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Finding Aid to the Johan Hagemeyer Photograph Collection, approximately 1908-1955
BANC PIC 1964.063-.064  
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The Johan Hagemeyer Photograph Collection comprises the bulk of what was the photographer's personal archive at the time of his death in 1962. The collection contains approximately 6,785 photographic prints and negatives, and spans from his earliest known amateur work of ca. 1908 to his later works of the mid-1950s. Portraiture predominates.
Johan Hagemeyer was born into a working class family in Amsterdam, Holland on Whitsunday, June 1, 1884. Sickly from childhood, and self-described as the "black sheep" among his 4 siblings, the introspective Johan was very well-read and excelled at writing and drawing at a young age. Under pressure from his parents to aspire toward a higher social status, Johan left school in his mid-teens to join an insurance brokerage. Meanwhile, his intellectual curiosity - which ranged from literature and the arts to science and politics - led him to explore such topics as philosophical anarchism, vegetarianism, and religious mysticism. He also had a keen interest in botany, and soon abandoned his career in insurance to study horticulture. After compulsory service in the Dutch army - where he served as a marching flutist - and a brief return to brokerage, he enrolled in a horticultural college. It was during his studies here that he and his brothers Hendrik and Herman, also aspiring horticulturalists, decided to emigrate to the United States to pursue their ambitions in California.
6785 photographs (approximately 5,790 film negatives, approximately 925 photographic prints, approximately 70 glass negatives (representing approximately 5,235 unique images)) and 1500 digital objects : film and glass negatives
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Collection is open for research by appointment only. Photographic prints and negatives are RESTRICTED due to need for special handling. Requests for use of originals must be approved by the appropriate curator.