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Boggs, Jean Sutherland

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Biography

Dr. Jean Sutherland Boggs is a prominent art historian and expert scholar on Degas who served as Director of several major North American Museums. She was appointed as the first female Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and served from 1970 to 1982. Part of her legacy was establishing new written Museum policies on important topics and setting into motion long-term plans for the reinstallation of the European galleries. During her tenure, the Museum acquired Degas’ “Red Nude” and installed the Thomas Eakins retrospective. Boggs also mounted two monumental exhibitions of non-Western art, “Manifestations of Shiva” (1981) and “Treasures of Ancient Nigeria” (1982), each of which presented great works of art in a scholarly context, and was well-received by the diverse communities the Museum sought to serve.



Boggs was born in Negritos, Peru, in 1922 and was raised in Canada. She received an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from University of Toronto in 1942, and a Master of Arts and PhD from Harvard University. Boggs also has an extensive teaching career: she taught as an associate professor of art at Skidmore College (1948 to 1949) and at Mount Holyoke College (1949 to 1952); as an assistant professor and later associate professor of art at University of California, Riverside (between 1954 and 1962); as Steinberg Professor of History of Art at Washington University (1964-1966); as professor of art at Harvard University (1976-1978); and as the Sterling and Francine Clark Professor at Williams College (1970). Her directorial career began at the National Gallery of Canada, when was appointed its first female Director in 1966. She remained in the position until 1976, when she resigned due to governmental and bureaucratic difficulties. In 1978, the Philadelphia Museum of Art appointed Boggs as its first female Director, and she remained in this position until 1982. Despite an institutional deficit and little emphasis on fundraising, Boggs managed to accomplish a considerable amount during her tenure.



Boggs left the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1982 to take a position as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museums Construction Corporation, where she headed up efforts to build two brand new museums, the new National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.



Dr. Jean Sutherland Boggs has been an active and vital participant as a scholar and administrator in the fine arts community in Canada and the United States for more than half a century. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her work with the National Gallery, and was award honorary degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Concordia University, and York University. Boggs has published extensively on the life and work of Edgar Degas and organized several exhibitions on the artist’s work, receiving international recognition for her scholarship.

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

Boggs, Jean Sutherland, 2004

 File — Box: 415, Folder: 7
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: This subseries currently is closed to researchers. File titles are subject to change when processing is finalized at a later date. Under d'Harnoncourt's direction, the museum continued to envision grander goals that would enhance the visitor's experience and allow the institution to better serve its diverse community. It seems only fitting that this last subseries should document the initiation of the most transforming project for the museum's iconic neo-classical "triumph on...
Dates: 2004

Boggs, Jean Sutherland, 1998

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 12
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: This sub-subseries and the remaining ones replicate the arrangement by date span of d'Harnoncourt's PMA records that were created after 1996. All date spans, therefore, coincide with her dual role as PMA's director and CEO. Of note in this sub-subseries are the letters of congratulations sent to d'Harnoncourt upon her receipt of The Philadelphia Award, one of the city's most prestigious recognitions, and one bestowed nearly 50 years earlier to d'Harnoncourt's directorial predecessor at PMA,...
Dates: 1998

Boggs, Jean Sutherland, 1977-1982

 File — Box: 23, Folder: 16
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Covering the last decade of his life, this correspondence primarily documents McIlhenny's extensive social activities and the numerous friendships he cultivated in America and abroad. Many of the letters pertain to an exchange of invitations to dinner parties, cultural events, and vacation rendezvous, along with follow-up thank you notes. There are also numerous letters of thanks from McIlhenny for the many gifts he'd receive, ranging from a duck door knocker and jar of Col. Biddle's curry...
Dates: 1977-1982

Boggs, Jean Sutherland, 1986-1988, undated

 File — Box: 41, Folder: 6
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: The first major fundraising campaign d'Harnoncourt oversaw as director was the Landmark Renewal Fund, originally planned to run from 1986 to 1991. The goal of the campaign was to raise $50 million for endowment increases, building improvements and a bridge fund to support operations until the new endowments began generating income. Later in the campaign, the goal was increased another $10 million to fund a major overhaul of the Museum's European art collection. According to later press...
Dates: 1986-1988, undated

Boggs, Jean Sutherland, 1993-1994

 File — Box: 63, Folder: 16
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: As evidenced in the records of the previous subseries, the Landmark Renewal campaign afforded the museum the opportunity to enhance nearly every aspect of its art collection, from display to scholarship. This subseries documents another ambitious program to improve the 24-acre grounds surrounding the "temple on the hill." The Landscape Rehabilitation Project was initiated by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), another venerable Philadelphia institution, as part of its Philadelphia...
Dates: 1993-1994

Boggs, Jean Sutherland, 1998

 File — Box: 268, Folder: 7
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Following Robert Scott's retirement as museum President in 1996, d'Harnoncourt was appointed the following year as the museum's Chief Executive Officer in addition to her continued role as its George D. Widener Director. This subseries coincides with d'Harnoncourt's earliest years leading the museum in her dual roles. During this period, with the approach of the new millennium as well as its 125th anniversary, the museum began to plan for its future while building upon its past. There are...
Dates: 1998

Correspondence from Akira Moriguchi to Anne d'Harnoncourt, 1979 November 5

 Object — Box: 23, Folder: 4
Identifier: MDE_B023_F004_014
Scope and Contents

Correspondence from Akira Moriguchi, Curator for Seibu Bijutsukan, to Anne d'Harnoncourt, Curator of 20th Century Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dates: 1979 November 5

Correspondence from Akira Moriguchi to Anne d'Harnoncourt, 1981 June 2

 Object — Box: 23, Folder: 5
Identifier: MDE_B023_F005_018
Scope and Contents

Correspondence from Akira Moriguchi, Curator for Seibu Bijutsukan, to Anne d'Harnoncourt, Curator of 20th Century Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dates: 1981 June 2

Correspondence from Anne d'Harnoncourt to Akira Moriguchi, 1981 May 19

 Object — Box: 23, Folder: 5
Identifier: MDE_B023_F005_017
Scope and Contents

Correspondence from Anne d'Harnoncourt, Curator of 20th Century Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to Akira Moriguchi, Curator for Seibu Bijutsukan.

Dates: 1981 May 19

Correspondence from Anne d'Harnoncourt to Rosa Maria Malet, 1981 February 3

 Object — Box: 24, Folder: 2
Identifier: MDE_B024_F002_004
Scope and Contents

Correspondence from Anne d'Harnoncourt, Curator of 20th Century Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to Rosa Maria Malet, Acting Director of Fundació Joan Miró.

Dates: 1981 February 3

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