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John H. and Vivian D. Hewitt collection


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Exhibit Publications

Exhibit Publications


Haiti Ephemera



John H. and Vivian D. Hewitt collection, 1942-2004 | Broward County Library African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

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Collection Overview

Title: John H. and Vivian D. Hewitt collection, 1942-2004

Predominant Dates:1960-1979

ID: BCL0902

Creator: Hewitt, John H. (1924-)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged into boxes according to subject and format.

Date Acquired: 09/00/2002

Formats/Genres: Art metal-work, Art objects, Clippings, Magazines, Maps, Newspapers, Painting-Catalogs, Paintings, Photographs

Languages: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish;Castilian


This collection contains materials focusing on the art, history and culture of Haiti.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes correspondence, articles, clippings, brochures, maps, photographs and exhibit catalogs. The collection also contains fourteen pieces of artwork by prominent Haitian artists.

Biographical Note

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. Hewitt also held the post of reporter for the New York Amsterdam News; later on he became a medical writer for the Medical Tribune, and served as an editor for both Hospital Practice and Emergency Medicine.

Mr. Hewitt has written various articles in publications such as the New York History, the Massachusetts Review, and Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, the International Review of African American Art and was a member of the American Medical Writers Association.

Subject/Index Terms

Art-Private collections
Exhibit programs
Exhibit Publications
Haiti- Art
Haiti- History
Personal Letters

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: ©2010 Broward County Library African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. All rights reserved.

Acquisition Source: John H. and Vivian D. Hewitt

Acquisition Method: Gift, September 2002.

Separated Materials: Broward County Library African-American Research Library and Cultural Center also holds part of the private library of John H. and Vivian D. Hewitt. These items have been cataloged individually and are searchable through the library's OPAC.

Related Materials: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, Harvey B. Gantt for African American Arts+Culture, Charlotte, N.C. For more information please see

Preferred Citation: John H. and Vivian D. Hewitt Collection, Special Collections and Archives, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center Broward County Library

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Exhibit Publications, 1960-1994],
[Box 2: Exhibit Publications, 1946-1999],
[Box 3: Articles, 1945-2004],
[Box 4: Haiti Ephemera, 1942-1982],
[Box 5: Miscellaneous, 1960-1989],
[Item 1-14: Artwork],

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Folder 1          “Haiti: Sunshine, Magic and Memories” and “Shopping for Haitian Art”, Black  Enterprise, 4/1977

Folder 2          “Copriamo I ‘Naifs’ di Haiti”, Grazia, 2/ 24/1974

Folder 3          “Church Art in Haiti” by Dorothy Adlow, Collier’s, 11/22/ 1952

Folder 4          “Haitian Painting”, Life, 9/4/1945

Folder 5          “Haiti The Negro Republic of the Caribbean is as Primitive as Paradise” by William A. Kraus, Holliday, 3/ 1950

Folder 6          “Progress in Haiti Leopards in Sneakers Instead of Tonton Macoutes” by Herbert Gold, New York Times Magazine, Spring 1972

Folder 7          Loose leaf pages: one Haitian art

Folder 8          “Haitian History in Haitian Picture”, The New Yorker, 10/10/1994

Folder 9          “Black New York Newspaperman’s Impressions of Boston, 1883”, Massachusetts Review, 1991

Folder 10        Haitian Art Newsletter, v.1 n.6, [1977]

Folder 11        Invitation: Hewitt’s Haitian Art Collection, 2/26/1995 and accompanying materials Star News, 2/28/1995

Folder 12        “Exposition au Taj Caribe”, Haiti Observateur, 4/11/1975

Folder 13        “On the Verge of Collapse Notes from the Hell that is Haiti” by Carole Cleaver, 1/17-31/1994

Folder 14        “On Haitian Soil” Adubon, January-February 1995

Folder 15        “Haiti’s Hidden Treasures”

Folder16          Murat Brierre Art Gallery Davenport Municipal by Patricia Boyd Wilson, Davenport Iowa

Folder 17        “Explosion de la Peinture Populaire Haitienne” by Albert Mangones, Art Haiti, 1945

Folder 18            “Haitian Journalist was Killed but a film keeps his spirit alive” by David Gonzalez, New  York Times, 4/20/2004

Folder 19        “Haitian Painting: Painful History” by Michael Gibson, Herald Tribune, 9/26-27/1992

Folder 20        “Behind the Occult, Vivid Sacred Art” by Kenneth B. Noble, The New York Times, 2/4/1996

Folder 21        “Haitian Art and Voodoo” by Barry Paris, In Pittsburgh, v.5 n.33, 3/29-4/4/1989

Folder 22        “‘Many Faces of Haitian Painting’ to open at Sawtooth”, by Annette Scippio, Winston- Salem Chronicle, 7/13/1989

Folder 23        Article photo caption “Haitian Art Committee…”, 11/25/1989

Folder 24        “Through Haitian Eyes” by Barry Paris, Pittsburg

Folder 25  “Real images of Islands on Display at Sawtooth” by Carr, Winston-Salem Journal 7/14/1989

Folder 26        Calendar of events in Arts Winston-Salem Journal, 7/2/1989

Folder 27        “Art Auction Strengthens Haitian Link” by Shari Kubitz, PGH Post-Gazette, 11/16/1989

Folder 28        Obituary William Larimer Mellon Jr., JAMA, v.262 n.17, 11/3/1989

Folder 29        “Revolution in Haiti, 1791 to 1820”, by Adelaide C. Hill, Presence Africaine

Folder 30        “Propos sur la Peinture Haitienne” Max Pinchinat, Presence Africaine

Folder 31        “Going Places, Finding Things in Haiti” by Denise Otis, House and Garden, 12/1961

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