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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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William Henry Holmes artists' files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-holmwill
Online Media:

Brook, Richard Norris, 1847-1920

Collection Creator:
Library of Congress  Search this
Extent:
1 Item
Container:
Box 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers may use prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Collection Citation:
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
See more items in:
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection of photomechanical prints of American art works
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection of photomechanical prints of American art works / Series 1: Photomechanical prints
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-saam-photo-loc-ref839

Rocky Coast, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth Street Augusta Georgia 30901 Accession Number: 1993.C0446
Date:
Ca. 1900
Topic:
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Waterscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAP 67990338
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_374997

Wilson, Woodrow [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1910
Image number:
JUL J0019590
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_19590

Richard Norris Brooke: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF000435
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_137347

Pocahontas, [photomechanical print]

Artist:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Photographic firm:
Detroit Publishing Co.  Search this
Subject:
Pocahontas  Search this
Type:
Photomechanical prints
Date:
Copyright 1912
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Dress--Historic--Seventeenth Century Dress  Search this
Image number:
LOC LC000318
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_137485

Record of work : serving to some extent as a history of my professional life and as a means of tracing pictures and studies painted and disposed of, especially since my departure for Paris in 1878

Author:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Physical description:
[7], 301 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
1918
1918?]
Call number:
N40.1.B864 A1 1918a
N40.1.B864 A1 1918a
Restrictions & Rights:
Written permission for use of material must be secured.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384130

Record of work [microform] : serving to some extent as a history of my professional life and as a means of tracing pictures and studies painted and disposed of, especially since my departure for Paris in 1878

Author:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Physical description:
[7], 301 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1967
1918
1918?]
Call number:
mfm 1202
Restrictions & Rights:
Written permission for use of material must be secured.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384866

(Fishermen at Seashore), (painting)

Title:
Fishing Boats, (painting)
Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Late 1800's
Topic:
Occupation--Industry--Fishing  Search this
Waterscape--Boat  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 73262255
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_350556

Portrait of James Madison, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Madison, James  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Union League Club of Chicago 65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago Illinois 60604 Accession Number: UL1895.24
Date:
1895
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Control number:
IAP 62910078
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_366283

Elizabeth Lee. Pollock, (painting)

Title:
Elizabeth L. Pollock, (painting)
Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Elizabeth Lee  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Alexandria P. O. Box 178 Alexandria Virginia 22313
Located Alexandria Library - Lloyd House 220 North Washington Street Alexandria Virginia 22314
Date:
Ca. 1890
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
IAP 86640041
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_234857

Maryland Countryside, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1885
Topic:
Landscape--Maryland  Search this
Control number:
IAP 86640090
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_234903

Dutch Landscape, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1892
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
IAP 98460004
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_244089

Old Orchard, St. Leonards, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1895
Topic:
Landscape--Garden  Search this
Control number:
IAP 98460160
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_244245

Mrs. Abraham D. Pollock (Elizabeth Lee) (1813-97), (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Abraham D., Mrs. (Elizabeth Lee)  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1879-80
Topic:
Portrait female  Search this
Control number:
IAP 9A390001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_245732

A Dog Swap, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1956.11.2
Date:
1881
Topic:
Architecture exterior--Domestic--House  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Animal--Dog  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08580208
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_248944

Robert M. T. Hunter, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Hunter, Robert M. T  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
United States Capitol Washington District of Columbia 20201
Topic:
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08850027
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_253338

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Wilson, Woodrow  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Philipse Manor Hall Warburton Avenue & Dock Street Yonkers New York 10701
Date:
Before 1917
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Control number:
IAP 35590035
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_283537

Landscape Wtih Trees, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Western Reserve Historical Society 10825 East Blvd Cleveland Ohio 44106
Date:
Ca. 1890
Topic:
Landscape--Time--Night  Search this
Control number:
IAP 41100505
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_285660

Thomas MacDonough, Admiral, USN, (painting)

Painter:
Brooke, Richard Norris 1847-1920  Search this
Subject:
Macdonough, Thomas  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Army and Navy Club 901 17th Street Washington District of Columbia 20006
Topic:
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Control number:
IAP 64610008
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_289424

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