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William Sommer papers, 1890-1970

William Sommer papers, 1890-1970

Sommer, William, 1867-1949


Collection Information

Size: 2 microfilm reels.

Summary: Correspondence, including letters from Hart Crane, Thomas Marker (letters from Sommer discuss Marker's art work and his own work in progress), Mary Manning Brody and Nancy Manning of Ten Thirty Gallery; eighteen sketchbooks, loose sketches and drawings; notes on art theory and style; marginal notes from Sommer's copy of Martin Buber's I AND THOU; exhibition catalogs, among them shows at the Ten Thirty Gallery and the Kokoon Arts; clippings and printed material; photographs of Sommor and his work; prizes and awards; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lithographer, painter; Brandywine, Ohio.


Lent for microfilming 1973 by Joseph Erdelac, who collected the papers as well as many Sommer paintings.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender, Joseph Erdelac, after microfilming.

Microfilm reels 883-884 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.