Correspondence concerning the Chesapean Archaeological Site, Lake Joyce, 1955-1957

Hatch, John Davis


55 items in 3 folders ; 28 x 22 cm.
Series I. Letters of Dr. John Davis Hatch, Jr., Director of the Norfolk Art Museum, concerning the archaeological dig at the "Norfolk Chesapean Site" at Lake Joyce in what is now Virginia Beach. Included are copies of 50 unsigned letters to and from Dr. Hatch in chronological order from March 17, 1955 to May 15, 1957. Also includes is a 2 page collection loan agreement allowing the display of the artifacts at Upper Wolfsnare in 1980.
Series II. A composite contact print (b & w ; 21 x 26) cm. of 12 photographs of the archaeological site. Lake Joyce, Summer 1955. Inscribed on the back: "1610-1655 excavation by Norfolk Museum, Norfolk Virginia (Lake Joyce)--Summer 1955.
Series III. Copies of 3 newspaper clippings. The Virginian Pilot, March 11, 1957, p. 3. Museumpiece of the week by George H. Tucker -- The Virginian-Pilot, March 18, 1957, p. 11. Museumpiece of the week by George H. Tucker -- The Beacon, August 21, 1979, p. 13. "Mystery Lake" has beauty, dark history, by Ed Bacon.
Dr. John Davis Hatch (d. May 30, 1996 at age 89), a collector and consultant, was director of the Art Institute of Seattle (1928-31), assistant director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (1932-1935), director of the Albany Institute of Art and History (194001948) and director of the Norfolk Museum of Art and Sciences, now the Chrysler Museum (1950-1959) (from the NY Times obit., June 9, 1996).
There are variant spellings for the archaeological dig at Lake Joyce, although none are definitive. Dr. Hatch called it "Chesapean," and Floyd Painter, an archaeologist working at the museum, spelled it "Chesopiean." Floyd Painter's spelling has become the accepted form; he created a magazine called "The Chesopiean," dedicated to the study of Virginia antiquities. The site was determined in 2007 to be the middens of Henry Town, dating from the early or mid-17th century (from Wikipedia, "Henry Town").

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