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Theodore Sizer papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 453

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, writings, drawings for posters, bookplates, Christmas cards, and armorial designs for Yale College. Also included is material related to Theodore Sizer's service as an officer in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Important correspondents are Eric Gill, James Lukens McConaughy, Gifford Pinchot, Neal Lawson Lewis and Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers. Also in the papers are grade and attendance books from his courses at Yale (1927-1955). Papers relating to the Yale University Art Gallery include correspondence and drafts for a "History of the Visual Arts at Yale, 1701-1957," material on James Jackson Jarves, and correspondence and notes on John Marshall Phillips who succeeded Sizer as director of the Art Gallery.

Dates

  • 1679-1992

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Gradebooks are restricted until 2030.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 93-M-28 was the gift of Judith Ryland Sizer, 1992; Accession 99-M-86 was transfer from Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1999; accession 2000-M-071 was the gift of Theodore R. Sizer, 1999; accession 2000-M-073 was transfer from Arts of the Book Collection, 1999.

Arrangement

Arranged by accession.

Extent

8.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0453

Overview

The papers consist of correspondence, writings, drawings for posters, bookplates, Christmas cards, and armorial designs for Yale College. Also included is material related to Theodore Sizer's service as an officer in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Important correspondents are Eric Gill, James Lukens McConaughy, Gifford Pinchot, Neal Lawson Lewis and Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers. Also in the papers are grade and attendance books from his courses at Yale (1927-1955). Papers relating to the Yale University Art Gallery include correspondence and drafts for a "History of the Visual Arts at Yale, 1701-1957," material on James Jackson Jarves, and correspondence and notes on John Marshall Phillips who succeeded Sizer as director of the Art Gallery.

Biographical / Historical

Theodore Sizer was born on March 19, 1892 in New York City. He received a B.S. degree from Harvard in 1915. He worked in the import-export business from 1915 until 1922 and served as a first lieutenant in the Army in World War I. He was curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1922 to 1927, and a lecturer at Case Western Reserve College from 1924 to 1927. He became an associate professor of the history of art at Yale and associate director of the Yale Art Gallery in 1927. Sizer was a professor of art history at Yale University from 1931 until his retirement in 1957. He was director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1940 to 1947. An expert on heraldry, he became the first Pursuivant of Arms at Yale University in 1963 and created banners for Yale and the city of St. Louis. Sizer died on June 21, 1967 in West Haven, Connecticut.
Title
Guide to the Theodore Sizer Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by John Espy
Date
November 1980
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
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