Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Papers, 1921-1981, 1996
This accession consists of papers of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. Joseph Hirshhorn was born in Latvia in 1899 and immigrated to the United States in 1905 with his mother and siblings. At twelve, Mr. Hirshhorn left school to sell newspapers and by fourteen he was working in the firm that would later become the American Stock Exchange. At seventeen, Mr. Hirshhorn established himself as a broker, and later invested in Canadian mining in the 1930s. This led to his eventual ownership of multiple uranium mines. Along with working as a businessman, Mr. Hirshhorn was an avid art collector and donated large sums of money to support the arts. In 1966 it was announced that he would donate his art collection to the United States, which would be housed in what would become the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG).
This collection is comprised of Hirshhorn family photographs, correspondence, Mr. Hirshhorn's immigration documents, some news articles pertaining to Mr. Hirshhorn's uranium business, photographs of Mr. Hirshhorn with various artists, documents regarding the HMSG, photographs from Mr. Hirshhorn's funeral, awards from the mining industry, and related materials. The items in this collection were donated by Mrs. Olga Hirshhorn, Mr. Hirshhorn's fourth and final wife, as well as his children Gene LePere, Naomi Hirshhorn Caryl (also known as Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn), and Gordon Hirshhorn.
Box 1 contains restricted materials; see finding aid.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Hirshhorn, Joseph H.
- Hirshhorn, Olga
- LePere, Gene, 1926-
- Hirshhorn, Naomi Caryl
- Hirshhorn family
- Hirshhorn, Gordon
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- American Stock Exchange
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
- Picture postcards
- Black-and-white negatives
- Black-and-white photographs
- Color photographs
- Color transparencies
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-126, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Papers