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William Henry Holmes artists' files, 1879-1955

Creator:
Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933  Search this
Subject:
Closson, William Baxter Palmer  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay  Search this
Moser, James Henry  Search this
Zolnay, George Julian  Search this
Moran, Thomas  Search this
Pennell, Joseph  Search this
Oakley, Violet  Search this
Messer, Edmund Clarence  Search this
Melchers, Gari  Search this
Weller, Carl F.  Search this
Sharp, Joseph Henry  Search this
Walcott, Mary Vaux  Search this
Nichols, Hobart  Search this
Fraser, James Earle  Search this
Brooke, Richard Norris  Search this
La Farge, John  Search this
Weyl, Max  Search this
Johnston, Reuben Le Grand  Search this
Ream, Vinnie  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Washington Water Color Club  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Sketches
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7791
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209957
AAA_collcode_holmwill
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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William Henry Holmes artists' files

Creator:
Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933  Search this
Names:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Washington Water Color Club (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Brooke, Richard Norris, 1847-1920  Search this
Closson, William Baxter Palmer, 1848-1926  Search this
Fraser, James Earle, 1876-1953  Search this
Johnston, Reuben Le Grand, 1850-1914  Search this
La Farge, John, 1835-1910  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Messer, Edmund Clarence, 1842-1919  Search this
Moran, Thomas, 1837-1926  Search this
Moser, James Henry, 1854-1913  Search this
Nichols, Hobart, 1869-1962  Search this
Oakley, Violet, 1874-1961  Search this
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Ream, Vinnie, 1847-1914  Search this
Sharp, Joseph Henry, 1859-1953  Search this
Walcott, Mary Vaux, 1860-1940  Search this
Weller, Carl F., 1853-1920  Search this
Weyl, Max, 1837-1914  Search this
Wiles, Irving Ramsay, 1861-1948  Search this
Zolnay, George Julian, 1862 or 1863-1949  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Sketches
Place:
Museum directors -- Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1879-1955
Summary:
The artists' files of William Henry Holmes, curator and director of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) in Washington, D.C., measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1879 to 1955. The artists' files consist mostly of correspondence, but also include a few photographs, artwork in the form of sketches, and printed material. There is also one file relating to Holmes' affiliation with the Washington Water Color Club.
Scope and Contents:
The artists' files of William Henry Holmes, curator and director of the Smithsonian's National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) in Washington, D.C., measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1879 to 1955. The artists' files consist mostly of correspondence, but also include a few photographs, artwork in the form of sketches, and printed material. There is also one file relating to Holmes' affiliation with the Washington Water Color Club.

Notable artists represented in the files include R.N. Brooke, William B. P. Closson, James Earle Fraser, Vinnie Ream Hoxie, Reuben Le Grand Johnston, John LaFarge, Gari Melchers, Thomas Moran, Henry Moser, Hobart Nichols, Violet Oakley, Joseph Pennell, Joseph Henry Sharp, Mary Vaux Walcott, Carl F. Weller, Max Weyl, Irving R. Wiles and George Julian Zolnay.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 1 series.

Series 1: Artists' Files, 1879-1955 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
Biographical / Historical:
William Henry Holmes (1846-1933) was a curator, museum director, artist, scientific illustrator, archaeologist, geologist, and anthropologist. He served in various positions in the Smithsonian Institution, and finally as director of the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) from 1920-1932.

Holmes was born in Harrison County, Ohio in 1846. In 1870, he graduated from McNeely Normal School in Ohio and, after a short time of teaching at that school, moved to Washington, D.C. in 1871 to study art under Theodore Kaufmann. Thanks to his artistic skills, he was soon hired by Smithsonian paleontologist Francis B. Meek to do scientific drawings. In 1872, Holmes joined the geological survey of Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, as an artist and topographer of the survey of Yellowstone National Park and surrounding area, and other regions in the west. In 1879, Holmes went to work for the newly founded U.S. Geological Survey. There he worked as a geologist and chief of scientific illustration. In addition to art and geology, his interests and expertise expanded into archaeology and anthropology.

Holmes worked as chief curator at the Field Columbian Museum (now the Field Museum of Natural History) in Chicago before returning to the Smithsonian in 1897, where he served as curator of anthropology and chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology. In 1910, he became chairman of the Division of Anthropology. In 1920, Holmes became director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Gallery of Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum), a position he held until 1932. William Henry Holmes died one year later.
Related Materials:
Collections about William Henry Holmes are also located at other Smithsonian Institution archival units, including the National Anthropological Archives and Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Provenance:
These files were transferred from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art Library (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) to the Archives of American Art in two installments in 1981 and 1992.
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.
Rights:
The William Henry Holmes artists' files 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:
Curators -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Artists -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Sketches
Citation:
William Henry Holmes artists' files, 1879-1955. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.holmwill
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False Dandelion (Agoseris aurantiaca)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.5 x 17.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1921
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Agoseris aurantiaca  Search this
Study\botanical study\False dandelion  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.1
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78a7f73ec-e21e-448b-adab-6d6554eef953
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.1

Sequoia (Sequoia gigantea)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.5 x 17.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1896
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Sequoia  Search this
Study\botanical study\Sequoia gigantea  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.10
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk767015fa9-681a-4ccf-ac3a-044af5333376
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.10

Picea engelmanni

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.4 x 17.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1913
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Picea engelmanni  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.100
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk722964b7d-8c7a-4a7c-ad12-d24ca2b96228
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.100

Blue Larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 7/8 x 7 in. (25.2 x 17.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Delphinium nuttallianum  Search this
Study\botanical study\Blue Larkspur  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.101
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk79b55e736-c562-4fbe-aa7e-3e40e6ebd222
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.101

Alpine Ragwort (Senecio species)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 in. (25.6 x 17.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Alpine ragwort  Search this
Study\botanical study\Senecio species  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.102
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk780c2f47d-bacf-4151-9c8e-6d1228f7d018
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.102

Arnica alpina

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 in. (25.6 x 17.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Arnica alpina  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.103
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7e47c6664-83d6-4f44-875a-325245fed76b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.103

Carpet Pink (Silene acaulis)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 in. (25.6 x 17.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Silene acaulis  Search this
Study\botanical study\Carpet pink  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.104
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7e2b01223-6c26-47d0-b18b-a2a3b8043fbd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.104

Lake Louise Arnica (Arnica louisiana)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 in. (25.6 x 17.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Arnica louisiana  Search this
Study\botanical study\Lake Louise Arnica  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.105
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7a8ff1328-bcbf-4218-926e-3cb687396a57
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.105

Pentstemon (Pentstemon procerus)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 7/8 x 7 in. (25.2 x 17.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Penstemon  Search this
Study\botanical study\Penstemon procerus  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.106
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk716b548fb-9275-48db-b86f-181e316d72b4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.106

Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 in. (25.6 x 17.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Yellow jessamine  Search this
Study\botanical study\Gelsemium sempervirens  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.107
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7818429e1-e198-480c-bbef-99d6ef293635
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.107

Lithospermum canescens

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.4 x 17.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1907
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Lithospermum canescens  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.108
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7bff8bcc2-c6e0-4f70-862b-383a45ff948e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.108

Cassiope (Cassiope mertensiana)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 6 7/8 in. (25.4 x 17.6 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1900-1905
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Cassiope  Search this
Study\botanical study\Cassiope mertensiana  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.109
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7ca8c67ab-06e8-4103-9a1d-0de15fbdfb94
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edanmdm:saam_1970.355.109

(Untitled, Group of Flowers)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 x 5 7/8 in. (23.0 x 15.0 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1883
Topic:
Object\flower  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.11
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk708cbc3d2-50ee-4b3c-8eea-272026a06a7e
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edanmdm:saam_1970.355.11

Leather Flower (Clematis hirsutissima)

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.5 x 17.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1930s
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Leather flower  Search this
Study\botanical study\Clematis hirsutissima  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.110
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7e9d0d564-81e4-473f-afb1-5d0f4abda05e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.110

Gilia linanthus parviflorus

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.5 x 17.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1900-1930
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Gilia linanthus parviflorus  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.111
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk723595fb5-79d6-442e-8198-6967f9461a4e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.111

Untitled--Flower Study

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 12 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (31.6 x 23.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1883-1900
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Flower  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.112
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7ffa0b8d1-470a-4577-b050-b126333226b3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.112

Untitled--Flower Study

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 1/8 in. (25.4 x 18.0 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1900-1930
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Flower  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.113
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78b6d917f-3326-4b07-9932-ef761c325d8f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.113

Untitled--Flower Study

Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.5 x 17.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1900-1930
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Flower  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.114
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Department:
Graphic Arts
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GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7abc1ccf2-0d6d-4272-9e4f-7915d79104dc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.114

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