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Harmer (Alfred Douglas) Collection

 Collection — Box: AR-2021-129
Identifier: AR-2021-129

Content Description

The Alfred Douglas Harmer Collection contains letters that the playwright, son of artist Alexander Francis Harmer, received and wrote over the years 1920-1965. The collection also includes a mix of personal and professional items such as: photos, contracts, event invitations, telegrams, his personal bank book, postcards, and scripts and programs for plays Harmer directed.

The collection contains two (2) folders of correspondence, one (1) folder of scripts, one (1) folder of theater programs, one (1) folder of postcards, and one (1) folder of miscellaneous items such as photos, contracts, and a bank book.


  • 1920 - 1965

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head Archivist of the Gledhill Library.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Douglas Harmer was the youngest son of artist Alexander Francis Harmer. He started his career as a playwright at the age of eleven and by the time he was eighteen years old, he had written and produced eight plays portraying the life of early California. He later went on to marry Florence J. Weston and edit a Santa Barbara bilingual magazine titled Don Quijote.


.4 Linear Feet (one (1) document box)

Language of Materials



The Alfred Douglas Harmer Collection contains letters from Alfred Douglas Harmer's family and romanitic interests while he was a young man, as well as letters written by Harmer to his wife in later years. Also included is an array of scripts and programs documenting his professional career as a playwright.


The Alfred Douglas Harmer Collection is arranged in six files:

1) Letters from family, 1925-1956

2) Letters - Business/H. Bernard, 1923-1931

3) Programs

4) Scripts

5) Miscellaneous

6) Postcards

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were acquired from Matt Sankary.

Related Materials

Harmer (Alexander Bertrand) and family materials, 2017-002, Gledhill Library, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, California.

Processing Information

The Alfred Douglas Harmer Collection was processed by Kerri Phillip in April 2022.


Guide to the Alfred Douglas Harmer Collection
Kerri Phillip
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Gledhill Library Repository

136 E. De La Guerra
Santa Barbara California 93101 USA