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Nickolas Muray papers, 1910-1992

Creator:
Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965  Search this
Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965  Search this
Subject:
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
New York University  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Photography -- Study and teaching  Search this
Photographers -- United States  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Theme:
Latino and Latin American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5512
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212736
AAA_collcode_muranick
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212736
Online Media:

Nickolas Muray papers

Creator:
Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965  Search this
Names:
New York University -- Faculty  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1910-1992
Summary:
The papers of photographer Nickolas Muray measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1910 to 1978. Found within the papers are biographical materials; business and personal correspondence, including a handful of letters from Frida Kahlo; writings; teaching files, primarily of photography courses taught at New York University; printed material; artwork; and photographic materials of Muray, his family and friends, and his work.

There is a 0.6 linear feet Unprocessed Addition which includes biographical material, correspondence, photographs, research notes and a diary about Africa, and a subject file on the book The Revealing Eye, Personalities of the 1920s, written by Paul Gallico with photographs taken by Muray, 1967.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of photographer Nickolas Muray measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1910 to 1992. Found within the papers are biographical materials; business and personal correspondence, including a handful of letters from Frida Kahlo; writings; teaching files, primarily of photography courses taught at New York University; printed material; artwork; and photographic materials of Muray, his family and friends, and his work.

There is a 0.6 linear feet Unprocessed Addition which includes biographical material, correspondence, photographs, research notes and a diary about Africa, and a subject file on the book The Revealing Eye, Personalities of the 1920s, written by Paul Gallico with photographs taken by Muray, 1967.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 2 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Nickolas Muray papers, 1910-1978 (0.9 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, OV 3)

Series 2: Unprocessed Addition, 1927-1992 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 4-5)
Biographical / Historical:
Photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) lived and worked in New York, New York and was known for his portrait, fashion, and advertising photography and for his mastery of the carbro color printing process.

Born in Szeged, Hungary, Muray spent time in Budapest as an engraver's apprentice and moved to Germany at the age of 16 to expand his technical knowledge of photo-engraving and photography. In 1913, Muray immigrated to America where he worked as a photo engraver at Stockinger Engraving Co. and eventually opened his own photography studio in 1920. After successfully completing a commission to photograph Broadway star Florence Reed, Muray continued to build his portfolio with regular commissions for Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair to photograph movie stars, artists, musicians, artists, and models. In the 1930s, Muray mastered the carbro printing process and established one of the first color labs in America. His color fashion and advertising work continued to appear regularly in Vogue, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Home Companion, McCall's and other periodicals.

In addition to his professional work, Muray wrote reviews for Dance magazine and represented the United States in 1928 and 1932 as a member of the Olympic fencing team. He maintained a long distance affair with artist Frida Kahlo throughout the 1930s, eventually ending the relationship but remaining friends until her death in 1954. In 1942, Muray married his fourth wife, Margaret (Peggy) Schwab, with whom he had a daughter, Mimi. Muray died of a heart attack in 1965.
Provenance:
The papers were donated in 1988 and 2019 by Muray's daughter, Mimi Murray.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Photography -- Study and teaching  Search this
Photographers -- United States  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Nickolas Muray papers, 1910-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.muranick
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90c3eadad-84e7-46f4-ad9b-e200059aaea7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-muranick
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Mirror Mirror ... : Portraits of Frida Kahlo

Title:
Portraits of Frida Kahlo
Author:
Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc  Search this
Subject:
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Physical description:
119 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Portraits
Self-portraits
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2015
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Artists  Search this
Photography of women  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1069313

Frida Kahlo, Leo Matiz : un regard sur le Mexique des années 40

Title:
Leo Matiz
Regard sur le Mexique des années 40
Subject:
Kahlo, Frida Portraits  Search this
Matiz, Leo 1917-1998  Search this
Physical description:
115 pages : illustrations ; 34 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Portrait photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography--Painting--20th century--Mexico  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_760045

Frida Kahlo : portraits of an icon / text by Margaret Hooks

Author:
Hooks, Margaret  Search this
Subject:
Kahlo, Frida Portraits  Search this
Throckmorton, Spencer Photograph collections  Search this
Physical description:
149 p. : ports. ; 32 cm
Type:
Portraits
Catalogs
Place:
Mexico
Date:
2002
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.K125 H66 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_713447

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