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Hoyt Family Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS343

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Hoyt Family Papers are comprised of the extensive correspondence of artist Margaret Howard Yeaton Hoyt (1885-1943) and her family. The highlight of the collection is a group of more than 170 letters to Margaret from fellow artist Gabrielle De Veaux Clements. Moreover, several letters sent from artists Theresa Bernstein Meyerowitz and William Meyerowitz are retained. This collection provides ample documentation on the circle of artists who were active in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Other primary correspondents include William Dana Hoyt, William D. Hoyt, Jr., and Elise Ingle. The collection consists of 12 archival boxes (18 linear feet) of material.

ARRANGEMENT - The collection contains one long series arranged alphabetically by recipient of correspondence. At the very end of the collection is located a small amount of photographs, printed matter, and miscellaneous correspondence.


  • 1895 - 1967
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1950

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Biographical note

BRIEF HOYT FAMILY GENEALOGY: William Dana Hoyt (1880-1945) m. (12/27/1910) Margaret Howard Yeaton (1885-1943) - children: Southgate Yeaton Hoyt, Robert Stephen Hoyt, William D. Hoyt, Jr. (b. 1911). "The Misses Hoyt": Margaret Bliss Hoyt Florence Stevens Hoyt' Mary Wilkins Hoyt.

Margaret Howard Yeaton Hoyt (1885-1943) was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She became a painter and etcher active in Gloucester, Massachusetts and Lexington, Virginia. Hoyt worked closely with Gabrielle De Veaux Clements and Theresa Bernstein Meyerowitz. Margaret Hoyt was a member of the Southern States Art League, Ogunquit (Maine) Art Club, and Washington Water Color Club. [Source: "Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born before 1900." Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1985.]

Born in Rome, Georgia, William Dana Hoyt (1880-1945) became a noted professor of biology. He received an A.B. from the University of Georgia in 1901, an M.S. from Johns Hopkins in 1904, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1909. Next he studied at the University of Heidelberg from 1909-1910 and performed research in Naples in 1910. In 1910, Hoyt married Margaret Howard Yeaton. William held a variety of academic posts, including instructor in botany at Rutgers College and professor of biology at Johns Hopkins University.


18 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

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Hoyt Family Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057