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Henry G. Keller papers, circa 1880-1962

Henry G. Keller papers, circa 1880-1962

Keller, Henry G., 1869-1949

Art teacher, Painter, Lithographer, Etcher

Collection Information

Size: 1.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Ohio painter, lithographer, and educator Henry G. Keller date from circa 1880-1962 and measure 1.3 linear feet. Found are biographical materials, professional and personal correspondence, writings and notes, personal business records, printed material, photographs, and artworks and artifacts.

The bulk of Henry Keller's correspondence relates to the sale and exhibition of his works of art. Letters are found from institutions and museums including the Carnegie Institute and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Also, correspondence is found for Albert Keller, most of which concerns his father's career and estate.

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry G. Keller (1869-1949) was a painter, lithographer, and educator active in Cleveland, Ohio.

Provenance

The Henry G. Keller papers were donated by Albert Keller via the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1976.

Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

A Finding Aid to the Henry G. Keller Papers, circa 1880-1962, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
Henry G. Keller (1869-1949) was a painter, lithographer, and educator active in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1869, Henry Keller was born at sea to German parents who settled in Northern Ohio. Keller received arts education in Cleveland as well as the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhem, Germany and the Art Students League in New York City. He returned to Ohio where he worked as a lithographer for the Morgan Lithography Company. For forty years, Keller taught painting classes at the Cleveland School of Art (Cleveland Institute of Art) and at his artist colony in Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Keller married Imogene Leslie in 1893 and they had two sons, Albert and Leslie. The family travelled throughout Europe. After the death of his wife, Henry Keller moved to California to be with Albert. He died a year later in 1949.
Arrangement note
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1920-1945 (4 folders; Box 1)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1905-1961 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1920-circa 1952 (4 folders; Box 1)
Series 4: Personal Business Records, circa 1925-circa 1955 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1913-1962 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1-2)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1880-circa 1940 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2, 4)
Series 7: Sketchbooks, Artwork and Artifacts, circa 1898-1948 (0.4 linear feet; Box 2-4)
The collection is arranged as 7 series.
Provenance
The Henry G. Keller papers were donated by Albert Keller via the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1976.
Processing Information note
The Henry G. Keller papers were preliminarily arranged and microfilmed. In 2013, Jayna Josefson processed the papers and created a finding aid with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

The papers are also available on microfilm reel 1321. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan but researchers are advised that the microfilm does not reflect the current order of the papers.

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

Henry G. Keller papers, circa 1880-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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