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Arms, John Taylor (1887-1953)



  • Existence: 1887 - 1953


John Taylor Arms was born in Washington D.C. in 1887. After attending Princeton for two years, he transferred to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study architecture. He graduated in 1911 and the following year received his masters. His B.S. thesis was on “A Renaissance Cathedral in France.” After graduation he worked at two architecture firms, becoming a partner at the latter. In 1913 he married Dorothy Frothingham Noyes. Dorothy gave John Taylor his first etching kit and continued to support him throughout his career. Arms dissolved his partnership at the architecture firm to serve in the Navy after America declared war in 1916. After being discharged in 1919, Arms devoted himself to his art. During his career he created numerous etchings and aquatints and was a strong advocate for the arts and artists belonging to several societies. Arms died in 1953.


Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John Taylor Arms manuscripts

Identifier: 1111.117
Scope and Contents note

With a few outliers, this collection spans from 1911 to 1953. It is composed of mostly bound manuscripts with the diaries making up the bulk of the collection. The collection is divided into five series, Diaries, Catalog of Work, Ephemera, Art Collection, and Photographs. Where possible, it was arranged chronologically or alphabetically.

Dates: 1911-1971