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Stephen B. Luce Mediterranean Section records

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Luce, Stephen B.
Title:
Stephen B. Luce Mediterranean Section records
Date [inclusive]:
1915-1920
Call Number:
0073
Extent:
04 linear foot
Language:
English
Abstract:
Stephen B. Luce was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1909. He completed his Ph.D. in 1913 also at Harvard. In addition to his curatorship at Penn, Luce was an Assistant Director at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in 1928 and 1930. He was affiliated with the Fogg Museum at Harvard in the 1930s and served as Editor in charge of the American Journal of Archaeology from 1938 to 1941. The Luce folders comprise two series. Series 1 includes general correspondence related to the museum and to his research and Series 2 includes correspondence with art dealers related to specific collections
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Biography/History

In the early years of the Museum, until its administrative reorganization by G.B. Gordon in 1910, the Egyptian/Maditerranean Section was a semi-autonomous unit on the same level as the other two Sections (Babylonian, African/Other), each run by one curator who answered directly to the Museum Board of Managers. The curators often had other roles, and Board Members performed minor curatorial duties.

Stephen B. Luce served as curator of the section from 1915 to 1920 in the absence of Edith Hall Dohan.

Stephen B. Luce was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1909. He completed his Ph.D. in 1913 also at Harvard. Luce worked as Assistant Curator and Curator at the Penn Museum and authored several catalogues for the museum's vase collection. Among his other writings was an article on "A Polyphemous Cylix in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston" and "Studies of the Exploits of Herakles on Vases," both for the American Journal of Archaeology.

In addition to his curatorship at Penn, Luce was an Assistant Director at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in 1928 and 1930. He was affiliated with the Fogg Museum at Harvard in the 1930s and served as Editor in charge of the American Journal of Archaeology from 1938 to 1941.

Scope and Contents

The Luce folders comprise two series. Series 1 includes general correspondence related to the museum and to his research. Correspondents include George Byron Gordon, Walton Brooks McDaniel, Gisela Richter, Lacey D. Caskey, Arthur Fairbanks, and Edward Newell. Series 2 includes correspondence with art dealers related to specific collections. Correspondents include A. Canessa, Alfred Merlin, and H. W. Parsons. The records within each folder are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives,  4/23/14

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
Personal Name(s)
  • Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
  • Luce, Stephen B.
  • Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921
Subject(s)
  • Ethnology

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1915-1920.

Box

General 1915-1920.

1

G. B. Gordon 1915-1917 (1 of 2).

1

G. B. Gordon 1918-1920 (2 of 2).

1

Sara Y. Stevenson 1916.

1

Collections, 1915-1920.

Box

General 1916-1920.

1

A. Canessa 1916-1917, 1920.

1

Magruder Collection 1915.

1

Alfred Merlin 1919-1920.

1

H.P. Parsons 1920.

1

Vladimir G. Simkhovitch 1920.

1