence relating to Lord's memoirs, including his letters from his mother that he used as source material for Six Exceptional Women: Further Memoirs (1994), are also filed in the Writings series. Visual Material (Series III) includes photographs of Pablo Picasso by Lord and an unidentified photographer, and photographs of Lord in the 1950s and 1960s, including portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Series III also includes drawings by Jean Cocteau and others. Audiovisual recordings (Series IV) relate chiefly to Lord's research on Alberto Giacometti and include interviews and lectures. Personal Papers (Series V) consist of Lord's 1960 passport and fragmentary portions of his journals. Printed Material (Series VI) consists chiefly of clippings and magazine articles related to Lord and his research. A small amount of printed ephemera is also filed in Series VI.
Language of Materials
In English and French.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Boxes 80-81 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The James Lord Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of James Lord, 1982-2009, unless otherwise noted on folder labels.

2016 and 2017 Acquisitions: Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2016, 2017.

2020 Acquisition: Gift of Gilles Roy Lord, 2020.
Arrangement
Organized into eleven series: I. Correspondence, 1946-2002. II. Writings, 1917-2003. III. Visual Material, 1924-1964. IV. Audiovisual Recordings,1982-2002. V. Personal Papers, circa 1950-2001. VI. Printed Material, 1949-circa 2003. VII. March 2016 Acquisition. VIII. July 2016 Acquisition. IX. October 2016 Acquisition. X. April 2017 Acquisition, 1960-2017. XI. March 2020 Acquisition, 1950-2018.
Associated Materials
Other material by or relating to James Lord can be found by searching Orbis (Yale's Online Catalog).

James Lord also donated artwork to the Yale University Art Gallery.
Dates
1909-2018
Majority of material found within 1946 - 2003
Extent
38.72 Linear Feet (95 boxes)
Related Names
Lord, James, 1922-2009
Language of Materials
English
Language of Materials
English
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
French
Script
Latin