A new gift from journalist George Stephanopoulos adds approximately 650 new items to the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, bringing depth and breadth to his 2019 donation of politically and historically significant photographs. To date, the appraised value of Stephanopoulos’ donations totals nearly $3 million.
“The Stephanopoulos Collection captures some of the most important moments of the past 100 years, and the Colleges are proud to welcome this newest addition,” says President Joyce P. Jacobsen. “These gifts will have an impact on the arts and education of our campus and our community for years to come. We are thankful for George Stephanopoulos’ generosity and continued support.”
Spanning major historical events of the 20th century, the new additions to the Stephanopoulos Collection include pictures of the Civil Rights struggle, the Kennedy family and the British royal family; an important group of Vietnam War-era press prints, with warzone images and photos of anti-War protests; and, building on last year’s gift, prime examples of European photojournalism. Beyond documentary photographs, the collection also includes American Modernism as exemplified by avant-garde works by Nathan Lerner and Lloyd Ullberg.
The first portion of the Stephanopoulos Collection, donated in 2019, also features work from a range of photographers depicting politics and institutions, television and media, the Civil Rights movement and the Great Depression, including the work of photojournalists who produced wire photographs for news outlets.
These significant donations add to the Colleges’ notable existing photographic holdings by artists like Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson and Arthur Rothstein.
Above: Horace Cort, “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses about 2,500 persons in Hurt Park in downtown Atlanta today” December 15, 1963, vintage Associated Press wirephoto.