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Frederick O'Hara Papers

Identifier: UNMA-140

Scope and Contents

The O'Hara papers includes exhibition catalogs, handwritten notes, postcards he kept and his personal collection of photographs as well as photographs of his past gallery showings. The papers are arranged alphabetically.


  • 1951-1998

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Frederick O’Hara was born on August 6, 1904 in Ottowa, Canada. At 17 years old he worked as a copy boy at the Boston Globe newspaper and in 1922 also began studying art at the Massachusetts Art School. O’Hara then studied at the School of the Musuem of Fine Arts in Boston. During that time he became a cartoonist for the Boston Globe.

His technique included stencil, Formica and paper cut outs and unusual inking to create images. His images focused heavily on Navajo culture and spirituality, and his techniques included abstraction. O'Hara painted in modernist representational and abstract styles, but is best known for his prints. He worked extensively in color woodblocks and later took up color lithography. Many of O’Hara’s compositions were inspired by petroglyphs and other ancient markings. O’Hara died in La Jolla, California on March 28, 1980.

Source: The Annex Galleries


1 Cubic Foot (1 Box)

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The Frederick O'Hara papers show his life's work and the collection of postcard and photographs he personally kept. The papers include audio cassettes of interviews with him and exhibition catalogs, photographs, and pamphlets of his art gallery shows.
Finding Aid of the Frederick O'Hara Papers
Maya Lazzaro
September 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131