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Maxine Seelbinder Merlino papers, 1928-2003

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Creator:
Merlino, Maxine Ollie Seelbinder, 1912-
Subject:
California State University, Long Beach
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
1.1 linear ft.
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.
Summary:
Correspondence; newspaper clippings and reviews of artist's work; sketches for stage and set designs and mural decorations; federal commission contracts; exhibition brochures; theater playbills and announcements; photographs; original art work, including watercolor sketches; original lithographs; and material on the dedication of the Merlino Gallery at California State University, Long Beach.
Documenting Merlino's work on New Deal federal government programs are letters sent to her in the early 1940s from the Public Buildings Administration and the Section of Fine Arts of the Federal Works Agency in Washington, D.C. as well as three photographs of a mural executed by Merlino for the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D.C. that depicts Benjamin Banneker, a pioneering African-American surveyor, inventor, and astronomer.
Representing Merlino's early New York period are brochures of group exhibitions and her one-woman show in a theater gallery. Among the original works of art are two original lithographs: Franco's Destruction, which was reproduced in a 1938 issue of New Masses, and Hearst's Empire, which appeared in the April 1938 edition of The Fight magazine.
Citation:
Maxine Seelbinder Merlino papers, 1928-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Arts administrator, painter, muralist, lithographer, illustrator, writer; Long Beach, Calif.; Born in Portland, Or. in 1912.
Provenance:
Donated 2003 by Maxine Seelbinder Merlino.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Drawings
Federal aid to the arts
Mural painting and decoration
Photographs
Set designers
Women artists
Works of art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11097
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)243178
AAA_collcode_merlmaxi
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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