The archive consists of photographs and slides documenting Chartres Cathedral and related buildings of the 12th and 13th centuries
taken by architect and art historian Jan van der Meulen and an assistant over the course of many campaigns, mostly between
1959 and 1983.
Jan van der Meulen (1929-2011) was a medieval art historian and a leading authority on Chartres Cathedral. Born in Cape Town,
South Africa, van der Meulen initially trained as an architect before deciding to study art history, specifically architectural
history. After earning a doctorate from Marburg in 1962, van der Meulen devoted himself to research, but he soon found the
academic climate in Europe too confining and left for the United states where the interdisciplinary approach he favored found
greater acceptance. Van der Meulen taught art history at Pennsylvania State University from 1968 to 1974. He next joined the
faculty at Cleveland State University where he taught until his retirement in 1989.
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Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact
Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of the original slides and negatives. For further information, consult
Guide to the Photo Archive and Database.