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Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd papers, 1917-1989

Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd papers, 1917-1989

Hurd, Peter, 1904-1984

Painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 5.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painters Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd date from 1917 to 1989 and present an overview of their careers and their lives together. Writer and longtime family friend Paul Horgan, author of Peter Hurd: A Portrait Sketch from Life (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1965), also figures prominently in the collection.

Correspondence forms the bulk of the collection and includes letters to family members, letters to and from Paul Horgan, and Peter Hurd's business correspondence. The collection also includes biographical material such as sketches of family members and genealogy information; miscellaneous notes; scattered writings by Paul Horgan; three drawings by Peter Hurd and a drawing by Paul Horgan; printed material including exhibition catalogs, press releases, and brochures; and two photographs of Paul Horgan. See "Separated Material" for information about the 1999 addition.

Biographical/Historical Note

Peter Hurd (1904-1984) was a painter in San Patricio, N.M. Peter Hurd was born 1904 in Roswell, N.M., and attended West Point from 1921-1923, leaving to begin a career in art. After attending Haverford College, he studied under N. C. Wyeth and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1924-1926. In 1929, he married Wyeth's eldest child, Henriette, who was also a painter. Peter Hurd died in 1984. Henriette was born in 1907 in Chadds Ford, Pa., and studied at the Normal Art School in Boston in 1920, and later at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. During the 1930s, the Hurds settled permanently in San Patricio, N.M. Paul Horgan (1903-1995), is the author of Peter Hurd: A Portrait Sketch From Life (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1965) and a longtime friend of Hurd. His 1941 novel, "The Habit of Empire", contains lithographs by Hurd.

Provenance

Papers on reels 5125-5129 were donated 1991-1994 by Michael Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd, the son and widow of Peter Hurd. An additional 1 ft. was donated in 1999 by the Henriette Wyeth Hurd estate (unmicrofilmed)

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art is 1 sound tape reel of a transcribed interview with Peter Hurd conducted by Sylvia Loomis, March 28, 1964.

A Finding Aid to the Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd Papers,
1917-1989
, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical Note
Peter Hurd was born in 1904 in Roswell, New Mexico, after his parents' move there from the East Coast. He was appointed to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1921, but left two years later to begin an artistic career. After attending Haverford College, he studied under N. C. Wyeth and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1924 to 1926. In 1929, he married Wyeth's eldest child, Henriette, who was also a painter.
Henriette Wyeth was born in 1907 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and studied at the Normal Art School in Boston in 1920, and later at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
During the mid-1930s they settled permanently in San Patricio, New Mexico. Hurd printed lithographs and painted portraits and landscapes in addition to federally-sponsored murals in post offices. Henriette was primarily known as a portrait painter.
Peter Hurd died in 1984.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into seven series. Material in each series is arranged chronologically, unless otherwise noted.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1980-1984, undated (box 1, 1 folder)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1917-1989 (boxes 1-4, 3.5 linear ft.)
Series 3: Notes, undated (box 4, 1 folder)
Series 4: Writings, 1980-1985 (box 4, 12 folders)
Series 5: Artwork, 1940, undated (box 4, 2 folders)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1928-1929 (box 4, 14 folders)
Series 7: Photographs, 1977, undated (box 4, 1 folder)
Provenance
Papers on reels 5125-5129 were donated 1991-1994 by Michael Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd, the son and widow of Peter Hurd. An additional 1 ft. was donated in 1999 by the Henriette Wyeth Hurd estate (unmicrofilmed)
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 1996.

Additional Forms Available

With the exception of the 1999 addition (which is unfilmed), the collection is available on microfilm reels 5125-5129. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan. Use of the 1999 addition requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington D.C. research facility.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd papers, 1917-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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