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Creators:
Smith, Myron Bement, 1897-1970
Blake, Marion Elizabeth
Dates:
circa 1910-1970
Size:
192 Linear feet
Collection ID:
FSA.A.04
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

The Myron Bement Smith collection consists of two parts, the papers of Myron Bement Smith and his wife Katharine and the Islamic Archives. It contains substantial material about his field research in Italy in the 1920s and his years working on Islamic architecture in Iran in the 1930s. Letters describe the milieu in which he operated in Rochester NY and New York City in the 1920s and early 1930s; the Smiths' life in Iran from 1933 to 1937; and the extensive network of academic and social contacts that Myron and Katharine developed and maintained over his lifetime. The Islamic Archives was a project to which Smith devoted most of his professional life. It includes both original materials, such as his photographs and notes, and items acquired by him from other scholars or experts on Islamic art and architecture. Smith intended the Archives to serve as a resource for scholars interested in the architecture and art of the entire Islamic world although he also included some materials about non-Islamic architecture.

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Collection ID:
FSA.A.04
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Collection ID:
FSA.A.04
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Myron Bement Smith (MBS) received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to study Islamic architecture in Iran. His wife Katharine accompanied him and managed their household, which included both servants and research staff. Papers and documents include information about equipment taken or bought subsequently and dealing with Irania...

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subseries
Collection ID:
FSA.A.04
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

The focus of the Islamic Archives is photodocumentation, but Myron Bement Smith (MBS) also collected written material and maps. The Iran material includes books and maps that MBS collected during his field research in the 1930s as well as books and articles published in Europe and the United States. Some materials were also donated to the Archives ...

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subseries
Collection ID:
FSA.A.04
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Myron Bement Smith (MBS) focused his research and photographic interest on the Islamic architecture of the Isfahan area and in particular the Masjid-i Jomeh. He also visited and documented many other Iranian Islamic monuments as well as contemporary building techniques, villages and landscapes. MBS' architectural photography is meticulous and recor...

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Collection ID:
FSA.A.04
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

The papers of Myron Bement Smith (MBS) contain some materials about his family, military service and early employment as an architect, but better document his subsequent scholarly career as an expert on Iran and Islamic architecture [Subseries 1.1 and 1.2]. MBS kept notebooks, journals and personal diaries irregularly from his youth until his death...

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FSA.A.04
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Myron Bement Smith (MBS) made many sketches and drawings and some detailed plans of Islamic monuments in Iran during his field research there from 1933 to 1937. The Masjid-i Jomeh in Isfahan became the focus of his interest but he did sketches and detailed drawings of many other monuments in Isfahan and elsewhere. He also recorded inscriptions and ...

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