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Sumner Mcknight Crosby

Sumner Mcknight Crosby, American educator. Recipient Guggenheim F.; festschrift in his honor, 1976; Decorated chevalier Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honor; officier Ordre des Arts et Lettres.


  • Crosby, Sumner Mcknight was born on July 29, 1909 in Minneapolis. Son of Franklin Muzzy and Harriet (McKnight) Crosby.

  • Education

    • Student, Blake School, Hopkins, Minn. Student, Ecole des Chartes, Paris, France, 1934-1935.


    • Instructor Yale, 1936-1940, assistant professor of history of art, 1940-1943, 1945-1947, associate professor, 1947-1952, professor, 1952-1978, professor emeritus, 1978-1982, department chairman history art, 1947-1953, 62-65. Excavated in Abbey Church St. Denis, north of Paris, summers 1938, 39, 46, 47, 48, 67, 68, 69, 71. Curator Art Gallery, 1946-1978.

      Fellow Berkeley College, Yale, 1939-1982. Chairman Carolyn Foundation. Director The Crosby Company Visiting committee fine arts Harvard, 1959-1965.

      Member visiting committee department art and archaeology Princeton, 1962-1968. Director International Center Medieval Art, 1956-1982, president, 1965-1968. Member international committee history art, 1950-1975.


    • Author: Abbey of St. Denis I, 1942, L’Abbaye Royale de Saint-Denis, 1952, The Apostle Bas-Relief at Saint-Denis, 1972. Member of the board, Speculum, 1946-1954. Editor: Art Through the Ages, 1959, Religious Art in France Thirteenth Century, Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi.

      Member editorial board: Art Bulletin Trustee American Federation Arts, 1940-1945, 49-50. Member College Art Association, director, 1939-1945 and 1947-1952, president, 1940-1944. Executive secretary American Council of Learned Socs.

      Committee on Preservation of Cultural Materials in War Areas, 1943-1944. Special adviser American Common for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas, 1944-1946. Special advisory on Restitution of Cultural Materials Department State, 1945.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member Medieval Academy American, Archaeol. Institute American (trustee 1966-1969), Societe d’Archeologie Francaise, Society National des Antiquaires de France (honorary), American Philosophical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Alpha Delta Phi. Clubs: Century Association (New York City), Yale (New York City).


    • Married Sarah Rathbone Townsend, October 19, 1935. Children: Sumner McKnight, William F., Frederick T., Gerrit L. Student, Blake School.
    • father: Franklin Muzzy Crosby
    • mother: Harriet (McKnight) Crosby
    • spouse: Sarah Rathbone Townsend
    • children: Sumner McKnight Crosby
    • William F. Crosby
    • Frederick T. Crosby
    • Gerrit L. Student Crosby
    • Blake Sch Crosby
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    Born July 29, 1909
    Died November 16, 1982
    (aged 73)