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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 10

Papers of William James, Jr., 1930-1937


This collection contains correspondence of Mrs. Kathryn A. Hodgman, including letters from William James, Jr.


  • 1930-1937

Conditions on Access


Conditions on Use:

Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Harvard Art Museums Archives' usual procedures.

Copyright: Copyright in the papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Harvard Art Museums Archives before publishing quotations from any material in the collection.


1 collection (1 folder)

This collection includes letters to Mrs. Hodgman from William James, Jr. and others. Most of the letters are from James, offering artistic advice on composition, perspective, structure, and other artistic stylized devices. Also included are letters from Edward W. Forbes, Director of the Fogg Museum, Judson Smith of the Woodstock School, and a postcard to Hodgman from James' wife, Alice.


William James, Jr. (1882-1961), son of famous psychologist William James, was an American painter who worked as a painting critic for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and as its director from 1930-1937. While at the Museum School, James met Mrs. Kathryn A. Hodgman of Kalamazoo, Michigan through Edward W. Forbes. James and Hodgman studied together at his summer home in Chocorua, New Hampshire during the summer of 1934.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Harvard Art Museums by Rod Scogin in April 2006.

Related Materials

Additional papers of William James, Jr., are held by Harvard University's Houghton Library.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed in April 2010 by Andrew French with assistance from Susan von Salis and Stephanie Turnbull

Papers of William James, Jr. (SC 10), 1930-1937: A Guide
Harvard Art Museums Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Art Museums Archives Repository

The Harvard Art Museums Archives is the official repository for institutional records and historical documents in all formats relating to the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 1895 to the present. Its collections include papers of individuals and groups associated with the museums' history, including records of past exhibitions, architectural plans, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, as well as correspondence with collectors, gallery owners, museum professionals, and artists throughout the twentieth century. Its holdings also document the formation of the museums' collections and its mission as a teaching institution.

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