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John Spencer papers, 1930-1994, (bulk 1933-1944)

Spencer, John
Cornwell, Dean
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.2 linear ft. (20 items)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Papers relate to Spencer's experiences as an assistant to muralist Dean Cornwell on the Los Angeles Central Library Mural project from 1927-1933 and to his subsequent relationship with Cornwell. Included are 13 letters from Cornwell to Spencer, 1933-1944, in which Cornwell offers criticism of Spencer's sketches and discusses related matters on composition and current art projects; a photo of a cartoon for a mural panel "The Discovery Era" by Cornwell ca. 1930-1931; drawings by Spencer from a lecture on the Los Angeles Central Library Mural by Cornwell; clipping on board of Cornwell and Spencer working on the Los Angeles Library Mural; and a photocopy of a clipping, 1994, regarding the murals.
John Spencer papers, 1930-1994, (bulk 1933-1944). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Painter; California.
Donated 1994 by John Spencer.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Mural painting and decoration, American
Mural painting and decoration
Record number:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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