George Heard Hamilton Papers
Scope and Contents
The alphabetically arranged correspondence, which forms the largest part of the collection, pertains to Hamilton's administrative and teaching activities at Yale; his involvement with educational art associations; and his writing of histories of art. Hamilton corresponded with curators of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and other art museums and galleries regarding exhibits and illustrations for his publications; with colleagues at Yale and at other universities regarding administrative and professional activities; and with members of the international art community including Katherine Dreier, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp, the founders of the Sociètè Anonyme, whose collection catalogue Hamilton edited. (The papers of the Société Anonyme are in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.)
Folders containing course materials from Hamilton's art history courses, short writings, newspaper clippings relating to the 1937 donation of the Jules S. Bache art collection to the state of New York, and a notebook containing listings of Hamilton's collection of Tennyson first editions, form the remainder of the collection.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
George Heard Hamilton was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1910, the son of Frank Arthur and Georgia Heard Hamilton. He received a B.A. (1932), M.A. (1934), and Ph.D. (1942) from Yale University. He was a research associate at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore from 1934 to 1936, when he began his tenure at Yale as an instructor in art history. Hamilton was an assistant professor (1943-1947), associate professor (1947-1956), and professor (1956-1966) of art history, and curator of modern art at the Yale University Art Gallery (1940-1966). He was chairman of the Department of Art from 1959 to 1962, and associate director of the Art Gallery from 1946 to 1948. From 1963 to 1964 he was the Robert Sterling Clark visiting professor of art at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. From 1966 to 1975 he was a professor of art at Williams, and was the director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown from 1966 to 1977. From 1966 to 1968 Hamilton was the president of the College Art Association of America.
Hamilton wrote Manet and his Critics (1954); Art and Architecture of Russia (1954); European Painting and Sculpture 1880-1940 (1967); with W. C. Agee Raymond Duchamp Villon (1967); and 19th and 20th Century Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture (1970). He edited the catalogue of the Collection of the Sociètè Anonyme which was published in 1950.
Hamilton died in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on March 29, 2004.
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Art historians
- Art, Modern
- College Art Association of America
- Dreier, Katherine S. (Katherine Sophie), 1877-1952
- Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
- Hamilton, George Heard, 1910-2004
- Man Ray, 1890-1976
- Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Yale University -- Faculty
- Yale University. Art Gallery
- Yale University. School of Art and Architecture. Dept. of Art History
- Guide to the George Heard Hamilton Papers
- compiled by Susan Brady with Amy Shine
- October 1991
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.