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Henry-Russell Hitchcock letters to Dorothy Stroud and John N. Summerson, 1946-1949

Hitchcock, Henry-Russell, 1903-1987

Architectural historian


Collection Information

Size: 19 Items

Summary: Three postcards and sixteen letters, 1946-1949, from Hitchcock to John N. Summerson and Dorothy Stroud, who were both on the staff of Sir John Soane's Museum in London. The letters record Hitchcock's impressions of Europe in the summer of 1946 while he was traveling in England to research his book, Early Victorian Architecture in Britain, and document the progress of his research and record his impressions of buildings, geography, food, and hotels. Later letters, when Hitchcock has returned to the United States discuss his own move from Wesleyan University to Smith College.

Biographical/Historical Note

Architectural historian, critic, museum director, and influential teacher. Died 1987.


Donated 2000 by Dr. Gavin Stamp via Mosette Broderick, the executor of Henry-Russell Hitchcock's estate. Dr. Stamp, architecture professor at Glasgow School of Art, received them from the executors of the estate of Dorothy Stroud; he then turned them over to Broderick to place in the Archives.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Henry-Russell Hitchcock letters to Dorothy Stroud and John N. Summerson, 1946-1949. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.