The collection is arranged as six series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1931-1988, undated (box 1, 21 folders) Series 2: Writings, 1932-1946, undated (box 1, 11 folders) Series 3: Artwork, 1935, undated (box 1, 23 folders) Series 4: Printed Material, 1935-1987 (boxes 1-2, 12 folders) Series 5: Photographs, circa 1920-1984, undated (box 2, 13 folders) Series 6: Oversized Material, 1941, 1958, undated (2 OV folders)
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
The collection documents the career of Bolivian born painter and illustrator, Antonio Sotomayor, his interest in Latin American art and artists, and his association with the San Francisco arts community. Materials found in the collection include letters, writings, sketches and sketchbooks, printed material and photographs.
Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 4792-4793 at the 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.
Antonio Sotomayor was born in Bolvia and came to San Francisco in 1923. He was educated at the Escuela de Belleas Arts in La Paz and the Hopkins Institute of Art in San Francisco. Primarily known for his murals and paintings, Sotomayor was also an illustrator, caricaturist, designer, ceramicist, and educator. Over the course of his career his work was exhibited in the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and South America and he became known as the popular "artist laureate" of San Francisco where he lived with his wife, Grace. He died of cancer in 1985 at the age of 82.
The Antonio Sotomayor papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Grace Sotomayor in 1998.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001