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Francis John McComas papers, 1898-1965

McComas, Francis John, 1874-1838

Muralist, Painter, Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 122 Items, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Scrapbook, catalogs, photographs, and clippings.
REEL 862: One scrapbook, 1898-1938, containing clippings, photographs, catalogs and announcements, printed material, and miscellany; and a catalog from the California Historical Society FRANCES JOHN MCCOMAS exhibition of 1965, written by Kent L. Seavey, the Assistant Curator.
REEL 3042: One letter, 1928, enclosing a certificate of birth; 5 photos including one of a landscape "On Sentinal Dame" taken by E. N. Sewell, ca. 1900's; 6 exhibition catalogs and announcements; notes; loose clippings and a scrapbook of clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Watercolorist, San Francisco, California. Born in Tasmania, Australia. Came to California in 1898. Jury member of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, and president of San Francisco Society of Artists. Married to painter Gene Frances McComas.


Material on reel 862 lent for microfilming in 1974 by California Historical Society through Kent Seavey, Asst. Curator; Seavey donated material on reel 3042 in 1977.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 862: Originals in the California Historical Society.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 862 and 3042 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Francis John McComas papers, 1898-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.