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STE The Papers of John Steegman
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The Papers of John Steegman

Title The Papers of John Steegman
Reference GBR/0272/PP/STE
Creator Steegman, John
Covering Dates 1700–1965 (Mainly 1900 - 1965.)
Extent and Medium 4 boxes and 05 shelf; paper
Repository King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge
Content and context

John Edward Horatio Steegmann (later Steegman) was born on 10 Dec. 1899; his father, E. J. Steegmann was a bacteriologist. He was educated at Clifton College, and served in the Royal Field Artillery for a short time before coming up to King's College in 1919. During his time at King's, Steegman was a cox for the college boat club. He graduated in 1921 with an Ordinary Degree in History and Modern Languages.

After a few years of travelling tutorships and work as an art and drama critic, he was employed at the National Portrait Gallery from 1926 – 1945, with a short break during the war years when he was lecturing for the British Council and organised the Sala de l'Alianca at the Lisbon Centenaries Exhibition. From 1945 he was Keeper of the Department of Art at the National Museum of Wales, then in 1952 he became Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. After his resignation in 1959 he spent half of each year travelling and lecturing abroad and half of the year in London entertaining friends. He died on 15 April 1966 at Coffinswell, Devon.

Honours: OBE, 1952

Publications: several books on art and art history, including 'The Rule of Taste', 1936.

The collection contains published and unpublished writings by Steegman, including broadcasts, diaries and correspondence.

John Steegman bequeathed his papers to King's College at his death in 1966.

Access and Use

All enquiries concerning permission to quote in print from any of Steegman's writings, published or unpublished, should be addressed to the Archivist, King's College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST.

Please cite as King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge, The Papers of John Steegman, STE

Further information

For biographical details of John Steegman, the reader is referred to the 'Annual Report' of King's College, Cambridge, November 1966, pp.56-7.

This catalogue was completed by Jacky Cox in April 1997, and was edited for publication over the internet by Elizabeth Pridmore in January 2004.

Index Terms
Steegman, John Edward Horatio (1899-1966) author
King's/PP/STE contains:
1 Writings.
25 boxes; paper.
2 Diaries.
05 shelf; paper.
3 Correspondence.
1 box.
4 Illustrations and photographs.
05 box; paper and photographic print.
5 Exhibition catalogues and pamphlets.
2 envelopes; paper.

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