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The papers of painter and muralist John Milton Ramm measure 10.8 linear feet and date from 1900 to 1992. Found within are biographical materials, family correspondence, personal business records, notes and notebooks, travel journals and other writings by Ramm and his father, John Henry Ramm. Art work consists of sketches, sketchbooks, watercolor sketches, mural designs, and other drawings by John Milton Ramm and John Henry Ramm. Also found are numerous photographs of family, friends, travels and voyages, and San Francisco cityscapes, as well as photographs of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires taken by John Henry Ramm. The collection reflects the artist's interest in travel and his thorough recording of each voyage through paintings, drawings, photographs, and journals.
John Milton Ramm papers, 1900-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
John Milton Ramm (1904-1984) was a painter and muralist from San Francisco, Calif. In addition to art training under his father, John Henry Ramm, John Milton Ramm attended classes at the California School of Fine Arts. Between 1923 and 1938, he sailed on merchant ships, recording his world-wide travels in journals, drawings, and photographs. After working as a commercial artist and set painter at movie studios, he painted murals in restaurants and was an art instructor at a WPA Recreation Project Training course and at the San Francisco Boys' Club.
Donated 1994 by Sandra Howard, a family friend who inherited the estate of John Milton Ramm.
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