Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860s, 1890-2009,

A Finding Aid to the Frederick Hammersley Papers, 1897-2008, bulk 1940-2000, in the Archives of American Art, by Diana Shenk

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Biographical Information

Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) spent most of his career in the Los Angeles area working as a painter and teacher. He is closely associated with the hard-edge abstraction painting style of the Abstract Classicists of southern California

Hammersley was born on January 5, 1919 in Salt Lake City, where his father worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior. The family lived in Utah and Idaho before finally settling in San Francisco. Hammersley attended the University of Idaho and later enrolled in the Academy of Advertising Art in San Francisco. In 1940, Hammersley began taking classes at the Chouinard Art Institution in Los Angeles.

Hammersley's studies were interrupted by World War II military service from 1942 to 1946. He was stationed first in Paris as a draftsman in the Signal Corp and was eventually promoted to Army sargeant in the Office of Military Government in Berlin. While in Paris, he visited Picasso's studio several times and also took classes at the ├ęcole des Beaux Arts at the end of the war. When he returned home in 1946, the GI Bill subsidized his final year of study at Chouinard, now the California Institute of Arts, and three years at Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Hammersley made his living as an art professor in California for twenty years, teaching at Jepson and Pomona College in Claremont. He accepted a teaching position at the University of New Mexico in 1968 and moved to Albuquerque. In 1971, Hammersley resigned his teaching position and devoted himself to painting.

Hammersley's reputaton as a painter began in 1948 when one of his small paintings was accepted in an annual exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1958, several of his works were included in a traveling exhibition called Four Abstract Classicists, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hammersley, and fellow painters Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, and John McLaughlin, were dubbed the "hard-edged painters," which consisted of flat, colored geometric shapes that were a sharp contrast to the more popular Abstract Expressionism. The label stuck and in the mid 1970s, Hammersley submitted several works of art for a show called L.A. Hard Edge - the 50s and 70s in Los Angeles.

During the late 1970s and 80s, Hammersley had several exhibitions, including shows at L. A. Louver in Venice, California, Hoshour Gallery in Albuquerque, and the Corcoran in Washington, DC. In 2000, the Laguna Art Museum presented a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Sante Fe and the Pomona College Museum of Art organized a retrospective in 2007. His work is in museum collections across the country, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Hammersley died in 2009 at the age of 90.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of Los Angeles Abstract Classicist painter and art teacher Frederick Hammersley measure 10.3 linear feet and date from 1897 to 2008, with the bulk of the material dating from 1940 to 2000. The papers contain biographical materials, diaries, family and professional correspondence, personal business and financial records, writings, photographs, printed materials, and works of art.

Biographical materials includes resumes and biographies, calendars, military records, family genealogies and estate settlement files, school records, high school and college yearbooks, wills and other legal records, and awards. There is one undated and untranscribed audio cassette recording of an interview with Hammersley.

Diaries are found for Hammersley's high school and college years and include notes about classes, friends, and family. There are also scattered entries from his years in Paris during the World War II. There is a large gap in the diaries from 1952 to 1969, and more regular entries dating from 1970-1973, 1979, and 1989. A more complete diary dates from 1991-1995.

Measuring almost three inear feet, correspondence is the largest and most extensive series and consists of letters from family and close friends as well as business correspondence with collectors and professional art associations. Family correspondents include Hammersley's immediate family and aunts and cousins. There is a large amount of correspondence with his sister, Susie Hammersley Stone, that begins in 1949 and contains Hammersley's more personal observations about his art. Additional noteworthy correspondents include fellow artists Rico Lebrun, John McLaughlin, Karl Benjamin, Robert Chuey, and William Brice.

General financial and business records focus on Hammersley business relationships and transactions with galleries and museums and his efforts to promote his art. Galleries and museums represented in the files include Modernism Gallery (San Francisco), L. A. Louver Gallery (Venice, California), and Hoshour Gallery (Albuquerque). This series also contains tax returns and expense ledgers.

Hammersley's writings include college class notes, essays, poetry, lecture and teaching notes, grant applications, and proposals. There are also drafts and a final copy of an article published in the journal Leonardo in 1970. The lecture and teaching notes are supplemented by five audio cassette recordings from Hammersley's lectures at the Albuquerque Museum, Hoshour Gallery, and Graham Gallery.

Photographs include snapshots of Hammersley; images of Hammersely with family and friends; travel photographs, many of them taken in Europe during World War II; photographs of exhibitions; and photographs of Hammersley's artwork. Most of the photographs were labeled and dated by Hammersley.

Printed material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and printed copies of Hammersley graphic designs. The series is quite complete, containing clippings and exhibition material that represents Hammersley's entire career as an artist. The design prints depict the work of the graphic design business that Hammersley operated for over twenty years.

Artwork includes the original designs from Hammersley's graphic design projects, sketchbooks, drawings and designs from high school and college classes, exhibiton catalog drawings, and cards and printouts from his computer drawing series.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects-Topical:

  • Painting, Abstract
  • Painters--California--Los Angeles
  • Painters--New Mexico--Albuquerque
  • Computer Art
  • Art teacher--California--Los Angeles
  • World War, 1939-1945--France

Types of Materials:

  • Awards
  • Designs
  • Diaries
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Drawings
  • Essays
  • Financial records
  • Genealogies
  • Interviews
  • Lecture notes
  • Lectures
  • Poetry
  • Photographs--aat
  • Resumes
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sound recordings

Names:

  • Benjamin, Karl
  • Brice, William, 1921-
  • Chuey, Robert
  • Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964
  • MvLaughlin, John, 1898-1976
  • Stone, Susie Hammersley
  • Hoshour Gallery
  • L.A. Louver Gallery
  • Modernism (Gallery)

Provenance

Frederick Hammersley donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in nine accessions from 1974 to 2008.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was processed by Diana Shenk in 2010 with funding provided by The Getty Foundation.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Frederick Hammersley papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Frederick Hammersley papers, 1897-2008, bulk 1940-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1897, 1927-2003
(Box 1-2, 10; 1.6 linear ft.)

This series contains resumes, biographies, calendars, military records, postcards from travels, awards and certificates, school records, and yearbooks. Wills and estate records are found for Hammersley and several of his relatives, including parents, grandfather, and a great aunt. The original 1897 mortgage deed from property his grandfather owned in London is found here. Of particular interest are the German souvenirs that Hammersley brought back from his time in the army during World War II.

Box Folder
1 1 Awards and Certificates, 1927-1930, 1934
(oversized items housed in Box 10)
1 2 Awards, circa 1970, 1979
1 3 Biographies and Resumes, circa 1959-1996
1 4 British Cigarette Boxes, circa 1940-1949
1 5-8 Calendars, 1955-1975, 1982-1999
(4 folders, oversized items housed in Box 10)
1 9 Census, 1970
1 10 Class Attendance and Report Cards, 1935-1945
1 11 Diploma - High School, 1935
1 12 Estate - Anna Hammersley (Hammersley's mother), 1971-1973
1 13 Estate - Dorothy Hutchinson Hammersley (Hammersley's aunt), 1969, 1974-1986
1 14 Estate - Frederick Hammersley (Hammersley's grandfather), 1966-1987
(oversized item housed in Box 10)
1 15 Maude Eliza Hammersley Estate, 1962
1 16 Family Genealogy, Undated
1 17 Gallery Catalogs, Post Cards, and Tour Guides - England, circa 1944-1947
1 18 German Souvenirs, 1944
(oversized items in Box 10)
1 19 Harold Hammersley's Art (Hammersley's father), 1960, 1962
1 20 Interview with Hammersley - Audio Cassette Tape (not transcribed), Undated
(Item housed in Box 10)
1 21 Life Insurance Policy, 1978
1 22 Location of Hammersley's Important Papers, 1967, 1984
1 23 Military Records and Documents, 1933-1946
1 24 Montana Property, circa 1977-2001
1 25-26 Post Cards and Travel Guides, circa 1940-1949
(2 folders)
1 27 Program from the Chief Theatre Opening - Pocatello, Idaho, 1938
1 28 Susie Hammersley Stone (Hammersley's sister), 1947-1951, 1973
1 29 Theater and Art Gallery Programs - Paris, 1940-1950
1 30 U.S. Navy Combat Art Collection, 1962-1964
1 31 Who's Who in American Art Entries, 1972-1980
1 32 Will and Estate Documents, 1992-1996, 2003
1 33 Yearbook - Salt Lake City High School, 1935
Box Folder
2 1 Yearbook - Salt Lake City High School, 1934-1935
2 2-3 Yearbooks - University of Idaho, 1937-1938
(2 folders)
Box
10 Oversized Awards and Certificates, 1930, 1934
(from Box 1, F. 1)
10 Oversized Calendars, 1967-1968, 1970, 1974-1975
(2 folders, from Box 1, F. 5-8)
10 Oversized German Souvenirs - Rubber Stamps, circa 1944
(from Box 1, F. 18)
Box
11 Interview with Hammersley - Audio Cassette Tape (not transcribed), Undated
(from Box 1, F. 20)
Box
10 Oversized Mortgage Deed, Frederick Hammersley (Hammerley's Grandfather), 1897
(from Box 1, F. 14)
10 Oversized Scrapbook of Career Highlights, 1944-1969
(from Box 2, F. 9)

Series 2: Diaries, 1935-1951, 1970-1979, 1985, 1991-1995
(Box 2, 0.2 linear ft.)

Early diaries dating from 1931 provide information about Hammersley's life during high school and college, including details about classes, social activities, weather, and his relationship with his parents and sister. Although sporadic after 1947, the 1945 diary records observations about his year in Paris as an army sargeant and reveals his renewed interest in art. The diary covering the years from 1991 to 1995 documents his daily routine and provides interesting details about his painting and exhibition schedules.

Diaries are arranged chronologically by date.

Box Folder
2 4-6 Diaries, 1935-1951
(3 folders)
2 7-8 Diaries, 1970-1973, 1979, 1985
(2 folders)
2 9 Diaries, 1991-1995

Series 3: Correspondence, circa 1938-2004
(Box 2-4, 14; 2.6 linear feet)

This series includes personal and professional correspondence from his first year in college through the end of his life. There is correspondence with galleries, museums, professional associations, colleagues, family, and friends. Letters from his sister, Susie Hammersley Stone, are particularly complete and detailed. Also included in this series are letters that document Hammersley's mentoring of several students in his classes at Pomona College. Photographs, clippings, and other miscellaneious enclosures are also be found in some of the letters.

Correspondents include Karl Benjamin, William Brice, Robert Chuey, Wayne Entice, Claudine Humblet, Stanley Kiesel, Rico Lebrun, and John McLaughlin. Galleries and museums representd in Hammersley's correspondence include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Heritage Gallery, Laguna Art Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, and Santa Fe East Gallery

The series is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. Miscellaneous folders for the alphabet contain single letters from individuals. Drafts of outgoing letters are arranged chronologically at the end of the series.

Box Folder
2 10 A Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
2 11 Ace Gallery, 1988
2 12 Clinton and Mary Adams, 1981-1999
2 13 Albuquerque Museum, 1984-1989
2 14-15 Bardene Allen, 1959-2000
(2 folders)
2 16 Gwynne and Evelyn Allen, 1959-1998
2 17 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, 1986-1990
2 18 Jeanne and Garo Antreasian, 1975-1994
2 19 Donna Ari, 1977-1979
2 20 Art Institute of Chicago, 1980, 1986
2 21 Artspace - Southwestern Contemporary Arts Quarterly, 1989-1992
2 22 Awards in the Visual Arts, 1987
2 23 B Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
2 24 John and Dorothy Barbour, 1965-1971
2 25 Joe Barrett, 1994-1999
2 26-27 Karl Benjamin, 1962-2004
(2 folders)
2 28 Barry and Gail Berkus, 1980-1981
2 29 William Brice, 1989-1999
2 30 Nicholas Brigante, 1979-1990
2 31 Gerald Brommer, 1989-1993
2 32 Gerald Buck, 1989-1993
2 33 Kathleen and Charles Brown, 1966, 1975
2 34 C Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
2 35 California State University - Fine Arts Gallery, 1989-1990
2 36 Myriane Chariez, 1991-1993
2 37 Chouinard Art School, 1964-1968, 1993
2 38 The Chouinard Foundation, 1999-2007
2 39 Bob and Josephine Chuey, circa 1973-1992
2 40 Kenneth Clark, 1971
2 41 Frederick and Ellen Landis Cohn, circa 1984-1986
2 42 Van Coke, 1980-1986
2 43 Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico, 1990-1993
2 44 Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1966-1991
2 45 Marcus Crandall, 1958-1962
2 46 Daisy Cross, 1974-1980
2 47 D Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
2 48 Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1975
2 49 Eldon and Virginia Dedini, 1986-2002
2 50 Bette Dunavant, 1968
2 51 E Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
2 52 Susan Ehrlich, 1981-2003
2 53 Bob and Barbara Ellis, 1981-1982
Box Folder
3 1 Wayne Entice, 1970-2002
3 2 Sam and Elena Erenberg, 1980
3 3 Merion Estes, circa 1981
3 4 F Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 5 Lorser and Helen Feitelson, 1978, 1987
3 6 Fellows of Contemporary Art, 1976
3 7 Fine Arts Gallery, 1982
3 8 Bernice Fletcher, 1968-1994
3 9 Bill and Judy Fletcher, circa 1999
3 10 Craig Fletcher, 1997-2003
3 11 Pat Fogle, 1963-1988
3 12 Piper Fogle (Yost), 1965-1990
3 13 Madelyn Foreman, 1971-1972, 1990
3 14 Anne and Bill Frej, 1991-2003
3 15 Noriko Fuginami, 1988
3 16 Charles O. Furniss, 1961-1991
3 17 G Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 18 William George, 1992-2002
3 19 Norman Geske (National Bank of Commerce, Nebraska), 1973-1981
(Oversized item housed in OV 14)
3 20 Getty Research Institute, 2003
3 21 Jim and Nancy Grant, 1950-1960
3 22 Graphis, 1952-1953, 1992
3 23 Guggenheim Museum, 1980-1983
3 24 H Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 25 Anna Hammersley (Hammersley's Mother), 1956-1970
3 26 Harold Hammersley (Hammersley's Father), circa 1938-1966
3 27 Harold and Anna Hammersley (Hammersley's Parents), 1942-1944, 1963
3 28 Victor Hammersley (Hammersley's Uncle), 1962-1966
3 29 Mary Harris, circa 1970, 1984-2000
3 30 Yoshimi Hayashi, 2000-2004
3 31 Heritage Gallery, 1960-1988
3 32 Heydt/Bair Gallery, 1982
3 33-34 Flora Hill, circa 1982-1999
3 35 Mildred Hodges, 1976
3 36 Michel and Madge Hogan, 1954-1973
3 37 Roger Hollenbeck, 1959-1973
3 38-39 Jim Hueter, 1974-2003
(2 folders)
3 40-42 Claudine Humblet, 1985-2001
(3 folders)
3 43 I Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 44 J Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 45 Herb and Marcia Jepson, circa 1950-1993
3 46-47 Betsy Jones, circa 1954-2003
(2 folders)
3 48 K Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 49 Sakae Kawashiri, 1944, 1980-1999
3 50 Peter and Brenda Kelly, 1985-1997
3 51 Albert and Joan Kessler, 1984-1991
3 52 Stanley Kiesel, 1968-1989
3 53 Ann King, 1971, 1996
3 54 Robert King, 1975
3 55 Gloria Koehl, 1969
3 56 Ray Kuhne, 1981-1994
3 57 L Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 58 Laguna Art Museum, 1993-2000
3 59 Susan Larrabee, 1976-2000
3 60-61 Tom and Patti Laursen, 1962-1992
(2 folders)
3 62 Charles and Jinny Lawler, 1959-1993
3 63 Rico and Constance Lebrun, 1985
3 64 Leonardo - International Journal of the Contemporary Artist, 1969-1970, 1977
3 65 Linda Durham Gallery, 1981-1982
3 66 Charles Littler, 1977
3 67 Ernest Lopez, 1963-1965
3 68 Los Angles County Museum of Art, 1966, 1976-1991
3 69 Los Angeles Times, 1990
3 70 Bates Lowry, 1962-1963
3 71 Peter Ludwig, 1986-1988
3 72 M Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
3 73 McCrory Corporation, 1980
3 74 Gardner McFall (Middendorf/Lane), circa 1977-1979
3 75 John McLaughlin, circa 1960-1961
3 76 Museum of Albuquerque, 1976
3 77 Museum of Modern Art, 1961-1997
3 78 Museum of New Mexico, 1973-1999
3 79 Donald Muth, 1960-1961
3 80 N Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
Box Folder
4 1 National Museum of American Art, 1986
4 2 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, 1978-1979
4 3 New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 1997-2000
4 4 New Mexico State Fair, 1987-1991
4 5 Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art - Utah State University, 1987
4 6 Betty Nowels, 1974-2002
4 7 Paula Nowels, 1977-2004
4 8 O Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 9 P Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 10 Pacific Arts Association, 1964
4 11 Pomona College, 1953-1980, 2003
4 12 Bob Perine, 1981-1986
4 13 Victor Quan, 1954, 1979-1988
4 14 R Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 15 R. C. Erpf Gallery, 1986-1987
4 16 Recommendation Letters, 1959-1983, 1995
4 17 Roswell Museum and Art Center, 1979, 1989
4 18 Richard Rowlands, 1972-1975
4 19 Wesley Rusnell, 1979-2003
4 20 Ruth Bachofner, 1999
4 21 S Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 22 San Francisco Museum of Art, 1981-1982
4 23 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1965-1982
4 24 San Francisco State College, 1967
4 25 Santa Fe East Galleries, 1981-1982
4 26 Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, 1979
4 27 Kurt Schettling, 1947-1948
4 28 Herman Schneiderman, circa 1968-1989
4 29 Peter Selz, 1959-1994
4 30 Stuart Shedletsky - "Still Working" Exhibition, 1991-1996
4 31 Milt Shields, circa 1962
4 32 Kathleen Shields, 1993-1995
4 33 Seymour and Zoya Slive, 1954-1978
4 34 Russell and Annette Smith, 1976, 2003
4 35 Southwest Jewish Community Center, 1954
4 36 Berniece Stewart, 1980-1981
4 37-43 Susie Stone (Hammersley's Sister), 1949-2003
(7 folders)
4 44 T Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 45 Tamarind Institute, 1973-2001
4 46 Victoria and Dave Thorne, 1986
4 47 Tobey C. Moss, 1981-2003
4 48 Tom and Diana Torres, 1981-1998
4 49-50 Mort and Maxine Traylor, circa 1960-1996
(2 folders)
4 51 U Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 52 University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982-1983
4 53 University of New Mexico, 1968-1999
4 54 V Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 55 Philip Van Aver, 1964-2004
4 56 W Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 57 Tammy Webster, circa 1968-2000
4 58 Mary Werbelow, 1969-1987
4 59 Lawrence Weschler, circa 1999-2003
4 60 Clary Westburg, 1981-1994
4 61 Dwight Westburg, 1982-1983
4 62 Eric Westburg (Hammersley's Uncle), circa 1966-1973
4 63 Westside Jewish Community Center, 1962-1973
4 64 Western State Arts Foundation, 1978-1981
4 65 Whitney Museum, 1961-1962, 1974-1980
4 66 Gene Wilson, circa 1971-1985
4 67 Jeana Wilson, 1974-1978
4 68 Michael Wingo, 1981-1993
4 69 Frances Wirth, circa 1966-2004
4 70 Clyde Wood, 1962
4 71 Virginia Yost, circa 1958-1983
4 72 Z Miscellaneous, circa 1950-2001
4 73 Miscellaneous First Names Only, circa 1950-2005
Box Folder
5 1-2 Drafts of Outgoing Correspondence, circa 1950-1979
(2 folders)
Box
OV 14 Oversized Norman Geske (National Bank of Commerce, Nebraska), 1973-1981
(from Box 3, F. 19)

Series 4: General Financial and Business Records, 1936-2005
(Box 5-6; 2 linear feet)

After Hammersley resigned from the University of New Mexico in 1971, he supported himself financially by selling his artwork. This series documents Hammersley's diligent efforts to promote his art through exhibitions and sales. Also contained in this series are tax returns, price lists, and receipts for living expenses and art supplies. The gallery and museum records include correspondence, expense ledgers, consignment agreements, art transport records, invoices and receipts, and insurance records. Hammersley had a decades long relationship with several galleries, including Modernism Gallery (San Francisco), L. A. Louver Gallery (Venice, California), and Hoshour Gallery (Albuquerque). The acceptance and rejection notices contain a compilation of material that documents Hammerlsey submissions to art shows and exhibitions.

The files are arranged alphabetically; file contents are arranged chronologically by date.

Box Folder
5 3-5 Acceptance and Rejection Notices for Art Submissions, circa 1958-1982
(3 folders)
5 6 Albuquerque United Artists, 1979
5 7 American References, 1989-1992
5 8 Archive 90, 1993
5 9 Artists Space, 1986-1990
5 10 Brandywine Gallery, 1969-1976
5 11 California Institute of the Arts, 1988
5 12 Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 1998-1999
5 13 Consignments Agreements, 1959-1974
5 14-15 Correspondence about Exhibits, Loans, and Gifts, 1949-1976
(2 folders)
5 16 Craig Cornelius Gallery, 1984-1986
5 17 Deeds of Gift, 1997
5 18 Exhibitions Expenses, 1956-1976
5 19-20 Expense Ledgers, 1936, 1946, 1953-1968
(2 folders)
5 21 Graham Gallery, Albuquerque, 1989-1990
5 22 Grant Applications - Guggenheim 1962, 1971-1974
5 23 Grant Application - National Endowment for the Arts, 1971-1996
5 24 Hollis Galleries, 1965-1966
5 25-26 Hoshour Gallery, 1982-1991
(2 folders)
5 27 Inpost Artspace, Albuquerque, 1997
5 28 Instructions for Framing, circa 1979
5 29 Insurance Policies, 1955, 1968
5 30 Invoices for Art Supplies, 1971-1980
5 31 Invoices for Freelance Work, 1953-1963
5 32 Jan Maiden Fine Art, 1996-1999
5 33 Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, 1991
5 34 Junior League of Los Angeles, 1960-1961
5 35-41 L. A. Louvre Gallery, 1978-2005
(7 folders)
5 42 Lists of Exhibitions, 1949-1979
5 43 Mexican Investment Bonds, 1973-1975
5 44 Middendorf/Lane Gallery, 1977-1978
5 45 Modernism Gallery, 1978-1988
(1 folders)
Box Folder
6 1-4 Modernism Gallery, 1989-2001
(4 folders)
6 5 Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, 1988-1996
6 6-7 Museum of Albuquerque, 1977-1993
(2 folders)
6 8 Owings-Dewey Gallery, 1991-1999
6 9 Paul Rivas Gallery, 1959-1960
6 10 Potential Buyers, 1988-2003
6 11 Price Lists, 1949-1989
6 12-25 Receipts, 1954-1964
(14 folders)
6 26 Receipts from Move to Albuquerque from Los Angeles, 1968
6 27-28 Richard Levy Gallery, 1993-2005
(2 folders)
6 29 Snyder Fine Art, 1997-2004
6 30-33 Tax Returns, 1952-2001
(4 folders)
6 34 Tobey Moss Gallery, 1999-2000
6 35 Visual Arts Project in San Bernadino, CA 1967-1968

Series 5: Writings, circa 1940-1996
(Box 7; 0.5 linear feet)

Writings include articles, class notes, essays, poetry, lecture and teaching notes, and grant applications. Teaching notes document Hammersley's classes at Pomona College and lecture material includes outlines and notes for lectures at local museums, churches, and schools. Also included are five audio cassette tape recordings of lectures Hammersley gave at Albuquerque Museum, Hoshour Gallery, and Graham Gallery. The notebooks are particularly interesting as they contain observations and reflections on his art, several of which also contain sketches.

The material is arranged alphabetically by subject, with the audio cassette tapes at the end of the series.

Box Folder
7 1 Class Notes - College Electrical Engineering Course, circa 1943
7 2-3 Essays - Drafts, circa 1948-1986
(2 folders)
7 4 Introduction to "Abstract Classicism" Exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum, 1959
7 5 John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Application, 1948
7 6-7 Lecture Notes, circa 1961-1993
(2 folders)
7 8 Lectures at Methodist Church in Claremont, California, 1967
7 9 Lecture Announcements, circa 1979-1996
7 10 Leonardo Article, 1969-1970
7 11 Mural Proposal, 1977
7 12-13 Notebooks, circa 1940-1970
(2 folders, includes sketches)
7 14 Notebook - Photographs with Aperature and Time Notations, 1962-1965
7 15 Poetry, circa 1950-1985
7 16 Reflections on Paintings, 1961-1988
7 17 Student Evaluations, Undated
7 18-19 Teaching Notes, 1950-1970
(2 folders)
Box
10 Audio Cassette Tape Recordings of Hammersley's lectures at Albuquerque Museum, Hoshour Gallery and Graham Gallery, circa 1984-1989
(5 tapes)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1922-2007
(Box 7-8, 11; 1 linear feet)

This series contains photographs depicting Hammersley, his friends and family, travels to Europe, exhibitions, and works of art. Hammersley was an amateur photographer so most of the exhibition and artwork images were taken by him. They are also identified and dated. Additional photographs are also found in correspondence and financial and business records.

Photographs are arranged into 3 subseries:

6.1: Personal, circa 1922-2004

Photographs are of Hammersley; his parents, Harold and Anna; his sister, Susie; and his friends, Claudine Humblet and Tom and Patti Laursen. Photographs of Hammersley's home in Albuquerque also depict his studio space and artwork he choose to retain as part of his personal collecion. Hammersley spent the last two years of the war in Europe and this subseries also contains snapshots of the devastation in Berlin, including images of Hitler's destroyed bunker.

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box Folder
7 20 Anna Hammersley with Susie and Frederick (Hammersley's mother), circa 1922-1928
7 21 Frederick Hammersley, circa 1943-2004
7 22 Hammersley's Cats, 1977-1987
7 23 Hammersley's Childhood Home in California, circa 1940-1960
7 24 Hammersley in Germany, 1944
7 25 Hammersley's Home in Albuquerque, 1979-1986
7 26 Harold Hammersley (Hammersley's Father), circa 1940-1958
7 27 Hammersley's Personal Art Collection, Undated
7 28 Claudine Humblet, 1991
7 29 Jepson Art School, circa 1948
7 30 Patti and Thomas Laursen, 1954
7 31 "Colores" - PBS Program, 1990
7 32 Susie Hammersley Stone (Hammersley's Sister), circa 1940, 1979-1980, 1984
7 33 Travel - Aerial Views of Europe, circa 1944
(Oversized items housed in Box 11)
7 34 Travel - Battalion Headquarters, Camp Wood, New Jersey, 1944
(Oversized item housed in Box 11)
7 35 Travel - Berlin, 1945
7 36 Travel - England, 1944
7 37 Travel - Germany and Holland, 1944
7 38 Travel - London Art Tour, 1985
7 39 Travel - Paris, circa 1943-1945
7 40 Travel - Sante Fe, 1985
Box Folder
11 1 Oversized Aerial Views of Europe, circa 1944
(from Box 7, F. 33)
11 2 Oversized Photograph of Battalion Headquarters in Camp Wood, New Jersey, 1955
(from Box 7, F. 34)

6.2: Exhibitions, 1974-2007

Found here are photographs of Hammersley's exhibitions. They depict installation views, exhibition space, and works of art. When known, files are identified with the name of the exhibition.

The files are arranged alphabetically by name of museum or gallery sponsoring the exhibition.

Box Folder
7 41 Albuquerque Art Museum, 1978
7 42 Albuquerque United Artists, 1980
7 43 Art Fair LA 88, 1988
7 44 Artists Space, New York, 1987
7 45 Brandywine Gallery, Albuquerque, 1974
7 46 California State University at Northridge - "Paris, Berlin, and Albuquerque," 1989-1990
7 47 Corcoran - "35th Corcoran Biennial," 1977
7 48 Corcoran - "Still Working," 1994
7 49 Graham Gallery, Albuquerque, 1989
7 50 Hoshour Gallery, Albuquerque - "Poles a Part," 1984
7 51 Hoshour Gallery, Albuquerque, 1986
7 52 Laguna Art Museum - "Turning the Tide," 1990
7 53 Laguna Art Museum - "Visual Puns and Hard Edge Forms," 2000
7 54 L.A. County Art Museum, 1977
7 55 L.A. Louvre Gallery, 1978
7 56 L. A. Louvre Gallery - "I've Been Here All the Time," 1999-2000
7 57 Middendorf Lane Gallery, Washington, DC, 1977
7 58 Modernism, San Francisco, 1987-1990, 1995
7 59 Modernism, San Francisco - "West Coast Hard Edge," 1993
7 60 Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 1993
7 61 Museum of Fine Arts, Sante Fe, 1989-1990, 1993
7 62 Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico - "Visual Puns and Hard Edge Poems," 1999
7 63 Museum of New Mexico - "Modern Masterworks," 1989
7 64 New Mexico State Fair - "Selections 1987," 1987
7 65 New Mexico State Fair - "Statement 1988," 1988
7 66 Owings-Dewey Fine Arts in Sante Fe, 1992
7 67 Pamona College Museum of Art - Installation, 2007
7 68 Richard Levy Gallery, New Mexico - Computer Drawings and Prints, 1993
7 69 Roswell Museum, Rosewell, New Mexico, 1989
7 70 University of New Mexico - Retrospective, 1975
7 71 University of New Mexico, 1989
7 72 University of New Mexico - "Visual Puns and Hard Edge Poems," 1999

6.3: Works of Art, 1937-2001

Photographs of Hammersley's artwork reflect his groupings of the genres and media. The majority of the images are identified with the title and date of the artwork.

Box Folder
8 1 Christmas Cards, 1952-1953
8 2 Clay, Fired Sculpture, circa 1950-1960
8 3 Colored Pencil Drawings, 1950-1951
8 4 Drawings, 1950-1985
8 5 Early Works, 1937-1942
8 6 Figure Drawings, 1948-1989
8 7 First Organic Paintings, 1963-1965
8 8-9 Hard Edge Paintings, circa 1961-1979
(2 folders)
8 10 Head Drawings, 1974-1975
8 11 Heart Series, 2001
8 12 Ink Drawings, 1955-1956
8 13 Jepson Art School, 1947-1948
8 14 Lithograph Series, 1949-1950
8 15 Organic Paintings, 1986-1991
8 16 Organic and Hard Edge Paintings, circa 1980-1998
8 17 Paintings, 1943-1959
8 18-19 Works of Art - Pencil and Charcoal Drawings, 1948-1986
(2 folders)
8 20 Self-Portrait, 1950

Series 7: Printed Material, 1935-2008
(Box 8-9, 11; 1.8 linear feet)

Printed materials include printed examples of Hammersley's graphic designs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and exhibition catalogs and announcements.

Printed Material is arranged into 3 subseries:

7.1: Hammersley Designs, circa 1945-1969

These files contain printed copies of Hammersley's graphic design projects, including exhibition announcements and catalogs, greeting cards, brochures, pamphlets, and company stationary. The greeting cards were created for his small business Handsome Card that he started in 1945. There is also one folder of Susie Hammersley Stone's designs from her tenure as a window display designer in San Francisco in the mid-1950s.

Box Folder
8 21 Design Portfolio, circa 1945-1969
8 22-23 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1953-1963
(2 folders)
8 24 Greeting Card Portfolio, circa 1945-1959
8 25-27 Greeting Cards, circa 1948-1969
(3 folders, oversized items housed in Box 11)
8 28 Heritage Gallery Designs, 1961-1963
8 29 Jepson Art Institute Brochure Design, 1949
8 30 Miscellaneous Designs, cica 1950-1969
(Oversized items housed in Box 11)
8 31 Susie Hammersley Stone's Designs, circa 1956-1957

7.2: Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1935-2008

Newspaper and magazine clippings document Hammersley's work and exhibitions.

Box Folder
8 32-42 Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1935, 1949, 1954-2008,
(11 folders, oversized items housed in Box 11)

7.3: Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1948-2007

This subseries represents a fairly complete record of Hammersley's art exhibitions, including catalogs, brochures, and announcements.

Box Folder
8 43-48 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1948-1961
(6 folders)
Box Folder
9 1-19 Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1962-2007
(19 folders, oversized items housed in Box 11)
Box Folder
11 3 Oversized Greeting Cards, circa 1948-1969
(from Box 8, F. 25)
11 4 Oversized Hammersley's Miscellaneous Designs, 1950-1969
(from Box 8, F. 30)
11 5 Oversized Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1978, 2001
(from Box 8, F. 32)
11 6 Oversized Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1970, 1981, 2005, 2007
(from Box 9, F. 1)

Series 8: Artwork, 1940-1973
(Box 9; 0.9 linear feet)

Artwork in the collection includes Hammersley's sketchbooks, drawings from high school and college classes, designs for exhibition catalogs, graphic design projects, and cards and printouts for his computer drawings series. Also included are two files of drawings from Susie Stone, Hammersley's sister.

Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box Folder
9 20 Color Wheel, 1940
9 21 Drawings from Design Class, Chouinard Art School, 1940
(Oversized items housed in Box 11)
9 22 Drawings from Descriptive Geometry Class - University of Idaho, 1937
(Oversized items housed in Box 11)
9 23 Drawings Plates from Mechanical Drawing Class - High School, 1934-1935
(Oversized items housed in Box 11)
9 24 Door Design Proposal - Sketches, circa 1973
9 25 Printouts, Cards, and Calculations for Computer Drawings, circa 1973
(Oversized items housed in Box 12-13)
9 26 Rough Sketches for Hoshour Gallery Project, 1984
9 27 Sign from Class President Election - University of Idaho, 1937-1938
(Oversized item housed in Box 11)
9 28 Sketchbooks, 1942-1946, 1950
9 29-30 Susie Stone, 1942-1949, circa 1951-1963
(2 folders)
9 31 Working Drawings for Exhibition Catalog, 1962
(Oversized items housed in OV 14)
9 32 Working Drawings for Greeting Card Designs, circa 1951
(Oversized items housed in Box 11)
Box Folder
11 7 Oversized Drawings from Design Class, 1940
(from Box 9, F. 21)
11 8 Oversized Drawings from Descriptive Geometry Class - University of Idaho, 1937
(from Box 9, F. 22)
11 9 Oversized Drawings Plates from Mechanical Drawing Class - High School, 1934-1935
(from Box 9, F. 23)
11 10 Oversized Sign from Class President Election - University of Idaho, 1937-1938
(from Box 9, F. 27)
11 Working Drawings for Greeting Card Designs - Type used for Handsome cards and Album, circa 1951
(from Box 9, F. 32)
Box
12 Printouts, Cards, and Calculations for Computer Drawings, circa 1968-1992
(from Box 9, F. 25)
Box
13 Printouts, Cards, and Calculations for Computer Drawings, circa 1968-1992
(from Box 9, F. 25)
Box
OV 14 Working Drawings for Exhibition Catalog, 1962
(from Box 9, F. 31)