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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.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

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

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 883-884 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

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

How to Cite This Collection

William Sommer papers, 1890-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.