Art is the oldest and richest inventory of man's perception and comprehension of nature. It is the poetic image of what man has felt the universe to be and how he gradually became friends with different layers of materials and different layers of situations.

Frederick Sommer
Art and Aesthetics, 1982


Sommer Collections – public in alphabetical order.  Museums known to have 10 or more works are noted with an * as well as museums that hold work in addition to photographs.

Please check current information before going to any of the institutions listed below. Some addresses may be either mailing or physical. Frederick Sommer’s work is rare and may be on loan, not on display or an appointment may be required.

Curators and registrars – if you see omissions, corrections or have made additions to your holdings, we look forward to hearing from you. We contacted the vast majority of the institutions below in 2004.

Private collectors - the Sommer Foundation is establishing a provenance registry to help define Sommer's oeuvre prior to a catalog raisonne or retrospective.  If you have work in your collection we would greatly appreciate it if you would contact us.  Your privacy will be respected and the information will add greatly to the understanding of Sommer's story.

Amon Carter Museum
        3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
        Fort Worth, Texas
Art Institute of Chicago *
        111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603
        Nine works in the collection
Baltimore Museum of Art
        10 Art Museum Drive
        Baltimore, MD 21218-3898
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
        9400 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011-8494
        Seven works in the collection.
California State University, Long Beach (Art Museum)
        1250 Bellflower Blvd.
        Long Beach, CA 90840
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
        328 Lomita Dr. and Museum Way (off Palm Drive)
        Stanford, CA 94305-5060
Center for Creative Photography *
        The University of Arizona 1030 N. Olive Rd.
        PO Box 210103, Tucson, AZ 85721-0103
Sommer's archive of letters and negatives is housed at CCP.  Initial organization of the material and a preliminary finding aid was completed in the fall of 2003.  A list of artwork can be found in this PDF pages, 56-60.
     Photography and collage
Crocker Art Museum
        216 O Street
        Sacramento, CA 95814
Chrysler Museum of Art
        245 West Olney Rd.
        Norfolk Virginia 23510-1587
Dayton Art Institute
        456 Belmonte Park North
        Dayton, Ohio 45405
Denver Art Museum
        100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
        Denver, CO 80204
Detroit Institute of Arts
        5200 Woodward Avenue
        Detroit, Michigan 48202
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
        32 Quincy Street
        Cambridge, MA 02138
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center – Vassar College
        Vassar College
        124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0703
Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation *
        PO Box 262
        Prescott, Arizona 86302
Holds Sommer's personal library of over 2000 volumes, in several languages and genres, in sequence at time of death.
     Photography, drawing, collage and painting
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY *
        900 East Avenue
        Rochester, NY 14607
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA Hammer Museum
        10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
        Eight works in the collection
Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri *
        Fine Arts Programs #284, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
        2501 McGee St., Kansas City, MO
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
        University of Texas, Austin
        21st and Guadalupe, Austin, Texas, 78713-7219
High Museum of Art, Georgia
        1280 Peachtree Street,. N.E.
        Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington *
        1133 E. 7th Street
        Bloomington, IN 47405-7509
J. Paul Getty Museum *
        1200 Getty Center Dr., Suite 1000
        Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687
     Photography, drawing and collage
Krannert Art Museum, (Univ. of Illinois)
        500 East Peabody Dr.
        Champaign, IL 61820
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
        5905 Wilshire Boulevard
        Los Angeles, CA 90036
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie *
        82, rue Francois Miron
        75004 Paris, FRANCE
Metropolitan Museum of Art
        1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
        New York, NY 10028-0198
Milwaukee Art Museum
        700 N. Art Museum Drive
        Milwaukee, WI 53202 // Ph. 414.224.3200
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
        2400 Third Avenue South
        Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College
        Pomona College Museum of Art, Montgomery Art Center
        333. N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711-6344
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
        Avenue of the Arts (also houses the Lane Collection)
        465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
     Photography and drawing
Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico
        107 W. Palace Ave.
        Santa Fe, NM 87501
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston *
        1001 Bissonnet Street
        Houston, TX 77005
Photography and collage
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
        255 Beach Dr., N.E.,
        St Petersburg, Florida 33701
Museum Ludwig (Germany)
        BischofsgartenstraBe 1, D-
        50667 Cologne, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, NY *
        11 West 53 Street
        New York, NY 10019-5497
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. *
        2000 B South Club Drive
        Landover, MD 20785
     Photography, drawing and collage
National Gallery of Australia
        Parkes Place, Parkes ACT 2600
        GPO Box 1150 Parkes Act 2601, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery of Canada
        380 Sussex Drive Box 427, Station A
        Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 9N4
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
        Washington, DC        
New Orleans Museum of Art
        Located in City Park
        in New Orleans
Norton Simon Museum *
        411 West Colorado Boulevard
        Pasadena, CA 91105-1825
Pomona College
        Montgomery Art Center
        333 N. College Way
        Claremont, CA 91711        
Prescott College
        220 Grove Ave.
        Prescott, AZ 86301        
Princeton University Art Museum *
        Nassau St., Princeton
        New Jersey 08544
     Photography, drawing and collage
Rhode Island School of Design, Museum *
        The RISD Museum
        224 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903
Saint Louis Art Museum
        1 Fine Arts Drive.
        St. Louis, Missouri 63110-1380
San Diego Museum of Art
        1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
        San Diego, CA 92101
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art *
        151 Third St. (Between Mission and Howard Streets)
        San Francisco, CA 94103-3153
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
        University of Nebraska, Lincoln
        12 & R Streets in Lincoln, NE.
The Snite Museum of Art
        University of Notre Dame
        Notre Dame, IN, 46556-0368
Spencer Museum of Art
        University of Kansas
        1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7500
Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities
        191 5th Street East
        Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum *
        492-1 Yano-cho
        Hachioji City, Tokyo, Japan
University of New Mexico Art Museum
        The Univ. of New Mexico Center for the Arts
        Albuquerque, NM 87131-1416
University of Virginia | Art Museum
        Bayly Building - 155 Rugby Rd
        Charlottesville, VA, 22904-4119
Victoria & Albert Museum (London) *
        Cromwell Road
        London SW7 2RL
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
        2800 Grove Avenue
        Richmond, VA 23221-2466
Yale University Art Gallery (Doris Bry Collection)
        PO Box 208271
        New Haven, CT 06520-8271