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Contents and Arrangement | 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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 12 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1919-2008
2.3 linear feet
Box 1-3, 31, 33

This series contains awards, biographies, calendars, certificates, resumes, souvenirs, and yearbooks. Souvenirs are from Hammersley's time spent in Europe in the military after World War II and are from Germany, England, and France. Sound and video recordings are of television appearances and interviews. Recordings are on 1 sound tape reel, 12 sound cassettes, 3 sound discs (CDs), 5 videocassettes (VHS), and 1 videodisc (DVD).
Also found are biographical materials relating to Hammersley's parents, Anna and Harold, and his sister, Susie Hammersley Stone.
Materials are arranged by document type. Audiovisual materials are arranged in chonological order.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1900-2009
3 linear feet
Box 3-6

Personal and professional correspondence spans Hammersley's first year in college through the end of his life. There is correspondence with galleries, museums, professional associations, colleagues, family, and friends. Letters from his sister, Susie Hammersley Stone, are particularly detailed. Also included in this series are letters that document Hammersley's mentoring of several students in his classes at Pomona College. Photographs, clippings, and other miscellaneous enclosures are also to be found in some of the letters.
Correspondents include Karl Benjamin, William Brice, Robert Chuey, Wayne Entice, Claudine Humblet, Stanley Kiesel, Rico Lebrun, and John McLaughlin, among many others. Galleries and museums represented in Hammersley's correspondence include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Heritage Gallery, Laguna Art Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, and Santa Fe East Gallery
Materials are arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. Miscellaneous folders for the alphabet contain single letters from individuals. Drafts of outgoing letters are arranged chronologically.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 3: Diaries, 1935-2008
2 linear feet
Box 6-8

Diaries consists of 31 volumes: 23 created by Frederick Hammersley from 1931-2008; 2 by Anna Hammersley dating from 1958-1965; and 6 by Harold Hammersley dating from 1940-1966.
Frederick Hammersley's early diaries focus on his life during high school and college. They include details about classes, social activities, weather, and his relationship with his parents and sister. His 1945 diary records contain observations about his year in Paris as an army sargeant and reveals his renewed interest in art. Diaries covering the years from 1991 to 2008 document his daily routine and provide interesting details about his painting and exhibition schedules.
Materials are arranged in chronological order by author.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 4: Writings, Lectures, and Notes, circa 1940-2009
0.5 linear feet
Box 8-9

Writings by Hammersley include articles, class notes, essays, poetry, lecture notes and outlines not related to teaching, lists of works of art, general lists, and grant applications. There are talks and lectures on 4 sound cassettes; recorded interviews are found in Series 1.
The notebooks are particularly interesting as they contain observations and reflections on Hammersley's art, several of which also contain sketches. Writings and poetry by other authors include those written by Josephine Anne, Robert Chuey, David Hickey, David Pagil, and John Vokoun.
Materials are arranged chronologically by document type; writings by others appear at the end of the series.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 5: Teaching Files, circa 1950-1993
0.2 linear feet
Box 9

Found here are miscellaneous files related to Hammersley's teaching career. They include lecture notes, teaching notes, student evaluations, and grade books from Hammersley's teaching career. Although they are unlabeled, it is likely that the grade books are from Hammersley's time teaching painting, drawing, and design at Pomona College. Also unlabeled, the lecture and teaching notes are likely from classes taught at the Chouinard Art Institute. Additional lectures not related to teaching are found in Series 4 and recorded interviews are found in Series 1.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 6: Graphic Design Projects, circa 1945-1980
0.4 linear feet
Box 9-10, 31

This series contains design work from Hammersley's greeting card company, Handsome Cards, as well as various designs for exhibition announcements and catalogs, and freelance design work. Files may include preliminary designs, proofs, prototypes and final master copies of greeting cards. Researchers should note that many of the designs have varying and subtle differences. Also found is a reference file that contains lettering and handwriting samples, printed material, and personal correspondence.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 7: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1897-2008
3.1 linear feet
Box 10-13, 24, 33, 35

After Hammersley resigned from the University of New Mexico in 1971, he supported himself financially by selling his artwork. This series documents Hammersley's diligent efforts to promote his art through exhibitions and sales. Also contained in this series are tax returns, price lists, and receipts for living expenses and art supplies. The gallery and museum records include correspondence, expense ledgers, consignment agreements, art transport records, invoices and receipts, and insurance records. Hammersley had a decades long relationship with several galleries, including Modernism Gallery (San Francisco), L.A. Louver Gallery (Venice, California), and Hoshour Gallery (Albuquerque). The acceptance and rejection notices contain a compilation of material that documents Hammerlsey submissions to art shows and exhibitions.
Also found are personal financial and business records from Anna and Harold Hammersley's household including 10 household income journals, deeds, insurance records, receipts, retirement information, stocks, and tax records.
Materials are arranged by document type with individual business contacts interfiled alphabetically. Financial records for family members are filed at the end of the series.
This series has been partially scanned. Materials containing sensitive information have not been scanned. These include banking records, passport applications, retirement records, and tax documents.

Series 8: Estate Records, 1955-2001
0.4 linear feet
Box 13, 24

This series contains estate planning materials for Frederick Hammersley and Susie Hammersley Stone. Other records are yearly financial statements and reports for deceased members of the Hammersley family including Harold and Anna Hammersley, Frederick Hammersley Sr., Mrs. E. Hammersley, Maude Eliza Hammersley, and Dorothy Hutchinson Hammersley. Also found is a declaration of funeral planning for Basil Edward Pratt, a friend of Frederick Hammersley.
Materials are arranged by family member and document type.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Confidential materials relating to the estate of Susie Hammersley Stone have not been scanned.

Series 9: Printed Material, 1945-2011
3.6 linear feet
Box 13-17, 31

This series contains exhibition announcements and catalogs for Frederick Hammersley, his friends, and colleagues; clippings from magazines and newspapers, including those written by Frederick Hammersley; and packets created and titled by Hammersley which may include exhibition announcements and catalogs, scattered correspondence, mailers, brochures, and invitations.
Materials are arranged by document type. Packets created by Hammersley have been kept in their original order.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. In some cases, only relevant pages of exhibition catalogs, newspaper, and magazine publications have been scanned.

Series 10: Scrapbooks, circa 1890s-1960s
3.3 linear feet
Box 17-18, 25-29

This series contains 11 scrapbooks and scrapfiles created by Frederick Hammersley and Anna Hammersley. With the exception of a postcard album created by Anna Hammersley, the bulk of the scrapbooks consist of newsclippings, however there are scattered photographss.
Frederick Hammersley's scrapbooks contain examples of drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculpture. There is also one scrapbook of clippings of art criticisms of Hammersley's work which was likely created by his parents but added to by Hammersley.
Largely, Anna Hammersley's scrapfiles and scrapbooks consist of newsclippings of articles and photos that she found interesting. Themes include European royalty, Hollywood stars, United States Presidents and First Ladies, gardens, religion, and gems and jewelry. There is one album of postcards sent to Anna from her friends and family and some blank postcards. Many of these postcards include correspondence in Swedish.
Materials are arranged by chronologically by creator.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1860s-2007
7 linear feet
Box 18-23, 29-31

Ten photo albums and loose photographs depict Hammersley, his friends and family, travels to Europe and throughout the United States, exhibitions, and works of art. Hammersley was an amateur photographer and most of the exhibition and artwork images were taken by him and are identified and dated. There is also an extensive set of photos organized by Hammersley into shoeboxes and photo boxes. These photographs have been left in their original order.
Four of the ten photo albums were created by Anna and Harold Hammersley, which include photos of friends, family, landscapes, and city scenes. The other six photo albums were created by Frederick Hammersley and include photos from his time in school, in the army, his travel, his cats, and his family, friends, and artwork. There is also one album of negatives.
Duplicate photographs likely exist. As a photographer, Hammersley experimented with contrast and sizing which resulted in many copies of the same photograph. When found, duplicates within the shoebox and photoboxes organized by Hammersley were returned. These same images, however, may appear elsewhere in the series.
Materials are arranged by document type and subject matter.
This series has been partially scanned. Negatives, slides, and many photographs of works of art have not been scanned.

Series 12: Artwork and Artifacts, 1934-2009
1.2 linear feet
Box 22, 31-32, 35

Artwork consists of Hammersley's sketchbooks, drawings from high school and college classes, designs for exhibition catalogs, and cards and printouts for his computer drawings series. Also included are two files of drawings from Susie Stone, Hammersley's sister, and two works by Lu Nowels.
Materials are arranged by document type; artwork by others appear at the end of the series.
This series has been partially scanned. Unmarked computer punchcards have not been scanned.

Series 13: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940s-2009
5.9 linear feet
37-47

An unprocessed addition of 5.9 linear feet donated in 2015 includes an annotated family guest book; a diary possibly written by Hammersley's mother; a set of six hand-painted grid color boxes used by Hammersley in teaching color theory; six photograph albums of Hammersey's family and small boxes containing photographs and slides taken by Hammersley; and artwork including loose sketches by Hammersley of live models, block prints of wallpaper designs by Hammersley, programming printouts from Hammersley's dot matrix computer drawings, sketches for murals by Hammersley, and tone study paintings on board, used for teaching.

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.