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INVENTORY OF THE DAVID PIPER PAPERS RELATING TO BRITISH MUSEUMS AND ART INSTITUTIONS, 1916-1990
960020  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Piper papers relating to British museums and art institutions
    Date (inclusive): 1916-1990
    Collection number: 960020
    Creator: Piper, David
    Extent: ca. 3 linear ft.
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    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 in English

    Administrative Information

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    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1996.

    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.

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