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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.


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.

Language Note

Ten letters are in Spanish.