Biographical material, correspondence, writings, exhibition files, photographs, scrapbooks, artwork, and printed material documenting the career of etcher Morris Henry Hobbs.
Biographical material includes a timeline, biographical statements, resumes, and documents relating to Hobbs' memberships and activities in the Bromeliad Society, Chicago Society of Etchers, Louisiana Society of Etchers, New Orleans Art League, and other organizations. Correspondence includes letters to friends and family regarding art, travel, and botany. Writings consist of Hobb's notebooks, artists' statements, and Hobbs' diaries, 1918-1919, kept during World War I while serving in the U.S. Army.
Exhibition files contain correspondence, sales records, photographs, and printed material from all of Hobb's major exhibitions. Photographs and slides (1.0 linear feet) are of Hobbs with his family and friends, trips abroad and his properties in New Orleans and Mandeville, Louisiana. Two bound and several unbound scrapbooks contain a range of material on Hobbs' career and life, including clippings, photographs, works of art, and handwritten annotations. Artwork includes four sketchbooks containing figure drawings, landscapes in pencil and ink, etchings, and loose drawings.
Morris Henry Hobbs papers, circa 1901-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The donor, Reed Isbell-Hobbs, retains copyright.
Morris Henry Hobbs (1892-1967) was an etcher in Chicago, Ill. and New Orleans, La.
Donated 2014 by Reed Isbell-Hobbs, widow of Morris Henry Hobbs' son William Hobbs.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001