NMAA Acquires Hemphill Collection

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The National Museum of American Art, now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, acquires the Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. Collection of 378 folk art objects. Hemphill was one of the founders of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. The creators of many of the works are unknown, but there were works by artists such as Erastus Salisbury Field, Thomas Chambers, Jose Benito Ortega, William Edmondson, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Miles Carpenter, Jack Savitsky and Felipe Archuleta.


  • Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. Collection of American Folk Art
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," March 1987, p. 1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Acquisitions
  • Art, African
  • Art
  • Museums
  • Artists
  • Folk art
  • Museums--Acquisitions
  • Art objects

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