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Alexander Francis Harmer papers and Alexander Francis Harmer Trust records, 1882-1985

Harmer, Alexander Francis, 1856-1925

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 1.2 Linear feet

Summary: Alexander Franis Harmer papers include: letters, 1882-1920, to Harmer from artists Frank Stephens, Thomas Eakins (illustrated; providing instructions on how to make a camera), and Thomas Anshutz (writing about the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), also curator Hector Alliot, Captain John G. Bourke, Editor of "The Land of Sunshine," Charles F. Lumis, attorney Joseph D. Redding, George Wharton James, J.L. Wallace, and others; photographs, negatives, slides, and reproductions of works of art by Harmer, a photograph of Harmer, and photographs possibly of his studio; published biographies of Harmer and other printed material; Library of Congress copyright registrations for paintings, 1906; and periodicals, with illustrations by Harmer, including seven issues of "The Land of Sunshine," "The Magazine of California and the West," 1895-1899, the "Overland Monthly," March 1896, and "The Californian, Illustrated Magazine" September and October 1893.
Records, 1954-1985, of the Alexander Francis Harmer Trust include correspondence; conservation records; inventories; financial statements; deeds and emendations; minutes of trustees meetings; photocopies of Santa Barbara Historical Society Registration Data Sheets concerning works of art on loan from the Harmer Trust, notes and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Santa Barbara, Calif. Harmer is known for his paintings and illustrations of frontier life in Southern Calif.


Donated 2002 by Florence Weston Harmer, daughter-in-law of Alexander Francis Harmer via her executor, Linda C. Weston .

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Alexander Francis Harmer papers and Alexander Francis Harmer Trust records, 1882-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.