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


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.

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