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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
Quantity: 1 collection (1 folder)
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence of Mrs. Kathryn A. Hodgman, including letters from William James, Jr.
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.
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.