ALDRICH COLLECTION - Italian Villas and Gardners

Aldrich, Amey

1930 - 1940

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Amey Aldrich, sister of Chester Holmes Aldrich (Director of the American Academy in Rome from 1935 until his death in 1940) acted as an assistant and official hostess during his tenure, and probably served as acting director for a brief time following Mr. Aldrich's death. Chester H. Aldrich was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1871. He received his degree in architecture from Columbia University in 1893. Between 1895 and 1900, Aldrich studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, receiving his diploma in 1900. Upon his return to New York, Aldrich reentered the firm of Carrère & Hastings, for whom he had worked briefly between 1898 and 1900. In 1903, Aldrich opened a private practice with William Delano, a colleague from the Carrère & Hastings office. The firm of Delano & Aldrich was largely known for its significant designs of Beaux-Arts-style country houses, cultural institutions, commercial, and civic buildings throughout the East Coast. In addition, from 1917 to 1919, Aldrich was the head of the Red Cross refugee relief program in Italy. He returned to Rome in 1935 to serve as head of the American Academy in Rome, a position he held until his death in 1940.

Collection of photographs of Italian villas connected with the Guide to villas and gardens in Italy compiled by A. Aldrich. Each album consists of images glued onto cardboard and represents a personal collection of photographs, photo-mechanical prints, postcards and newspaper clippings

Each album consists of ca. 60 images glued onto cardboard and represents a personal collection of photographs, photo-mechanical prints, postcards and newspaper clippings. The collection comes from the Library of the American Academy in Rome; stored with call no.818.72.Ald.Photo 1-8. It has been donated to the Photographic Archive in 2010. The albums are arranged topographically: V. 1. Liguria, Piedmont, v. 2. Lombardy, v. 3. Veneto & Trentino, v. 4. Tuscany: Siena and Lucca, v. 5. Tuscany: Florence and environs, v. 6. Umbria, Marches & Emilia, vv. 7 - 8. Rome and North environs, v. 9. Southern Italy: Sicily, Naples and environs.

544 photographic prints: black and white; various sizes; 9 albums; 33 x 25.5 cm

American Academy in Rome records, 1855- 2012 in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution - Box 6, Folder 12-13, includes material related to Aldirch period: reports on the administrative situation of the academy, ideas about closing the academy during World War II, and evaluation of staff. Material also concerns repairs to buildings, staffing, and receipts for academy funds held by Chester Aldrich and returned after his death. Box 22, Folder 12 - includes correspondence concerning research and publication of "Villas and Grounds of Italy" by Amey Aldrich and John Walker, 1938-1941 (distribution list, correspondence regarding marketing of the pamphlet, orders).


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