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Jac Venza Photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 00-2011-133-0

Scope and Contents

The Jac Venza Photographs (2011-133-0) is a series of eight photographs of indoor and outdoor dinner parties from 1974-1977.  Ralph Hinchmen of Lilac Hedges appears in two of the photographs. Jac Venza and Ralph Hinchman met early in the launching of Lilac Hedges.  Venza worked as a card designer and introducted Hinchman to other artists, including Hillary Knight and Andy Warhol.

Dates

  • Created: 1974-1977
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/08/2011

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

Jac Venza is a public television producer who is directly responsible for most of the theater and music programs that have been on PBS since its creation in 1970. He began his career on CBS in the 1950s, where he began to notice the scarcity of programming devoted to the fine arts on television. From the early 1960s until his retirement in 2005, Venza brought such programs as NET Playhouse, Live from Lincoln Center, American Playhouse, American Masters, and Great Performances to millions of viewers. He held the record for the most Emmy nominations for an individual – 57- until 2010. The Lilac Hedges Collection (2011-08-0) is a collection of greeting cards, original artwork, and other items pertaining to the former Lilac Hedges greeting card company of Litchfield, Connecticut. The card company was founded by Ralph P. Hinchman III, and was based in two buildings in Litchfield, a house and a barn, that originally belonged to the historic Echo Farms. The property was renamed “Lilac Hedges” by Ralph P. Hinchman III’s relatives, and the company was named after the property. The company appears to have done business in the 1950’s and 60’s. Hinchman started making greeting cards by making Christmas cards for neighbors, friends, and family which featured the person’s house on the card. The cards were created by various artists including Jac Venza, Hilary Knight, Donn Sheets, Henry Bowman, Hinchman himself, and various other artists including Andy Warhol who designed several cards.

Note written by

Extent

8.00 photographs

1.00 folders

Language of Materials

English

Source of Acquisition

Jac Venza

Method of Acquisition

Gift..

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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