Ryan Evans and Stephanie Ashley
Scope and Contents
The papers of sculptor, painter, and gallery owner Bardene Allen measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1965-2014. Allen's career as a painter and sculptor, her friendship with Frederick Hammersley, and her administration of the Fine Arts Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, are documented through biographical material, correspondence, professional files, exhibition files, photographic materials including digital photographs, and printed material.
Correspondence includes a small amount of professional correspondence regarding Allen's career. Also of note is personal corresondence which includes letters from Frederick Hammersley and actor Richard Chamberlain. Professional files include a statement of Allen's thoughts on her relationship with Frederick Hammersley, as well as price lists, artwork inventories, donations, commission proposals, and documentation of her involvement with both the Fine Arts Gallery in Laguna Beach, California and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Exhibition files are for select exhibitions Allen participated in. Photographic material includes printed photographs and transparencies as well as digitized and digital images of artwork and of Allen with her artwork and at exhibitions. Printed material includes press clippings and exhibition invitations and catalogs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated from 1992 to 2002, 2009, and 2014 by Bardene Allen.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Ryan Evans in 2019. The collection was prepared for digitization and the finding aid was revised by Stephanie Ashley in 2021. The collection was digitized in 2022 with funding provided by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.