SAH 2022 Annual International Conference
Pittsburgh, PA    April 27-May 1

Application info for the 2022 George B. Tatum Annual International Conference Fellowship will be posted here no later than September 10, 2021

Details of the 2022 SAH Annual International Conference are online at: https://www.sah.org/2022

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Image Courtesy of the University of Delaware Archives and Records Management

Image Courtesy of the University of Delaware Archives and Records Management

George Bishop Tatum was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1917 and educated at Western Reserve Academy and Princeton University. After a stint as a Captain in the India-China division of the Air Service Command in World War II, he returned to Princeton where he completed his M.F.A. in 1947, and his Ph.D. in 1950. Dr. Tatum taught art history and architectural history at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, and advised two generations of architectural historians including Harold Cooledge, William Murtaugh, Matthew Baigell, and Robert B. Ennis. He retired from teaching at Delaware in 1978.

Tatum was a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and served as its first Vice President, from 1964 to 1966. He was a Fellow of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. He is perhaps best remembered for his book, Penn’s Great Town: 250 Years of Philadelphia Architecture Illustrated in Prints and Drawings, a catalog of a major exhibition of the same title held at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 1961. Roger W. Moss, Director Emeritus of Athenaeum of Philadelphia, called Penn’s Great Town “the first modern book to examine the entire sweep of Philadelphia’s architecture, combining historic images, identified as to source and accompanied by the thoughtful and carefully researched brief essays of genuine merit.” Dr. Tatum passed away in Danville, CA, at the age of 91 in October 2008.