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Johan Hagemeyer collection

Identifier: AG 44

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the correspondence, mostly in Dutch, is between Hagemeyer and his brothers and his friends in Holland. These letters reveal the experiences of the brothers in America and his friendship with Corrie Buys and Jettie de Vries. Other correspondence of interest includes his applications for grant projects, submissions of work for publication or exhibition, and compliments from Una Jeffers and Albert Einstein for portraits done by Hagemeyer.

The diaries document his daily activities in America including employment, changes of domicile, meetings with friends and other artists, attendance at exhibitions and lectures, health problems, and travels in America, Canada, and Europe; however, most entries are very brief. Information regarding Hagemeyer's own exhibitions, clippings of his photographs, interviews with him, and exhibitions held at his studio in Carmel are most extensively documented in the scrapbook and printed materials.

His small personal library, largely in Dutch, contains twenty-one items. Two periodicals contain photographs by Hagemeyer. Although he was known to enjoy and collect phonographic records, there are none here.

The bulk of the photographic materials in the collection are black-and-white prints and negatives. These materials consist of portraits of Hagemeyer, his relatives and friends, and places that he visited in Holland and America. Both portraits done by Hagemeyer for clients and portraits of him by Roger Chevalier are included.

There are some miscellaneous artifacts including Hagemeyer's wallet, empty photographic film boxes with his annotations, and his view camera with a leather carrying case. This collection does not offer much insight into Hagemeyer's philosophical or practical viewpoints on horticulture, politics, or art. His activities between 1908 and 1930 are sparsely noted; there are no office files from any of his portrait studio operations.


  • 1884 - 1962


Language of Materials

Material in English and Dutch

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Biographical/Historical Note

Dutch-born Johan Hagemeyer immigrated to California in 1911 with his brothers to work as a horticulturist. Inspired by a meeting with Alfred Stieglitz in New York, Hagemeyer became a photographer and returned to California. He became Edward Weston’s apprentice and assistant in 1917 and later set out on his own to operate portrait studios in Carmel and San Francisco. Hagemeyer was honored with a one-person exhibit at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco in 1938. He also exhibited at the World’s Fair Golden Gate International Exposition the next year.


6 Boxes (4.25 linear feet)

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Papers and photographic materials, 1884 - 1962, of Johan Hagemeyer (1884 - 1962), photographer. The papers of Johan Hagemeyer contain information on his activities in America from 1911 to 1930.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1:Correspondence,1896-1956
  2. Series 2:Diaries,1910-1959
  3. Series 3:Printed materials, 1884-1962
  4. Series 4:Library,1883-1932
  5. Series 5:Photographic materials, 1891-1949

Custodial History

This collection was given to and purchased by the Center for Creative Photography from David and Jeanne Hagemeyer between 1976 and 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Roger Myers and Judith Leckrone in 1980s.

Johan Hagemeyer collection 1884 - 1962
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States