In our editorial of yesterday, we left undiscussed the question of the ultimate disposal of the Gray and Randall collections of engravings. This question ought now to be seriously taken up, for it would seem that the sacrifice of Harvard's interests to those of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is not to be limited to the erection there of a wholly inadequate museum out of the funds provided by the Fogg bequest. The members of the Corporation practically make it evident through their statement in the Graduates' Magazine, that it is their intention not to place the Gray and Randall collections in the Fogg Art Museum at the time when their return to Harvard could be demanded.
Such action should not be allowed to pass without protest. Harvard's two large sets of engravings are the only very valuable works of art in her possession, and without them it is difficult to see how even the diminutive Fogg Museum is to be filled: certainly no expenditure in that direction by the University can be expected. If, as we are told, "At the Fogg Museum the Gray and Randall collections would take about one-third of the total space for exhibition and administration purposes," there is surely no way in which such space could be more suitably occupied. We can not see why Harvard should not herself have the benefit of her only works of art from which much benefit can be expected. The engravings belong to Harvard, and to Harvard they should come as soon as she can receive them.
It is not strange that the members of the Corporation, who are also trustees of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, should have had to choose between Harvard and Boston: no man can serve two masters. But the deliberate preference they have apparently given to the Boston Art Museum was not to have been expected of them.