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Henry H. Hart Collection

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Henry H. Hart

Born in 1886 in San Francisco, Dr. Henry Hersch Hart was a prominent history scholar and anthropologist. He began his career studying law in 1909, and was appointed the Assistant City Attorney of San Francisco from 1911-1916. He would eventually become deeply interested in the culture and history of China, Japan, and Hong Kong, as well as early European explorers. Hart would become a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley on Chinese Art and Culture and Chinese History. He published several books during his lifetime, many of which were bestsellers at the time of publication. Some of his works include The Hundred Name: a Short Introduction to the Study of Chinese Poetry, Marco Polo: Venetian Adventurer, Sea Road to the Indies, and A Garden of Peonies.

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Hart with his camera

As a result of his scholarship and interest in East Asia, Hart was a world traveler, collector of art and an excellent photographer. Among the things accumulated in Henry Hart’s papers are photographs of the places he went to and the people he saw, as well as a collection of postcards from all over the world. Also among the collection are colored glass slides of various scenes as well as an extensive collection of stereographs. Among Hart’s paperwork are drafts for his various books, outlines for his lecture subjects, personal letters and correspondence, and various ephemera from his lifetime.

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Link to collection guide/finding aid on the Online Archive of California

Last Updated 03.21.13

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