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Jere Abbott papers, 1932 - 1982
0.208 linear feet (1 container)
Collection number: CA.MS.00370

Abstract:
This collection contains photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and drawings related to the professional and personal life of Jere Abbott, Director of the Smith College Museum of Art from 1932 until 1946.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Jere Abbott was born in 1897 to Arthur Abbott and Flora Parkman (Abbott) in Dexter, Maine. Abbott received his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in science and went on to attend graduate school at Harvard University in physics. It was here that he met Alfred Hamilton Barr, who sparked his interest in Art History. Abbott studied in France and Russia, and returned to the US to receive a graduate degree in art history from Princeton. From 1929-1932, Abbott worked as the first associate director of the Museum of Modern Art, alongside its first director, Barr. In 1932, Abbott became director of the Smith College Museum of Art, where he also taught some classes in modern art. Abbott was instrumental in shifting the Museum's focus toward the collection of modern pieces, including Picasso's cubist Table, Guitar, and Bottle (1919). In 1946, Abbott retired from Smith to return to his family business, Amos Abbott Woolen Manufacturing Company in Dexter, Maine, as treasurer. He died in 1982, at the age of 84, leaving a $4.3-million acquisition fund to the Colby College Museum of Art.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material from both Jere Abbott's time working at Smith, including photographs and announcements of lectures and museum acquisitions, and his time after retirement. A large portion of the collection is the sketches and cartoons that Abbott drew from 1944-1959. There is also a number of personal correspondence, largely holiday letters, written to Mary [B. Mace?] about his life in retirement.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Jere Abbott Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00370, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Madison White, Class of 2016


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Related Materials

RG 22. Building and Grounds: Museum of Art


Contents List
Museum Director, 1932-1946
1932-1946

Box 659: folder 1
Cartoons drawn by Jere Abbott
1944-1959

Box 659: folder 2
Christmas Drawings
1936

Box 659: folder 3
Correspondence
1961-1982

Box 659: folder 4

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Abbott, Jere, 1897-1982
  • College art museums--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Smith College Museum of Art.
  • Smith College--Faculty.

Genre terms
  • correspondence


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