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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.
Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd papers, 1917-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 5125-5129 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Related material in the Archives of American Art includes Peter Hurd papers relating to the Section of Fine Arts, 1936-1951. These papers contain correspondence concerning Treasury Department art programs, including miscellaneous papers and printed material concerning Hurd's murals for the Section of Fine Arts in Texas and New Mexico.
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.
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.
Ten letters are in Spanish.
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)
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