Belle da Costa Greene (November 26, 1879 – May 10, 1950) was an American librarian best known for managing and developing the personal library of J. P. Morgan. After Morgan's death in 1913, Greene continued as librarian for his son, Jack Morgan , and in 1924 was named the first director of the Pierpont Morgan Library .
Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950) was one of the most prominent librarians in American history. She ran the Morgan Library for forty-three years—nineteen as the private librarian of J. Pierpont Morgan and later his son, Jack, and twenty-four as the inaugural director of the Pierpont Morgan Library (now the Morgan Library & Museum).
Belle da Costa Greene, original name in full Belle Marion Greener, (born December 13, 1883, Washington, D.C., U.S.—died May 10, 1950, New York, New York), American librarian and bibliographer, the moving force in organizing and expanding the collection of J.P. Morgan as the Morgan Library. Greene was the daughter of lawyer Richard T. Greener, the first African American to graduate from ...
New Light on Belle da Costa Greene Submitted by Daria Rose Foner on Mon, 03/15/2021 - 2:00pm On July 1, 1896, the philanthropist and social welfare advocate Grace Hoadley Dodge (1856–1914) wrote to Emma Charlotte Revell Moody (1843–1903), wife of Dwight Lyman Moody (1837–1899), an evangelist preacher and founder of Northfield Seminary for ...
But shortly after his death, Morgan's personal librarian, a woman named Belle da Costa Greene, convinced J.P. Morgan's son, Jack Morgan, to make the library a gift to New York City. Book Reviews
Theodore C. Marceau (1859–1922), Belle da Costa Greene, May 1911 Biblioteca Berenson, I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Widely recognized as an authority on illuminated manuscripts and deeply respected as a cultural heritage executive, Greene was one of the most prominent librarians in American history.
Belle Da Costa Greene was the olive-skinned daughter of African-American academic Richard Greener. By the time she started working for J.P. Morgan, she had dropped the "R' from her surname and invented a Portuguese heritage.
But “da Costa” was a fiction, and “Greene” was a smudged fact: she was born Belle Marian Greener, and her mother had dropped the final “r” when she separated from Belle’s father.
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