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Perkins Harnly papers, 1946-1985

Harnly, Perkins, 1901-1986

Painter, Teacher


Collection Information

Size: 1.1 Linear feet

Summary: Biographical fact sheets, 1971; postcards from Harnly to Bill Alexander; correspondence; writings, including the manuscripts, "Somersault, Nature's Undesirable," 1964, and "My Kingdon for a Hearse," 1971, and short stories; financial material; a watercolor drawing by Harnly entitled, "Millie, the Messy Old Mermaid"; clippings and exhibition-related material; and photographs of Harnley and of his works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Perkins Harnly (1901-1986) was a painter, illustrator, and watercolorist, who depicted Victorian furnishings and interiors and was from Culver City, Calif. Mr. Harnly illustrated for Index of American Design (25 pictures), 1938-1941.


The donor, Bill Alexander was a friend of Harnley.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3768-3769 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

Perkins Harnly papers, 1946-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.