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The Vivian D. and John H. Hewitt Collection

Identifier: 2004.7

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence belonging to Vivian D. and John H. Hewitt, publications such as exhibition catalogs, magazines, articles and newsletters, paintings and artifacts by prominent Haitian artists, books, as well as printed materials such as newspaper clippings, auction lists, exhibition ephemera, brochures, typed manuscripts, maps, and two telephone directories.


  • Creation: 1942-2020

Conditions Governing Access

The Vivian D. and John H. Hewitt Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

John Hamilton Hewitt Jr. and Vivian Davidson Hewitt married in December 1949 and collected art from the African Diaspora. Their collection primarily contains African American and Haitian art exhibited throughout the United States.

Vivian Ann Davidson Hewitt was born on February 17, 1920 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Geneva College in 1943 and a M.S. degree in library science from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1944. Vivian Hewitt worked as a librarian in Pittsburg and Atlanta, Georgia. From 1963 to 1983, she was the chief librarian at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Vivian was the first African American president of the Special Libraries Association (1978-1979).

John Hamilton Hewitt Jr. was born in 1924 in New York City, New York. He attended Harvard College and New York University where he obtained his Master’s degree 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.

Hewitt wrote various articles in publications such as the New York History, the Massachusetts Review, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, and the International Review of African American Art. He was a member of the American Medical Writers Association. John Hewitt passed away on February 25, 2000.


4 Hollinger Boxes

14 Artwork

Language of Materials



The Vivian D. and John H. Hewitt Collection contains materials focusing on black art, particulaly those representing the history and culture of Haiti.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Hamilton and Vivian Davidson Hewitt donated the collection as a gift in September 2002.

Separated Materials

Books from this collection were cataloged separately. Access books in the Broward County Library Catalog.

Processing Information

The Vivian D. and John H. Hewitt Collection received file level processing. This finding aid may be updated to reflect new descriptions as well as acquisitions to the collection.

The Vivian D. and John H. Hewitt Collection
Afua Ferdnance ; Emily Calderon
January 2021 ; May 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center Repository

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