Jay and Mary Crovatt Hambidge papers, 1841-1973

Hambidge, Jay Edward, b. 1867 d. 1924
Painter, Illustrator
Active in New York, N.Y.

Hambidge, Mary Crovatt, b. 1885 or 88 d. 1973
Arts administrator, Weaver
Active in Rabun Gap,Ga.

Collection size: ca. 7,000 items (on 6 microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: Papers mainly relating to Hambidge's theory of Dynamic Symmetry, and to Mary Crovatt Hambidge and her efforts to found and support a weaving workshop based on her husband's work.

Included are: biographical documents; Crovatt family letters, 1841-1973, and photographs, ca. 1900-1920; clippings; correspondence, including letters from Jay to Mary, 1914-1923, and one or more letters from George Bellows, Lacey D. Caskey, Robert Henri, William Sargeant Kendall, the League of American Artists, Denman W. Ross, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, and other scholars and artists; condolence letters, 1924; letters to Mary regarding Jay's theories, her weaving, Greek studies, and the Hambidge Center; subject and correspondence files, including files on George Biddle, Van Wyck Brooks, Harmon Caldwell, George Christy, Hall Clovis, Frank Coleman, Stanton Forbes, Emily Hamblem, Edith Hamilton, Vassos Kanellos, Eva Sikelianos, Ted Shawn, Violet Winterfield, and others; writings by Jay; typescripts of reviews of DYNAMIC SYMMETRY; typescripts of articles mentioning Dynamic Symmetry; sketches; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jay Hambidge: mathematician, illustrator; Mary Hambidge: weaver, administrator

Lent for microfilming 1983 by the Hambidge Center via executive director Mary Nikas and through a resolution from the Board of Trustees. A portion of the material lent was not microfilmed due to its fragile physical condition.

How to Use this Collection

  • Microfilm rolls 3176-3181 Available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
  • Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Executive director, The Hambidge Center, P.O. Box 339 Rabun Gap, GA 30568 or 105 Hambidge Court Rabun Gap, GA 30568 Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568; tel. 706-746-5718
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