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Stohlman, W. Frederick

    Full Name: Stohlman, W. Frederick

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1886

    Date Died: 1966

    Place Born: Brooklyn, Cattaraugus, NY, USA

    Place Died: Princeton, Mercer, NJ, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): Medieval (European)

    Career(s): educators


    Princeton University medievalist, part of the initial team assembled by Charles Rufus Morey. Stohlman was the son of C. Frederick Stohlman. He graduated from Princeton in 1909. After graduation he worked for a surgical instrument manufacturing firm. However, he returned to Princeton, initially studying the early Christian era especially sarcophagi under Charles Rufus Morey. He joined the Princeton faculty in the Department of Art and Archaeology in 1920. In 1924 he was awarded his M.A. and promoted to assistant professor the following year. Stohlman assisted in Morey’s project cataloging the collection of the Museo Cristiano, part of the Vatican library beginning in 1929. Morey wrote the first section on ivories, and Stohlman, volume two on enamels, which appeared in 1939. He joined Morey at the end of World War II in Rome, assisting him as Cultural Attaché. He retired associate professor emeritus in 1954. Stohlman suffered a stroke in 1966 and died several months later in a Princeton hospital. Stohlman’s area of expertise was enamel work. He was one of the medievalists comprising the group assembled by Morey who dominated Princeton’s Department of Art and Archaeology and helped establish the discipline in the United States. The others included, in addition to Morey himself, Ernest DeWald, E. Baldwin Smith, Albert M. Friend, Jr., and Kurt Weitzmann.

    Selected Bibliography

    “Assembling Marks on Limoges Champleve Enamels as a Basis for Classification.” Art Bulletin 16 (March 1934): 14-18; “Quantity Production of Limoges Champlevé Enamels.” Art Bulletin 17, no. 3 (September 1935): 390-394; “A Group of Sub-Sidamara Sarcophagi.” American Journal of Archaeology 25, no. 3 (July 1921): 223-232; “The Marquand Art Library,” Princeton University Library Chronicle I, no. 1 (1930):9-14; Gli smalti del Museo sacro vaticano. Volume 2 of Morey, Charles Rufus, et al. Catalogo del Museo sacro della Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, pubblicato per ordine della Santità di Pio papa XI a cura della direzione. Vatican City: Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, 1939.


    “Princeton Raises Faculty Salaries . . . Changes Made In the Faculty.” New York Times April 10, 1925, p. 40; [obituary:] “Prof. W. F. Stohlman, Archeologist, Dies.” New York Times January 20, 1966, p. 35.


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