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James Archer Abbott


  • A.B., History, Vassar College
  • M.A., Museum Studies, cum laude, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

Selected Presentations


  • A Scholarly Soirée: Celebrating French Scenic Wallpaper” (French American Intercultural Relations & Exchange, The Bowditch Institute & Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem, Massachusetts, April 2013)

Selected Publications 


  •  “Evergreen:  The Garrett Family, Collectors and Connoisseurs” (2017, JHU Press; contributing author)
  • “JANSEN Furniture” (2007, Acanthus Press)
  • “JANSEN” (2006, Acanthus Press)
  • “Designing Camelot:  The Kennedy White House Restoration” (1997, Van Nostrand-Reinhold/John Wiley & Sons; co-author)


  • “Thoughts on a JANSEN AESTHETIC,” The Life of Things:  The Window, MACGUFFIN (MacGuffin Biannual Magazine, Issue No. 2, Winter 2015-2016)
  • “Russian Art & Design in the Evergreen Museum & Library,” Slavic & Eastern European Information Resources, (Issue 11[2-3]; Taylor and Francis, publishers, September 2010);
  • “JANSEN:  The Past Re-Imagined,” European Furniture, Works of Art and Tapestries (Catalogue # 2105; Christie’s, New York, New York, Tuesday 7 October 2008)
  • “The Windsor Commodes:  Maison Jansen’s Iconic Commodes from the Duchess of Windsor’s Bedroom,” Christie’s Magazine (Christie’s, New York, New York, September-October 2008)
  • “Remembering JANSEN:  How Paris Design House Set the Standard for America’s Early-20th Century Elite,” QUEST (Quest Media, LLC, New York, New York, October 2006)

Other/Museum Publications

  • “Modernism at Evergreen:  Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin” (et al.; exhibition publication for JHU’ Evergreen Museum & Library, 2010)
  • “Modernism at Evergreen:  Erno Fabry” (et al.; exhibition publication for JHU’s Evergreen Museum & Library, 2009)
  • “The Presidential Dish:  Woodrow Wilson and the White House China Room” (exhibition publication for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, D.C., 2007 – ISBN:  13-0-9798026-0-7)
  • “A Frenchman in Camelot:  The Decoration of the Kennedy White House by Stéphane Boudin” (exhibition publication for Boscobel restoration, Inc., Garrison, New York, 1995 – ISBN:  0-9646659-0-5)
  • “Classical to 19th Century America:  The Influence of Barry Tracy on the Historic Interior” (exhibition publication for Boscobel Restoration, Inc., Garrison, New York, 1994);
  • “Visions of Washington Irving:  Selected Works from the Collection of Historic Hudson Valley” (co-author/co-curator; exhibition catalog for Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, New York, 1991 – ISBN:  9780912882994)

Courses teaching/taught

  • “History of Design” (Corcoran College of Art + Design)
  • “Modernism at Evergreen” (JHU)
  • Oversight of ongoing Evergreen JHU-undergraduate student curatorship appointments
  • Oversight of ongoing Evergreen high school-level internship program

Professional memberships/activities:

  • Cosmos Club, member since 2016
  • Furnishing Committee, Ladew Topiary Gardens, member since 2010