John Hamilton Hewitt Jr. was born in New York. He attended Harvard College and New York University where he obtained his Masters in 1949. Hewitt was an instructor for the Department of English and co-chairman for the Division of Humanities at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He also held the post of reporter for the New York Amsterdam News. Vivian Ann Davidson was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. in Library Science from Carnegie–Mellon University in 1944. She was the first African American librarian at Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh.
The Hewitts were married in December 1949 and embarked on a lifelong journey of collecting art from the African Diaspora. They spent decades collecting hundreds of paintings, etchings and sketches. Their collection has strong emphasis on African American art as well as Haitian art and has been exhibited at prominent galleries throughout the United States. The Hewitts also collected books and printed materials to accompany their art collection.
Scope and Contents: The collection includes correspondence, articles, clippings, brochures, maps, photographs and exhibit catalogs. The collection also contains fourteen pieces of artwork by prominent Haitian artists.