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Howard McCormick letter

 Collection — Folder: S870
Identifier: S0870

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a transcribed copy of a letter from Howard McCormick in Leonia, New Jersey to Virgil Hoagland in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 18, 1912 regarding McCormick's personal news and details of his career as an artist to date. The original letter is located at in the Indiana artist files at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Library and Archives.


  • 1912

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Born August 19, 1875 in Hillsboro, Indiana, Howard McCormick was a painter, illustrator, muralist, and wood engraver. He studied under William Forsyth at the Indiana School of the Arts (1894-1895), William Merritt Chase and Francis Luis Mora at the New York School of Art (1899-1900), and Jean-Paul Laurens at the Académie Julian in Paris, France (1901-1902). McCormick also spent time in Mexico and Arizona, studying local and Native American culture. He worked as an illustrator for numerous publications, such as The Indianapolis News, Cosmopolitan, The Delineator, Collier's, and The American Magazine. McCormick is best known for his museums murals depicting Native Americans of the Southwest, such as the background murals for the Hopi, Navajo and Apache habitat installations at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York. He and his family settled in Leonia, New Jersey where they lived for several years before his death in 1943.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder )

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Morton W. Grills in December, 1943.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/29 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/29 by Brittany Kropf.
Howard McCormick letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.