Archives & Library

Archive Collections

The Centre holds and provides access to archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, museum directors and curators; dealers; art critics, collectors and other individuals working in the field of art history.

Howard Colvin

4 boxes. This material has been catalogued. Please search the archive catalogue for full details. (Ref HMC)

When part of Colvin's library of architectural history was bequeathed to the Paul Mellon Centre library it arrived with papers that were either associated with or inserted into his books. He used his books as a way of filing additional information about the subject matter of each publication. The papers include correspondence, letters, postcards, copies of articles, unpublished papers (by Colvin and others), notes and sketches, photographs and press cuttings mainly relating to church and country house architecture. The archive also includes copies of the Dictionary of British Architects interleaved and heavily annotated by Colvin.

The Centre also holds material from Colvin's library.

Sir Howard Montagu Colvin (1919-2007) was an architectural historian and lecturer at Oxford University, best known for his 'Biographical Dictionary of English Architects 1660-1840' (1954 & subsequent editions).

Man standing in library

National Portrait Gallery, London, Sir Howard Montagu Colvin, C-type colour print, February 2001, 358 mm × 358 mm, NPG P948(11)

Digital image courtesy of Lucy Anne Dickens