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SC 10

James, William, Jr., 1882-1961. Papers, 1930-1937: A Guide

Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 10
Repository: Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University
Creator: James, William, Jr. 1882-1961.
Title: Papers of William James, Jr., 1930-1937: A Guide
Date(s): 1930-1937
Quantity: 1 collection (1 folder)
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence of Mrs. Kathryn A. Hodgman, including letters from William James, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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

Processing Information:

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

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.

Related Materials

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


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.

Scope and Content:

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.

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Additional Index Terms

Art–Study and teaching.
Art criticism.
Art schools.
Artists as art critics.
Boston (Mass.)–Social life and customs.
Chocorua, Mount (N.H.).
College art museums–Massachusetts–Cambridge.
Fogg Art Museum.
Painting–Study and teaching.
James, William, 1882-1961
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.