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Morris Henry Hobbs papers, circa 1901-2014

Creator:
Hobbs, Morris Henry, 1892-1967  Search this
Hobbs, Morris Henry, 1892-1967  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Lyman B.  Search this
Jacques, Bertha  Search this
Arms, John Taylor  Search this
Louisiana Society of Etchers  Search this
Chicago Society of Etchers  Search this
Bromeliad Society  Search this
New Orleans Art League  Search this
Type:
Architectural drawings
Prints
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Topic:
Gardening  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16237
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)370425
AAA_collcode_hobbmorr
Theme:
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_370425

Professional Files

Collection Creator:
Hobbs, Morris Henry, 1892-1967  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot (Boxes 2-3)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1922-2014
Scope and Contents:
Professional files include 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. Also included are exhibition records, price lists, and sales records. Additionally there are records documenting his career as an architectural draftsman. Files may include correspondence, publications, news clippings, lists of artworks, and event photographs. Some records dating after Hobbs' death in 1967 were maintained by his wife, Alice "Judy" Seddon Hobbs.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Morris Henry Hobbs papers, circa 1901-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hobbmorr, Series 4
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Louisiana Society of Etchers

Collection Creator:
Hobbs, Morris Henry, 1892-1967  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939-1941
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Morris Henry Hobbs papers, circa 1901-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Morris Henry Hobbs papers
Morris Henry Hobbs papers / Series 4: Professional Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-hobbmorr-ref45

Morris Henry Hobbs papers

Creator:
Hobbs, Morris Henry, 1892-1967  Search this
Names:
Bromeliad Society  Search this
Chicago Society of Etchers  Search this
Louisiana Society of Etchers  Search this
New Orleans Art League  Search this
Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953  Search this
Jacques, Bertha  Search this
Smith, Lyman B.  Search this
Extent:
4.7 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Architectural drawings
Prints
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Date:
circa 1901-2014
Summary:
The papers of etcher Morris Henry Hobbs measure 4.7 linear feet and date from circa 1901-2014. His career as an artist in Chicago and New Orleans is documented through biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional files, printed material, photographs, artwork, and four sketchbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of etcher Morris Henry Hobbs measure 4.7 linear feet and date from circa 1901-2014. His career as an artist in Chicago and New Orleans is documented through biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional files, printed material, photographs, artwork, and four sketchbooks.

Biographical material includes chronologies, biographical statements, and documentation on his home and studio. Correspondence includes letters to friends and family regarding art, travel, and botany. Of note are letters from the etchers John Taylor Arms and Bertha Jaques and botanist Lyman Smith. Writings consist of Hobbs' diary kept during World War I while serving in the U.S. Army, journal pages documenting his move to New Orleans, and garden notebooks. Professional files include 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. Also included are exhibition records, price lists, and sales records.

Printed material includes clippings and exhibition announcements documenting his career as well as published versions of his etchings. Photographs and slides are of Hobbs, family and friends, trips abroad, and his properties in New Orleans and Mandeville, Louisiana. Artwork includes architectural renderings, sketches of Chicago, France, and New Orleans, and an annotated scrapbook containing original etchings. Four sketchbooks include figure drawings and landscapes in pencil and ink.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1918-2014 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1921-1993 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 1 and 5)

Series 3: Writings, 1918-2014 (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1922-2014 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 2-3)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1929-2014 (0.6 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1901-1991 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 3-4)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1919-1950s (0.3 linear feet; Boxes 4-5)

Series 8: Sketchbooks, 1930s-1950s (0.2 linear feet; Box 4)
Biographical / Historical:
Morris Henry Hobbs (1892-1967) was an etcher in Chicago and New Orleans. Hobbs was born in Rockford, Illinois, and raised in Chicago. As a teenager he took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the age of 17 was hired as a draftsman at an architectural firm. From 1918-1919, he served in France with the Allied Expeditionary Force. While there he contracted influenza which resulted in the loss of his hearing. After the war he lived in Toledo, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters and worked at an architectural firm. He also learned printmaking techniques from etcher J. Ernest Dean and began exhibiting his work. In 1927, he returned to Chicago with his family and in 1930 became director of the Chicago Society of Etchers. During his career he was active in many arts and printmaking organizations.

In 1938, Hobbs traveled to New Orleans for an extended visit, opened a studio space, and began a ten-year project of etching French Quarter scenes. A year later he moved to New Orleans permanently and became the first president of the Louisiana Society of Etchers. In 1942, he married Alice "Judy" Seddon. In 1948, he was hired as a designer for the architectural firm Favrot, Reed, Mathes and Bergman, and was employed there until his death. Also at this time, he and his wife establish a country home in Mandeville, Louisiana, where he built a greenhouse and cultivated tropical bromeliads. They kept an apartment in the French Quarter as a weekday residence.

In 1960, Hobbs began a series of watercolors depicting bromeliads and in the subsequent years traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Trinidad to collect specimens for a potential book project. He died in 1967 at the age of 75 and that year the Reinike Gallery held a retrospective of his work. His wife Alice Seddon Hobbs died in 1993 at the age of 95.
Provenance:
Donated in 2014 by Reed Isbell-Hobbs, widow of Morris Henry Hobbs' son William Hobbs.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Etchers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Etchers -- Louisiana -- New Orleans  Search this
Topic:
Gardening  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Genre/Form:
Architectural drawings
Prints
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Citation:
Morris Henry Hobbs papers, circa 1901-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hobbmorr
See more items in:
Morris Henry Hobbs papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hobbmorr
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