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George Washington Hitt Papers

George Washington Hitt Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: George Washington Hitt Papers
Creator: Hitt, George Washington, 1913-1958
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1997
Language: English
Extent: 3 Linear Feet
Collection Number: RBRL/468
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: George Washington Hitt was an artist and writer from Toccoa, GA. Despite becoming disabled at an early age, Hitt had a remarkable career as a silhouettist from the 1930s through the 1950s. This collection consists of Hitt's silhouettes, as well as photographs, news articles, and memorabilia.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

George Washington Hitt was born on March 31, 1913 in Toccoa, GA. At the age of 10 Hitt was stricken by a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis causing him to become almost completely paralyzed. Despite his disability, Hitt earned a living as a silhouettist and freelance writer. During the 1930s he was hired by the WPA as a senior silhouette artist, and his work was displayed in federal buildings, libraries, and schools.

Hitt's story has been featured in a number of publications, including Ripley's Believe It Or Not and numerous national newspapers and radio programs.

George Hitt died in 1958. In 1984, the Stephens County Historical Society and Friends of George Hitt dedicated a historical marker in his honor in Toccoa.

Scope and Content

This collection contains many original Hitt silhouettes, as well as newspaper articles, awards, and pictures of George Washington Hitt.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

George Washington Hitt Papers. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Rob MacGregor, 2020-03-18.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Disabilities
Silhouettes

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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11A Beatuful Woodland Silhouette Cut By George Hitt of Toccoa, undated
 
12American Technical Society Letter From Emil Stein, October 21, 1944
 
13At Henderson Falls Park - Hitt Memorial Dedicated, November 6, 1984
 
14Cards, Silhouettes Templates, Letter, Products Order Form, Jan 13, 1960; undated
 
15Cripple Artist George Hitt to Get Citation, undated
 
16Crippled Boy Cuts His Handicap with Tiny Scissors [The Boston Transcript 1932], 1932
 
17George Hitt Enterprise - Silhouette Reproduction Order Form, undated
 
18George Hitt Newspaper Articles, 1947
 
19George Washington Hitt Photographs, undated
 
110Letter to Mr. Robert Ripley, February 8, 1947
 
111Living on Main Street - A Vistor's Guide to Main Street Toccoa, undated
 
112Murphey, Tylor & Ellis Inc. Letter from J. Clay Murphy, President, February, 27, 1937
 
113Printouts - FDR Library & Museum, New Deal Network, 2003, 2006
 
114Proclamation in Newspaper, October 22, 1984
 
115Silhouettes - Dog and Cat, Two People Sitting in Chairs with Cat, And Fish Jumping out of Lake, undated
 
116Silhouettes - Oglethorpe and Forest Scene, undated
 
117The Atlanta Constitution - George Silhouette Artisst Creates Beauty From Chair, Friday, March 18, 1955
 
118The Chieftain - George Hitt - Artist, Philosopher, Humanitarian, October 23,1984
 
119The Chieftain Newpaper - George Hitt - Artist, Philosopher, Humanitarian, October 23, 1984
 
120The Stephen County Historical Historical Society Presents "A Celebration of the Life and Work of George W. Hitt", November 4, 1984
 
121"The White Heron" One in a Series of five Appearing in Nature Magazine, November 1945
 
122Voices From the Past - Remarks of Franflin Delano Roosevelt - President of the United States of America - From the Rear Platform of His Special Train Toccoa Georgia, March 23, 1938, December 29, 2003
 
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2Framed Silhouettes , undated
Square Framed Silhouette of Female with Roman Coin Medallion nailed to back of frame by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee; Square Framed Silhouette of Male with with Roman Coin Medallion nailed to back of frame by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee; Rectangle Framed Silhouette of boy walking with dog by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. T. and Mrs. Richmond Lee; Ovel Framed Silhouette of Man with top hat off and Lady with parasol open in Courtship, by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee of Comming, Georgia; Ovel Framed Silhouette of Male with Top Hat on and Lady with parasol closed in Courtship, by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee of Cumming, Georgia; Square Framed Silhoutte of Lady, by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee; Square Framed Silhoutte of Male, by George Hitt, Gifited by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee
 
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3Framed Silhouette & George Hitt Enterprise Product Order Box, 1941
Square Framed Silhouett Ocean Scene with two herons, by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee of Cumming, Georgia, Dated 1941; Georgia Hitt Enterprise Order Product Box, Undated
 
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4Scapbook Pages and Certificate of Recognition, 1930-1958, 1992, 1997
Scrapbook pages include certificats, Lettersm Georgia Newspaper Articles on Georgie Hitt, Silhouettes by Georgia Hitt and Product material from George Hitt Enterprises. Reconition Certific Givrn to George Hitt from the National Society for Cripple Children and Adults and George Society for Crippled Children.
 
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5Framed Silhouettes, undated
Rectangle Framed Silhouett - Farm Scene, Hourse Drown Wagon Transpoting Hay to Barn, by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs Richard Lee of Cumming, George; Rectangle Framed Silhouett - Farm Scene Wagon Transtorting Cotton to Factory by George Hitt, Gifted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee of Cumming, Georgia.
 
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6Framed Silhouettes, undated
Rectangle Framed Silhouett - Nacture Scene with Lake, Mountains Deer and Birds, By Georgia Hitt, Gilfted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee, of Cumming, Georgia; Rectangle Framed Silhouett - Nacture Scene with Lake, Mountains Deer and Ducks, By George Hitt, Gilfted by Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lee, of Cumming, Georgia.