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Frank L. Hohmann Collection on Harriet Whitney Frishmuth

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 21 May 2012

Biographical History

Harriet W. Frishmuth (1880-1980) was an American sculptor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 17, 1880, she studied art in Paris under Rodin and Injalbert, in Berlin under Euchteitz and at the Art Students' League under Borglum and McNeil, where she was awarded the St. Gaudens first prize. Her work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Salon in Paris, the San Francisco Exposition (1939-1940) and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.

Frishmuth received several awards from the National Academy of Design, a prize from the Grand Central Art Galleries, an honorable mention from the San Francisco Exposition and the Joan of Arc Silver Medal from the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.

Frank Hohmann III is a leading collector of Frishmuth's sculpture and the author of Captured Motion, a comprehensive examination of Frishmuth's life and work. The book contains details on all 155 of her sculpture pieces, photographs, essays about her life and work, a catalogue of works and a chronology.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frank L. Hohmann Collection on Harriet Whitney Frishmuth consists of subject files, photographs and writings assembled for the publication of Hohmann's Captured Motion, the catalogue raisonné of the sculpture of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth.

Subejct files includes correspondence (most with various galleries and collectors, about requests for photographs of Frishmuth works in their holdings), exhibit material (including "Small Bronzes" full catalog and a 1937 brochure from a Frishmuth exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens), some paperwork for Sotheby's cataloguing previews, and a small amoung of miscellaneous research and reference material such as chronologies and photocopies of articles.

Photographs are almost all color transparencies. Almost all are labeled; they remain sorted in their original groupings, which seems to be by how they were used (for example, "used by Katy in preliminary design"). Included here are also several binders, one of which appears to be the layout or working copy for the catalog section of Captured Motion, with color printouts of transparencies and many post-it and handwritten annotations.

Writings contains the typescript for two essays that appeared in the book, one by Thayer Tolles and the other with no author given..

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by subject.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Published editions of Captured Motion have been transferred to Rare Books for cataloging.

See also the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth Papers.

Subject Headings


Frishmuth, Harriet Whitney, 1880-1980.
Hohmann, Frank L.
Tolles, Thayer.

Corporate Bodies

Brookgreen Gardens.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Photography of art.
Photography of sculpture.
Sculptors -- United States.
Sculpture, American -- 20th century.
Sculpture, American.
Women artists -- United States.
Women sculptors -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Catalogues raisonnés.
Color transparencies.
Exhibition catalogs.
Manuscripts for publication.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Frank L. Hohmann Collection on Harriet Whitney Frishmuth,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Hohmann, 2012.

Table of Contents

Subject files