James V. Hatch

James V Hatch

James V. Hatch, CCNY English, Died 14 Feb 2020.

City College mourns the recent passing of James Hatch, a historian of black theater who was a member of the English Department for more than thirty years. Jim and his wife Camille Billops created a rich archive of interviews with black actors, writers, artists, and singers.  Parts of the Hatch/Billops collection—a major resource for research in African American arts and letters of the twentieth century—are housed within CCNY's Cohen Library archives. The couple's impact on the study of African American drama is monumental, and will shape the work of theater historians and literary scholars for many years to come.