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Frederick O'Hara papers, 1956-1981

O'Hara, Frederick, 1904-1980

Art teacher, Painter, Author, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical accounts, letters, 2 work journals (1956-1960), essays, photographs, and printed material document Frederick O'Hara's printmaking techniques and career.
Ten letters discuss O'Hara's work (1965-1980). O'Hara's essays concern "The Story of a Lithographic Print", "An Adventure in Printmaking", and "Technique in the Biennial". Photographs show O'Hara printing a lithograph and works of art. Other material consists of 6 exhibition announcements and catalogs (1958-1981), a copy of ARTIST'S PROOF magazine with O'Hara's article, "Toward Technical Excellence in Printmaking" (1961), and 3 biographical accounts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Printmaker, painter, teacher, lithographer, block printer, writer. b. 8/16/1904, Ottawa, Canada; d. 1980; full name: James Frederick O'Hara; Albuquerque, N.M. and La Jolla, Calif.


Donated by the artist's widow, Mary Louise R. O'Hara.

Language Note

One exhibition catalog is in Japanese.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Six letters are photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Frederick O'Hara papers, 1956-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.