Archives of American Art

William Hunt Diederich papers

Collection ID:
Diederich, William Hunt, 1884-1953
Physical Description:
1,260 Items
(on 4 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, writings, sketches, photographs and printed materials.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3590: Naturalization records; French visa; business card; an award from the Architectural League of New York, 1927; unpublished writings; correspondence with the Ferargil Galleries, Milch Gallery, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and other galleries, 1930-1954; 2 photographs of Hunt Diederich and his work; and clippings from American, French and German newspapers and magazines, concerning Hunt Diederich's family, work, and his expulsion from the National Institute of Arts and Letters for distributing anti-Semitic propaganda.
Scope and Contents
REEL 3339: ca. 150 photographs, ca. 1905-1952, of Hunt Diederich, his family, his studio in Paris, and his sculpture and iron work; "Catalogue of the First American Exhibition of Sculpture by Hunt Diederich, with Introduction by Christian Brinton, Held at the Kingore Galleries, ... New York,... 1920"; and other printed material.
Scope and Contents
REELS 3464-3465: ca. 850 undated pencil, ink and charcoal sketches and studies for wrought iron gates, sign posts, chandeliers, weather vanes, stair rails, lamps, and fire screens.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sculptor. Grandson of William Morris Hunt and grandnephew of Richard Morris Hunt. Most productive in the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to bronzes, he designed decorative wrought iron works.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3339, 3464-3465, and 3590 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels 3339 (except 1920 and 3464-3465: Originals returned to the lender after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel 3590 donated 1984 by Diana Diederich Blake, Hunt Diederich's daughter from his second marriage. She lent material on reels 3339 and 3364-65 in 1985. The 1920 Kingore exhibition catalog on reel 3339 was subsequently donated by William H. Diederich, Hunt Diederich's son, in 1985.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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