Guide to the Papers of Churchill P. Lathrop, circa 1920 - 1990Manuscript MS-1141

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Churchill P. Lathrop, circa 1920 - 1990

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1141

Collection Dates:

circa 1920 - 1990

Size of Collection:

15 boxes (22.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Churchill P. Lathrop (1900-1996), professor of art history and art librarian. The papers contain correspondence, clippings, photographs, bulletins, flyers, meeting minutes, reports and ephemera on Dartmouth's Hopkins Center and Carpenter Gallery exhibits and artists. The papers document the organization and running of exhibitions at Dartmouth galleries.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Churchill Lathrop chronicle his tenure as professor and chairman of the Department of Art and Archeology at Dartmouth College, as well as his own studies prior to his arrival at Dartmouth. They include correspondence, clippings, photographs, bulletins, flyers, meeting minutes, reports and ephemera on Dartmouth's Hopkins Center and Carpenter Gallery exhibits and artists. The papers document the organization and running of exhibitions at Dartmouth galleries. The papers also contain lecture notes, enrollment lists and other course materials from the art classes Prof. Lathrop taught at Dartmouth.

Biography

Churchill P. Lathrop was born August 26, 1900, in New York City. He graduated with a BA in political science from Rutgers University in 1922, and completed his graduate work at the School of Art and Archeology at Princeton University in 1928. He joined the art department at Dartmouth College in 1928. That same year he founded what later would become the Sherman Art Library with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. He transformed the teaching of art history and in 1932, set up the artist-in-residents program at Dartmouth College. In 1935, he brought the Mexican painter Orozco to the college who spent two years working on the mural in Baker library. In addition to teaching several art history classes over the years, Lathrop was also the director of the college's art galleries from 1935 to 1974, the custodian of the college art collection, the art library officer, and for ten years the chairman of the department of art and archeology. During his time at Dartmouth he expanded its art collection from 200 to 30.000 pieces. He retired in 1966, and died, at the age of 95, on December 21, 1996.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Professional Life, circa 1920-1990

Correspondence, clippings, photographs, bulletins, flyers, minutes, reports and ephemera on Hopkins Center and Carpenter Gallery exhibits and artists, as well as documents on the organization and running of exhibits at all of Dartmouth galleries. They also contain lecture notes, enrollment lists and other course materials from the art classes Prof. Lathrop taught at Dartmouth.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1927-1983

Contains correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, and ephemeral items on Vincent Canby (1945), Ray Nash (1937-1984), Alvin Eisenman ‘43 (1950, 1961), Buckminster Fuller (1935, 1981, 1983), Sidney ‘26 and Barbara Hayward (1943, 1952, 1962); Lewis Mumford book jackets, undated, "The New Yorker " article 1954; correspondence, 1928-1939, Ernest Martin Hopkins 1933, 1942-1945,1964, 1986; scrapbook with correspondence from Ernst Martin Hopkins regarding Art Department at Dartmouth College (1927-1945); scrapbook Gallery Dartmouth College, 1962-1966 compiled by Churchill Lathrop; scrapbook Gallery Dartmouth College, 1935-1943 compiled by Churchill Lathrop.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1930-1990

Contains correspondence, book jackets, newspaper and journal articles and ephemeral items relating to projects by artists, students and alumni, loaned or given to Dartmouth College, including Ellsworth Kelly, Hannes and Elsa Beckman, Gregory Mason, as well as personal correspondence.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: circa 1940-1980

Contains correspondence, book jackets, newspaper clippings, journal articles and ephemeral items on artists and alumni including Harley Griffith.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: circa 1920-1980

Contains material on Gallery Exhibits at Hopkins Center, including photographs of exhibitions and exhibition items, correspondence, catalogues, book jackets, itemized listings of collections, newspaper clippings, journal articles, PR. material, flyers, pamphlets and ephemeral items.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: circa 1930-1980

Contains articles, presentations, programs, flyers, pamphlets, notes, reviews, given by and involving Lathrop on a variety of art related subjects.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: 1966

Contains binder with lecture notes, 5x7 index cards with graded exams and lecture notes for Art Appreciation class 56 taught by Professor Lathrop January 5, 1966.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 7, Dates: 1949-1950

Contains binders and notebooks with Churchill Lathrop's own course work and notes, including term papers, on Greek Sculpture and Greek Painting; binder with reproduction photographs of 18th and 19th century portraits and correspondence with Connecticut Historical Society and Frick Art Reference Library in regard to acquisition of these prints relating to his research of Joseph Stewart, 1949; 5x7 index cards with notes as well as other correspondence.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 8, Dates: circa 1960

Contains materials on the Dartmouth College art department, art library, awards and art courses 54, 55, 56, 59, 82, 84, 89 including administrative records, and course materials.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 9, Dates: circa 1940-1970

Contains exhibit materials including gallery information and statistics, correspondence, reports, samples, budgets, booklets, catalogues, newspaper and journal clippings, black and white photographs of Dartmouth's galleries, publicity material and ephemeral items.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 10, Dates: 1964-1966

Contains reel to reel audio tapes on a variety of artists including Gaugin, African, Oceania and American Indian artists, Toulouse-Laurence, Modigliani, Rinault, Van Gogh, Cezanne, pre-Columbian art, transportation design, iron and steel construction, Matisse, Chinese art, Picasso, abstract art, Klee, Dadaism, Surrealism, Mexican paintings, Orozco, abstract expressionism, pop art, optical art, Japanese art as well as a reel to reel audio tape of Wm. Jaffee and Prof. Lathrop being interviewed by WVTR's Larry O'Toole 6/14/1964, and again in 1966.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 11, Dates: circa 1928-1970

Contains materials on Hopkins Center art courses including lecture notes, graded student exams, exam questions, book jackets, bibliographies, enrollment lists, curriculum, book list dated as well as press releases, correspondence, bulletin, newsletters and reports.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 12, Dates: circa 1938-1970

Contains materials on Hopkins Gallery exhibits including correspondence, newspaper and journal clippings, reviews and other documentation on Artist-in-Residence Paul Sample, Fritz Scholder, Jason Seley, Ben Shahn and others; scrapbook of Art Show August 1946 with clippings featuring John Sloan and book jackets of John Sloan's books.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 13, Dates: circa 1930-1960

Contains materials on Hopkins Center including exhibition schedules, correspondence, memos, bulletins, minutes of form committee and subcommittee meetings such as Ad Hoc Committee, Studio, Shops, and Gallery Committee as well as documents relating to the Building Committee and expansion of Hopkins Center, including schematics of Hopkins Center and adjacent buildings.

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 14, Dates: circa 1930-1980

Contains materials on artists, new Fine Arts Building and Hopkins Center including photographs, correspondence, newspaper and journal clippings, catalogues, newsletters, flyers, memos and ephemeral items.

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Unrestricted

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  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 15, Dates: circa 1930-1980

Contains materials on artists, including correspondence, newsletters, memos, newspaper and journal clippings and price lists.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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