Laura Adams Armer
Laura Adams Armer (January 12, 1874 – March 16, 1963) was an American artist and writer. In 1932, her novel Waterless Mountain won the Newbery Medal. She was also an early photographer in San Francisco, California.
Armer was born Laura May Adams in Sacramento, California. While studying at the California School of Design in San Francisco, she met her future husband, Sidney Armer. From around 1900, she had her own business in the city as a portrait photographer and displayed her works at exhibitions. Her photographs of San Francisco's Chinatown (c. 1900) are in the collection of the California Historical Society.
Her special interest in the Navajo and the Southwestern United States led to a silent film The Mountain Chant (1928) and to photographs of the day-to-day activities of the Navajo including sandpainting. Armer was a successful writer, winning the Newbery Medal for her children's book about the Navajo: Waterless Mountain in 1931.
Armer's photographs are in the collections of the California Historical Society, San Francisco, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- Armer, Laura Adams (1957). Waterless Mountain. Longmans, Green.
- Armer, Laura Adams (1933). Dark Circle of Branches. Longman, Green.
- Armer, Laura Adams (1962). In Navajo Land. D. McKay Company.
- Armer, Laura Adams (1935). Southwest. Longmans, Green and Co.
- Armer, Laura Adams (1937). The trader's children. Longmans, Green and co.
- Armer, Laura Adams (1938). Farthest West ... Illustrated by Sidney Armer. Longmans, Green & Co.
- The Humboldt Arts Council in the Morris Graves Museum of Art
- Bostrom, Kathleen Long (2003). Winning Authors: Profiles of the Newbery Medalists. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 35–. ISBN 978-1-56308-877-3. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- Lee, Anthony W. (2001). Picturing Chinatown: Art and Orientalism in San Francisco. University of California Press. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-0-520-22592-3.
- Peter Palmquist, "Laura May (Adams) Armer (active 1899-1930's)", in 100 Years of California Photography by Women: 1850-1950. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- Newbery Winner 1932. The Newbery Companion. Retrieved July 6, 2006.
- Laura Adams Armer at Library of Congress Authorities — with 14 catalog records