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Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers

Creator:
Hatch, Lorenzo James, 1856-1914  Search this
Names:
Harrison, Effie C.  Search this
Hatch, Grace  Search this
Sun, Yat-sen, 1866-1925  Search this
Yuan, Shikai, 1859-1916  Search this
Extent:
1.7 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Place:
China -- Social conditions -- 1644-1912
China -- history -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
China -- history -- Revolution, 1911-1912
China -- Description and Travel
Date:
bulk 1902-1914
circa 1890-1950
Summary:
The Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers measure 1.7 linear feet and date from circa 1890-1950, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1902-1914. The papers consist of family correspondence, printed material, three scrapbooks of printed materials and photographs, and a travel account. Letters are from Lorenzo Hatch, his wife Grace Harrison Hatch, and other family members. Most of the collection concerns the family's time in Peking (Beijing), China from 1908-1914 while Hatch was assisting the Chinese government create 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. An unprocessed addition of 0.4 linear feet includes biographical material; photographs of Hatch, his family and works of art; personal correspondence; artwork; printed material, and legal and financial records relating to the estate of Lorenzo Hatch. Also included is a horseshoe from Harrison Hatch's pony "Moses" (in China).
Scope and Content Note:
The Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers measure 1.7 linear feet and date from circa 1890-1950, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1902-1914. The papers consist of family correspondence, printed material, three scrapbooks of printed materials and photographs, and a travel account. Letters are from Lorenzo Hatch, his wife Grace Harrison Hatch, and other family members. Most of the collection concerns the family's time in Peking (Beijing), China from 1908-1914 while Hatch was assisting the Chinese government create 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. An unprocessed addition of 0.4 linear feet includes biographical material; photographs of Hatch, his family and works of art; personal correspondence; artwork; printed material, and legal and financial records relating to the estate of Lorenzo Hatch. Also included is a horseshoe from Harrison Hatch's pony "Moses" (in China).

Letters trace the family's journey from California to Peking, China, and their life in China. Lorenzo's correspondence includes information concerning Chinese politics and the revolution, the roles of Sun Yat-Sen and Yuan Shih K'ai between 1911-1912 and the fall of the Qing Dynasty. Effie Harrison's and Grace Hatch's letters discuss day-to-day life in China, sight-seeing trips and their reactions to the social and political unrest in the country. Additional correspondence includes condolence letters sent to the family after Lorenzo's death. There is a also a written account by Effie Harrison describing her travel to China on a steamer ship.

Printed materials consist of clippings and a Macbeth Gallery exhibition catalog from a 1937 show of Hatch's paintings.

There are three photographs of Peking. Three disbound scrapbooks include photographs of the Chinese landscape and monuments, interior shots, and of the family traveling through China. Photographs are of the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall of China, as well as temples and city buildings. Some later photographs are of family members that were taken around 1920, after their return to the United States. The scrapbooks also contain examples of Chinese currency designed by Lorenzo James Hatch.

An unprocessed addition of 0.4 linear feet includes biographical material; photographs of Hatch, his family and works of art; personal correspondence; artwork; printed material, and legal and financial records relating to the estate of Lorenzo Hatch. Also included is a horseshoe from Harrison Hatch's pony "Moses" (in China).
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1902-1914 (Box 1-3; 0.9 linear feet)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1912 (Box 3; 1 folder)

Series 3: Printed Material, 1902-1937 (Box 3; 2 folders)

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1911 (Box 3; 1 folder)

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1908-1911, circa 1920s (Box 3-4; 0.3)

Series 6: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1902-1937 (Box 5; 0.4)
Biographical Note:
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. He 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.

Early in his career, Lorenzo found his talent for engraving intricate portraits in metals. In 1874, the head of the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving admired Hatch's portrait of George Washington on copper and hired him. During his time in Washington, D.C., Hatch spent his nights studying drawing and watercolor painting. However, his talent to engrave vignettes of presidents and other famous figures proved more impressive.

In 1888, Hatch moved to Chicago to work for a private bank note company. There, he met Grace Harrison of California. They were married and had one son, Harrison in 1902. After taking a job in New York City with another bank note company, Hatch solidified his reputation in the field. Around 1908, the Chinese government invited Hatch to establish a Bureau of Printing and Engraving modeled after that of the United States. He accepted a six-year contract to oversee the building of the bureau and train the Chinese to run the office. With his wife, their son, and sister-in-law Effie Harrision, Lorenzo moved to Peking.

During his time in China, Lorenzo Hatch succeeded in building the foundations for a modern printing bureau. However, the revolution in China between 1911-1912 hindered completion. He described his experiences, perceptions, and insecurities of being in China to his family and friends through letters. Before his contract ended, Hatch passed away on February 3, 1914.
Provenance:
The papers of Lorenzo James Hatch and the Hatch family were donated in 1989 by Hatch's great-grandniece, Janet Young Brockmoller. Additional materials were donated in 2015 by John and Janet Fesler, who acquired the material from a neighbor who received the papers from Gail Hatch, Hatch's sister-n-law and executor for Hatch's wife Grace Harrison Hatch.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. A 2015 addition to the papers is not digitized. Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Engravers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Lorenzo James Hatch and Hatch family papers, 1902-1937, bulk 1908-1914. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hatclore
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hatclore
Additional Online Media:

Twilight in the Forbidden City / by Reginald F. Johnston ; with a preface by the Emperor

Author:
Johnston, Reginald Fleming Sir 1874-1938  Search this
Subject:
Puyi 1906-1967  Search this
Forbidden City (Beijing, China)  Search this
Physical description:
486 p. : ill. (some fold.), maps ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Beijing (China)
Date:
1934
Xuantong, 1908-1912
Revolution, 1911-1912
1912-1928
Republic, 1912-1949
Topic:
History  Search this
Call number:
DS774 .J6 1934
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895167

Huang Hsing and the Chinese revolution

Author:
Xue, Jundu 1922-  Search this
Subject:
Huang, Xing 1874-1916  Search this
Physical description:
260 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1961
Revolution, 1911-1912
Topic:
History  Search this
Call number:
DS778.H85 H8 1961
DS778.H85H8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_19689

Sun Yat Sen and the awakening of China, by James Cantlie ... and C. Sheridan Jones ..

Author:
Cantlie, James  Search this
Author:
Jones, Charles Sheridan 1876-  Search this
Subject:
Sun, Yat-sen 1866-1925  Search this
Physical description:
252 pages frontispiece, illustrations (map, facsimiles) plates (1 color) portraits, map 21 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
China
Date:
1912
[©1912]
Revolution, 1911-1912
Topic:
History  Search this
Call number:
DS773 .C32X
DS773.C32X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_19716

Bai nian Wan qing = Wan Qing Yuan : a hundred years / zhu bian Chen Dinghui

Title:
百年晚晴 = Wan Qing Yuan : a hundred years / 主编陈丁辉
Wan Qing Yuan : a hundred years
Author:
Chen, Dinghui  Search this
Wan qing yuan  Search this
Subject:
Sun, Yat-sen 1866-1925  Search this
Wan qing yuan  Search this
Physical description:
163 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps, col. ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
2012
Republic, 1912-1949
Revolution, 1911-1912
Topic:
History  Search this
Call number:
DS777 .B36 2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1041680

The birth of a republic : Francis Stafford's photographs of China's 1911 revolution and beyond / [edited by] Hanchao Lu

Author:
Stafford, Francis E. 1884-1938  Search this
Lu, Hanchao  Search this
Subject:
Stafford, Francis E. 1884-1938 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
x, 210 p. : ill., maps ; 21 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
China
Wuchang Qu (Wuhan Shi, China)
Shanghai (China)
Date:
2010
C2010
Revolution, 1911-1912
20th century
Topic:
History  Search this
Social aspects  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
History, Local  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_952870

Wei gong he er zhan : ji nian xin hai ge ming 100 zhou nian li shi wen wu zhan / Shanghai Shi li shi bo wu guan bian = Fighting for the republic in China : exhibition of historical relics in memory of the centennial anniversary of the Revolution of 1911 / Shanghai History Museum

Title:
為共和而戰 : 纪念辛亥革命100周年历史文物展 / 上海市历史博物馆编 = Fighting for the republic in China : exhibition of historical relics in memory of the centennial anniversary of the Revolution of 1911 / Shanghai History Museum
Ji nian xin hai ge ming 100 zhou nian li shi wen wu zhan
纪念辛亥革命100周年历史文物展
Ji nian xin hai ge ming yi bai zhou nian li shi wen wu zhan
纪念辛亥革命一百周年历史文物展
Fighting for the republic in China : exhibition of historical relics in memory of the centennial anniversary of the Revolution of 1911
Exhibition of historical relics in memory of the centennial anniversary of the Revolution of 1911
Author:
Shanghai tu shu guan  Search this
Zhuhai Shi bo wu guan  Search this
Huzhou Shi bo wu guan  Search this
Subject:
Shanghai Shi li shi bo wu guan  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
China
Shanghai (China)
Date:
2011
Jin ri chu ban she
Revolution, 1911-1912
Topic:
History  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
DS773.42 .W45 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_978053

Zou xiang Xinhai ge ming zhi lu = Road to China's 1911 Revolution / [Xianggang li shi bo wu guan bian zhi ; yan jiu ji bian ji Liang Jieling ... [et al.]]

Title:
走向辛亥革命之路 = Road to China's 1911 Revolution / [香港歷史博物館編製 ; 研究及編輯梁潔玲 ... [et al.]]
Road to China's 1911 Revolution
Author:
Liang, Jieling  Search this
Hong Kong Museum of History  Search this
Physical description:
176 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
China
Date:
2011
Revolution, 1911-1912
1644-1912
Topic:
History  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
DS773.4 .Z68 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_983800

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