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Hutchinson, Susan A.

    Image Credit: Simonyi Fund

    Full Name: Hutchinson, Susan A.

    Gender: female

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: 1945

    Place Born: Brooklyn, Windham, CT, USA

    Place Died: Hamden, new Haven, CT, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): prints (visual works)

    Career(s): librarians


    Brooklyn Museum’s first keeper of prints (and Librarian), 1899 to 1934. Hutchinson studied library science, receiving her degree from Pratt Institute of Library Science. She joined Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, CT, rising through the ranks to acting librarian. In 1900 she joined the library of the Brooklyn Museum. As librarian, she began a print collection as part of that division’s holdings. She was a founding member of the Brooklyn Society of Etchers, holding meetings in the Museum. Her interest was primarily in the production of prints and as such, installed a lithography press in the museum for artists to use free of charge. At the same time, she mounted print exhibitions in the Museum which also traveled throughout the country. During her final years as “curator” of prints, she edited the American section of the Prints of the Year publication between 1930 and 1934. She retired in 1934 and her collections of photographs, prints and drawings were split into separate departments in the Museum, Carl O. Schniewind succeeding her in the print division and Herman DeWitter in the photographs division.


    “Brooklyn Museum Department of Prints and Drawings.”; [obituary:] “Susan Hutchinson, Retired Librarian, Curator of Prints in Brooklyn Museum for 35 years Dies.” New York Times September 29, 1945, p. 15


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