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The papers of Massachusetts portrait painter and watercolorist Charles Hopkinson date from 1892 to 1993 and measure 1.4 linear feet. The papers are comprised primarily of 17 sketchbooks and loose sketches. Also found are printed materials and three photographs of Hopkinson, as well as writings about Hopkinson written by his daughter Joan Hopkinson Shurcliff and her husband William Shurcliff.
Charles Hopkinson papers, 1892-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the papers gifted to the Archives were also microfilmed on legacy microfilm reels 515 and 4782. The film is available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the order of the papers on microfilm does not match the order of the collection described in this finding aid due to reprocessing and the microfilm does not reflect the entirety of the collection.
Location of Originals:
Reels N68-106 & 515 (except photos): Originals returned to Mrs. William Shurcliff (Joan Hopkinson) after microfilming.
Reel 482: Originals returned to Mrs. Isabella Halsted after microfilming.
Reel 486: Originals returned to Harriot Rive after microfilming.
Reels 634-639: Originals returned to Isabella Halsted and Mrs. William Shurcliff after microfilming; six sketchbooks on reel 639 were subsequently donated.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Biographical material, family correspondence, writings, business records, printed materials, and 96 sketchbooks were loaned for microfilming between 1969-1973 by Charles Hopkinson's daughters Joan Hopkinson Shurcliff, Isabella Halsted, Harriot Rive, and Elinor Barr. Six of the sketchbooks originally loaned for microfilming were included in later gifts. Loaned material is available on legacy 35mm microfilm reels N-68-106, 482, 486, 515, 634-639 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. The loaned materials are not further described in the container listing of the finding aid.
Portrait and watercolor painter Charles Hopkinson (1869-1962) was active in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The collection was donated in 1973 and 1992 by Charles Hopkinson's daughters and granddaughters, Joan Hopkinson Shurcliff, Harriot Rive, Elinor Barr, Mrs. John M. Clarke and Mrs. James Masek.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001