Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the John and Monica Haley papers, circa 1905-1992, in the Archives of American Art


Collection ID:
Haley, John, 1905-1991
Haley, Monica E., 1907-1997
circa 1905-1992
Physical Description:
3.8 Linear feet
The John and Monica Haley papers measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1905-1992. The papers illustrate their careers and lives through biographical materials, correspondence, writings, printed and photographic material, and artwork.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
The John and Monica Haley papers measure 3.8 linear feet and date from circa 1905-1992.
Biographical material contains John Haley's resume and birth certificate as well as multiple Naval documents including his military orders, uniform patches, dog tags, and identification documents. Correspondence is between John and Monica Haley, mostly sent to Monica during John's time in the Navy during World War Two in the South Pacific, and also includes letters received from Earl and Clyta Loran, Vaclav Vytlacil, Edward J. Haley, and Glen Wessels. Writings includes notes by Haley, as well as a manuscript by Vytlacil, and the manuscript and notes for Manual of Model Making by Haley.
Printed material includes exhibition catalogs for John Haley, multiple copies of the monthly publication The Navy Reservist, news clippings, printed materials related to the United States Navy, and prints of artwork. Photographic material includes photographs of John Haley, photographs from his time spent in Guam, and photographs of his artwork. Artwork includes sketches and sketchbooks, as well as one painting of Haley in his Navy Uniform, and one landscape drawing.


This collection consists of six series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1905-1951 (.1 Linear feet: Box 1)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1927-1988 (1.4 Linear feet: Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 3: Writings, circa 1927-1978 (.5 Linear feet: Box 2)
  • Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1920-1992 (1 Linear foot: Box 3 and OV 6)
  • Series 5: Photographic Material, circa 1918-1975 (.7 Linear feet: Boxes 3-5)
  • Series 6: Artwork, circa 1930-1965 (.1 Linear feet: Box 4)

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
John and Monica Haley were painters, sculptors, and educators who worked primarily in California.
John Haley (1905-1991) was born on September 21st in Minnesota. He graduated from the Minneapolis School of Art and studied abroad in Europe for a year in 1926. In 1927, he traveled Europe with his mentor Cameron Booth where he met Vaclav Vytlacil who encouraged Haley to study under Hans Hofmann. In 1928, he returned to the United States where he married Monica Phares. The two then moved to California where John Haley taught for forty-two years at the University of California Berkeley with other "modernists" Worth Ryder, Hofmann, Erle Loran and Margaret Peterson.
In 1943, John was drafted into the United Sates Naval Reserve, and his talent at drawing assigned him the role of drawing surrounding areas for invasion strategies.
John died in 1991.
Monica Haley was an art educator at the University of California Berkeley and died in 1997.


Allessandra Liberati
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers were lent for microfilming in 1978 by John Haley. The bulk of the microfilmed material and additional papers were donated in 1987 by John and Monica and in 1992 by Monica.
Separated Materials
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reel 1355) including papers related to Hans Hofmann which include five letters from Hofmann to Worth Ryder, three letters between Hofmann and Haley, two manuscripts, one in German, by Hofmann, Creation in Form and Color – A Textbook for Instruction Art (1931), a lecture by Hofmann, photographs taken in Germany of Hofmann, Miz Hofmann, John Haley, Alfred Jensen, Ed and Isabell Rupprecht, Joan Hein, Cameron Booth, the Hofmann School building in Munich, and photographs of works by Hofmann's students, brochures for the school, Hofmann exhibition catalogs, and miscellany. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection and material lent for microfilming are available on 35mm microfilm reels 1355 and 4178-4179 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Processing Information
This collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared, by Allessandra Liberati in 2023.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Preferred Citation
John and Monica Haley papers, circa 1905-1992 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.


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