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Harry Wickey Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: 1966

Biographical History

Harry Wickey (1892-1968) was an American painter, illustrator, printmaker and sculptor. Born in Ohio, he achieved national recognition as an etcher before turning to sculpture in 1938, when his eyesight became impaired from etching acids. His biography, Thus Far, was published by the American Artists Group.

Wickey's work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Guggenheim Museum, National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy, Salmagundi Club, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a collection of his papers resides at the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. He taught at the Art Students League in New York and was a member of the National Academy of Design and the Woodstock Art Association.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harry Wickey Papers consists of biographical material, correspondence, and subject files.

Along with the papers themselves, Mr. Wickey provided detailed information and reminiscences about many items in the collection. The text of notes relating to the correspondence (see below) are included in this inventory and a full set of the notes -- which include comments and recollections for almost all items in the collection as well as a chronology of his exhibits, awards, and publications -- may be found in Biographical material.

Correspondence (1928-1965) contains letters sent to Wickey from his close friends with whom he was associated in the field of art. Wickey's own comments and reminiscences are included, set off in quotation marks and concluding with (HW). Subject files contains material relating to exhibitions of Wickey's work and to prizes he won; publications both by and about Wickey; photographs of his etchings and sculptures; photographs and other items relating to his wife, Maria Rother Wickey; reviews of his autobiography Thus Far; personal photographs; and magazine articles on or about his work.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. Subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic.


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.

Subject Headings


Aronson, Boris, 1900-1980
Calkins, Marion.
Durchanek, Ludvik, 1902-
Farber, Clifford.
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978.
Freeman, Lydia.
Fuller, Sue.
Hatch, John Davis.
Homer, William Innes.
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974.
Myers, Jerome, 1867-1940.
Niemann, Edmund Edward, 1910-
Pleissner, Ogden M.
Randall, Coral Royce.
Reisman, Philip, 1904-1992.
Reynard, Grant T., 1887-1968.
Robinson, Boardman, 1876-
Shapiro, Harry H.
Ward, Lynd, 1905-
Wickey, Harry Archives.
Winser, Beatrice, 1869-1947.
Young, Mahonri Mackintosh, 1877-1957.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Etchers, United States.
Lithographers, United States.
Sculptors, United States.
Sculpture, American, 20th century.
Sculpture, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Harry Wickey Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Biographical information

Incoming correspondence

Subject files