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John Robinson Frazier papers, 1920-1969

Frazier, John Robinson, 1889-1966

Painter, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 1.52 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Correspondence, slides, typescripts of writings, and printed materials.
REEL 2804: A photocopy of an incomplete typescript, "History of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum," by Frazier, ca. 1965, including photocopies of his notes for this study.
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, mostly routine and relating to Frazier's exhibitions and sales, including 1 letter from John Singer Sargent concerning an exhibit and the sale of a watercolor by Frazier to Sargent, and several letters from Edwin Dickinson; photographs of Frazier, group photos, and works of art; and speeches and writings relating to his teaching career and presidency of RISD. Also included are copies of slides of works found in Frazier's studio after his death and of an exhibition of his works held in Newport, R.I., 1969.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art school director, painter, and lithographer; Providence, R.I. President of Rhode Island School of Design, 1955-1962.


Unmicrofilmed material donated in 1972 by Mrs. John R. Frazier, Fazier's widow. Slides lent 1973 by Gordon Peers, a former colleague of Frazier; typescript on reel 2804 donated 1975 by Peers.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Slides: Originals returned to lender, Gordon F. Peers, after copying.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1817 and 2804 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

John Robinson Frazier papers, 1920-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.