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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 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.
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:

Edmund Clarence Messer: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001994
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140599

Second annual execution of the Society of Washington Fakirs, 1905 : Messermerized

Title:
Second annual exhibition of the Society of Washington Fakirs
Messermerized
Catalogue of the second annual exhumation of the Society of Washington Fakirs, being a revised list of the offenses and prepetrators [i.e. perpetrators] of the works of art shown
Author:
Society of Washington Fakirs (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Artist:
White, Constance  Search this
Supporting host:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Corcoran School of Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Sponsor:
Art Students' League (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Society of Washington Fakirs (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Art Students' League (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Corcoran School of Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
24 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Humor
Exhbitions
Exhibitions
Caricatures and cartoons
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1905
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Parody in art  Search this
Wit and humor, Pictorial  Search this
Art students  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093131

Richard Hovey (1864-1900), Class of 1885, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Subject:
Hovey, Richard  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Art Hanover New Hampshire 03755 Accession Number: P.929.7
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 30661707
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_458046

Self-Portrait, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Subject:
Messer, Edmund Clarence  Search this
Medium:
Oil on academy board
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 17th Street, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20006 Accession Number: 58.27
Date:
1917
Topic:
Portrait male--Self Portrait  Search this
Portrait male--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08260744
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_375416

Edmund Clarence Messer (a Self Portrait), (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Subject:
Messer, Edmund Clarence  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Arts Club Washington District of Columbia
Date:
Ca. 1895
Topic:
Occupation--Art--Artist  Search this
Portrait male--Waist length  Search this
Portrait male--Self Portrait  Search this
Control number:
IAP 86640042
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_234858

Landscape with Sheep, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Montrose Galleries 4865 Cordell Avenue Bethesda Maryland 20014
Date:
Ca. 1890
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Animal--Sheep  Search this
Control number:
IAP 86640095
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_234908

Landscape Near Barbizon, France, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Landscape--France  Search this
Control number:
IAP 98460037
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_244122

House in Wooded Setting, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1885
Topic:
Architecture--Domestic  Search this
Landscape--Forest  Search this
Control number:
IAP 98460038
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_244123

Countryside with Mill, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Mixed
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1892
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Architecture--Industry--Mill  Search this
Control number:
IAP 98460039
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_244124

Sheep Pasture, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1880
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Animal--Sheep  Search this
Control number:
IAP 98460171
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_244256

John Wesley Powell (1834-1902), (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Subject:
Powell, John Wesley  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 70.21
Date:
1889
Topic:
Portrait male--Knee length  Search this
Occupation--Other--Explorer  Search this
Occupation--Science--Geologist  Search this
Architecture interior  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08650145
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_252816

Joseph Philo Bradley (1813-92), (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Subject:
Bradley, Joseph Philo  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Rutgers University Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum 71 Hamilton Street New Brunswick New Jersey 08901-1248
Date:
1904
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Control number:
IAP 31760007
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_277484

Late Afternoon in a Virginia Meadow, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Adam A. Weschler & Son Washington District of Columbia 20004
Topic:
Landscape--Virginia  Search this
Control number:
IAP 62170248
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_106071

Rural Landscape Near Washington, D.C., (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Adam A. Weschler & Son Washington District of Columbia 20004
Topic:
Landscape--District of Columbia--Washington  Search this
Control number:
IAP 62170440
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_106233

Bennings in October, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor Lincoln Park San Francisco California 94121
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAP 71068745
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_145240

Landscape, (painting)

Painter:
Messer, Edmund Clarence 1842-1919  Search this
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Riverside Municipal Museum 3720 Orange Street Riverside California 92501
Topic:
Landscape  Search this
Control number:
IAP 03790001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_33679

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