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

Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009

Painter, Printmaker, Educator

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: 35.05 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of Los Angeles Abstract Classicist painter and educator Frederick Hammersley measure 35.05 linear feet and date from circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. The papers contain biographical materials, 32 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. There is a 0.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2020 that includes photographs of Hammersley's family, and most significantly for research, a study in pencil and a "model for making cubes," a paper document that can be stored flat and folded into a cube shape.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, graphic designer, and educator Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) spent most of his career in Los Angeles and New Mexico. He is closely associated with the hard-edge abstraction painting style of the Abstract Classicists of Southern California.

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, 2015, 2018 and 2020 via Executive Director, Kathleen Shields.

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Language Note

The collection is in English and Swedish.

Funding

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