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Charles Hopkinson papers, 1892-1993

Hopkinson, Charles, 1869-1962

Painter, Portrait painter

Collection Information

Size: 1.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Massachusetts portrait painter and watercolorist Charles Hopkinson date from 1892 to 1993 and measure 1.4 linear feet. The papers are comprised primarily of 17 sketchbooks and loose sketches. Also found are printed materials and three photographs of Hopkinson, as well as writings about Hopkinson written by his daughter Joan Hopkinson Shurcliff and her husband William Shurcliff.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait and watercolor painter Charles Hopkinson (1869-1962) was active in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The collection was donated in 1973 and 1992 by Charles Hopkinson's daughters and granddaughters, Joan Hopkinson Shurcliff, Harriot Rive, Elinor Barr, Mrs. John M. Clarke and Mrs. James Masek.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Reels N68-106 & 515 (except photos): Originals returned to Mrs. William Shurcliff (Joan Hopkinson) after microfilming.
  • Reel 482: Originals returned to Mrs. Isabella Halsted after microfilming.
  • Reel 486: Originals returned to Harriot Rive after microfilming.
  • Reels 634-639: Originals returned to Isabella Halsted and Mrs. William Shurcliff after microfilming; six sketchbooks on reel 639 were subsequently donated.