Sculptor, archivist, printmaker, and filmmaker Camille Billops was born in Los Angeles, CA. Billops earned a BA from California State University, an MFA from City College of New York (CCNY), and a Ph.D. from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, France. She has taught for the art departments of Rutgers University and CCNY. In 1975, Billops and her husband, James Hatch, founded the Hatch-Billops Collection, Inc., a nonprofit research library of African American historical documents focusing on the theater arts. The library includes oral histories, slides, photography, and art that Billops and Hatch have collected over two decades in their SoHo Manhattan loft. The archive was later donated to Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Billops' work is in the collections of the Jersey City Museum, NJ; Museum of Drawers, Zurich, Switzerland; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.