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Jay and Mary Crovatt Hambidge papers, 1841-1973

Hambidge, Jay Edward, 1867-1924

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot, ca. 7,000 items (on 6 microfilm reels)

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.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm rolls 3176-3181 Available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Executive director, The Hambidge Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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How to Cite This Collection

Jay and Mary Crovatt Hambidge papers, 1841-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.