Evelyn Byrd Harrison

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Evelyn Byrd Harrison (June 5, 1920 – November 3, 2012) was an American classical scholar and archaeologist. She was Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and was for more than 60 years associated with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Harrison specialized in 5th century B.C. Athenian Sculpture.


Born in Charlottesville, Virginia,[1] Harrison was a member of both the Byrd and Harrison families of Virginia. She attended John Marshall High School in Richmond, Virginia.[2] In 1941 she graduated from Barnard College with an A.B. and received her M.A. in 1943 from Columbia University.[3] Further studies were postponed by World War II. Harrison worked for the War Department deciphering Japanese codes.[1]

In 1949 she began her affiliation with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a relationship that lasted until her death.[2] She joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati in 1951 and received her Ph.D from Columbia in 1952.[1] Harrison joined the faculty of Columbia in 1955 and remained there until moving to Princeton University in 1970. At Princeton she became the first female full professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology.[4] She became Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts at New York University in 1974 where she remained until retirement in 2006. Harrison died in New York City on November 3, 2012.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "In Memoriam: Evelyn Byrd Harrison [1920 – 2012]". The American School of Classical Studies at Athens. December 12, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c McCredie, James R. "Evelyn Byrd Harrison, 1920–2012". American Journal of Archaeology. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Evelyn Byrd Harrison— 1992 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement". Archaeological Institute of America. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Member History". American Philosophical Society. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Search Results". John Simon Giggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved July 29, 2014. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter H" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 29, 2014.