Fiske Kimball Papers : VI. Teaching positions

Series VI. Teaching positions

Date:
1909-1925, 1939-1940, n.d

Extent:
1 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

In addition to his architectural and writing projects, Kimball earned a living as a teacher. By the time he came to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he had taught at five universities, including positions as department head. Even as museum director, Kimball managed to fit in a summer session at the University of California in Berkeley in 1940. In this series, most of the correspondence pertains to Kimball's various administrative duties and occasional struggles of working in an academic environment. Files of lecture outlines and notes document the courses he taught and his approach to each topic. Various course assignments, exam questions, and student records are also included.

Kimball's first full-time position as an instructor in architecture came in 1912 at the University of Illinois. Based on the correspondence, his 1913 marriage to Marie Goebel may have contributed to his brief tenure at Urbana-Champaign. Marrying the daughter of a faculty member was in conflict with a supposedly abolished university rule banning the hiring of relatives. That same year Kimball left Illinois for the University of Michigan, where he taught and earned his doctoral degree. Kimball served first as an instructor in architecture and later in fine arts. Once again the correspondence suggests tension mounting, this time between Kimball and Emil Lorch, a professor of architecture, over Kimball's appointment and possible reappointment by Harvard University as a traveling Sachs Fellow. Kimball's later correspondence with Professor Richard Cross and others of the Fine Arts department contrasts the earlier conflicts, documenting the more routine issues of teaching and departmental administration. With his next position beginning in 1919 at the University of Virginia, Kimball's responsibilities greatly increased as he oversaw the establishment of the McIntire School of Fine Arts and taught as a professor of art and architecture. Both roles are documented in this series. Also included here are two files pertaining to Kimball's summer session in 1921 at the University of Chicago, for which he taught two classes in American and Renaissance Art. Resigning from the University of Virginia in 1923, Kimball went next to New York University, where he was appointed head of the Department of Fine Arts and Morse Professor of the Literature of the Arts of Design. Apparently prior to his acceptance of the NYU position, Kimball drew up the pros and cons of teaching poisitions at UVa, NYU and Princeton. That comparitive chart is filed here with his correspondence. Although no lecture notes are included with the NYU documentation, Kimball, in a June 25, 1925 memorandum written at the time of his resignation, refers to his lectures on the History of Art and of Decoration, and to the 118 lectures he was scheduled to give as Morse Professor at the National Academy of Design. In October 1932, Kimball returned to NYU to give two lectures and two months later was appointed lecturer for the following academic year. That documentation is included in the "Lectures" subseries of the "Writings and Research" series. Documentation of the history of art and the history of architecture courses he taught during the 1940 summer session at the University of California, Berkeley, is also included here.

Throughout his teaching career, Kimball apparently revised and reused previous lecture notes. Those files containing such mixed papers are identified by lecture topic, rather than institution, and conclude the series. Also within this group of topical folders are lectures that cannot be clearly identified with any particular university, as well as general reference materials.

Arrangement

Files are grouped by institution and arranged in the chronological order of each teaching position. Within each institutional group, correspondence folders precede other files. Folders identified by lecture topic only are alphabetically arranged at the end of the series.

BoxFolderAuthor/TitleDate
1121 University of Illinois. Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / A. 1908-1919 / f. University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign Campus).

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / A. 1908-1919 / f. Harvard University.

Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / A. Family correspondence / f. Marie Goebel Kimball to Fiske Kimball.

Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / A. Family correspondence / f. Goebel, Julius.
1912-1913
1122 University of Illinois. "American Architectural Schools." [Related writing to Alumni Quarterly article?] Ts.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / VII. Writings and research / D. Articles / f. "The Department of Architecture: Development, Condition, Ideals." Alumni Quarterly of the University of Illinois (Apr. 1913): 87-96. Correspondence, research material, and Ts.
ca. 1913
1123 University of Illinois. Architectural lectures. First semester, 1912-13. Summary outline.ca. 1913
1124 University of Illinois. Bibliographic citation rules [for teaching purposes?].n.d.
1125 University of Illinois. Notes and slide lists for architectural lectures (course Arch. 31).1912
1126 University of Illinois. Notes taken by H. Garritson of architectural lectures.1912
1127 University of Michigan. Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / A. 1908-1919 / f. University of Michigan. Kelsey, Francis W.

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / A. 1908-1919 / f. Harvard University. Committee on the Sachs Research Fellowship.

Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / A. Family correspondence / f. Marie Goebel Kimball to Fiske Kimball.

Fiske Kimball Papers / VII. Writings and research / C. Samuel McIntire / 1. Mr. Samuel McIntire, Carver: The Architect of Salem / f. Correspondence. Dow, George Francis, 1868-1936.
1912-1917, n.d.
1128 University of Michigan. Correspondence.

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Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. University of Michigan.
1918-1919
1129 University of Michigan. Correspondence. Smith, Shirley W., Secretary.1913-1919
11210 University of Michigan. Architectural lectures for course Arch. 11. Outline w/ later inserts.1913-1917
11211 University of Michigan. Course Arch. 11. Exam questions and student records.1914-1918
11212 University of Michigan. Architectural lectures for course Arch. 12. Outline and schedule.1914-1918
11213 University of Michigan. Course Arch. 12. Exam questions and study guide[?].1914-1918, n.d.
2299 University of Michigan. Course Arch. 12. Student drawing assignments and notes[?].n.d.
11214 University of Michigan. Architectural lecture notes and unidentified exam questions.1916, n.d.
11215 University of Michigan. Clippings, bulletin and misc. notes.1918-1919, n.d.
11216 University of Michigan. Exam questions and student records.1912, 1917-1919
11217 University of Michigan. Fine Arts Dept. Suggested curriculum and readings.ca. 1918
11218 University of Michigan. Fine Arts 1. Course outlines.1918-1919
11219 University of Michigan. Fine Arts 3. Greek Art. Course and lecture outlines, and exam questions.1918-1919, n.d.
University of Michigan. Fine Arts 5.

See:

Fiske Kimball Papers / VI. Teaching positions / f. Italian Renaissance Art. Lecture outlines, notes and other papers, incl. exam questions.

University of Michigan. Fine Arts 8.

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Fiske Kimball Papers / VI. Teaching positions / f. American art. Course and lecture outlines and bibliographies.

11220 University of Michigan. Group portrait of students and faculty of the Architectural Department.

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Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / D. Photographs, drawings and objects / f. Photographs. Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Early years.
1914
11221 University of Michigan. "Memorandum concerning Dept. of Fine Arts and the Museum of Art," and related writings, incl. "New Course for Women." Ms and Ts.1918, n.d.
11222 University of Michigan. Slide lists for lectures [?].1918, n.d.
11223 University of Virginia. Correspondence and clipping re endowment.1919
11224 University of Virginia. Correspondence and notes.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / C. 1943-1955 / f. University of Virginia.

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Alderman, Edwin Anderson, 1861-1931.

Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / A. Family correspondence / f. Fiske Kimball w/ Edwin Fiske Kimball.
1920-1923, n.d.
University of Virginia. Colonial art.

See:

Fiske Kimball Papers / VI. Teaching positions / f. American art. Course and lecture outlines and bibliographies.

11225 University of Virginia. Group portrait.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / D. Photographs, drawings and objects / f. Photographs. Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955. Early years.
1922
11226 University of Virginia. History of Art (Art B1). Exam questions and "papers" (assignments).1919-1923
11227 University of Virginia. Library bulletins.1919-1920
11228 University of Chicago. Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Pratt-Public.

Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / A. Family correspondence / f. Fiske Kimball w/ Edwin Fiske Kimball.
1920-1921
University of Chicago. History of Art 72.

See:

Fiske Kimball Papers / VI. Teaching positions / f. American art. Course and lecture outlines and bibliographies.

University of Chicago. History of Art 73.

See:

Fiske Kimball Papers / VI. Teaching positions / f. Italian Renaissance Art. Lecture outlines, notes and other papers, incl. exam questions.

11229 University of Chicago. Student exam records and other papers.1921, n.d.
11230 New York University. Correspondence and chart.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Pope, Arthur Upham, 1881-1969.

Fiske Kimball Papers / VII. Writings and research / H. Lectures / f. "The Foundation of Modern Architecture" and "The Poles of Modernism." Course No. 167 lectures. New York University. School of Fine Arts. 6, 20 Oct. 1932. Correspondence and notes.

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. New York University. Institute of Fine Arts.
1923-1925
11231 New York University. Catalogue.ca. 1921
1131 New York University. Decorative art bibliographies.1924, n.d.
1132 University of California, Berkeley. Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Altrocchi, Rudolph, 1882-1953.

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Prothmann, Konrad S.
1939-1940
1133 University of California, Berkeley. Exam questions and student records.1940
1134 American art. Course and lecture outlines and bibliographies.1918-1921
1135 American art. Notes and exam questions.1918-1921
Appreciation of Architecture. [Teaching lecture notes?]

See:

Fiske Kimball Papers / VII. Writings and research / E. Books / 9. The Appreciation of Architecture / f. Outline, preface, research and lecture notes.

1136 Architecture. Exam questions.1918-1923
1137 Architectural collection. Slide list.n.d.
1138 Art historical bibliographies.1909, 1915
1139 Design in Art. Lecture outline and notes.1922
11310 History of Art. Lecture outlines and notes.1918-1929, n.d.
11311 Italian Renaissance Art. Lecture outlines, notes and other papers, incl. exam questions.1918-1921
11312 Research methods [and other topics?]. Lecture outlines and notes, incl. PMA material.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / VII. Writings and research / E. Books / 1. A History of Architecture / f. Chronological tables and preparatory and reference material. 1:2.
1918, 1931, n.d.