Archives of American Art

Alexander Francis Harmer papers and Alexander Francis Harmer Trust records

Collection ID:
Harmer, Alexander Francis, 1856-1925
Physical Description:
1.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Alexander Franis Harmer papers include: letters, 1882-1920, to Harmer from artists Frank Stephens, Thomas Eakins (illustrated; providing instructions on how to make a camera), and Thomas Anshutz (writing about the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), also curator Hector Alliot, Captain John G. Bourke, Editor of "The Land of Sunshine," Charles F. Lumis, attorney Joseph D. Redding, George Wharton James, J.L. Wallace, and others; photographs, negatives, slides, and reproductions of works of art by Harmer, a photograph of Harmer, and photographs possibly of his studio; published biographies of Harmer and other printed material; Library of Congress copyright registrations for paintings, 1906; and periodicals, with illustrations by Harmer, including seven issues of "The Land of Sunshine," "The Magazine of California and the West," 1895-1899, the "Overland Monthly," March 1896, and "The Californian, Illustrated Magazine" September and October 1893.
Scope and Contents
Records, 1954-1985, of the Alexander Francis Harmer Trust include correspondence; conservation records; inventories; financial statements; deeds and emendations; minutes of trustees meetings; photocopies of Santa Barbara Historical Society Registration Data Sheets concerning works of art on loan from the Harmer Trust, notes and miscellany.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; Santa Barbara, Calif. Harmer is known for his paintings and illustrations of frontier life in Southern Calif.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2002 by Florence Weston Harmer, daughter-in-law of Alexander Francis Harmer via her executor, Linda C. Weston .

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Artists -- California Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anshutz, Thomas Pollock, 1851-1912 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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