Georgia Pearsall Hearne Papers, 1865-2013, (bulk 1919-1982), undated

Manuscript Collection #430

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Georgia Pearsall Hearne Papers
    Creator: Hearne, Closs Wrightman -- Administration
    Hearne, Georgia Pearsall, 1885-1981
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1865-2013, bulk 1919-1982) relating to Georgia Pearsall Hearne, an artist, musician, and teacher, whose portraits of prominent North Carolinians earned her state-wide recognition, including consisting of correspondence, daybooks, photographs, original artwork, reproductions of art work, newspaper clippings, printed forms, printed materials, genealogical materials, and miscellany.
    Extent: 2.56 Cubic feet, 5 archival boxes, 7 oversized folders, consisting of correspondence, daybooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, prictures of artwork, memory books, birth certificate, and papers relating to an estate dispute., consisting of correspondence, daybooks, photographs, original artwork, reproductions of art work, newspaper clippings, printed forms, printed materials, genealogical materials, and miscellany.
  • Description
     

    The Georgia Pearsall Hearne Papers (1865 – 2013) are arranged in 5 series in original order, except as described below. The bulk of the collection pertains to Mrs. Hearne's art- and music-related interests.

    Series 1 Personal Correspondence (1895 – 1955). This series also includes a file containing her birth and marriage certificates, a Memory Book for Closs Hearne [her husband] (1885 – 1980), and miscellaneous materials, including medical records, programs and poems (1914 – 1950). The personal correspondence mainly consists of letters from family members and friends. Many of them discuss routine family life and activities in Red Springs. A letter of aspiring playwright Ted Harris (Aug. 1926) discusses his writing activities in New York City. Several letters mention the 1932 presidential election and the Hearnes' decision to vote for the Socialist candidate, Norman Thomas. A file of business correspondence (1935-1938) pertains to a dispute between the Hearnes and others over the A. B. Pearsall estate in Red Springs (1935 – 1938). Also included are publications pertaining to Jarvis Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church in Greenville (1926), the Red Springs charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1919), and the End of the Century Book Club in Greenville (1930), and a genealogy of the Bryan, Smith, and Whitfield families.

    Series 2 Genealogical / Family History materials (1865 – 2007). This series includes photographs of family members and residences, genealogical records researched by Harry L. Neal (1918); and genealogical personal materials (1865 – 2007) compiled by Georgia Pearsall Hearne. A photograph album (1904-1906, undated) contains views of friends, relatives, and scenes in Red Springs, including Pearsall residences. Other of the album's photographs show a gypsy camp (1904), a log corn crib, the aftermath of a fire in Red Springs (1905), gunboats and soldiers' quarters in the Philippines, and Filipino natives and their houses. Additional photographs depict an art class at Southern Presbyterian College (ca. 1903) and Gustav Becher (1907).

    Series 3 Art and Music Related Materials (1903 – 2013). Mrs. Hearne collected numerous programs for various art exhibits and concerts, particularly when she was studying in Red Springs, Washington, and New York programs (1903 – 1982). They pertain to her recitals and exhibitions, as well as those of others. Programs of recitals given by her students and her daughter in Greenville also are included in the collection. In addition, they include documents related to her attendance at Flora McDonald College (1902 – 1960), clippings & photographs of portraits she painted and digital reproductions of photographs of her paintings (2006 – 2013). The photographs in series 3, perhaps the most significant portion of the collection, include many views of portraits painted by Mrs. Hearne, including residents of Greenville and East Carolina College teachers and administrators. The collection also contains photographs from which Mrs. Hearne painted portraits. The Flora Macdonald College file includes a program of the college's fiftieth anniversary celebration (1946), an address by Malcolm Seawell calling for the preservation of the college as a separate entity (1957) and two publications concerning Charles Graves Vardell, the first president of the college.

    Series 4 Manuscript and Printed Volumes (1919 – 1974). This series documents Georgia Pearsall Hearne’s career as an art and music teacher, including her attendance at The Art Students League of New York (1920-1921, 1933-1934), her 1948 show, lists of her pupils, and receipts and expenses for her teaching activities. Daybooks and memoranda books (1919-1956) deal with her art and music students and list expenses, receipts, and portraits painted. Another volume contains a lengthy list of Mrs. Hearne's commissions, and a diary for 1960 describes her routine activities and artistic endeavors, including commissions she received from East Carolina College in Greenville.

    Series 5 Oversized Materials (1879 - 1981) consists of materials removed from other folders for conservation reasons. Included is artwork, Miss Pearsall's diploma from Southern Presbyterian College, photographs of the Pearsall home in Red Springs and a George Washington birthday party at Washington College, and a lengthy newspaper article concerning the WPA Art Gallery in Greenville (1941).

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Georgia Pearsall was born in Rockingham, N.C. but spent much of her early life in Georgia. Later, she moved to Red Springs, N.C. She studied art and music at Southern Presbyterian College in Red Springs (later Flora Macdonald College) and continued her art education at Washington College, ca. 1920-1923 and at the Art Students' League in New York City, 1923-1924, 1933-1934. While in New York, she studied also music under Gustav L. Becker. As early as 1916, Miss Pearsall taught art and music in eastern N.C. communities, including Greenville, Rocky Mount, and Smithfield. In 1926 she married Closs Wrightman Hearne (1884 – 1945). The couple settled in Greenville, where Georgia continued to teach art and music, at her home. Her portraits of prominent North Carolinians, including Sallie Southall Cotten and Governor Angus Wilton McLean, earned her statewide recognition as an artist.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    July 30, 1981, 203 items, ca. 0.50 cubic feet; Papers (1905-1964) of Greenville, N.C., artist, including correspondence, daybooks, photographs, clippings, programs, art work, etc.

    January 29, 1982 (addition #1), 10 items, ca. 0.05 cubic feet; Artist's record book, daybook, clippings, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins, Hays, Kansas.

    July 23, 1982 (addition #2), 5 items, 0.03 cubic feet; program, clippings, and catalog. Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    October 15, 2007, (addition #3), 26 items, 94 p., 0.35 cubic feet; Papers (1895-1969, n.d.) including letters received, mostly from friends and family in Red Springs, North Carolina, while she was teaching music at Greenville High School, Greenville, NC, ca. 1917-1919, and reproductions of portraits that she painted in Greenville, 1960-1969. See preliminary inventory. Recd. 10/15/2007. Agreement with donor also applies to the donor's previous gifts to the Georgia Pearsall Hearne Papers, dated 7/30/1981, 1/29/1982, 7/23/1982. Georgia Pearsall Hearne was born in Rockingham, NC and grew up in Red Springs, NC. She studied art and music at Southern Presbyterian College in Red Springs, and other locations and later taught both subjects in Greenville, Rocky Mount & Smithfield, NC. She married Closs Hearne in 1926. The couple resided in Greenville, where Georgia continued to teach. She was praised for her portraits of prominent North Carolinians. Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    July 21, 2008, (addition #4), 28 items, 0.250 cubic feet; Papers (1865-2007, undated) of Greenville, North Carolina artist, including biographical and genealogical research material and a loose leaf notebook of digital reproductions of portraits that she painted in Greenville, 1938-1973. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd. 7/21/2008. Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    June 15, 2011, (addition #5), 5 items, 0.002 cubic feet; Portraits of Loyd Horton and Harriett Carr Cozart families (1952, undated) of Greenville and Raleigh, North Carolina, by Georgia Pearsall Hearne, including letter of transmittal by her son-in-law Mr. Kent Atkins. Loose leaf notebook pages of printed digital reproductions and typed letter signed. Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    March 19, 2014, (addition #6), 13 items, 0.05 cubic feet; Addition includes pages documenting portraits painted by Georgia Pearsall Hearne. Information includes who the subjects are, when the portraits were painted, and who presently owns the portraits. Color prints (on regular paper) of the portraits are also included. Also a photograph (2007) of Alison Hearne Atkins receiving her honor as one of "100 Incredible Women East Carolina University Graduates." Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    April 1, 2015, (addition #7), 0.05 cubic feet; Addition includes two pages documenting three portraits painted by Georgia Pearsall Hearne; the obituary and memory book from her 1981 funeral; the memory book from the 1945 funeral of her husband Closs W. Hearne; her birth certificate; and a letter certifying their 1926 marriage. Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    April 12, 2016, (addition #8), 0.05 cubic feet; Addition includes ten pages documenting seventeen portraits painted by Georgia Pearsall Hearne. Information includes who the subjects are, when the portraits were painted, and who presently owns the portraits. Color prints (on regular paper) of the portraits are also included. Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    November 1, 2016, (unprocessed addition #9), 0.05 cubic feet;Addition includes letters (1907, undated) written by Georgia Pearsall to friends and family and letters (1916-1921, undated) written by Closs W. Hearne to Georgia Pearsall when they were courting. Some pages are missing and many are undated. Donor: Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Alison Hearne Atkins

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Georgia Pearsall Hearne Papers (#430), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by C. Cook, April 1982

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

    Reprocessed by HIST 5910 student Chelsea M. Head, April 20, 2016; revised by Jonathan Dembo, May 10, 2016

Container List

  • Personal and Biographical Documents
     
    Personal Correspondence (1895–1917) 18 items. 30 p.
    Personal Correspondence (1917–1920) 13 iitems. 43 p.
    Personal Correspondence (1921–1928) 20 items. 56 p.
    Personal Correspondence (undated) 8 items. 30 p.
    Personal Estate Dispute (1935–1938) including letters, drawings of property. 25 items. 45 p.
    Birth Certificate, Marriage Certification, Birthday Letter, and Memory book for Closs Hearne (1885–1980) 4 items. 4 p.
    Obituary, Memorial gift, Memorial Record for Georgia Pearsall Hearne's funeral (1981) 3 items. 3 p.
    Miscellaneous Items (1914–1950) including Medical Operation Record, Graduation programs, Church programs, and Poems. 8 items. 8 p.
  • Genealogical and Family History
     
    Photographs (1905) p-430.1-5, p-430.11–45. Images of Traveling, Family Members, and Family Residences. 30 items. 30 p.
    Photographs (undated) p-430.206–220. Family images. 10 items. 10 p.
    Photograph Album (1904-1906, undated) Photographic prints. Black and white. Various sizes. Unbound. 1 vol. 13 p. Note: includes 106 photographic prints; glued on non-archival paper.
    Genealogical Records from Harry L. Neall (1918) Typescripts. Unbound. 2 items. 50 p.
    Genealogical and Personal Materials (1865–2007) including clippings, correspondence, research notes, memorabilia, and printed materials. 7 items. 17 p. Note: moved from #430.4
  • Art and Music Related Documents
     
    Flora McDonald College Documents (1903–1960) 5 items. 5 p.
    Performance programs (1903–1905) 15 items. 15 p.
    Performance programs (1906–1908) 27 items. 27 p.
    Performance programs (1909–1982, undated) 28 items. 28 p.
    Newspaper Clippings (1909–1985) 49 items. 49 p.
    Art related documents and photos (1920–2007) 17 items. 41 p.
    Photographs of Portraits #P-430/137–192 (undated) Photographic prints. Black and white. 2.5" x 3.75" 25 items. 25 p. Note: Moved from #430.2
    Photographs of Portraits. P-430/193–205 (undated) Photographic prints. Black and white. 4.5" x 5.5" 7 items. 7 p. Note: Moved from #430.1
    Portraits and Paintings by Georgia Pearsall Hearne, Greenville, N.C. (ca. 2006–2013) Digital Reproductions of Color Prints. Looseleaf notebook unbound. 1 vol. 66 p.; Note: Shows the artist and her studio, her works, and her family; includes captions; moved from #430.4; includes addition #8.
    Portraits and Other Paintings by Georgia Pearsall Hearne (1960–1969, undated) Digital Reproductions of Color Prints. 2 items. 20 p. Note: Items are missing; see note in folder.
  • Manuscript and Printed Volumes
     
    Composition Notebook (1919) 1 vol. 24 p. Note: includes records of payments received for music lessons; moved from #430.2
    Art Data: Jot it down Composition Notebook (1933) 1 vol. 33 p. Note: includes records of art pupils' attendance; moved from #430.2
    Wilmington Fertilizers Carolina Made for Carolina Soils Notebook (1922, 1953) 1 vol. 30 p. Note: includes notes of places to visit and things to do in New York City, 1922; list of "Prayer Pardners" 1956; moved from #430.2
    Caroline Composition Book Notebook (1946 - 1950) 1 vol. 20 p. Note: includes notes of receipts and expenses for art [lessons]; moved from #430.2
    "The Art Students League of New York: Winter Season October 2nd 1933 to May 2th 1934" (New York, N.Y.: Arti Students League of New York, 1933) Pamphlet. 1 item. 36 p. Note: 1933-34 school catalog; moved from #430.2
    Mrs. C. W. Hearne Select Memo Book (1938–1941) 1 vol. 37 p. Note: includes expenses and receipts for art lessons and portraits painted; includes names and dates of subjects; moved from #430.2
    Georgia Pearsall, Smithfield [N.C.] Art - Organ - Piano Class Rosters, Schedules, Payments (1925) 1 vol. 31 p.
    Year Book [Daily Calendar] (1927) 1 vol. 186 p.
    Appointment Book (1956) 1 vol. 186 p. Note: includes personal, art, and music lessons schedules
    Georgia Pearsall, Rocky Mount, N.C., Piano Class Roster (1923–1924) 1 vol. 31 p. Notes: includes appraisals of each student
    Georgia Pearsall Art Pupils List 1951 Daily Aide Calendar Book (1951–1972) 1 vol. 186 p. Note: Includes chronological list of art pupils.
    S. E. [Single Entry] Ledger Mrs. Closs Hearne, Rocky Mount, N.C., Art Students (January 1934) 1 vol. 17 of 47 p. used.
    A list of art work by Georgia Pearsall Hearne (1932–1974) 1 vol. 66 p. Note: includes lists of subjects, places, patrons; format: miniatures, landscapes—still lifes, oil portraits, frames; also exhibitions of her work.
Newspaper Clippings (1941–1981) 4 items. 4 p. Note: Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C. (23 February 1981), p.8 includes Georgia Pearsall Hearne aged 96 obituary
A. B. Pearsall Residence Painting (undated) Original art. Watercolor. 14" x 17.75" 1 item. 1 p.; also: Spirea - Breath of Spring - Old Textile prints (undated) Original art. Wood block prints. 18" x 12.25" 1 item. 1 p.
Southern Presbyterian College Bachelor of Music diploma awarded to Georgia Pearsall (1919) Printed form. 16.75" x 21.75" 1 item. 1 p.
Sketches from Georgia Pearsall Hearne and Students [ca.1934] Original art. 40 items. 40 p. Note: includes studies in transition, color chart, etc.
Portrait of boy (undated) Original art. Oil on canvass. Color. 11.5" 14.5" 1 item. 1 p.
A. B. Pearsall Residence #P430/1 (15 August [1879]) Photographic print. Black and white. 11.5" x 14.5" 1 item. 1 p.
Georgia Pearsall Hearne and classmates at the George Washington Birthday party at Washington College posed in 18th century costumes #P430/2, [ca. 1920–1921] Photographic print. Black and white. 11.5" x 14.5" Mounted on cardboard. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Upper right hand corner of print missing; each student in the photograph is numbered and the names written in the margin in numerical order.

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Container List

  • Personal and Biographical Documents
     
    Personal Correspondence (1895–1917) 18 items. 30 p.
    Personal Correspondence (1917–1920) 13 iitems. 43 p.
    Personal Correspondence (1921–1928) 20 items. 56 p.
    Personal Correspondence (undated) 8 items. 30 p.
    Personal Estate Dispute (1935–1938) including letters, drawings of property. 25 items. 45 p.
    Birth Certificate, Marriage Certification, Birthday Letter, and Memory book for Closs Hearne (1885–1980) 4 items. 4 p.
    Obituary, Memorial gift, Memorial Record for Georgia Pearsall Hearne's funeral (1981) 3 items. 3 p.
    Miscellaneous Items (1914–1950) including Medical Operation Record, Graduation programs, Church programs, and Poems. 8 items. 8 p.
  • Genealogical and Family History
     
    Photographs (1905) p-430.1-5, p-430.11–45. Images of Traveling, Family Members, and Family Residences. 30 items. 30 p.
    Photographs (undated) p-430.206–220. Family images. 10 items. 10 p.
    Photograph Album (1904-1906, undated) Photographic prints. Black and white. Various sizes. Unbound. 1 vol. 13 p. Note: includes 106 photographic prints; glued on non-archival paper.
    Genealogical Records from Harry L. Neall (1918) Typescripts. Unbound. 2 items. 50 p.
    Genealogical and Personal Materials (1865–2007) including clippings, correspondence, research notes, memorabilia, and printed materials. 7 items. 17 p. Note: moved from #430.4
  • Art and Music Related Documents
     
    Flora McDonald College Documents (1903–1960) 5 items. 5 p.
    Performance programs (1903–1905) 15 items. 15 p.
    Performance programs (1906–1908) 27 items. 27 p.
    Performance programs (1909–1982, undated) 28 items. 28 p.
    Newspaper Clippings (1909–1985) 49 items. 49 p.
    Art related documents and photos (1920–2007) 17 items. 41 p.
    Photographs of Portraits #P-430/137–192 (undated) Photographic prints. Black and white. 2.5" x 3.75" 25 items. 25 p. Note: Moved from #430.2
    Photographs of Portraits. P-430/193–205 (undated) Photographic prints. Black and white. 4.5" x 5.5" 7 items. 7 p. Note: Moved from #430.1
    Portraits and Paintings by Georgia Pearsall Hearne, Greenville, N.C. (ca. 2006–2013) Digital Reproductions of Color Prints. Looseleaf notebook unbound. 1 vol. 66 p.; Note: Shows the artist and her studio, her works, and her family; includes captions; moved from #430.4; includes addition #8.
    Portraits and Other Paintings by Georgia Pearsall Hearne (1960–1969, undated) Digital Reproductions of Color Prints. 2 items. 20 p. Note: Items are missing; see note in folder.
  • Manuscript and Printed Volumes
     
    Composition Notebook (1919) 1 vol. 24 p. Note: includes records of payments received for music lessons; moved from #430.2
    Art Data: Jot it down Composition Notebook (1933) 1 vol. 33 p. Note: includes records of art pupils' attendance; moved from #430.2
    Wilmington Fertilizers Carolina Made for Carolina Soils Notebook (1922, 1953) 1 vol. 30 p. Note: includes notes of places to visit and things to do in New York City, 1922; list of "Prayer Pardners" 1956; moved from #430.2
    Caroline Composition Book Notebook (1946 - 1950) 1 vol. 20 p. Note: includes notes of receipts and expenses for art [lessons]; moved from #430.2
    "The Art Students League of New York: Winter Season October 2nd 1933 to May 2th 1934" (New York, N.Y.: Arti Students League of New York, 1933) Pamphlet. 1 item. 36 p. Note: 1933-34 school catalog; moved from #430.2
    Mrs. C. W. Hearne Select Memo Book (1938–1941) 1 vol. 37 p. Note: includes expenses and receipts for art lessons and portraits painted; includes names and dates of subjects; moved from #430.2
    Georgia Pearsall, Smithfield [N.C.] Art - Organ - Piano Class Rosters, Schedules, Payments (1925) 1 vol. 31 p.
    Year Book [Daily Calendar] (1927) 1 vol. 186 p.
    Appointment Book (1956) 1 vol. 186 p. Note: includes personal, art, and music lessons schedules
    Georgia Pearsall, Rocky Mount, N.C., Piano Class Roster (1923–1924) 1 vol. 31 p. Notes: includes appraisals of each student
    Georgia Pearsall Art Pupils List 1951 Daily Aide Calendar Book (1951–1972) 1 vol. 186 p. Note: Includes chronological list of art pupils.
    S. E. [Single Entry] Ledger Mrs. Closs Hearne, Rocky Mount, N.C., Art Students (January 1934) 1 vol. 17 of 47 p. used.
    A list of art work by Georgia Pearsall Hearne (1932–1974) 1 vol. 66 p. Note: includes lists of subjects, places, patrons; format: miniatures, landscapes—still lifes, oil portraits, frames; also exhibitions of her work.
Newspaper Clippings (1941–1981) 4 items. 4 p. Note: Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C. (23 February 1981), p.8 includes Georgia Pearsall Hearne aged 96 obituary
A. B. Pearsall Residence Painting (undated) Original art. Watercolor. 14" x 17.75" 1 item. 1 p.; also: Spirea - Breath of Spring - Old Textile prints (undated) Original art. Wood block prints. 18" x 12.25" 1 item. 1 p.
Southern Presbyterian College Bachelor of Music diploma awarded to Georgia Pearsall (1919) Printed form. 16.75" x 21.75" 1 item. 1 p.
Sketches from Georgia Pearsall Hearne and Students [ca.1934] Original art. 40 items. 40 p. Note: includes studies in transition, color chart, etc.
Portrait of boy (undated) Original art. Oil on canvass. Color. 11.5" 14.5" 1 item. 1 p.
A. B. Pearsall Residence #P430/1 (15 August [1879]) Photographic print. Black and white. 11.5" x 14.5" 1 item. 1 p.
Georgia Pearsall Hearne and classmates at the George Washington Birthday party at Washington College posed in 18th century costumes #P430/2, [ca. 1920–1921] Photographic print. Black and white. 11.5" x 14.5" Mounted on cardboard. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Upper right hand corner of print missing; each student in the photograph is numbered and the names written in the margin in numerical order.


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