The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Writings by Hampton in an unknown script, sometimes accompanied by notes in English, quotations from the Bible or simply the word "Revelation." The writings are on loose leaf paper, in a 108 page notebook entitled "St. James : The Book of the 7 Dispensation" and in seven notebooks with only a few inscribed pages each. Also included is a Bible that was once owned by Hampton containing an inscription in the back. Only the Bible's cover and inscription were microfilmed.
James Hampton writings, [ca. 1950-1964]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm roll 3851 available Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in:Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Visionary, self-taught artist of Washington D.C. Created THE THRONE OF THE THIRD HEAVEN OF THE NATION'S MILLENIUM GENERAL ASSEMBLY, an assemblage of second hand furniture, light bulbs and other assorted household objects.
The writings were found in a garage on 7th Street, N.W. Washington D.C., with Hampton's visionary environment, THE THRONE OF THE THIRD HEAVEN OF THE NATION'S MILLENIUM GENERAL ASSEMBLY. The environment, along with the papers, were purchased by the National Museum of American Art. Archives of American Art borrowed the writings for microfilming.
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