Thomas Temple Hoopes Ph.D 1898-1981

Thomas Temple Hoopes Ph.D 1898-1981

When I was 9 years old living back at 5 Walnut st I found a folder in the pantry high up on a shelf.  Opening it up I discovered what you see in the following picture.  For years I wondered who he was and why this file had shown up at my childhood home.   One day I googled him and received  many hits.  However, no one seemed to have as much personal information as I did in this folder about his life.  He was the Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Afterwords from 1936 to 1964 he was the curator of the  St Louis City Art Museum.  He has published many works.  He has a prize award given out to students from a great many colleges from Harvard to University of Texas.  He is a expert in arms and armor and spend time in the Navy as an officer.   His childhood family lived in Newbury/Byfield do you have any info on him? I have more than I would ever want to know about this individual.

Thomas Temple Hoopes Lost Personal Files

Thomas Temple Hoopes Lost Personal Files

A few items are: custom printed christmas cards, newspapers with a photo of him, classified Navy documents and personal letters, and maps, marriage info Union Club Member of Boston, genealogy info etc…etc.

I will be listing the items found in the folder soon and trying to create a bio based on this info.  Let me know if you have any.  I still don’t have the reason for these papers showing up where I lived.

His picture profile is seen on the left of this photo.  He is also on the left in the picture.

Dr Thomas T Hoopes & Director Perry T Rathbone

Dr Thomas T Hoopes & Director Perry T Rathbone

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8 Responses to “Thomas Temple Hoopes Ph.D 1898-1981”

  1. Denise Kraut on March 13th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Would you please contact me – I have questions on Thomas Temple Hoopes.

  2. Cass Fuller on February 6th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I have a photo of Thomas when he was in the Wright Bro flight school in 1919. Its an 8×10 of him on a biplane sitting at the pilots seat. Apparently Thomas along with 7 others were chosen to attend the Wright flight school as part of a Harvard program called Harvard flying corps. There are a few links out there that point to this. Also the photo is signed by Thomas and has best regards to a Mr. Dale. E Bieve.

  3. Shawn Gearin - Moderator on February 6th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks, nice picture. How did you get your hands on this original photo? All my Hoopes papers were found tucked up on the top shelf in our pantry when I was growing up in Newburyport at 5 Walnut St.

  4. Cass Fuller on February 6th, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I purchased it on ebay. Early photos of aviation history are very rare. This photo dates back to aviation earliest years. Especially rare is this is a part of the wright Bros. aviation school. Thomas was one of the early graduates/pilots.

  5. Cass Fuller on February 6th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

  6. C Hoopes on January 9th, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Did you ever finish your bio of Thomas Hoopes? I would be keenly interested in reading it, especially the genealogical information. I’m a relative of his and have very little information about him and zero info on his wife, Catherine, other than the fact that she existed and was his 2nd wife.

  7. David Murphey on January 15th, 2019 at 9:41 pm


    Thomas Temple Hoopes (1898-1981) is my first cousin, twice removed. He was born in Boston, to Wilford Lawrence Hoopes and Lillie Edith Merrill. Wilford was for many years rector of Calvary Church, Providence, RI.

    I stumbled upon this page and found your discovery fascinating.I’d love to learn more details.

  8. Barbara Bagby-Zimmerman on March 4th, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I bought an old blunderbuss at an antique store many years ago in Alton, Illinois, just east of St. Louis, where he was curator at the St. Louis Art Museum. I was told it was sold as part of an estate. The name stamped on it is Hoopes. I thought it might have been part of his personal collection since he was a firearms expert.
    I wish I knew if it was his

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