Organized in eleven series, reel 5672 includes series I - VI: I. Biographical Material, II. Letters, III. Writings, IV. Printed Material, V. Sketchbooks, and VI. Expense Books. Reels 5673-5675 include series VII. Notebooks on Exhibitions and Paintings, VIII. Diaries and Journals, IX. Address books, X. Photographs, and XI. Scrapbooks.
The papers of Mabel Alvarez (1898-1985) measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1898-1987. The collection documents both her painting career as well as her personal life through correspondence, original writings, sketches, printed material, diaries and journals, financial records, and scrapbooks.
Mabel Alvarez papers, 1898-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection is available on microfilm reels 5672-5675 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Painter; Los Angeles, Calif. Born in Hawaii, moved to Los Angeles, Calif. while a child. Studied with William Vincent Cahill and Stanton Macdonald-Wright and specialized in portraiture, especially of children.
Donated in 1988 by Glenn Basset, Alvarez's dealer and friend.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001