The collection is arranged as 11 series: Series 1: Biographical Information, circa 1900-1980s (Box 1; 8 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1903-1990s (Box 1-3; 2 linear feet) Series 3: Personal Business and Legal Records, Date (Box 3; 0.3 linear feet) Series 4: Diaries and Journals, 1925-1987 (Box 3, 23; 1.2 linear feet) Series 5: Research Files, 1790-1992 (Box 3-13, 20-21, 24; 12.7 linear feet) Series 6: Organization Files, 1930s-1990s (Box 13-14; 1.0 linear feet) Series 7: Teaching and Education Files, 1930s-1993 (Box 14-15; 1.0 linear feet) Series 8: Writings and Notes, 1936-1990s (Box 15; 0.3 linear feet) Series 9: Printed Material, 1870s-1990s (Box 15-19, 22, 25-26, OV1; 5.9 linear feet) Series 10: Photographs, circa 1900-1990s (Box 22; 0.2 linear feet) Series 11: Artwork, 1851-1973 (Box 22; 0.3 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of originals requires an appointment.
The papers of art historian, collector, educator, and museum administrator John Davis Hatch measure 24.9 linear feet and date from 1790-1995. Within the papers are biographical materials; correspondence; personal business and legal documents; diaries; research, organization, and teaching files; writings; printed materials; photographs; and works of art (mostly sketches) by American artists. Research files regarding artists and specific subjects comprise the bulk of this collection.
John Davis Hatch papers, 1790-1995. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection, twenty sketchbooks, are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 2814 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
The John Davis Hatch 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.
The Archives of American Art holds two oral history interviews with John Davis Hatch: June 8, 1964 conducted by H. Wade White and 1979-1980 conducted by Robert F. Brown. Also found is a separately cataloged photograph of Hatch and Henry Francis Taylor from 1933.<br /> Additional research materials complied by Hatch are located in the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the library of the National Gallery of Art, and the Senate House, Kingston, New York.<br /> Hatch donated two hundred and seventy American drawings to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Four books annotated by Bluemner, a letter from Bluemner, a letter from A. Stieglitz to Bluemner, photographs of works of art, and exhibition materials were removed from the papers and merged with the Oscar Bluemner papers at the Archives of American Art.
Art historian, collector, educator, and museum administrator John Davis Hatch (1907-1996) worked in the Boston and New England area, as well as the Pacific Northwest, and New York state. Hatch served as director of the Art Institute of Seattle, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Albany Institute of Art and History, and the Norfolk Museum of Art and Sciences.
John Davis Hatch and the John Davis Hatch estate donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in several installments between 1960-1996. Many of the primary materials relating to John Vanderlyn were acquired by Hatch from a photographer in Kingston, New York who received them from a niece of Vanderlyn. Robert Graham of James Graham and Sons gave Vanderlyn's will to Hatch.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001