A Finding Aid to the Chenoweth Hall papers, circa 1870s-2001, bulk 1938-1999, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.hallchen
Creators:
Hall, Chenoweth, 1908-1999
Dates:
circa 1870s-2001
bulk 1938-1999
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
5.9 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of sculptor, writer, and teacher Chenoweth Hall measure 5.9 linear feet and date from circa 1870s-2001, with the bulk of the records dating between 1938-1999. The papers document Hall's career through personal and professional files, correspondence, writing files, printed materials, photographs, and some artwork.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of sculptor, writer, and teacher Chenoweth Hall measure 5.9 linear feet and date from circa 1870s-2001, with the bulk of the records dating between 1938-1999. The papers document Hall's career through personal and professional files, correspondence, writing files, printed materials, photographs, and some artwork.
Personal and professional files contain biographical materials such as resumes, biographical summaries, and family histories; gallery, exhibition, and financial files; papers related to talks given by Hall; education and employment records; an inventory of sculptures; and one VHS recording.
Correspondence is between Hall and Miriam Colwell and their families, as well as with publishers, literary agents, and fans regarding Hall's writings. Also found is correspondence with artists, galleries, and museums.
Hall's writing files form the bulk of the collection and include drafts, handwritten and typed, of her stories, novellas, novels, and plays; notebooks, notes and other writings; and a handwritten copy of Colwell's book, Young (1955). Printed materials include clippings, exhibition material, and other printed ephemera. Photographs depict Hall's sculptures, one exhibition at the University of Maine, and Hall's family and friends. Hall's artwork found in the collection includes illustrated folders, sketchbooks, and loose sketches.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
  • Series 1: Personal and Professional Files, 1905-1989 (Boxes 1, 7; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1938-circa 1981 (Boxes 1-2; 0.7 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Writing Files, circa 1938-1970 (Boxes 2-5; 3.2 linear feet)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, 1940-1999 (Boxes 5, 7; 10 folders)
  • Series 5: Photographs, circa 1870s-1990s (Boxes 5-6, 8; 0.7 linear feet)
  • Series 6: Artwork, 1937-1990 (Boxes 6-7; 8 folders)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Chenoweth Hall (1908-1999) was a sculptor, writer, musician, and teacher from Prospect Harbor, Maine. Born in Indiana, Hall attended college at the University of Wisconsin where she was initially enrolled as an architecture student, but ultimately changed majors to study music. Hall moved to New York, took classes at Columbia University Teachers College, and became a licensed teacher in New York. There, her primary employment was account executive at an advertising agency, a position she subsequently credited with improving her writing.
After moving to Maine in the late-1930s, Hall became a free-lance fiction writer working on short stories, novellas, and novels, and met Miriam Colwell, a writer who became her lifelong partner.
Hall's stories were published in newspapers and magazines, and her novel, Crow on the Spruce, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1946. In 1968, Hall wrote the text for photographer Bernice Abbott's Portrait of Maine.
Hall began exhibiting her sculpture in the 1950s, with one-man shows at Cape Split Gallery, Maine Art Gallery, University of Maine, Joan Whitney Payson Gallery, and the Philips Gallery. She also exhibited in group shows at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Portland Museum of Art, Shore Gallery, and Hobe Sound Gallery. Hall was commissioned by the Pierre Monteux Foundation to install a sculpture at the Monteux School in Maine. Her work is also found in the collection at the University of Maine, Orono, and in the homes of private collectors.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Christopher DeMairo in 2020.
Author
Christopher DeMairo
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2001 by Miriam Colwell.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing 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.
Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
Chenoweth Hall papers, circa 1870s-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

Keywords
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