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William Henry Holmes artists' files, 1879-1932

William Henry Holmes artists' files, 1879-1932

Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933

Museum director

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear feet

Summary: Artists' files, 1879-1932, accumulated by Holmes while director of the National Collection of Fine Art (later the National Museum of American Art), Washington D.C., most containing correspondence with Holmes; a few photographs, sketches, and some printed material also also found. Artists include R.N. Brooke, William B.P. Closson, James Earle Fraser, Vinnie Ream Hoxie, Reuben Le Grand Johnston, John LaFarge, Gari Melchers, Thomas Moran, Henry Moser, Hobart Nichols, Violet Oakley, Joseph Pennell, Joseph Henry Sharp, Max Weyl, Mary Vaux Walcott, Carl F. Weller, Irving R. Wiles and George Julian Zolnay. Also found is one file relating to Holmes' affiliation with the Washington Water Color Club.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter and museum director; Washington, D.C. Holmes served as Curator of the National Gallery of Art from 1907 to 1920 (now known as the National Museum of American Art) and its director from 1920-1932.


Transferred 1981, 1992 and 2015 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery Library.

Additional Forms Available

Portions are available on microfilm reels 2227 and 5438 and are 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

William Henry Holmes artists' files, 1879-1932. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.