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TitleJoe McCrindle
Admin/Biog HistoryMcCrindle, Joseph Feder (1923-2008), collector, art patron, publisher, and philanthropist, was born on 27 March 1923, to John Ronald McCrindle, and his wife, Odette Feder McCrindle. His great grandfather was the American painter Henry Mosler (1841-1920). McCrindle's parents divorced in 1924 and after his mother remarried in 1928, he was raised primarily by his grandparents, Joseph F. Feder and Edith Mosler Feder.

McCrindle's childhood summer holidays were spent in Europe where he developed his knowledge of art history and foreign languages. He was educated at St. Paul's School, Manhattan and, in 1944, he graduated from Harvard University. Following a period of service during World War Two with the Office of Strategic Services in London, he graduated from Yale University with a degree in Law in 1948. Initially working in a law firm, McCrindle was then employed by two publishing companies before becoming a literary agent representing clients such as Philip Roth (1933-2018) and John McPhee (1931-).
McCrindle established the Henfield Foundation, now known as the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, to give grants to arts, music, and social justice organisations in the later 1950s. From 1977, the Foundation awarded annual fiction prizes and, from 2011, it also gave endowments at five graduate writing programmes in the USA.

In 1959, McCrindle founded Transatlantic Review, a London-based quarterly journal. This was initially intended to be a publishing platform for those American and British authors of short stories and poetry who he had been unable to place as a literary agent. However, the journal eventually included essays and interviews written by both new and leading writers, as well as some illustrations.

Sixty issues of the Review were published in total and these were edited by McCrindle, as well as by George Palmer Garrett (1929-2008), William Goldman (1931-), B.S. [Bryan Stanley] Johnson (1933-1973), and [John Henry] Heathcote Williams (1941-2017). Publication ceased in June 1977.

McCrindle was also a notable art collector: he amassed a collection which included 2,500 Old Master drawings, Italian Baroque paintings, 19th century drawings, British art, and pre-Columbian art, as well as historical documents. He made many gifts and loans to institutions such as the Yale Center for British Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Morgan Library and Museum.
Sewell and McCrindle became friends in 1962 when the former offered to give advice on buying art. Their friendship lasted for over forty years and during this time Sewell sold works to McCrindle, acted as a curator for his art collection, and also arranged for the entire collection to be moved at least three times when McCrindle moved to larger premises. Following Anthony Blunt's exposure as a spy, McCrindle gave support to Sewell during the period when he was being followed by the press. They met at least four or five times a year when Sewell travelled to the USA to stay with McCrindle.

McCrindle died on 11 July 2008.
DescriptionThe material in this series comprises:

-correspondence between writers and authors with McCrindle and the editors of Transatlantic Review
-a notebook used by Sewell in 1973 to record an inventory of McCrindle's art collection
-material concerning McCrindle's memorial service, and his estate
Date1961-2011
LevelSeries
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