Scope and Contents
The papers of art historian, curator, and educator Patricia Hills measure 46.7 linear feet and 2.19 GB and date from circa 1900-2022, bulk 1968-2009. Central to this collection are project files documenting professional work that resulted in lectures, publications, exhibitions, art history courses on numerous artists including Alice Neel, Jacob Lawrence, May Stevens, Rudolf Baranik, Eastman Johnson, and John Singer Sargent. These files and files documenting Hills's tenure at the Whitney Museum of American Art include planning documents, research files, correspondence, manuscripts and accompanying publications, as well as other printed materials. Some material is in digital format. The collection also contains correspondence with art historians, artists, curators, and others, notably Lawrence Alloway, Lowery Stokes Sims, Lucy R. Lippard, T.J. Clark, Leon Golub, and Donald Kuspit; professional files documenting grants and residencies awarded and consulting work; artist and subject files; other writings; and printed and digital material. Membership and affiliation records document Hills' service to the profession, including Women's Caucus for Art and the Visual Culture/Art History Caucus of the American Studies Association.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated in 2006, 2018, 2019 and 2022 by Patricia Hills.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Ryan Evans in 2018, with the 2019 addition processed in 2020, and the 2022 addition processed in 2023 by Ryan Evans. In 2020, the collection donated by Patricia Hills in 2006: Papers relating to the restructuring of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1997-1999, was merged with her papers. Born-digital materials were processed by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner in 2020 with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund. Additional born-digital materials from the 2022 addition were processed by Ryan Evans in 2022.