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Biographical materials, including certificates of U.S. citizenship, voter registration, and marriage for Sambugnac and his wife Ana; addresses of artists and construction contractors; letters from his family in Hungary, from Capital Products Inc., and the governments of Cuba and the Dominican Republic concerning sculpture commissions; notes and drawings, including blueprints of airplane designs for Pan American Airways; business records, including contracts with the U.S. Treasury Department for sculptures in U.S. post offices and courthouses; receipts for construction services and materials;
a ledger listing bills paid and medical information; printed materials on Sambugnac, his work, and other artists; and photographs of Sambugnac, of him in his studio, with his family and friends, and of his sculptures and paintings.
Alexander Sambugnac papers, 1909-1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Sculptor and teacher; Florida. Born April 22, 1888 in Zemun, Yugoslavia and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1938. Studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary and Munich, Germany before going to Paris in 1913 to study under Antoine Bourdelle. Executed sculptures in numerous post offices around the States for the U.S. Treasury Department in the 1930's. Is represented in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, a cathedral in Vienna, and the capitol in Havana. Was a member of the Architectural League of New York and the National Sculpture Society.
Letters received from Sambugnac's family in Budapest, Hungary are written in Yugoslavian as are some of his early biographical records. Contracts between Sambugnac and the governments of Cuba and the Dominican Republic are in Spanish. There are no translations of any documents written in a foreign language.
Donated 1984 by Dinorah Wilkins step-daughter of Sambugnac.
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