A Finding Aid to the Charles Hapgood Papers, 1938-1950, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.hapgchar
Creators:
Hapgood, Charles
Dates:
1938-1950
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of educator and arts administrator Charles Hapgood measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1938 to 1950. The majority of the collection relates to Hapgood's role as the executive secretary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Crafts Commission working to establish a national crafts plan. The collection includes correspondence, reports, notes on meetings and conferences, and research material in files for William Boogar, John Collier (Commissioner of Indian Affairs), René d'Harnoncourt, R. W. Hudgens (Farm Security Administration), Mary LaFollette, Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Wood, and others.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of educator and arts administrator Charles Hapgood measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1938 to 1950. The majority of the collection relates to Hapgood's role as the executive secretary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Crafts Commission working to establish a national crafts plan. The collection includes correspondence, reports, notes on meetings and conferences, and research material in files for William Boogar, John Collier (Commissioner of Indian Affairs), René d'Harnoncourt, R. W. Hudgens (Farm Security Administration), Mary LaFollette, Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Wood, and others.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Hapgood (1904-1982) was an educator and arts administrator in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Hapgood was born to writers Hutchins Hapgood and Neith Boyce. In 1929, he received a master's degree in history from Harvard University. From the mid-1940s to 1967, he taught history at several colleges including Keystone College, Springfield College, and New England College. In the years before World War II Hapgood served as executive secretary of the Crafts Commission under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, working to establish a national crafts plan that would operate similarly to the Federal Art Project. The efforts of the Craft Commission came to a standstill, however, with the outbreak of the war.
Hapgood died in 1982 in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Administration
Author
Sarah Mundy
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was transferred from the NCFA Library, Smithsonian Institution on June 6, 1979.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2022.

Using the Collection
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.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Charles Hapgood papers, 1938-1950. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also in the Archives of American Art is an interview with Miriam Hapgood DeWitt conducted 1987-1988, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

More Information

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- Massachusetts Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American studio craft movement Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collier, John, 1884-1968 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hudgens, Robert Watts, 1896-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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