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Emerson (Alfred) Collection
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Description
Documentation of Emerson’s collection is extensive. Within the accession files, there are papers detailing exchanges between Emerson and others, such as letters between Emerson and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, in addition to information on the provenance of objects. Other items include shipping labels and letters exchanged between museum staff regarding the collection. The files also list the date each object came into the museum, as well as what numbers were assigned upon arrival. Objects were received between the years of 1901 and 1904, all of which were part of antiquity or reproductions of objects from antiquity. For more information on the specific items within each accession, please see the finding aid linked below under “only items URL section.”
Background
Alfred Emerson (1859 - 1943) was born in Greencastle, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1859 and died of a heart attack on October 19, 1943. Emerson received his Doctor of Philosophy in 1880 from the University of Munich and went on to hold fellowships at Princeton University (1881-1882) and Johns Hopkins University (1882-1887). He was a Professor of Greek at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1887-1889) and Professor of Latin at Lake Forest University (1889-1891). Between 1891-1898, Emerson was an Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cornell University. He also held the position of Professor of Archaeology at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (1898-1900). It was during and after this period that Emerson served as an art advisor for Phoebe Apperson Hearst, purchasing many objects on her behalf which are part of the archaeological collections of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. In total, Emerson collected material objects under 31 accessions at the Hearst Museum. Emerson was also the Curator of Antiquities and Assistant Director at the Art Institute of Chicago (1905-1916). He was involved in archaeological expeditions in North Africa, Greece, and Italy.
Extent
Call Numbers: Acc.21, Acc.29, Acc.30, Acc.38, Acc.50, Acc.60, Acc.73, Acc.98, Acc.103, Acc.109, Acc.119, Acc.129, Acc.144, Acc.147, Acc.151, Acc.153, Acc.155, Acc.158, Acc.165, Acc.169, Acc.171, Acc.173, Acc.181, Acc.182, Acc.184, Acc.193, Acc.208, Acc.209, Acc.358, Acc.797 (relates specifically to Acc.119). Note: languages in accessions include English, French, Italian, and German. Objects are from Ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria, with a few in collection from Egypt and Mycenae.
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