The papers of Los Angeles Abstract Classicist painter and educator Frederick Hammersley measure 34.75 linear feet and date from circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. The papers contain biographical materials, 31 diaries, family and professional correspondence, personal business and financial records, estate records, writings, graphic design projects, teaching files, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and works of art. 2015 and 2018 additions include an annotated family guest book; a diary possibly written by Hammersley's mother; a set of six hand-painted grid color boxes used by Hammersley in teaching color theory; six photograph albums of Hammersey's family and small boxes containing photographs and slides taken by Hammersley; and artwork including sketches and block prints of wallpaper designs by Hammersley, programming printouts from Hammersley's dot matrix computer drawings, sketches for murals by Hammersley, photographs, and tone study paintings on board, used for teaching.
Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2013-2014 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, duplicates, negatives and slides, blank versos of photographs, and sensitive financial records. Additional papers donated in 2015 and 2018 have not been digitized.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.
Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) was a painter, graphic designer, and educator who spent most of his career in Los Angeles and New Mexico.
Frederick Hammersley donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in nine accessions from 1974 to 2008. The Frederick Hammersley Foundation donated additional papers in 2012, 2015 and 2018 via Executive Director Kathleen Shields.
This site provides access to the papers of Frederick Hammersley in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2013, and total 40,076 images.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001