Victor Hammer Private Press collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

1 box of material consisting of articles, publications, contact sheets, print proofs, and printed keepsakes of or relating to Victor Hammer and documenting his work as a fine printer and the Hammer Press.

Biographical Historical Note

Victor Hammer was born in Vienna and trained there as an architect while developing his interest interest in calligraphy and printing. He was also a painter and served as a war artist during World War I. Hammer immigrated to the United States at the outbreak of World War II and began a teaching career as he worked as a type designer and fine printer, establishing both the Hammer Press and the Wells College Press, and continued to paint portraits. Hammer is best known for his typeface designs, engravings, and woodcuts, though he is also known as a portraitist and a painter of religious or allegorical images.