Lathrop, Churchill Pierce, 1900-1996

Lathrop, Churchill Pierce, 1900-1996



  • Existence: 1900 - 1996


Churchill P. Lathrop was born August 26, 1900, in New York City. He graduated with a BA in political science from Rutgers University in 1922, and completed his graduate work at the School of Art and Archeology at Princeton University in 1928. He joined the art department at Dartmouth College in 1928. That same year he founded what later would become the Sherman Art Library with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. He transformed the teaching of art history and in 1932, set up the artist-in-residents program at Dartmouth College. In 1935, he brought the Mexican painter Orozco to the college who spent two years working on the mural in Baker library. In addition to teaching several art history classes over the years, Lathrop was also the director of the college’s art galleries from 1935 to 1974, the custodian of the college art collection, the art library officer, and for ten years the chairman of the department of art and archeology. During his time at Dartmouth he expanded its art collection from 200 to 30.000 pieces. He retired in 1966, and died, at the age of 95, on December 21, 1996.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Churchill Lathrop papers

Identifier: MS-1141
Date(s): 1920 to 1990

Churchill P. Lathrop (1900-1996), professor of art history and art librarian. The papers contain correspondence, clippings, photographs, bulletins, flyers, meeting minutes, reports and ephemera on Dartmouth's Hopkins Center and Carpenter Gallery exhibits and artists. The papers document the organization and running of exhibitions at Dartmouth galleries.

Oral history interview with Churchill Lathrop.

Identifier: DOH-237
Date(s): 1975-02-21 to 1975-03-06
Abstract Churchill Lathrop, Professor of Art Emeritus 1928-1966. Oral history interview documenting his career at Dartmouth College. Lathrop describes the curriculum and building renaissance of Dartmouth in the 1920s, along with the problems of faculty salary. He talks about the Dartmouth Eye Institute and the experiments they performed. He assesses President Hopkins' presidency; his support for the Art Department, Town and Gown relations, and also assess Dickey's presidency: raises for faculty,...