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Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009

Creator:
Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009  Search this
Subject:
Hammersley, Anna Westberg  Search this
Chuey, Robert  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Hammersley, Harold  Search this
Stone, Susie  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Nowells, Lu  Search this
Brice, William  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
L.A. Louver Gallery  Search this
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Modernism (Gallery)  Search this
Hoshour Gallery  Search this
Topic:
Essays  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Painters  Search this
Art teachers  Search this
Lectures  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Sketches  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Computer art  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Designs  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Visitors' books  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Color in art  Search this
Prints  Search this
Diaries  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Sketchbooks  Search this
Awards  Search this
Lecture notes  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7270
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209421
AAA_collcode_hammfred
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209421
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Frederick Hammersley papers

Creator:
Hammersley, Frederick, 1919-2009  Search this
Names:
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Hoshour Gallery  Search this
L.A. Louver Gallery  Search this
Modernism (Gallery)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
Brice, William, 1921-2008  Search this
Chuey, Robert  Search this
Hammersley, Anna Westberg  Search this
Hammersley, Harold  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
McLaughlin, John, 1898-  Search this
Nowells, Lu  Search this
Stone, Susie  Search this
Extent:
34.75 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Drawings
Greeting cards
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Interviews
Photographs
Lectures
Prints
Essays
Sketchbooks
Lecture notes
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Designs
Visitors' books
Awards
Place:
Europe -- description and travel -- photographs
Date:
circa 1860-2009
bulk 1940-2009
Summary:
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, 32 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.
Scope and Contents:
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, 32 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 a diary possibly written by Hammersley's mother, photograph albums and photographs, sketches and block prints, computer printouts, and hand painted grid color boxes used by Hammersley in teaching color theory.

Biographical materials include resumes and biographies, calendars, military records, family genealogies, school records, high school and college yearbooks, and awards. There are also sound and video recordings of talks, interviews, and television appearances. Scattered materials relating to Hammersley's parents, Anna Westberg Hammersley and Harold Hammersley, are also found in the series.

Correspondence consists of letters from family and close friends as well as business correspondence with collectors and professional art associations. Family correspondents include Hammersley's immediate family and aunts and cousins. Additional noteworthy correspondents include fellow artists Karl Benjamin, William Brice, Robert Chuey, Rico Lebrun, and John McLaughlin, among others.

There are 23 diaries written by Frederick Hammersley dating from 1935-2008, with a gap spanning 1954-1972. Also found are six diaries written by Harold Hammersley dating from 1940-1959 and three by Anna Hammersley from 1909-1965.

Hammersley's writings include college class notes, essays, poetry, lecture notes, grant applications, and proposals. There are also sound recordings of lectures and talks as well as drafts and a final copy of an article published in the journal Leonardo in 1970.

Teaching files consist of class lecture notes, student evaluations, and grade books for classes likely taught at Pomona University and the Chouinard Art Institute.

Graphic design projects contain materials from Hammersley's company Handsome Cards for which he designed greeting and holiday cards. Also included are various freelance designs and draft designs for exhibition catalogs. General financial and business records focus on Hammersley business relationships and transactions with galleries and museums and his efforts to promote his art. Galleries and museums represented in the files include Modernism Gallery (San Francisco), L.A. Louver Gallery (Venice, California), and Hoshour Gallery (Albuquerque). This series also contains tax returns and expense ledgers. Also found are scattered materials from the household of Anna and Harold Hammersley.

Estate records are found for Frederick Hammersley, Susie Hammersley Stone, Anna and Harold Hammersley, Frederick Hammersley Sr., Mrs. E. Hammersley, Maude Eliza Hammersley, Dorothy Hutchinson Hammersley, and Basil Edward Pratt. These files include wills and yearly financial reports.

Printed material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, and printed copies of Hammersley's graphic designs. The series is extensive and contains clippings and exhibition material that represents Hammersley's entire career as an artist. Also found are packets of printed materials created by Hammersley to represent the careers of his friends and colleagues.

Scrapbooks consist of eleven "scrapfiles," postcard albums, and clippings scrapbooks created by Frederick Hammersley and Anna Hammersley. Scrapfiles refers to the original title created by the Hammersleys. Frederick's scrapbooks contain clippings of art, criticisms of his work, and news mentions of his career. Anna's scrapbooks contain one postcard album and 4 scrapbooks and scrapfiles of news clippings relating to subjects of her personal interest.

Photographs include snapshots of Hammersley; images of Hammersley with family and friends; travel photographs, many of them taken in Europe during World War II; photographs of exhibitions; and photographs of Hammersley's artwork. Most of the photographs were labeled and dated by Hammersley. There are six photo albums created by Frederick Hammersley and four albums compiled by his parents Harold and Anna Hammersley.

Artwork consists of Hammersley's sketchbooks, drawings, and paintings from high school and college classes, designs for exhibition catalogs, and cards and printouts for his computer drawings series. Also included are geometric color studies on panel and artwork for a bank mural proposal from 1977. Drawings and design work by Susie Stone, Hammersley's sister are also included, as well as two works by Lu Nowels.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 12 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1919-2008 (2.5 linear feet; Box 1-3, 31, 33, 37)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1900-2009 (3.1 linear feet; Box 3-6, 37)

Series 3: Diaries, 1909-2008 (2.1 linear feet; Box 6-8, 37)

Series 4: Writings, Lectures, and Notes, circa 1940-2009 (0.6 linear feet; Box 8-9, 37)

Series 5: Teaching Files, circa 1950-1993 (0.2 linear feet; Box 9)

Series 6: Graphic Design Projects, circa 1945-1980 (0.4 linear feet; Box 9-10, 31)

Series 7: Personal Business and Financial Records, 1897-2008 (3.2 linear feet; Box 10-13, 24, 33, 35, 37)

Series 8: Estate Records, 1898-2001 (0.7 linear feet; Box 13, 24, 37)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1945, 2011 (3.6 linear feet; Box 13-17, 31, 37, 42, OV45)

Series 10: Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1960s (3.3 linear feet; Box 17-18, 25-29)

Series 11: Photographs, circa 1860s-2007 (10.7 linear feet; Box 18-23, 29-31, 37-43)

Series 12: Artwork and Artifacts, 1934-2009 (3.2 linear feet; Box 22, 31-32, 35, 38, 42, 44, OV46-56)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, graphic designer, and educator Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) spent most of his career in Los Angeles and New Mexico. He is closely associated with the hard-edge abstraction painting style of the Abstract Classicists of Southern California.

Hammersley was born on January 5, 1919 to Anna Westberg and Harold Hammersley in Salt Lake City, where his father worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior. The family lived in Utah and Idaho before finally settling in San Francisco. Hammersley attended the University of Idaho and later enrolled in the Academy of Advertising Art in San Francisco. In 1940, Hammersley began taking classes at the Chouinard Art Institution in Los Angeles.

Hammersley's studies were interrupted by World War II military service from 1942 to 1946. He was stationed first in Paris as a draftsman in the Signal Corp and was eventually promoted to Army sargeant in the Office of Military Government in Berlin. While in Paris, he visited Picasso's studio several times and also took classes at the Ècole des Beaux Arts at the end of the war. When he returned home in 1946, the GI Bill subsidized his final year of study at Chouinard, now the California Institute of Arts, and three years at the Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Hammersley made his living as an art professor in California for twenty years, where he taught at the Jepson Art Institute and Pomona College in Claremont. He moved to Albuquerque after accepting a teaching position at the University of New Mexico in 1968. In 1971, Hammersley resigned his teaching position and devoted himself to painting.

Hammersley's reputaton as a painter began in 1948 when one of his small paintings was accepted in an annual exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1958, several of his works were included in the seminal exhibition Four Abstract Classicists, organized by Jules Langsner and Peter Selz and shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hammersley, and fellow painters Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, and John McLaughlin, were dubbed the "hard-edged painters," whose style consisted of flat, colored geometric shapes that were a sharp contrast to the more popular Abstract Expressionism. The label stuck and in the mid 1970s, Hammersley submitted several works of art for a show called L.A. Hard Edge, a show that featured art from the 1950s and 1970s.

During the late 1970s and 1980s, Hammersley exhibited in several one-man shows, including at L.A. Louver in Venice, California, the Hoshour Gallery in Albuquerque, and the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. In 2000, the Laguna Art Museum presented a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Sante Fe, and the Pomona College Museum of Art organized a retrospective in 2007. His work is in museum collections across the country, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Hammersley died in 2009 at the age of 90. He was survived by his sister, Susie Hammersley Stone.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Tamara Webster papers relating to Frederick Hammersley.
Provenance:
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.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Frederick Hammersley papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Painters -- New Mexico  Search this
Color in art  Search this
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art teachers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Computer Art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Drawings
Greeting cards
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Interviews
Photographs
Lectures
Prints
Essays
Sketchbooks
Lecture notes
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Designs
Visitors' books
Awards
Citation:
Frederick Hammersley papers, circa 1860-2009, bulk 1940-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.hammfred
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Archives of American Art
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William Atwood Hilton (1878-1971)

Subject:
Hilton, William A (William Atwood) 1878-  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-3882]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_393680

George Gale Hitchcock (1893-1934)

Subject:
Hitchcock, George Gale 1893-1934  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Physics  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-3228]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_393221

George Gale Hitchcock (1893-1934)

Subject:
Hitchcock, George Gale 1893-1934  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Topic:
Physics  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-3229]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
Copyright Not Evaluated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_393222

Peter Howard Selz papers, 1929-2018, bulk 1950-2005

Creator:
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-2019  Search this
Subject:
Bury, Pol  Search this
Paris, Harold Persico  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Golub, Leon  Search this
Baykam, Bedri  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Lindner, Richard  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Tinguely, Jean  Search this
Hadzi, Dimitri  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Petlin, Irving  Search this
Chase-Riboud, Barbara  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Bergman, Ciel  Search this
Benton, Fletcher Chapman  Search this
Beckmann, Max  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Christo  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)Art Council  Search this
University of California, Berkeley.University Art Museum  Search this
College Art Association (U.S.)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Art historians  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Political cartoons  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Art  Search this
Authors  Search this
Scrapbooks  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Photographs  Search this
Realism in art  Search this
Environmental art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8464
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210640
AAA_collcode_selzpete
Theme:
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210640
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Peter Howard Selz papers

Creator:
Selz, Peter Howard, 1919-  Search this
Names:
College Art Association of America  Search this
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) (Faculty)  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley. University Art Museum  Search this
Baykam, Bedri, 1957-  Search this
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950  Search this
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Bergman, Ciel, 1938-  Search this
Bury, Pol, 1922-2005  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Chase-Riboud, Barbara  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Christo, 1935- (Running fence)  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Golub, Leon, 1922-2004  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Hadzi, Dimitri, 1921-2006  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Lindner, Richard, 1901-  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Paris, Harold, 1925-  Search this
Petlin, Irving, 1934-  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Extent:
31.5 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Place:
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Date:
1929-2014
bulk 1950-2005
Summary:
The papers of art historian and writer Peter Howard Selz measure 31.5 linear feet and date from 1929 to 2018, with the bulk of the materials from 1950 to 2005. The papers document Selz's long career via correspondence, writings, professional files, project files, membership and association records, artists' research files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed materials, and nine scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of art historian and writer Peter Howard Selz measure 31.5 linear feet and date from 1929 to 2018, with the bulk of the materials from 1950 to 2005. The papers document Selz's long career via correspondence, writings, professional files, project files, membership and association records, artists' research files, exhibition files, personal business records, printed materials, and scrapbooks.

Correspondence is with colleagues, artists, museums, and galleries concerning a wide variety of topics, including exhibitions and publications. The bulk of the correspondence consists of alphabetical files (two linear feet) that includes correspondence with artists. Notable correspondents include Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Gordon Onslow Ford, Alberto Giacometti, Morris Graves, Philip Guston, Dimitri Hadzi, Jacques Lipchitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Jean Tinguely, and others. Eight additional files of chronological correspondence is with curators, arts organizations, and publishers. Additional correspondence is found in the professional files, project files, membership files, artists' research files, and exhibition files.

The bulk of the writings series is comprised of files related to Selz's books and includes typescript drafts and galleys, printed material, correspondence, and publishing contracts. Files are found for Art in Our Times, Art of Engagement, Beyond the Mainstream, and Theories of Modern Art. Other writings consist of drafts of articles, essays, notes, and lectures by Selz. Also included are writings by others, including materials related to Paul Karlstrom's biography of Selz. There is 1 sound disc, 1 CD, and 1 floppy disc.

Professional files document curatorial and teaching positions at the Chicago Institute of Design, Pomona College, University of California, Berkeley, and the Museum of Modern Art. The series includes contracts, recommendations, syllabi, and correspondence.

Project files document Selz's professional work on specific art projects, panels, and symposiums. There is extensive documentation of Selz's work as project director of Christo's Running Fence, as well as other environmental art work projects by Christo, the Berkeley Art Project, Disney Art Project, "Funk Art" symposium, and the "Art and Politics in the 20th Century" symposium. Project files contain a wide variety of materials, such as correspondence, printed material, financial records, reports, photographs, and other documents. There are 2 tape reels, 1 VHS, and 1 sound cassette.

Membership and association records document Selz's involvement with or membership in various art councils, trustee boards, such as the College Art Association, Art in Chicago Advisory Committee, Bay Area Rapid Transit (B.A.R.T.) Art Council, and the San Francisco Crafts and Folk Art Museum Advisory Board, among others. Materials include meeting minutes, bulletins, correspondence, and memoranda.

Artists' Research Files consist of a wide variety of research materials Selz compiled about artists for lectures, writings, projects, exhibitions, etc. Files vary and may include original and photocopied correspondence, photographic material, resumes, printed material, and writings. There are also 11 CDs and 1 sound cassette. Files are found for Bedri Baykam, Max Beckmann, Fletcher Benton, Ciel Bergman, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Bruce Conner, Jean Dubuffet, Lyonel Feininger, Leon Golub, Dimitri Hadzi, Rico Lebrun, Harold Paris, Irving Petlin, among many others.

Exhibition files include catalogs, reviews, clippings, writings, correspondence, and other material documenting exhibitions organized by Selz. Limited materials are found for the MOMA Art Nouveau exhibition. More extensive documentation is found for Seven Decades of Modern Art, 1895-1965, The Joint Show (1967), The American Presidency in Political Cartoons (1976), American Modern Art Between the Two World Wars (1979), German Realism in the Twenties: Artist As Social Critic (1980), Twelve Artists from the German Democratic Republic (1989), a Richard Lindner Retrospective (1996), Spaces of Nature (1999), Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000 (2000), and a Nathan Oliviera Retrospective (2002), among others. There are 4 CDs.

Personal business records are related to the Mark Rothko estate and Kate Rothko's legal case against Marlborough Gallery, Inc. Also included in this series are Peter Selz's school transcripts, bequests, royalty statements, house designs, and other material.

Printed materials include clippings, prints of articles written by Peter Selz, exhibition announcements and invitations, and photocopies of artwork images.

There are nine disbound scrapbooks dating from the 1940s up through 2012 containing clippings, exhibition announcements, and photographs of art events, Selz, and artists. This series also includes materials from the 2018 addition that may have previously been compiled in binders.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 10 series. When possible the original order of Peter Selz was maintained. However, multiple accessions were merged and integrated.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-2013 (2.3 linear feet; Box 1-3, Box 37)

Series 2: Writings, 1942- circa 2014 (8.3 linear feet; Box 3-10, OV 32, Box 37)

Series 3: Professional Files, 1949-2012 (1 linear feet; Box 11, Box 37)

Series 4: Project Files, 1962-2015 (2.8 linear feet; Box 12-14, OV 33, Box 37)

Series 5: Membership and Association Records, 1958-2014 (1.1 linear feet; Box 14-15, Box 37)

Series 6: Artists' Research Files, 1955-2014 (7.9 linear feet; Box 15-22, OV 34-35)

Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1959-2014 (5.2 linear feet; Box 23-27, Box 38)

Series 8: Personal Business Records, 1929-2014 (1.2 linear feet; Box 28-29, OV 36, Box 38)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1957-2014 (0.3 linear feet; Box 29, Box 38)

Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1947-2018 (1.4 linear feet, Box 29-31, Box 38)
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Howard Selz (1919-2019) was a pioneering historian of modern art, professor, and writer who taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-1988 and founded and directed the Berleley Art Museum from 1965-1973.

Selz was born in 1919 in Munich, Germany to Eugene Selz and Edith Drey Selz. In 1936, the family fled Nazi Germany and immigrated to the United States. Selz attended Columbia University from 1937 to 1938 and became a naturalized citizen in 1942. During World War II, Selz served in the U.S. Army in the Office of Strategic Services. He married writer Thalia Cheronis in 1948 but they later divorced in 1965; he married several times afterwards.

After the war, Selz attended and taught at the University of Chicago where he received a Ph. D. in German Expressionism. He spent a year in Paris, 1949-1950, at the Sorbonne and École du Louvre on a Fulbright grant. He received a second Fulbright grant in 1953 to study at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Belgium. From 1953-1955, Selz also taught at the Chicago Institute of Design.

In 1955 Peter Selz accepted a position to chair the art history department at Pomona College in Claremont and relocated to California for a few years. He also became director of the college's art gallery.

In 1958 Selz moved to New York City to become curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and was there through the transformative mid-1960s. While at MOMA, he organized several significant exhibitions of modern art, including the 1960 Jean Tinguely "Homage to New York," a sculpture that destroyed itself (and started a fire) in the sculpture garden of the museum; New Images of Man (1959), the Art Nouveau show (1960), and the Art of Assemblage (1961). He also launched important retrospectives, including the first Rodin retrospective in the United States and a comprehensive exhibition of Alberto Giacometti's work in 1965.

In 1965, Peter Selz returned to California to become the founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he held until 1973. He organized exhibitions of Funk, film, and ceramicists like Peter Voulkos and Robert Arneson. Peter Selz later became project director for Christo's "Running Fence", the 24.5-mile long fabric fence over the Marin County hills in 1976. He also served concurrently as a professor of art history at UC until retiring in 1988.

Peter Selz was a member of the College Art Association's board of directors for two terms, 1958-1964 and 1966-1971. Selz is a prolific writer, and the author or co-author of numerous books, exhibition catalogs, and articles. Notable books include German Expressionist Painting (1957), Art in a Turbulent Era (1965), Art in Our Times (1981), and Sam Francis (1975).

In 1988 Peter Selz was named emeritus professor at University of California, Berkeley. In 1993 he was on the acquisitions committee of the Museums of Fine Arts, San Francisco. In 2012, Selz curated The Painted Word exhibition. Selz died in 2019 in Albany, California.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds oral history interviews of Peter Selz conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom on July 28, 1982, October 12, 1982, and November 3, 1999.
Provenance:
The Peter Howard Selz papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Peter Selz in multiple installments from 1976 through 2014. Additional papers were donated in 2018 by Gabrielle Selz, Peter Selz's daughter.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Peter Howard Selz papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Occupation:
Authors -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Topic:
Realism in art -- Germany  Search this
Political cartoons  Search this
Pop art -- Exhibitions  Search this
Environmental art  Search this
Painting, Abstract  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California  Search this
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Berkeley  Search this
Art -- Germany  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Peter Howard Selz papers, 1929-2018, bulk 1950-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.selzpete
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Peter Howard Selz papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-selzpete
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The graphic art of Francisco Goya : from the Norton Simon Foundation, the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Pomona College collections / David W. Steadman

Author:
Steadman, David W (David Wilton)  Search this
Artist:
Goya, Francisco 1746-1828  Search this
Author:
Norton Simon Inc Museum of Art  Search this
Norton Simon, Inc. Foundation  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Art collections  Search this
Publisher:
Galleries of the Claremont Colleges  Search this
Subject:
Goya, Francisco 1746-1828  Search this
Physical description:
65 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1975
18th century
Topic:
Etching, Spanish  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098541

Prometheus 2017 : four artists from Mexico revisit Orozco, Isa Carillo, Adela Goldbard, Rita Ponce de Leon, Naomi Rincon-Gallardo / edited by Rebecca McGrew, Terri Geis ; with contributions by Mary K. Coffey, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, Terri Geis, Benjamin Kersten, Rebecca McGrew

Editor:
McGrew, Rebecca  Search this
Geis, Terri  Search this
Artist:
Carrillo, Isa  Search this
Goldbard, Adela  Search this
Ponce de León, Rita  Search this
Rincón-Gallardo, Naomi  Search this
Author:
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Project)  Search this
Issuing body:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Museum of Art  Search this
Sponsoring body:
Getty Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Orozco, José Clemente 1883-1949 Prometheus  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente 1883-1949 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
243 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 34 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2017
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1084093

Ferns palms / Sam Falls ; text, Rebecca McGrew, David Pagel

Title:
Ferns and palms
Author:
Falls, Sam  Search this
Falls, Sam Works Selections  Search this
Author:
McGrew, Rebecca  Search this
Pagel, David  Search this
Host institution:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Falls, Sam  Search this
Physical description:
76 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Exhibitions
Date:
2014
21st century
Topic:
Ferns  Search this
Palms in art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081872

The New Normal : Sophie Calle ... [et al.] ; Michael Connor, with essays by Marisa Olson and Clay Shirky

Author:
Calle, Sophie  Search this
Connor, Michael  Search this
Olson, Marisa S  Search this
Shirky, Clay  Search this
Artists Space (Gallery)  Search this
Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo  Search this
Decker Gallery  Search this
Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center Gallery  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Calle, Sophie  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
21st century
Topic:
Art and society  Search this
Privacy in art  Search this
Technology--Social aspects  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N72.S6 N49 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897139

Steve Roden : the another silent green world

Title:
Another silent green world
Author:
Roden, Steve 1964-  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Roden, Steve, 1964-  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Call number:
N6537.R5762 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_763049

The Claremont Colleges faculty exhibition : Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, January 15-February 20, 1977

Author:
Claremont College Galleries  Search this
Lang Art Gallery  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. : ill. ; 22 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1976
C1976
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .C58114 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641011

American reflections : paintings 1830-1940, from the collections of Pomona College and Scripps College, Claremont, California / catalogue by Marjorie Harth Beebe ... [et al.] ; edited by Kay Koeninger

Author:
Beebe, Marjorie Harth  Search this
Koeninger, Kay  Search this
Tucson Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Art collections  Search this
Scripps College Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Claremont
Date:
1984
C1984
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Painting  Search this
Call number:
ND210 .A7293 1984
ND205.A528
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647972

José Clemente Orozco : Prometheus / edited by Marjorie L. Harth

Author:
Orozco, José Clemente 1883-1949  Search this
Harth, Marjorie L  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente 1883-1949  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Orozco, José Clemente 1883-1949 Prometheus  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente 1883-1949 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)  Search this
Physical description:
110 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Art
Place:
California
Claremont
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Prometheus (Greek deity)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Artists' preparatory studies  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.O74 P66 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_686400

Invertebrata pacifica. Edited by C. F. Baker ..

Author:
Baker, C. F. (Charles Fuller) 1872-1927  Search this
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Department of Biology  Search this
Physical description:
197 p. 22 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1903
1907
Topic:
Insects  Search this
Call number:
QL461.I7X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434097

Mime journal

Author:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Theater Department  Search this
Mime School (Fayetteville, Ark.)  Search this
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Department of Speech and Dramatic Art  Search this
Valley Studio (Spring Green, Wis.)  Search this
Grand Valley State Colleges Performing Arts Center  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1974
Topic:
Pantomime--Periodicals  Search this
Mime--Periodicals  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453929

Journal of entomology and zoology

Author:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Department of Zoology  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
California
Date:
1913
[1913-
Topic:
Entomology  Search this
Insects--Periodicals  Search this
Zoology--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
QL461.J85X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_334063

Pomona journal of entomology

Title:
Journal of entomology
Author:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Department of Biology  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
California
Date:
1909
[1909]
Topic:
Entomology  Search this
Entomology--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
QL461.J85X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_334065

First annual report of the Laguna Marine Laboratory at Laguna Beach, Orange County, California

Author:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Laguna Marine Laboratory  Search this
Pomono College (Claremont, Calif.) Department of Biology  Search this
Subject:
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Laguna Marine Laboratory  Search this
Physical description:
218 p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
California
Date:
1912
Topic:
Marine biology  Search this
Marine biology--Research  Search this
Aquatic biology--Research  Search this
Call number:
QH323.C6 P78 1912
QH323.C6P78 1912
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_354161

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