Scope and arrangement
Pope's correspondence, 1921-1951 (the bulk dates from the 1920's and 1930's) concerns his work as an adviser to individuals interested in buying Iranian art objects and antiquities (his clients included Mrs. John D. Rockefeller and William Randolph Hearst); trips to Iran; the Exhibition of Persian Art held at the Sesquicentennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926, and the related Conference on Oriental Art held in New York and Philadelphia; the International Exhibition of Persian Art, London, 1931; the Survey of Persian Art...; some Institute matters; writing, lecturing, and other professional activities; and personal matters. Some letters are addressed to Dr. Ackerman and relate to her own work and to Pope's. Reprints, manuscripts, and typescripts, ca. l930's-1951, of speeches and articles by Pope, Ackerman, and others are included, as well as page proofs of the Survey of Persian Art...
Also included are correspondence, reports, minutes, and printed material from various World War Two and Spanish Civil War committees with which Pope was involved. These include: United China Relief; Committee for National Morale (which Pope organized and directed); Writers' War Board; the International Brigade Dependants and Wounded Aid Committee (London); Friends of the Spanish Republic; others.
A few miscellaneous personal and financial papers are included.
Records of the Institute, ca. 1930-1951, consist of correspondence and subject files in various alphabetical sequences. Both types of files consist largely of correspondence, most of which is Pope's as Director of the Institute and the School. Minutes, financial documents, reports, programs, invitations, announcements, press releases, memoranda, clippings, guest registers, radio scripts, course catalogs, syllabi, reading lists, course schedules, descriptive brochures, and other printed material are included. Despite the staff's multi-lingual activities, records are in English, with a few letters in French. Discussed are: exhibitions, conferences, lectures, concerts, luncheons, annual and honorary dinners, and celebrations; the Institute's archives, library, museum, and bookshop; archaeological expeditions and anthropological work; appeals to foundations and other fundraising and financial matters; Board and committee matters; membership; publicity; planning; research, teaching, and office staff applications, appointments, activities, and deaths; and School activities.
Scrapbooks of clippings (some mounted but unbound) of articles from United States newspapers relating to archaeological, artistic, and political matters in or relating to Iran, and activities of the Institute and of Pope, Sir Edward Denison Ross, and other Iran scholars, 1930-1941. Mounted, unbound clippings of articles about other countries in Asia, and five scrapbooks containing clippings of articles about current events in China, 1945-1947, are included.
Three series: Arthur Upham Pope Papers; Asia Institute Records; Scrapbooks and Clippings