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Irene Sargent Collection

An inventory of her collection at the Syracuse University Archives

Summary

Creator: Sargent, Irene, 1852-1932.
Title: Irene Sargent Collection
Dates: 1895-1982
Size: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Abstract: The Irene Sargent Collection documents her professional and scholarly activities while a Fine Arts professor at Syracuse University.
Language: Majority of items are in English, some in Italian, one item in Latin.
Repository: University Archives,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://archives.syr.edu

Biography

Irene Sargent

In 1895 Irene Sargent began teaching at Syracuse University as a French instructor. From that time until her death in 1932, she worked for the College of Fine Arts teaching courses in architecture, art history, ornamentation, esthetics, literature, Italian, Latin, and fine arts. Sargent became Professor of the History of Fine Arts in 1908, and received two honorary degrees from Syracuse University between 1911 and 1922. She was also an internationally known critic of art and architecture, and received international acclaim for her journal articles and work in translating French, Italian, and German texts. However, her scholarship on the history of art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been largely forgotten.

Sargent was born in Auburn, New York, in 1852. Her father, Rufus Sargent, gave his daughter a broad education, the majority provided by private tutors and Harvard architecture faculty. After her father passed away in 1882, Sargent traveled to Europe to further her academic studies, developing fluency in Italian, French, and German.

Around the turn of the century, Sargent became an important spokeswoman for the Arts and Crafts movement. She helped launch and wrote articles for The Craftsman, a popular monthly journal that emerged from the movement in 1901. In 1926 Sargent received an honorary membership to the American Institute of of Architects (AIA) for her contribution to architecture and related arts. She was the second woman in the history of the AIA to receive this honor.

Sargent was very active in the Syracuse community as well. She lectured for and belonged to the Syracuse Social Art Club, the Professional Woman's League of Syracuse, and the Syracuse Browning Club. She also helped to organize a club devoted to the study of Latin language and literature in Syracuse.

On July 5, 1932 Sargent fell in her room at the Yates Hotel in Syracuse and was hospitalized, where she remained until her death in September of that same year. She was buried in the Syracuse University plot at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Scope and Content Note

Spanning between 1895 and 1982, the Irene Sargent Collection is divided into two series: the Irene Sargent Papers and Student Materials.

The Irene Sargent Papers document her academic and scholarly activities while at Syracuse University and include her lecture preparation notes, articles published in The Craftsman and other publications, and some unpublished writings and correspondence. The Student Materials series includes class notes recorded in student notebooks, and a compilation of student recollections of Sargent.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from University Archives,
Syracuse University Libraries and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

A portrait file of Sargent, named "Sargent, Irene, Faculty & Staff," is available in Syracuse University Archives' Portrait Collection.

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Selected Search Terms

Names

Sargent, Irene, 1852-1932.
Syracuse University.

Subjects

Arts and crafts movement--United States.
Syracuse (N.Y.) -- History.
College teachers.
Higher education.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Irene Sargent Collection,
University Archives,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Sometime before 1977, the materials in the Irene Sargent Papers series were transferred to the University Archives from the Syracuse University Library, but there is no documentation regarding when or by whom they were originally donated to the University. Class notes in the Student Materials series were donated between 1977 and 1982 by former Sargent students Clesta Cook Chase and Mary Merrian Van Vranken. During that same time, personal reminiscences were submitted to the Student Materials series by the following former Sargent students: Ruth H. (Scott) Bird, Elizabeth L. Sterling, Herbert N. Frank, Lydia A. Mackie, Esther Davis Beardnell, E.R. Shaw, Keith A. Marvin, Helen K. Allen, Leona DeLong Smith, Richard V. Smith, Robert M. Berman, Hilda Putziger Levy, H.C. Agan, Charles C. Rock, Vera (Watson) C. Covert and Richard V. Saritlo. Articles from The Keystone were donated separately by Robert Sweeney and Bruce Hirschman in 2014.

Processing Information

Materials have been rehoused in acid-free boxes and folders, and paper clips were removed. An original newspaper article was photocopied before it was destroyed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Bridget A. Carlin
Date: 1998
Revision history: Revised and converted to EAD by Charlene Martin, 2012. New accessions added and finding aid updated by Erin Carter and Meg Mason, 2014.

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Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series.

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Inventory

Irene Sargent Papers
Examinations
Box 1 History of the Drama 27 January 1912
Box 1 History of Ornament 26 January 1926
Box 1 History of Ornament 6 June 1929
Box 1 History of Ornament 26 May 1931
Box 1 History of Ornament undated
Lecture Notes
Box 1 History of the Drama - Elizabethan Theatre circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - English Chronicle Play 20 October 1911, 27 October 1911
Box 1 History of the Drama - English Chronicle Play 1911 October 13
Box 1 History of the Drama - Fall of the Theatres circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Lodge, Nashe, Shakespeare 5 January 1912
Box 1 History of the Drama - Marlowe and Kyd 3 December 1911
Box 1 History of the Drama - Marlowe and Shakespeare circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Minstrel Life and Repertory circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Plautus circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Roman Comedy and Terence 2 January 1912
Box 1 History of the Drama - Shakespeare: Chronology of Plays 8 February 1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Shakespeare, King John and Magna Carta circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Shakespeare: Most Brilliant Period 23 February 1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Shakespeare: Psychological Development in Characters circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Shakespeare: Transitional Period circa 1911-1915
Box 1 History of the Drama - Untitled Lecture circa 1911-1915
Miscellaneous Documents
Box 1 Book Plate undated
Box 1 Letter to Dr. H.L. Wilson, Johns Hopkins University undated
Notebooks
Box 1 "Aida-Verdi" undated
Box 1 Browning Club Minutes 27 December 1901
Box 1 "The Dreyfus Case from an Historical Point of View" 30 October 1899
Box 1 "Francois 1er Et Son Siecle" undated
Box 1 "Graeca Sunt, Ergo, Non Legenda" 13 December 1900
Box 1 "Notes to the 'Luria' of Robert Browning" 1897
Box 1 "Order of the Templars" circa 1898-1899 - also includes newspaper article
Box 1 "A Revival of Old Arts and Crafts" 13 January 1901
Box 1 "The Ring and the Book" and "Browning Club Season" 1898-1899 - includes newspaper article
Box 1 Shakespeare Club 1895-1898, undated - includes letter from Professor Antonio Sacco and a note in Latin
Writings and Translations
Box 1 "Art in the Home and in the School," The Craftsman December 1904
Box 1 "Bach Studio" September 1926 - handwritten manuscript
Box 1 "The Burning of the Olive Grove," Le Libre Contemporain October 1906
Box 1 "Colonial Art Revived: The Silversmiths at Wellesley Hills, Massachusettes," The Keystone 1918
Box 1 "Early American Silver as Recently Exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," The Keystone November 1907
Box 1 "Enamels, Gem-cutting, and Metalsmithing: The Work of Ednah Sherman Girvan," The Keystone September 1906
Box 1 "Examples of Metalwork from the Casa Musy of Turin, Italy," The Keystone March 1907
Box 1 "Examples of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Domestic Silver," The Keystone September 1922
Box 1 "Georg Jensen, the Danish Sculptor in Silver" March 1928 - handwritten manuscript
Box 1 "Household Furniture: It's Origin From the Bed to the Chest" 1926 - includes typed manuscript and published article
Box 1 "The Jewel as Treated by M. Rene Lalique," The Keystone May 1906
Box 1 "Jules Brateau: The Restorer of the Pewter Craft," The Keystone March 1910
Box 1 "Lion from the Porch of the Cathedral of Cremona" essay draft undated
Box 2 "L'Onda Del Distino," translation, chapters 12-27, 1926 - handwritten manuscript
Box 2 "L'Onda Del Distino," translation, chapters 28-52, 1926 - handwritten manuscript
Box 2 "A Masterpiece of the Goldsmith's Art: The Retable of the High Altar in the Basilica of St. Mark, Venice," The Keystone March 1913
Box 2 "Miss Lavaron's Recent Work as a Goldsmith," The Keystone November 1906
Box 2 "Oriental Metal Work in the Nickerson Collection," The Keystone December 1906
Box 2 "Portal of the Church of San Pietro" essay draft undated
Box 2 "A Second Lesson of Scultpture," The Craftsman November 1904
Box 2 "Some American Spoons and Their English Ancestors," The Keystone November 1908
Box 2 "Studies in Church History" undated - handwritten manuscript
Box 2 "Three Plays of M. Sacha Guitry, for the Schoenhof Book Company" 16 November 1920 - handwritten manuscript
Box 2 "To the Cross of Savoy," translation, originally written by Giosue' Carducci undated - handwritten manuscript
Box 2 Untitled essay regarding Andrew D. White's "Fiat Money in France" undated - handwritten manuscript
Box 2 "The Work of May Mott-Smith Cunningham," The Keystone August 1906
Student Materials
Box 2 History of American Art, class notes taken by Clesta Cook Chase 1925
Box 2 History of the Fine Arts and Esthetics, class notes taken by Mary Merrian Van Vranken, p1-102 circa 1910 - fascimile
Box 2 History of the Fine Arts and Esthetics, class notes taken by Mary Merrian Van Vranken, p103-210 circa 1910 - fascimile
Box 2 History of the Fine Arts and Esthetics, class notes taken by Mary Merrian Van Vranken, p211-298 circa 1910 - fascimile
Box 2 Personal Reminiscences from former Sargent students 1977-1982

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