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Herbert Waide Hemphill papers, 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998

Hemphill, Herbert Waide, 1929-1998

Curator, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 26.7 linear feet

Summary: The papers of folk art collector and museum curator Herbert Waide Hemphill date from 1776-1998, bulk 1876-1998, and measure 26.7 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, personal business records, files documenting his collecting, writings, art work, minutes of meetings, a scrapbook, printed material including exhibition and auction announcements and catalogs, and miscellaneous artifacts. The collection also contains numerous photographs of Hemphill, family members, his residences, friends and colleagues, exhibitions, travel, and art work. Sound and video recordings include interviews of Hemphill.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herbert Waide Hemphill papers (1929-1998) was a folk art collector from New York, N.Y. Hemphill was one of the founders of the Museum of American Folk Art. He organized several significant folk art exhibitions, and is the co-author of "Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artist."


Herbert Waide Hemphill donated his papers in 5 installments between 1988 and 1996.

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