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Dimitri Hadzi papers, 1921-2003

Hadzi, Dimitri, 1921-2006



Collection Information

Size: 39.3 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, professional and personal correspondence, personal business records, writings, photographs, audio visual material, and printed material relating to the life and career of Dimitri Hadzi.
Biographical material includes Hadzi's birth certificate, memoir files, school diplomas and report cards, course notebooks and transcripts, passports, military documentation, and professional membership files.
Professional and personal correspondence is with artists, critics, historians, dealers, collectors, institutions, students, assistants, fans, as well as family during Hadzi's military career.
Personal business records include project files containing correspondence, proposals, drawings, sales and writings on sculptural commissions, unrealized projects, competitions, blueprints, estimates, awards, loans and purchases, and Hadzi's teaching career.
Writings include journals, diaries, travel and military notebooks, daily notes, poetry, school notebooks, essays by Hadzi, address books, and guest books from Hadzi exhibitions.
Photographs are of Hadzi, his family, friends and studio and document his time during World War II, family vacations, and sculpture projects. Photographs of friends include Emilio Greco, David Rockfeller, Nicci Foundry, and Frank Monaco, among others.
A significant portion contains moving image material and sound recordings (approx. 5.0 linear ft.). The bulk of footage documents installations of multiple sculptural works by Hadzi, with extensive documentation of Thermopalae at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston, Mass. in 1967-1968. Other footage includes documentaries about Hadzi, footage of exhibitions from the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hadzi working at the Nicci and Francesco Bruni foundries in Italy. Sound and video recordings also include interviews and lectures by Hadzi
Printed material includes an scrapbook, newspaper clippings, journal clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dimitri Hadzi (1921-2006) was a sculptor from Massachusetts. Hadzi studied at Cooper Union, the Brooklyn Museum School, and as a Fulbright scholar, at the Polytechnion, Athens. He established himself in Rome in 1951, returning to the U.S. in 1975 as Studio Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, the first artist to be tenured there. Through the 1980s he undertook many commissioned projects for public sculpture.


Donated 1989 and 1998 by Dimitri Hadzi and in 2008 and 2011 by Cynthia Hadzi, Dimitri Hadzi's widow.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Dimitri Hadzi papers, 1921-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.