Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers, circa 1890-1950, bulk 1908-1914
Hatch, Lorenzo James, 1856-1914
Harrison, Effie C.
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1.7 linear feet
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Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
The Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers consist of family correspondence, printed material, scrapbooks of printed materials and photographs, and a travel account. Most of the collection concerns the family's time in Beijing (formerly Peking), China, from 1908-1914, while Hatch was assisting the Chinese government with creating a Bureau of Printing and Engraving. The papers reveal impressions of the social and economic conditions of the Chinese, the revolutionary events of 1911 and 1912, the Pneumonic Plague epidemic in China from 1910-1911, and sight-seeing trips. Included letters are from Lorenzo Hatch, his wife Grace Harrison Hatch, his son Harrison, and Grace's sister Miss Effie Harrison to mostly family members in the United States between 1908-1914.
Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers, circa 1890-1950, bulk 1908-1914. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Lorenzo James Hatch (1856-1914) was born in Vermont and is best known for his work as a portrait engraver in Washington, D.C. and New York. Hatch worked for the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving, private bank note printers, and in China, assisting the government with establishing a government bureau of printing and engraving.
The papers of Lorenzo James Hatch and the Hatch family were donated in 1989 by Hatch's great-grandniece, Janet Young Brockmoller and in 2015 by John and Janet Fesler, who acquired the material from a neighbor who received the papers from Gail Hatch, Hatch's sister-in-law and executor for Grace Harrison Hatch, Hatch's wife.
This site provides access to the papers of Lorenzo James Hatch in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 3,656 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001