The collection is arranged as 6 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1920-1969 (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 2: Diaries, 1938-1967 (Boxes 1-2; 0.5 linear ft.) Series 3: Correspondence, 1922-1967 (Box 2; 2 folders) Series 4: Printed Material, 1926-1969 (Box 2; 2 folders) Series 5: Sketchbooks and Sketches, 1924-circa 1960 (Boxes 2-6; 1.8 linear ft.) Series 6: Photographs, 1932-1970 (Box 6; 4 folders)
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The papers of African-American painter Palmer C. Hayden date from 1920-1970 and measure 2.4 linear feet. The collection contains biographical material, including 32 diaries documenting Hayden's daily activities, scattered correspondence relating to art sales and Hayden's work for the Works Progress Administration, printed material, 47 sketchbooks compiled over a period of almost forty years, and photographs of Hayden and his artwork.
Palmer C. Hayden papers, 1920-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
The collection was fully digitized in 2006 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.
Palmer C. Hayden (1890-1973) was a painter from New York, N.Y. He was born in Widewater, Va. First art instruction through correspondence courses. Studied 1925 with Asa Grant Randall at the Boothbay Art Colony, Maine, specialized in marine subjects. Lived in France, 1927-1932. Worked in the 1930s for easel painting divisions of federal art programs.
Donated 1970 by Palmer C. Hayden.
The papers of Palmer C. Hayden in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety and total 4,060 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001