Fiske Kimball Papers : III. Architectural projects : F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) : 2. Curatorial records

Sub-subseries 2. Curatorial records

Date:
1921-1955, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Kimball's zealous campaign to acquire through loans, purchases and gifts as many pieces of Jefferson's original furniture and decorative arts as possible for the Jefferson Memorial Foundation is documented here. Relying in large part on his contacts with the Coolidge family and other Jefferson descendants, initially gained when editing Jefferson's architectural drawings for the Massachusetts Historical Society, Kimball successfully located, and in more cases than not, acquired a large portion of the original Jefferson furnishings held by descendants. Kimball also acted as arbiter, determining what pieces offered for sale to the Foundation were authentic and which were fake, basing these decisions on his broad knowledge of French and American furniture, as well as his extensive research and writings on Jefferson. Working with André Carlhain in Paris, Kimball also negotiated the purchase of period pieces to supplement the original furnishings.

These files also document Kimball's involvement in the recreation of curtains, draperies, and bedspreads for Monticello, as well as the reupholstering of chairs and sofas, all in the manner he felt was most historically accurate. In one case, Kimball went so far as to have silk fabrics especially woven. The subseries also includes Kimball's inventories, object labels, and installation records, as well as correspondence with the house's caretaker. Object labels in the hand of Kimball's wife, Marie, attest to the couple's collaboration on some curatorial functions.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by subject.

BoxFolderAuthor/TitleDate
7815 Caretaker. Correspondence.1924-1925, 1943-1949
7816 Curtains, draperies, and upholstery.1947-1950
7817 Curtains, draperies, and upholstery.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Furnishings purchased through Robert Carlhian. Similar to those owned by Jefferson.

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Furnishings purchased through Robert Carlhian. Similar to those owned by Jefferson.
1939-1946
7818 Curtains, draperies, and upholstery.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Virginia Craftsmen, Inc. (Harrisonburg, Va.).
1931, 1937-1938
791 Exhibition "cases".1946, 1948, n.d.
792 Exhibition "ropes".1948, n.d.
793 Furnishings considered and/or acquired. Authentic.1921-1922, 1928-1939
794 Furnishings considered and/or acquired. Authentic.1940-1944
795 Furnishings considered and/or acquired. Authentic.1945-May 1946
796 Furnishings considered and/or acquired. Authentic.June 1946-1949
797 Furnishings considered and/or acquired. Authentic.1950-1954
798 Furnishings. Disposition of Jefferson Levy Collection.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 1. Administrative records / f. History of Monticello. Deed, mortgage, Jefferson's estimate and photographs of the house when owned by the Levy family.
1946
799 Furnishings in the family's possession. Authentic.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 1. Administrative records / f. Correspondence. Monticello Association (Charlottesville, VA).
1927, 1946, 1952-1953
7910 Furnishings. Inventories and insurance.1940, 1948, n.d.
7911 Furnishings from Poplar Forest. Authenticity unknown.1928-1931
7912 Furnishings. Loans requested and/or approved. Incoming.1941, 1948
7913 Furnishings. Loans requested and/or approved. Outgoing.1948-1949
7914 Furnishings offered for sale. Authenticity undetermined.1925-1931, n.d.
7915 Furnishings offered for sale. Not authentic.1925-1926
7916 Furnishings offered for sale. Not authentic.1927-1928, 1931
801 Furnishings offered for sale. Not authentic.1937-1952
802 Furnishings purchased through Robert Carlhian. Similar to those owned by Jefferson.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Portrait busts (plaster casts).

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Curtains, draperies, and upholstery.

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / C. 1943-1955 / f. Carlhian, Andre.
1945-1947
803 Furnishings purchased through Robert Carlhian. Similar to those owned by Jefferson.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Portrait busts (plaster casts).

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Curtains, draperies, and upholstery.

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Surtout de table (table mirror) considered.
1948
804 Melodeon and bookcase descending through Jajes T. Barclay.1930, n.d.
805 Object "labels" text for various Jefferson items.1951-1953, n.d.
806 Piano (owned by Jefferson; donated by Laurence Gouverneur Hoes)1950-1952
807 Portrait busts (plaster casts).

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Furnishings purchased through Robert Carlhian. Similar to those owned by Jefferson.

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Furnishings purchased through Robert Carlhian. Similar to those owned by Jefferson.
1941, 1948, 1954
808 Portrait of Alexander Von Humboldt.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / VII. Objects and related topics / H. Art collections / f. Arensberg, Walter and Louise Stevens.
1952-1954
809 Sideboard descending through Reverand William Brown. Authenticity uncertain.1928-1929, 1932
8010 Surtout de table (table mirror) considered.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 2. Curatorial records / f. Furnishings purchased through Robert Carlhian. Similar to those owned by Jefferson.
1947-1948
8011 Violin descending through Huddleston family. Authenticity doubtful.1954-1955
8012 Wine Cellar. Contents of Jefferson's.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / III. Architectural projects / F. Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) / 3. Buildings and grounds / f. Cellar.
1949, 1953-1954, n.d.