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A Finding Aid to the Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009 | Digitized Collection

Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009

Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009

Painter, Educator, Printmaker

This site provides access to the papers of Frederick Hammersley in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2013, and total 40,076 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

Collection Information

Size: 31.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Los Angeles Abstract Classicist painter and educator Frederick Hammersley measure 31.8 linear feet and date from circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. The papers contain biographical materials, 31 diaries, family and professional correspondence, personal business and financial records, estate records, writings, graphic design projects, teaching files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and works of art. An 2015 unprocessed addition includes a diary possibly written by Hammersley's mother, photograph albums and photographs, sketches and block prints, computer printouts, and hand painted grid color boxes used by Hammersley in teaching color theory.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) was a painter, graphic designer, and educator who spent most of his career in Los Angeles and New Mexico.

Provenance

Frederick Hammersley donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in nine accessions from 1974 to 2008. The Frederick Hammersley Foundation donated additional papers in 2012 and in 2015 via Executive Director Kathleen Shields.

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.