Frederick James Ladd photograph collection
Scope and Contents
The collection is chiefly composed of photographic materials from Frederick James Ladd dating from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. The bulk of the materials consist of 35mm slides (about 12,500) corresponding to images of various art historical periods, including Greek, Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. Many of the slides were probably taken by Dr. Ladd, while others appear to have been purchased at the various locations he visited. Subjects include sculptures, paintings, gardens, fountains, archeological sites, and architectural structures, such as churches, palaces, and villas. A few highlights include the archeological sites of Pompeii and Ostia Antica, art works by Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Bernini, as well as Greek, Roman, and English architecture. Other materials include photographs, negatives, contact prints, and personal papers, including two notebooks containing Dr. Ladd’s dissertation research notes from 1971.
- Creation: circa 1969-1999
- Ladd, Frederick J., 1926 - 2007 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.
Conditions Governing Use
Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the owner of the original materials and digitized images in our collections; however, the collection may contain materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials. Consult with SCUA to determine if we can provide permission for use.
Biographical / Historical
Dr. Frederick James Ladd was born February 14, 1926 in Bristol, England. During World War II, Dr. Ladd served in the Royal Air Force, spending time in India and Singapore. He later studied painting at the Bristol School of Art, which is part of the University of the West of England. Afterwards, in July 1963, he acquired a Certificate in Education from the University of Bristol (Bath Academy).
In that same year, Dr. Ladd was awarded a graduate assistantship at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, to study art history, specializing in architecture, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History. In 1967, Dr. Ladd also received an award from the Italian Institute, to study under Professor Scarpellini during the summer term at the Academia di Belle Arti in Perugia.
In September 1971, he came to then, Towson State University, where he spent his entire career teaching courses in art history and architecture, until his retirement in 1991. Besides his academic and professional pursuits, Dr. Ladd enjoyed medieval history, collecting stamps of the United Kingdom, flowers, gardening and learning the Latin names of common species in England, as well as traveling, visiting various places throughout Italy, France, Germany, England, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and Mexico.
Dr. Ladd died at the age of 81, in March 12, 2007, after a long bout with leukemia.
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Language of Materials
Dr. Frederick James Ladd taught courses in art history and architecture at Towson University from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. The collection is chiefly composed of photographic materials photographed and purchased by Ladd dating from the late 1960s to the late 1990s.
Series 1. Transparencies (35mm slides),
This series contains approximately 12,500 slides, possibly dating from around the late 1960s to the late 1990s. Many of the slides were probably taken by Frederick J. Ladd, while others appear to have been purchased. The images correspond to various art historical periods, including Greek, Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and others. The first set of slides were chiefly taken in various regions within the country of Italy, depicting images of sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, gardens, fountains, archeological sites, panoramic views, paintings, and architectural structures and plans, such as churches, palaces, and villas. A few highlights include the Orsini Gardens in Bormazo, the Villa Lante at Bagnaia, the archeological sites of Pompeii and Ostia Antica, the Arch of Constantine in Rome; St. Peter’s; and Villa d’Este. The second set of slides pertains to paintings, including English and Scottish, Flemish, French, and Italian. A few highlights include works by Caravaggio, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. The third set of slides relate to sculpture, including Greek, Roman, Renaissance, and Italian Baroque. The fourth set of slides pertains to English Architecture, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Corsham Court, Blenheim Palace, Kedleston Hall, and others. The last set of slides relate to Gothic Art, Elizabethan Revival, architecture, and other subjects.
Series 2. Photographs, 1994-1999
This series consists of color photographs dating from 1994 to 1999. Most of the photographs were taken in areas around England, including Hampton Court, Kew Gardens, Barbara Hepworth’s Garden, and Sissinghurst, as well as the United States, including Ashland Plantation in Virginia, Dumbarton Oaks and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and what appears to be Frederick J. Ladd’s home in Worcester Road, Md. There are also photographs from Dr. Ladd’s retirement party taken at his house, with the names of the people in attendance written in the back of the photographs.
Series 3. Negatives, Contact Prints, and other materials, 1970s-1980s This series consists of negatives, contact prints, plus other materials, and are chiefly related to Frederick J. Ladd’s academic and professional career. The bulk of the materials relate to a seminar on Michelangelo taught on the Fall Semester of 1980, as well as photographic materials from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y., the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and others, apparently taken by Dr. Ladd during his pursuance of grant awards to study classical sculpture in 1975 and 1976.
Series 4. Personal Papers, 1969-1978 This series consists of the personal papers of Frederick J. Ladd, including letters, notebooks, a typescript, an exhibition catalog from the National Gallery of Art, and lecture notes. Two of the notebooks contain Dr. Ladd’s dissertation research notes from 1971.
Due to the large number of transparencies listed in the original finding aid, this finding aid is in progress.
- Guide to the Frederick James Ladd photograph collection
- Armando Suarez. Revised by John Esh.
- November 2013
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