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Henri Focillon Papers

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.


Repository: Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.

Call Number: Byzantine Studies/Henri Focillon Papers

Location: Archives 058, Byzantine Studies Vertical Files

Name of Creator(s): Jurgis Baltrusaitis; Mildred Bliss; [Marie?] Butterfield; Alberta Carpenter; James B. Conant; Henri Focillon; Marguerite Focillon; Albert Mathias Friend, Jr.; Lester Clarence Houck; Ernst Kitzinger; Charles Rufus Morey; Paul J. Sachs; John S. Thacher.

Title: Henri Focillon Papers

Inclusive Date: 1940–1959

Language(s): English and French

Quantity: 1 series of 1 file



Acquisition Information: These papers came to the Dumbarton Oaks Archives at an unknown date.

Processing Information: These papers were inventoried by James N. Carder in 1999 and processed by Mary Ferranti in 2013.

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Preferred Citation: Henri Focillon Papers, Dumbarton Oaks Archives. Courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.



Henri Focillon (1881–1943) was a French art historian and medievalist. He served as the Director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and Professor of Art History at the University of Lyon, the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Sorbonne in Paris, the Collège de France in Paris, and Yale University. In the spring of 1941, Focillon was appointed the first Senior Research Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, a post which he held through the following fall term.



The Henri Focillon Papers contain correspondence and miscellaneous papers, including off-prints, typescripts, a curriculum vitae, and an obituary.



Series 1: Henri Focillon, Correspondence and Miscellaneous


Jurgis Baltrusaitis (1956)

Mildred Bliss (1941)

[Marie?] Butterfield (1942)

Alberta Carpenter (1956)

James B. Conant (1940)

Henri Focillon (1940-1941)

Marguerite Focillon (1941-1959)

Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. (1945)

Lester Clarence Houck (1941)

Ernst Kitzinger (1957)

Charles Rufus Morey (1941)

Paul J. Sachs (1941)

John S. Thacher (1947-1956)


Typescript: “Mrs. Clark’s talk on the Rare Books – Friday afternoon, March 5, 1943 at four.”  (Notes taken by P.W. Mason).

Typescript: “Address in Memory of Henri Focillon Dumbarton Oaks, March 5, 1943.”

“Henri Focillon, Yale Professor 11 Years, Dead,” Herald Tribune. [1943] (Newspaper clipping, with photocopy).

Typescript: “Outline of Topics Discussed in Junior Fellows’ Meetings October 1941 through February 1942.”

Pamphlet: “Victor Focillon et Henri Focillon, Musée de Dijon, Palais des Etats de Bourgogne 1955.”

Invitation: “The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Invites you to attend a Series of Lectures by Professor Henri Focillon….” (n.d.).

Curriculum Vitae: “Henri Focillon 1881- “

Typescript: “A Madame Robert Woods Bliss In Memorium M.H.F., L’Art Byzantin à Dumbarton Oaks.” (Two copies, n.d.).

Typescript: “Translation by W. R. Tyler of Focillon article.” (Two copies, n.d.).

Offprint: Mildred Barnes Bliss, “Henri Focillon à Dumbarton Oaks,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, vol. 26 (1944), 19–26. (Three copies).