Subseries B. Student records

Date:
1951-1968, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

D'Harnoncourt's records from each of the schools have been processed as three separate sub-subseries. The first pertains to the Brearley School, a 12-year college preparatory school on the upper east side of New York City, which she attended from 1949 to 1961.School publications are the primary source of documentation in this sub-subseries. The "Radcliffe College" sub-subseries pertains to d'Harnoncourt's undergraduate studies, which she pursued from 1961 to 1965, majoring in History and Literature. Of the three, this sub-subseries is the most comprehensive, documenting her class work, extracurricular activities, and awards. Most of the documentation consists of the two dozen notebooks and writing assignments that identify a good portion of d'Harnoncourt's curriculum, and give insight into the workings of this young scholar's mind. Also included is a voluminous binder she prepared for "Project Tanganyika" as well as several school publications, a few of which include photographs of d'Harnoncourt. Detailed descriptions of material from d'Harnoncourt's Brearley and Radcliffe years are given at the respective sub-subseries levels.

D'Harnoncourt's most significant education for what would become her lifetime career in the visual arts is unfortunately the least documented. From 1965 to 1967, she pursued her graduate studies in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, which is a college of the University of London. The only record of her time there is a copy of her thesis, "The awakening conscience: a study of moral subject-matter in Pre-Raphaelite painting, with a catalogue of pictures in the Tate Gallery." The thesis incorporated the findings she made during her 6-month internship at the Tate, where she prepared full catalogue entries on 30 Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings in their collection. The internship was part of the requirement of the Master of Arts program.