Finding aid created by: -
Date: 6 Jan 1994
|9 Sep 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Hiram Williams Papers|
|Quantity:||2 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American painter and educator. Collection includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, original book illustrations and a painting of his parents, reproductions of Williams' artwork, financial and legal material, lists of paintings, photographs of Williams and his family, and printed material. Correspondents include Luis Eades, Hobson Pittman, and art galleries and museums.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Hiram Williams (1917-2003) was an American painter and art educator, known for his abstract figures and portrait work.
The Hiram Williams Papers comprises biographical material, correspondence, artwork, writings and memorabilia of the American painter and educator. Focusing on the 1950s and 1960s, the collection -- which is occasionally interspersed with annotations supplied by Williams -- illuminates his artistic career and, to a lesser extent, his personal life.
Correspondence-subject files (Box 1) consists of incoming letter and outgoing carbons, as well as other material pertaining to art, from 1960 through 1966. Correspondence includes that of artists (Luis Eades, Hobson Pittman, William Stephens), patron Mildred Hawn, art galleries and museums (Atelier Chapman Kelley, Beaumont Art Museum, Carlin Galleries, Cushman Galleries, Museum of Modern Art, and others), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and publisher Prentice-Hall.
Artwork (Box 2) encompasses original book illustrations for Williams' Notes for a Young Painter, an original painting of his parents, and numerous reproductions of his work, including photographs and negatives of several exhibitions, a mural and paintings.
An original handwritten manuscript of an unpublished novel and miscellaneous statements on art constitute Writings.
Memorabilia (Boxes 3 and 4) comprises family mementos, financial and legal material, lists of Williams' paintings (some with prices), photographs, printed material, and teaching-related items. Family memorabilia includes Williams' baby book, his father's diary from 1938, two newspaper clippings about his parents, and incoming correspondence from his mother. Financial and legal material consists of miscellaneous contracts, receipts and bank statements. Among the Photographs are some of Williams teaching at the University of Florida and miscellaneous pictures of the artist, his family and friends. Printed material contains articles, reviews, newspaper clippings, and exhibition catalogs and invitations.
Correspondence-subject files are arranged alphabetically by correspondence. Artwork, Writings and Memorabilia are each arranged alphabetically by type of material.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Pittman, Hobson, 1900-
Art, American -- 20th century.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Hiram Williams Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Hiram Williams, 1967.
|Box 1||Atelier Chapman Kelley 1963, 1965|
|Box 1||Beaumont Art Museum 1960|
|Box 1||Bocour Artist Colors, Inc. 1965|
|Box 1||Carlin Galleries 1960-1961|
|Box 1||Cushman Gallery, Inc. 1960-1962, undated|
|Box 1||Delray Beach Library 1965|
|Box 1||Eades, Luis 1965|
|Box 1||Galleries of Frank J. Oehlschlager 1962-1963|
|John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation|
|Box 1||Correspondence 1961-1963|
|Box 1||Reports 1961-1962|
|Box 1||Hawn, Mildred 1965-1966|
|Box 1||Junior Service League of Longview, Texas 1966|
|See Atelier Chapman Kelley.|
|Box 1||Felix Landau Gallery 1961-1962|
|Box 1||Museum of Modern Art 1960, undated|
|Box 1||Nordness Gallery 1961-1966, undated|
|Box 1||Nye Galleries 1961-1964, undated|
|Box 1||Pennsylvania State University 1962|
|Box 1||Pittman, Hobson 1963, undated|
|Box 1||Pratt Graphic Art Center 1962, 1964|
|Box 1||Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1962-1965|
|Box 1||Stephens, William 1964|
|Box 1||Unidentified, A-Z|
|Box 2||Original book illustrations for Notes for a Young Painter - ballpoint pen|
|Box 2||Original painting undated|
|Photographs and negatives|
|Box 2||Exhibitions 1959, undated|
|Box 2||Mural at Penn State University 1950-1951|
|Box 2||Paintings, by title (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Reproductions 1960, 1962, 1963|
|Box 2||Novel, untitled - original handwritten manuscript (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Statements on art 1959, 1963, 1964, undated|
|Box 3||Family 1917, 1938, 1956-1963, undated|
|Box 3||Financial and legal 1962-1965 - contracts, receipts, bank statements|
|Box 3||Lists of paintings undated - some include prices|
|Box 3||Photographs 1950s-1960s|
|Box 3||Articles and reviews 1952-1966, undated|
|Box 3||Clippings 1952-1966, undated|
|Box 3||Exhibition catalogs, group shows 1951-1963 (3 folders)|
|Box 4||Exhibition catalogs, group shows 1964-1966, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Exhibition catalogs, one-man shows 1959-1966|
|Box 4||Exhibition invitations 1952-1966, undated|
|Box 4||University of Florida 1961-1963, 1966 (2 folders)|
|Box 4||University of Texas 1958|