Lloyd Hoff Papers, 1936-1984  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hoff, Lloyd
Title
Lloyd Hoff Papers
Dates
1936-1984 (inclusive)
Quantity
4 cubic feet, (4 document cases, 1 flat box, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Coll 241
Summary
Correspondence and artwork of Oregon artist Lloyd Hoff. The collection includes letters, newspaper clippings, illustrations, prints, and books.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lloyd Henry Hoff was born on June 11, 1910 in Balko, Oklahoma. His parents, Benjamin Tobias Hoff and Margaret Holm Hoff, were farmers. Hoff had one younger brother named Louis and one older brother named Herman. The Hoff family moved to Walla Walla, Washington in 1917 and lived there for five or six years. They then moved to San Juan Batista, California, which is where Lloyd attended high school while also working on the family farm. Though he recognized its importance to his childhood, Lloyd never wanted a farm life for himself. Instead, he had a great interest in art, literature, and poetry. His brother once reported that Lloyd recited poetry to the cows while milking them. Lloyd's family was supportive of his artistic development during his adolescence, and his paternal aunt helped him through college. Hoff attended a junior college in California (possibly in Hollister) from 1929-1931 before attending the University of California at Berkeley for two years. He earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees in history and in art. While at Berkeley, he took a class from Mr. Obata, a Japanese man who taught him Sumi painting and Oriental brushwork. After attending the class, Hoff lived with Obata and his family for a year.

During his time in California, he illustrated books for friends, and created some illustrations for Communist newspapers at the request of his first wife. He sometimes signed his illustrations as “hans,” which was a family name but may specifically be a reference to a paternal uncle of whom he was fond. He also created the graphic design for a “Thank You” that would appear on a restaurant check. He worked at Walt Disney Studios but left after just two weeks, finding the copy work there uncreative and unfulfilling. He then applied for work in the civil service and did very well in the exams. He was placed in the Bonneville Power Administration as a graphic designer in 1939, which prompted him to move to Oregon. He eventually became chief of the graphics department there. He also worked for other departments of the Interior, such as the Indian Bureau.

By the time Hoff moved to Oregon, he had divorced his first wife. He met Clementine, his second wife, in 1939. They were married on November 29th, 1941, and Pearl Harbor was bombed on the last day of their honeymoon. Because Lloyd had no children, he was a probable candidate for the draft during World War II, but was not drafted until a year later. He went to Camp Adair for a year, where he nearly died from pneumonia. He then shipped out to the South Pacific and was stationed in New Caledonia and the Philippines. He started out as a private but became a mapmaker and was thus transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Hoff made friends with local inhabitants in the Philippines who gave him culinary gifts upon his departure. This led to a bout of amoebic dysentery which would last for years. His next desination was Japan; however, his positive experience with the Obata family in Berkeley made him feel very conflicted about impending combat with the Japanese. Fortunately, the war ended while he was on his way to Japan. He stayed there for the first few months of the U.S. occupation, and was discharged in December of 1945.

After the war, Lloyd and Clementine Hoff had two children, named Ben and Laurie. Lloyd continued his work with the Bonneville Power Administration while also creating illustrations for other works. Near the end of his career, Hoff injured his hand while cutting wood, which made it very painful for him to draw. His wife reported that the illustrations for Marvin Rosenberg’s book jackets were particularly difficult. He retired in 1975, and died on November 29, 1982.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection relates to a portion of Lloyd Hoff's art work and is comprised of correspondence, drawings, and prints. The correspondence deals mostly with Hoff's various illustration projects from the late 1930s through the early 1970s. There is very little material regarding Hoff's work with the Bonneville Power Administration. Most art pieces in this collection are prints that would later be published in books, particularly hand press books with limited runs. However, other prints, a few sketches, political cartoons, and advertisements can also be found here. Several drawings are of the South Pacific and Japan. A large portion of the art in this collection comes from Hoff's work for A Native American by William Saroyan. Also included are a number of newspaper articles about Saroyan which Hoff's wife collected.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Lloyd Hoff Papers, Coll 241, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The collection has been arranged in two series:

  • Series A: Correspondence
  • Series B: Artwork

Acquisition Information

Acquired July 2011, Library Accession 27392.

Separated Materials

Wood block carvings used to illustrate William Saroyan's A native American have been transferred to the Artifacts Collection, Oregon Historical Society.

Related Materials

Lloyd Hoff's artwork and other materials created for the Bonneville Power Administration are housed in the Administration's library in Portland, Oregon.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1955 publishing of updated “Sin” which was given up for lack of funds. Also earlier correspondence for previous work
This file contains letters that were addressed to people other than Lloyd, but which concerned him or were sent to him for reference.
1948-1955, 1962, undated
1/2
General
1939-1974, 1981
1/3-4
Richard [Dick] Guggenheim
This file contains letters that were addressed to people other than Lloyd, but which concerned him or were sent to him for reference.
1948-1956
1/5
Helen King
1962-1963, undated
1/6
Lloyd’s jobs of illustration (all except for “Where to Sin”)
1948-1953
1/7
John [Jack] Lord
An outgoing letter from Lloyd Hoff is in this folder. This file contains letters that were addressed to people other than Lloyd, but which concerned him or were sent to him for reference.
1952-1956
1/8
Ramsey Oppenheim
1953-1956, undated
1/9
Marvin Rosenberg, UC Berkeley Department of Dramatic Art
1951-1975, undated
1/10
William Saroyan
Includes articles published about Saroyan after his death.
1938-1981, undated
1/11
Richard Volz, Custodian of Chapin Library, Williams College
Includes a letter to Mr. Volz from an unknown sender who is probably Clementine Hoff.
1984

Series B:  ArtworkReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
OSA-1/1
List of books, booklets and such illustrated by Lloyd Hoff; newspaper clippings
1937-1951, undated
OSA-1/2
Various prints and sketches
1941, undated
OSA-1/3
6 illustrations from The American Farmer printed on board
undated
Oversize folder
Various prints
Includes:
  • Proof sheets for book on California history
  • "The lion and lamb" (broadside), Archetype Press, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Lithographs of South Pacific themes, made in Portland after Hoff returned home after war service
  • Test prints for A native American illustrations
circa 1946; undated
2/1
3 pages of a hand pressed book
undated
2/2
Announcement of limited edition run of “Some Chinese Ghosts”
1939
2/3
Book Reviews (newspaper clippings)
1936-1983, undated
2/4
Holiday Greetings – Clementine and Lloyd Hoff
undated
2/5
Letter Heads done in the South Pacific
undated
2/6
“Our Garden Book” preliminary sketches
circa 1940
2/7-8
Prints
undated
2/9
Sketches for Rosenberg’s Shakespeare books
undated
2/10
Small hand press books from The Hart Press
1946-1951
2/11
“The Cat and the Cherub”
1938
2/12-13
Various illustrations, sketches and prints – political cartoons, advertisements, books, etc
1938-1944, undated
Books
Box/Folder
2/14
Our Garden Book published by The Journal, Portland, OR
2 copies
1941
3/1
A Vulcan Among the Argonauts, by John Carr, edited by Robin Lampson
1936
3/2
A Vulcan Among the Argonauts, by John Carr, edited by Robin Lampson
Unbound copy, contains newspaper clippings within the leaves of the book.
1936
3/3
The Adventure of Padre Vicentio: A legend of San Francisco by Bret Harte
1939
3/4
The Masks of King Lear by Marvin Rosenberg
1972
3/5
The Masks of Macbeth by Marvin Rosenberg
1978
3/6
The Masks of Othello: The Search for the Identity of Othello, Iago, and Desdemona by Three Centuries of Actors and Critics by Marvin Rosenberg
1961
3/7
The Washoe Giant in San Francisco, heretofore uncollected sketches by Mark Twain, edited by Franklin Walker
1938
A Native American by William Saroyan
Before the Oregon Historical Society had acquired this collection, some illustrations from the following folders had been moved to a safety desposit box.
Box/Folder
4/1
3 of the frontispiece, other illustrations
circa 1938
4/2
9 of the best opposite p. 23, “One of Our Future Poets”
circa 1938
4/3
11 of best of “Old Fashioned Romance," p. 65
circa 1938
4/4
Best of “Locomotive 38,” p. 56
circa 1938
4/5
Best of “The Pomegranate Trees,” p. 30
circa 1938
4/6
Flyer for Saroyan book (only one)
This file also contains prints of various illustrations from the book.
circa 1938
4/7
Not so good of “An Old Fashioned Romance,” p. 65
circa 1938
4/8
Not so good of “Locomotive 38,” p. 56,
circa 1938
4/9
Not so good of “The Circus,” p. 49
circa 1938
4/10
Not so good of “The Fifty Yard Dash,” p. 72
circa 1938
4/11
Off-register, “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse”
circa 1938
4/12
“One of Our Future Poets,” p. 23, some off register but not all
circa 1938
4/13
Originally chosen best
circa 1938
4/14
“The Circus,” p. 49 (5 difficult/best of)
circa 1938
4/15
“The Fifty Yard Dash,”, p 72
circa 1938
4/16
“The Journey to Hanford,” p. 14
circa 1938
4/17
“The Journey to Hanford,” 19 of the best
circa 1938
4/18
“The Pomegranate Trees,” p. 30, off register
circa 1938
4/19
Various illustrations
circa 1938
4/20
Xeroxes from “A Native American,” a Christmas card
circa 1938

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Artists--Oregon.
  • Prints--Technique.

Personal Names

  • Hoff, Lloyd--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Art prints
  • Letters (correspondence)

Titles within the Collection

  • A native American

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Saroyan, William, 1908-1981. (creator)