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Pearl Hobson Papers

Identifier: MSS-005

Scope and Contents Note

The collection includes photographs, postcards, diaries, scrapbook, photograph album, and other miscellaneous materials related primarily to her association with Native Americans. Her journals focus on her thoughts, feelings, and daily activities in the mid-1920s. The photographs, photograph album, and scrapbooks are pictorial documents of her interactions with Native Americans during several tours of the Southwestern United States in the early to mid-1930s. Following her death, the majority of Ms. Hobson’s collection came to the Museum.


  • Creation: 1924-1936

Restrictions on Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Conditions Governing Use Note

Notification of intent to publish, quote, or cite archival materials is required. Contact the archives via


0.5 Linear Feet (In 1 half letter document box and 1 flat box.)

6 Folders

2 Volumes

Language of Materials



The Pearl Hobson Collection, dated 1924-1936, consists of photographs, postcards, diaries, newspaper clippings, a short story, and other miscellaneous material related primarily to her association with Native Americans.


Due to the size and nature of this collection, it has not been divided into series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Arthur Hobson in memory of Pearl Hobson, donated to the museum with her art collection in 1958. Accessioned in museum archives as 1992-06.

Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Related Materials Note

Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Records, RG 11; Office of the Assistant Director Records RG 99, Series II: Ralph T. Coe Files, 1965-1977 (specifically Sub-Series D: Subjects); Assistant Curator of Native Arts Records RG 96; Department of American Indian Art Records, RG 14.

Pearl Hobson Collection, MSS 005
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Repository Details

Part of the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives Repository

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