Laura May Adams Armer
Painter, illustrator, photographer, author
Born in Sacramento, CA on January 12, 1874. Laura Adams was educated in the public schools of San Francisco and then studied painting and drawing under Arthur Matthews at the School of Design (1893-96). She established a photography studio in the Flood Building on the corner of Powell and Market (1899-1902) and after her marriage to Sidney Armer, moved to Berkeley where she continued her photography studio in her home. In the early 1920s she developed a keen interest ien Indian subjects and began sketching and photographing the Hopi and Navajo reservations of Arizona. She also wrote children's books on Indian culture which were illustrated with her photographs and her husband's illustrations. In 1938 the Armers moved to Fortuna, CA in Humboldt County where she remained for the rest of her life. Mrs. Armer died in a Vacaville rest home on March 3, 1963.