Hope Horn Collection

Collection Guide


For nearly 50 years, Hope Horn (née Cumming), 1920-2001, a dedicated painter, sculptor, and educator, worked as a vibrant and defining force in Scranton's local arts community. The University of Scranton's Art Gallery is named in her honor. This collection contains Hope Horn's personal papers.
Estate of Hope Horn
Hope Horn
Date Range
1 box

Access and Use

Digital Access

No digital access is currently available for materials in this collection.

Physical Access

The collection is open for research. Physical materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.


Items in the University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections may be made available to visiting researchers to support research, scholarship, education, and private study under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). The University of Scranton respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials. It is your responsibility to determine the ownership and status of copyright in any materials you may wish to use beyond fair use, and obtain the permission of the copyright owner, if needed. Individuals or organizations holding additional information about the copyright status of items in this collection are invited to contact the University Archives staff at archives@scranton.edu.

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Folder], [Box], Hope Horn Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton.

Linked Data


Administrative/Biographical History

See biographical sketch of Hope Horn

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Hope Horn's personal papers.

System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 7 series in 1 box.


Series I. Correspondence

  1. Letter from John H. Niemeyer to Hope Horn inviting her to teach art at Oak Lane Country Day School of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (January 16, 1946).
  2. Letter from Peggy Renshaw to Hope Horn (February 19, 1946)
  3. Letter from Rosemary Keating to Hope Horn discussing her renewal lease for the commercial space located on the fourth floor the Brooks Building, 436 Spruce St., Apt. 500, Scranton, PA (August 18, 1992)
  4. Christmas card from John and Rebecca to Hope Horn (1995)
  5. Card with image of painting, "The Easter Table" by Stanislav Zhukosvky, Tretyajov Gallery, Moscow, blank (undated)
  6. Hand painted birthday card for Hope Horn by Alice (undated)
  7. Greeting card from Carol to Hope Horn (undated)
  8. White paper bag from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bookshops containing postcards with images of various art pieces. Most are blank, but a few were mailed and include notes.
  9. Small manila envelope with a note on the front that states “Prof Hope Horn. Landscape. Collection of Impressionists etc. Postcards.” Envelope contains postcards with images of various art pieces. Most are blank. One is addressed to Ms. Hope Horn (Everhart Museum, Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA 18510. The card invited Hope Horn to attend an opening reception of the Water Gap Art Center in Walpack, New Jersey (1975).

Series II. Photographs

  1. 2 scrapbooks with black and white photographs, mostly unidentified, includes wedding photographs of Hope (Cumming) Horn and her husband Fenwick, along with congratulation cards and a newspaper clipping of the wedding announcement
  2. 3 framed photographs, black and white, unidentified
  3. Approximately 40 loose photographs, nearly all black and white and unidentified. Two photographs are from the Harford Congregational Church, Harford, Pennsylvania.

Series III. Art Exhibit Programs, Invitations, and Mailers

Subseries IIIA. Exhibits by Hope (Cumming) Horn
  1. Seventh Exhibition: Scranton and Vicinity Artists Invited Show, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA (January 15 – February, 1943) (4 copies)
  2. Sculptures and Paintings by Hope Horn, Hazleton Art League Gallery, Hazleton, PA (March 15 – 28, 1969) (9 copies)
  3. Hope Horn Monstra Personale Della Sua Scultura, Al Centro D'Incontro Per Stranieri, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze (March 20 - 27, 1971)
  4. Hope Horn Paintings and Sculptures, Everhart Museum with a reception on October 22 (October 3 – 31, 1971)
  5. Hope Horn Sculptures, C. C. Price, Inc., New York, NY (undated)
  6. Hope Horn Exhibit, College Misericordia (March 30 – April 7, year unknown)
Subseries IIIB. Exhibits by Other Artists
  1. Evelyn Keyser, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA (June 6 – 30, 1965)
  2. Evelyn Keyser: Sculpture Exhibition, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (March 19 – April 16, 1967)
  3. Gallery Exhibit of Paints by Morris Blackburn and Sculptures by Evelyn Keyser, Provident National Bank, Philadelphia, PA (September 30 – November 22, 1968)
  4. Elsie Manville, Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY (January 6 – 25, 1969) (2 copies)
  5. Elsie Manville, Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY (April 8 – 26, 1975)
  6. Barry Silverman, Brooklyn, NY (1987)
  7. Marshall Rumbaugh Wood Sculpture, Keystone Junior College, La Plume, PA (September 23 - October 28, 1990) (2 copies)

Series IV. Artwork and Writings

  1. Painting on canvas. Artist unidentified. Undated. 14 x 10 in.
  2. 1 large envelope with a return label for the Stella Elkins Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University with the note on the front that says "Prize Essay." The envelope contains several essays, both typed and handwritten. All are untitled, except one that includes the title "A Comparative Study of the Advantages of American Citizenship" by Hope Hollister Cumming.
  3. Poetry Booklet by Elizabeth Fulton titled, “Sentences” (undated)
  4. Typed poem by Prudence Clark titled, “Descent” (undated)
  5. Handwritten notes on sculpting materials
  6. Advertising brochure for scul-metal

Series V. Clippings

  1. Marriage announcement of Hope Hollister Cumming and Fenwick Peck Horn (undated)
  2. Article about Mrs. Robert L. Cumming (Hope’s mother) being chairman of the tea committee for Elm Park Church (undated)
  3. Image of Hope Cumming putting the finishing touches on a sculpture she exhibited at the Everhart Museum (undated)
  4. Cartoon about cave painting (undated)
  5. Article describing of a sculpture by Hope Cumming, Philadelphia Record (March 8, 1943)
  6. Announcement that Hope Cumming completed the five-year course at Stella Elkins Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University and has accepted a position as art teacher at Oak Lake Country Day School, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (1943)
  7. Article announcing that Hope Cumming completed her art program and was exhibited at the Everhart Museum (1943)
  8. Italian newspaper, "La Zanione del lunedi" with the headline "Nixon oggi a Mosca" (1972)
  9. Article announcing the exhibit of artwork by the students of Hope Horn in the Everhart Museum, includes image of Hope Horn (September 30, 1972)
  10. Article about Ethel Hollister Cumming (Hope’s mother) and Hollister Doll Hospital (undated)
  11. Article about Ethel Hollister Cumming (Hope’s mother) and the former site of the Hollister Doll Hospital, including image of Ethel (December 5, 1980)
  12. Article announcing area artists, including Hope Horn, in State Art Show (June 10, 1984)
  13. Article about Repairing Mannequins (October 9, 1988)
  14. 1 large manila envelope containing clippings of phrases or fonts from various publications

Series VI. Objects

  1. Blue ring box, contains a lock of brown hair tied with a pink ribbon
  2. Paper small cube containing 4 sewing pins, originally contained 100
  3. Small brown leather notebook containing fabric and sewing needles, contains a note "With love Maria"
  4. Black cloth ribbon with rhinestone embellishment
  5. Small decorated black box, contains:
    1. Class pin for Scranton Central High School (1938)
    2. Necklace Chain
    3. Paper pasted inside lid that states, "For Supervisor, Robert L. Cumming, October 28, 1888"
  6. Black leather box with purple interior lining. Contains a lapel pin for the Pennsylvania Bankers Association.
  7. Blue Recipe Box, contains notecards with handwritten notes regarding individual students’ efforts in an elementary school art class, Grades 1-8.
  8. Small black leather notebook with accounting records. Includes a handwritten label on the inside cover "Robert Cumming, 308 N. Webster Ave, Scranton, PA, Phone 9244"
  9. Swiss Army Knife
  10. 2 half dollar coins in an envelope (1969 and 1976)
  11. Dollar bill worth 5 Sen

Series VII. Miscellaneous

  1. Scraps of paper with handwritten addresses and notes
  2. Hope Horn's passport (valid 1985-1995)
  3. Hope Horn's international driving permit (issued in 1972)
  4. 2 wall calendars with handwritten appointments (1976, 1991)
  5. Pamphlet of New York City landmarks (undated)
  6. Green Stamps Booklet
  7. Several miscellaneous business cards
  8. Large manila envelope with information on the Cumming Coat of Arms (1972)
  9. Large manila envelope with information on DuPont Corian Building products and materials
  10. Large manila envelope containing a booklet for the 150th Anniversary Observance for the Harford Congregational Church, Harford, Pennsylvania (1950)

Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University by the estate of Hope Horn.

Processing Notes

Processed by Elizabeth Shomaker in 2015.