Guide to the Edith Harvey Heron Collection

SJSU Library Special Collections and Archives
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San Jose State University
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Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Edith Harvey Heron Collection

Collection number: MSS-2005-01



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
Processed by:
Lynne Vieth
Date Completed:
August, 2005
Encoded by:
Bernard Yeh
© 2005 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edith Harvey Heron collection
Dates: 1895-1980
Collection number: MSS-2005-01
Creator: Heron, Edith Harvey, 1895-1980
Collection Size: 3 linear feet 1 archive box and 1 flat drawer
Repository: San Jose State University Library
San Jose, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Edith Harvey Heron Collection (1895-1980) documents this California artist's professional work and history. The collection includes watercolors, drawings, etchings, miscellaneous art, prints, newspaper articles, pamphlets, photographs, and professional records. The materials provide background information on Heron's artistic interests and development, as well as on her educational and employment history.
Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Edith Harvey Heron collection, MSS-2005-01, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Processing History

Processing completed by Lynne Vieth, 2005. EAD encoding by Bernard Yeh, 2005.

Biographical Overview

Edith Harvey Heron, the daughter of William S. and Ada Heron, was born January 2, 1895, in San Jose, California, After graduating from San Jose High School in 1914, she attended San Jose Normal School and graduated in 1918. Following a short-term teaching career in art therapy, she attended the California School of Arts and Crafts for two years (1920-22) and in 1929 earned a B. A. degree in art at San Jose State College. Heron spent most of her life in the Bay Area working as an artist.
Heron began her early career as an occupational art therapist and teacher. She first taught pottery and basketry at the Stockton State Hospital from 1918 to 1920. From 1920 to 1922, she taught weaving and furniture design at the Livermore Sanatorium. In the summer of 1926, Heron returned to San Jose State College and in 1929 earned her degree in art. In 1942, the same year that the term "art therapy" was officially coined by British artist Adrian Hill, Heron taught arts and crafts to Japanese-Americans in the Poston, Arizona, internment camp.
Heron became a well-known watercolorist. Her early work focused on the Monterey Peninsula, but travel abroad inspired her to complete some of her most important paintings, including Old Tom, Monterey and Gloucester Fish Wharf, which garnered first-place awards from the National League of American Pen Women in 1937 and 1939, respectively; the latter work received the Logan Medal for Watercolor from the National Society for Sanity in Art that same year. Heron's work also appeared in several shows and exhibitions, such as those mounted by Seven Arts Gallery, Carmel, 1932; Los Angeles Art Museum, 1932; Bond Street Gallery, London, 1933; Stanford University, 1934; Oakland Art Museum, 1934; Morton Gallery, New York City, 1935; National Association of Women Artists, New York City, 1936; Montalvo Gallery, Saratoga, 1941; Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1940; Treasure Island World's Fair, San Francisco, 1940; and Southside Art Association, Chicago, 1942.
In 1974, Heron donated twelve paintings to the San Jose Public Library and an additional six to San Jose State University, including Old Tom, Monterey. Heron is listed in Artists of the American West (1981), Dictionary of Women Artists (1985), and An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West (1998). She was a life member of the National Association of Women Artists, New York City, and an artist member of the National League of Pen Women, Berkeley branch. She died March 6, 1980.

Scope and Content

The Edith Harvey Heron Collection (1895-1980) documents the California artist's professional work and history. The collection includes watercolors, drawings, etchings, miscellaneous art, prints, newspaper articles, pamphlets, photographs, and professional records. The materials provide background information on Heron's artistic interests and development, as well as on her educational and employment history. The collection is divided into Series I, Images and Documents, and Series II, Artwork.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Heron, Edith Harvey, 1895-1980--Sources.
Women artists--California--Sources.

Index Terms Related to this Collection

San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives


Collection Contents

Box 1

Series I:  Images and Documents 1890-1985

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content

The contents of this series document Edith Harvey Heron's professional history and range of artistic work. Heron is best known for her watercolors depicting scenes of Northern California, which are represented here by color-pencil sketches of forest and seashore settings on the Monterey Peninsula. Of particular note are the nine black-and-white intaglio etchings of San Francisco and elsewhere. The newspaper articles, pamphlets, photographs, and professional records provide background information for researchers interested in Heron's educational and employment, as well as in the various exhibits in which her paintings were shown.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format.
 

Drawings

Folder 1

Color-pencil sketches

Folder 2

Miscellaneous sketches

Folder 3

Etchings

Folder 3a

Duplicate Etchings

Folder 4

Hart Papers

Folder 5

Miscellaneous Art

Folder 6

Newspaper Articles

Folder 7

Pamphlets

Folder 8

Photographs

Folder 9

Prints

Folder 9a

Duplicate Prints

 

Professional Records

Folder 10

Certificates

Folder 11

Correspondence

Folder 12

Educational transcripts

Box 1, Folder 13

Screen-printed plate

 

Series II:  Artwork 1890-1985

Physical Description: 1 flat file drawer

Series Scope and Content Summary

The contents of this series consist of two framed watercolors and an unframed watercolor painted by Heron. The framed, untitled watercolor in Office 524 depicts a lake with boats in the foreground, trees in the background, and a cabin to the right. The framed watercolor in the Special Collections Reading Room, Fisherman's Hut, depicts the last dwelling in Monterey's Old Chinatown; it was painted in 1936 and donated to San Jose State University in 1973. The unframed watercolor shows the Golden Gate Bridge with the Marin headlands in the background.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format.
Drawer: Heron and Freimark Art Pieces

Unframed watercolor