Frank Harmon Myers papers, 1891-1976

Myers, Frank Harmon, b. 1899 d. 1956
Painter, Art teacher
Active in Cincinnati, Ohio; Pacific Grove, Calif.

Collection size: 2.6 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 5 reels)

Collection Summary: Letters, photographs, writings, sketches and drawings, printed material, and a typescript biography.

REELS D26-D27: Correspondence, consisting mainly of family letters, ca. 1920-1960, and letters from John Bunker, a Cincinnati advertising man and poet; sketchbooks and loose sketches; photographs; reproductions; catalogs; articles; and clippings.

REEL D42: Scrapbook, ca. 1925-1945.

REELS 840-841: Postcards and letters from Myers' son, Frank P. Myers, while at college and also when in the Navy; letters received from John Bunker; a sales ledger; photographs; childhood drawings and an oil painting done in 1916; exhibition catalogs; clippings; and miscellany.

REEL 3161: Biographical data; letters to Myers from friends, colleagues and others; letters to Myers' widow, Ella, containing information for her biography of Myers; a map tracing Myers' sketching trips; a drawing "Cincinnati Art Front" by Herman Wessel; an exhibition catalog; a brief history of the Cincinnati Art Club; photocopies of notes for a lecture in Santa Fe, New Mexico; clippings on Myers and his teacher, John Weis; and photographs of 8 paintings by Myers. The letters, clippings, and photographs are annotated by Ella Myers.

UNMICROFILMED: Sketches, drawings, reproductions and plans by Myers, and miscellaneous printed material about Myers' work. Also, a typescript biography of Frank Myers ("...And the Glory") by his wife, Ella Price Myers, 1960-1976, 293 p. with loose notes.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter and art instructor; Cincinnati, Ohio and Pacific Grove, Calif. Taught at Cincinnati Art Academy, and moved to California after the 1930s.

Donated by Ella Price Myers, Myers' widow, 1960-1974, except for scrapbook on reel D42 which was lent for microfilming. Typescript biography was donated 1994 by Myers' daughter-in-law Patricia Clarke Myers, ex-wife of Myers' only son Frank P. Myers; she received Myers' estate in a property settlement. Additions are expected.

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