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Princeton University Library Collection of Dan Fellows Platt and Ethel Bliss Platt Materials

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Platt, Dan Fellows, 1873-1938

Platt was a member of the Princeton Class of 1895, became an archaeologist, collector and critic of Italian art, was a former mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, and chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Art and Archaeology of Princeton University.

Platt

Ethel Bliss Platt was an American tennis player and art collector from Englewood, New Jersey. She married archeologist, author, art collector Dan Fellows Platt in 1900. When her husband died in 1937, Platt inherited one of the largest art collections in America. She gave a good portion of her collection to the Princeton University Art Museum.

The collection consists of personal papers of Platt. Included are letters from Sbyl Colefax, Richard Offner, James F. Fielder, Harold W. Dodds, Bernard Berenson, Philip Hofer, Walter Lowrie, Frank Jewett Mather, Jr., Edward Hutton, Woodrow Wilson, Mary Chamberlin Fellows (Platt's grandmother), and his parents, Charles and Lillian Platt.

Also included are a few student writings by Platt, with an essay on his impressions of Woodrow Wilson, certificates and awards, photographs, Princeton and family memorabilia, genealogical notes, clippings, a file of correspondence (1938-1971) of Platt's wife, Ethel Bliss Platt, her manuscript catalog of Platt's art collection, miscellaneous papers concerning the art historian F. Mason Perkins for whom Platt acted as investment counselor, and travel journals (1888-1937).

Gift of Bliss Caulkins Clark in 1999 via the Princeton University Art Museum. Additional material from the Art Museum including correspondence, memorabila, and photographs of Ethel Bliss Platt received in January 2000 and integrated into the collection. AM 2000-10 Additional memorabilia-related materials were tranferred from the Art Museum in 2020. AM 2022-060

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This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002. Faith Charlton updated the finding aid, including revising the title, adding Ethel Bliss Platt as a creator due to her representation in the collection per inclusive description-related work, and incorporating materials from AM 2022-060.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of Dan Fellows Platt with individuals such as Bernard Berenson, Edward Hutton, and Woodrow Wilson, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

A, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

B, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Berenson, Bernard, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Berenson, Mary, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

C, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

D, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

E, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

F, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

G, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

H, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hutton, Edward, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

J, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

L, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

M, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Mather, Frank Jewett, Jr., dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

N, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

O, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

P, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

R, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

S, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

T, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

V, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

W, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wilson, Woodrow, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Y, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Z, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence with Mary Chamberlin Fellows (grandmother), Charles B. Platt (father), and Lillian Fellows Platt (mother).

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Fellows, Mary Chamberlin (grandmother), 1851-1873. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fellows, Mary Chamberlin (grandmother), 1882-1896. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt, Charles B. (father), 1894-1895. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt, Charles B. (father), 1896-1898. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt, Lillian Fellows (mother), 1895-1896. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of Ethel Bliss Platt, arranged in alphabetical order.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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1 box

A-B, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

C-E, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

F, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

G, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

H, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

I, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

J-K, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

L, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

M, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

N, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

O, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

P, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

R, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

S, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

T, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

V, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

W & unidentified, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt, Ethel Bliss: Catalog of Paintings in DFP's Collection, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt, Ethel Bliss: Obituary, 1971, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of Freshman oration, English salutory, M.A. degree thesis, article on impressions of Woodrow Wilson, and The Club Journal (Automobile Club of America), "Motoring in Europe Before the War," Parts I-XIII.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Freshman oration, English salutory, M.A. degree thesis, article on impressions of Woodrow Wilson, & misc., 1892-1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Club Journal (Automobile Club of America), "Motoring in Europe Before the War," Parts I-XIII, 1916. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes and Papers, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of certificates, awards, and photographs.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

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1 box

Certificates and Awards, 1874-1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Artwork, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Automobiles & Carriages, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Family, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Landscapes, Mountains & Buildings, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt, Dan Fellows, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt, Ethel Bliss, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt Home, Englewood, N.J., dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton University Reunion, 1910 (Class of 1895), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photograph Album: Family, Ambercroft, etc., undated.

Scope and Contents

Includes materials related to Platt's family, including his wedding album and some genealogical notes as well as correspondence with Ethel Bliss Platt, tributes, printed matter, forms, and a book plate design related to various memorial publications and events for Platt.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by genre of material.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Book Plate Design, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Family Miscellaneous and Genealogical Papers, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Phrenological Character" of DFP, 1880. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton University, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wedding Album, 1900 October 2. 1 folder.
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1 folder

American Historical Society, 1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Book of Enduring Names of the Town Hall, Inc. New York City, 1945. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Consists of the papers of F. Mason Perkins.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Papers of F. Mason Perkins, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of newspaper clippings about Platt (including obituaries) and book reviews.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

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1 box

About Platt: original copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

About Platt: xerox copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Book Reviews: original copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Book Reviews: original copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Book Reviews: xerox copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt Obituaries: original copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Platt Obituaries: xerox copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Family Obituaries: original copies and xerox copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous: original copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous: xerox copies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the journals and diaries of Dan Fellows Platt and Ethel Bliss Platt.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

1888 (DFP), 1888. 1 box.
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1 box

1900, 1904 (EBP), 1900. 1 box.
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1 box

1905-1906, 1920 (DFP), 1905-1906. 1 box.
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1 box

1905-1906, 1929 (EBP & DFP), 1905-1906. 1 box.
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1 box

1912-1914 (DFP), 1912-1914. 1 box.
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1 box

1922 (DFP), 1922. 1 box.
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1 box

1924-1929, 1931 (DFP), 1924-1929. 1 box.
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1 box

1926-1927, 1930-1932, 1934, 1937-1939 (EBP), 1926-1927. 1 box.
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1 box

1933-1934, 1936-1937 (DFP & EBP), 1933-1934. 1 box.
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1 box

Notebook of notes on art (DFP?), undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Datebook of Ethel Bliss Platt (photocopy), undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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