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John Loring papers, 1970-2020

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#2034
Bib ID 15264625 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Loring, John
Title John Loring papers, 1970-2020
Physical Description 18 Linear Feet (30 boxes (15 legal ms boxes; 1 legal 1/2 ms box; 5 letter ms boxes; 2 tall ms boxes; 4 14x18 flat boxes; 3 16x20 flat boxes; 1 mapcase folder))
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-30. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



Content Description

The John Loring papers consist of correspondence, photographs, articles by and about him, and other materials that document his long and storied life. This includes his own work as an artist, and interior and garden designer, and his long tenure as Design Director of Tiffany & Co. where one of his most celebrated designs is the Atlas Series.

The collection also documents his wide range of friends and admirers, including such European royalty as Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark and her sister, Queen Anna Maria of Greece; his work with Jacqueline Kennedy when she served as editor of a number of his books on Tiffany published by Doubleday; actors, artists and celebrities such as Bette Davis, Joseph Losey, Ray Johnson, and "Ultra Violet"; and his own extensive work as a journalist including a comprehensive group of his writings for Architectural Digest.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-30. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Loring Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Loring's other major gift to RBML is the archive of his grandfather's circus, The Burr Robbins Circus Collection.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Material not rehoused. Arranged by Jenny Lee, 2022. Finding aid assembled by Kevin Schlottmann, 2023.

Separated Materials

Selected books were removed from the collection and cataloged.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Design -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tiffany Studios (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

John Loring is Design Director Emeritus of Tiffany & Co., where he was Design Director from 1979 until his retirement in 2009. Along with his numerous books about Tiffany's and art in general, he wrote the definitive book about Joseph Urban, based and fully illustrated in large measure with high quality reproductions from the RBML Urban archive, published by Abrams in 2010.

He received a BA in English Literature from Yale University in 1960, but turned to art while continuing his studies for four more years at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since 1964, his own prints, paintings, and collages have been exhibited in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere.

Along with his published books, John Loring has written extensively on art and design for major journal publications, including Architectural Digest, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and many others, as found in his archive.

The Loring archive is also a testimony to the wide range of his friends and admirers, from European royalty to Jacqueline Kennedy, art world greats such as Peggy Guggenheim, Ray Johnson, Harry Benson, Harold Pinter, and Joseph Losey, as well as the designers with whom he has worked at Tiffany including Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso.

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Series I: John Loring Photo Biography and Autobiography

Box 1 Volume 1 John Loring Photo Biography, 1939-1954

Box 1 Volume 2 John Loring Photo Biography, 1961-1975

Box 1 Volume 3 John Loring Photo Biography, 1974-1987

Box 1 Volume 4 John Loring Photo Biography, 1998-2020

Box 2 Volume 1 John Loring Photos age 5 to 75, 1945 to 2015

Box 2 Volume 2 Isle of Wight Music Festival, August 29-31, 1969

Photographs by John Loring

Box 2 Volume 3 Ezra Pound and Olga Rudge in Venice, 1965

Photographs by Edward Loring

Box 2 Volume 4 Whitewater Apache photo post cards, circa 1905

Collected by his father, Edward D'Arcy Loring

Box 3 Autobiography First Draft

Box 3 Autobiography later draft (USB drive)

Digital file moved to level-1 preservation. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for access.

Series II: John Loring Art

Box 4 Volume 1 First print, signed., 1963

With two other stone lithographs on display at his first show, also signed, 1963.

Box 4 Volume 1 Student ID card, Paris, 1960-1964

Box 4 Volume 1 Clippings, Reviews, and Catalogs of his work

Box 4 Volume 2 Photos and negatives of work

Box 4 Volume 3 Photos, clippings, catalogs and reviews

Box 4 Volume 4 Photos, clippings, catalogs and reviews

John Loring: Interior and Garden Design

Box 5 Volume 1 China Robbins Loring's house in Venice

Box 5 Volume 2 Edward Loring house, Fira, Santorini, Greece

Box 5 Volume 3 Designs for Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project, the Tiffany "Family Garden"

Box 5 Volume 4 John Loring's apartment on West 57th Street

Box 5 Volume 5 John Loring's apartment, Rue Mechain, Paris

Series III: John Loring's and Others' Design Work for Tiffany

Box 6 Volume 1-3 John Loring Designs for Tiffany

Box 7 Volume 1 Products designed by John Loring for Tiffany

Box 7 Volume 2 John Loring's Atlas Collection, 1983 to 2020

Box 7 Volume 3 Preliminary sketches by John Loring for Tiffany jewelry, and table designs

Box 8 Volume 1 John Loring's preliminary sketches for Tiffany scarves and ties, and "Tiffany" fragrance bottling developed with Pierre Dinard

Box 8 Volume 2 Van Day Truex

Group of photos of Trompe l'oeil porcelain designed by Van Day Truex for Tiffany; articles on Truex, with notes and memorabilia

Box 8 Volume 3 French Crown Jewels and Versailles Photographs

Album of photographs of the French Crown Jewels made for John Loring's book "Tiffany Jewels," Abrams, New York, 1999. With set of "Versailles Gardens" proof photos by Jean-Baptiste Leroux, signed on envelope. (Introduction to the book written by John Loring.)

Box 8 Volume 4 Tiffany Archives Reference materials

Not for reproduction.

Folder of high quality photocopies of Tiffany Archives drawings used by John Loring in writing his Tiffany design books.

Box 9 Volume 1 Elsa Peretti

Original sketches for Tiffany designs given to John Loring; with notes, memorabilia, contracts, photographs, correspondence. Portrait photo of Elsa Peretti by Harry Benson. Tiffany memorabilia of Peretti events

Box 9 Volume 2 Paloma Picasso

Correspondence and press

Box 9 Volume 3 Photocopies of John Loring's photographs of Paloma Picasso

Box 10 Volume 1 Paloma Picasso

Graffiti Notebook

Box 10 Volume 2 Paloma Picasso

Blue folder with drawings

Box 10 Volume 3 Paloma Picasso

Drawings, correspondence, press

Box 10 Volume 4 Paloma Picasso

Red volume of drawings: renderings of Picasso jewelry by Lenfant and Maurice Galli

Box 10 Volume 5 Paloma Picasso

Volume of designs made by Paloma Picasso in collaboration with John Loring

Box 10 Volume 6 Paloma Picasso

Photographs of Paloma Picasso and press

Series IV: Correspondence and Materials Relating to Nobility, Actors and Actresses, Celebrities, and Art World

Box 11 Volume 1 Nobility, Part 1

Various correspondence, photographs and memorabilia; Princess Olga von Liechtenstein; Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; Queen Anna Maria of Greece; Princess Benedikte of Denmark

Box 11 Volume 2 Nobility, Part 2 / Actors and Actresses, Part 1

Various photos, correspondence, and memorabilia; Juliette Greco memorabilia and photos; Patricia Neal memorabilia and photos; Alexander Sombart memorabilia, correspondence, and photos; Shelley Winters photo; John Travolta photo by Harry Benson; Various photos: Clint Eastwood, Sting, Fay Wray; Notes by John Loring following lunch in Bette Davis's home in Weston, Connecticut

Box 11 Volume 3 Actors & Actresses, Part 2

Alexis Smith photos and correspondence; Jonathan Freeman photos and correspondence; Arlene Dahl photo; Mary Martin correspondence; Angela Lansbury correspondence; Patricia Losey photos and memorabilia; Bruno "Christiano" Zanin photos; Brook Byron, Caesar Groning, Sylvia French photos; Roger Daltry performing "Tommy" photos; Bette Midler, Tiffany "Family Garden" dedication, photos, correspondence and memorabilia; Tiffany "Great Gatsby" party photos and clippings; Alvaro Gheri photos, and memorabilia; Peter Vitale, Eric Adjani, [Joseph Losey] photo; Bill Berkson, Eleanor Lambert, photo and correspondence; Aileen Mehle, aka "Suzy," photo and note

Box 11 Volume 4 Letters, Invitations, Notes from Prominent People

Index at front of Volume

Box 12 Volume 1 Correspondence and photos with Celebrities: Presidential, Film, Nobility, Society, etc.

Index at front of Volume, including: Jacqueline Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush, Hillary and Bill Clinton, John Travolta, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Warhol, Paloma Picasso, Patricia Neal, Bette Midler, Faye Wray, Juliette Greco, Regina Resnik, Queen of Denmark HM Margrethe II, Joseph Losey, Peggy Guggenheim, Diana Vreeland

Box 12 Volume 2 Correspondence and photos with Celebrities: Presidential, Film, Nobility, Society, etc.

Index at front of Volume, including Patricia Losey, Elsa Peretti, Marissa Berenson, Countess Diamanti Luling, Carrie Donovan, Estee Lauder, Fernando Botero, Bettina Graziani, Nancy Holmes, Isabelle Colin Dufresne (aka "Ultra Violet"), Lisa Marie Presley, Thadee Klossowski, Laurence-Marie Lamaire and Yse Allaud

Box 12 Volume 3 Correspondence and photos with Celebrities: Presidential, Film, Nobility, Society, etc.

Index at front of Volume, including Naomi Leff's talk presenting Pratt Institute Doctorate of Fine Arts to John Loring, Peggy Guggenheim, Barbara Tober, John Heinz, Suzie Frankfurt, Isabelle Colin Dufresne ("Ultra Violet"), HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Harold PinterMatteo Thun, Audrey Hepburn, NRN Princess Chantal of France, Val Selleck and Harry Benson, Kenneth Noland, H. E. Isabel de Saint-Malo, Lars Liebst, HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, James Baldwin

Box 13 Volume 1 Letters, notes, and photos: Jacqueline Kennedy

Box 13 Volume 2 Letters, notes from HSH Albert II Prince of Monaco, Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, and others including Ultra Violet

Box 13 Volume 3 Bertold Loffler 108 Fredermaus Café Postcard; Rodney Ripps artwork; Marcus Leatherdale photo

Box 14 Volume 1 Yves Saint-Laurent Black Volume

Loring portrait of YSL, photos, notes, clippings, memorabilia, Robert Whitaker photos, Aillaud photos, John Loring layouts for YSL Silkscreens

Box 14 Volume 2-3 Yves Saint-Laurent

Two Amber Volumes. Yves Saint-Laurent working binders for YSL's first men's collection, shown in John Loring's YSL Rive Gauche boutique at the Cipriani Hotel, Venice, 1967; New Yorker, March 18, 2002: Issue with Judith Thurman article "Swann Song, Yves Saint Laurent bids adieu," pp. 134-141

Box 14 Volume 4-5 Eleanor Lambert

Sybil Connolly

Box 15 Volume 1-3 Correspondence, drawings, photos, press

Box 16 Volume 1 Aillaud, Whitaker, Hundertwasser Volume

Charlotte and Emile Aillaud, photos, correspondence, clippings, memorabilia; Bob Whitaker, photos, correspondence, clippings, memorabilia; Fritz (Friedensreich) Hundertwasser letters

Box 16 Volume 2 "Suzy" [Aileen Mehle]

Articles, photos, press

Box 16 Volume 3 Marisol and Robert Indiana

Marisol, printed material, correspondence, photos, clippings, memorabilia; Robert Indiana and Shelley Lieberman correspondence

Box 16 Volume 4 Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, David Hockney, Bill Cunningham photos

Signed copy of Mapplethorpe Catalog, contact sheet photos of Paloma Picasso, memorabilia, typescript Opening / The Kitchen; David Hockney catalog with intro by John Loring; Bill Cunningham photos, St. Regis Tiffany party, given to John for use in his book "Tiffany Parties," 1976

Box 16 Volume 5 Patty Smith, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, Ultra Violet, Mario Amaya, Alex Katz

Mostly Ultra Violet photos, correspondence, memorabilia; Andy Warhol signature [letter deleted]; Mario Amaya correspondence, photos; Alex Katz re: "John and Rollins"; Gene Moore and Eleanor Lambert with John Loring, photos

Box 16 Volume 6 20 Photos by John Loring of various people including Paloma Picasso, Ultra Violet, Gert Wolfgang Cremer, and Antonio Carmena

Box 17 Volume 1-2 Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson mailings and collages to John Loring and Jim Rosenquist

Box 18 Volume 1 Joseph and Patrician Losey Correspondence #1

Box 18 Volume 2 Joseph and Patrician Losey Correspondence #2

Box 18 Volume 3-4 Joseph and Patrician Losey Correspondence and photos

Box 19 Volume 1 Hokusai

Box 19 Volume 2 Hawaiian Royal Portraits discovery

Box 19 Volume 3 Wiener Werkstaette catalog including Joseph Urban furniture

Box 19 Volume 4 "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Script

Photocopy of script annotated by Audrey Hepburn

Box 20 Volume 1 Eleanor Lambert album of photos created by Tiffany & Co's design dept. to celebrate her 90th birthday

Box 20 Volume 2 Joseph and Patricia Losey

Oversize photos and clippings

Box 20 Volume 3 Peggy Guggenheim

Photos by Robert Whittaker, photocopies of Peggy's Guest Books, and other photos and articles

Box 21 Volume 1 Ray Johnson

Oversize materials

Box 21 Volume 2 Arakawa publication "Derriere Le Mirroir" No. 223

Box 21 Volume 3 Arakawa portfolio of drawings, photos, correspondence

Box 21 Volume 4 Connoisseur, April 1979; Interview, Sept. 1977; Arakawa prints from Galeria Maeght April 1977, 1977-1979

Box 22 Volume 1 Francesco Ferrachini and Kay Thompson

Francesco Ferrachini photos; Sketches of Ferrachini by John Loring; Publications with Ferrachini; Kay Thompson correspondence, clippings, invitation; Notes for "Eloise Goes To Dinner," never published; (At end of Volume) Copy of Eloise inscribed by Thompson: "For John – His very own book. Love, Kay, Me Eloise +" Book removed and cataloged separately in Rare Book Collection.

Box 22 Volume 2 Claes Oldenburg "Tea Bag" multiple project

Box 22 Volume 3 Harry Benson photos

Tivoli Gardens photos; "Three Lords a-Leaping" in front of Royal Albert Hall; Ally McCoist; Nacho Novo

Box 22 Volume 4 Charlotte Ailland and Family photos, press, correspondence

Anna Piaggi; Nancy Holmes; Eric Boman

Box 15-G-1 Harry Benson Photograph: "The Red Box," Queen Elizabeth II, 2014

Box 11 Folder 1 August Rodin letter to Camille Lefevre, 21 August 1908

Series V: John Loring Press

Box 23 Volume 1-4 Articles by and about John Loring

Box 24 Volume 5, 5a, 6-7 Articles by and about John Loring

Box 25 Articles by John Loring

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Box 26 Articles by John Loring

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Box 27 Articles by John Loring

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Box 28 Articles by John Loring

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Box 29 Articles by John Loring

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Box 30 Articles by John Loring

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