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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers

Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Names:
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Extent:
3.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Date:
circa 1920-2017
bulk 1920-1953
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist and art teacher Victor Mikhail Arnautoff measure 3.3 linear feet and date from 1920 to 2017 with the bulk of the material dating from the 1920 to 1953. The collection contains biographical material such as marriage certificates, passports, naturalization certificates, and an Arnautoff family history; correspondence between family members, as well as with colleagues including Diego Rivera, and with institutions concerning Arnautoff's work; writings about Arnautoff and others, including his statement regarding the House Un-American Activities Committee Hearing; professional records related to mural projects and exhibitions of Arnautoff's work; and printed material including exhibition announcements and catalogs, clippings, and On the Drumhead by Mike Quin, illustrated by Victor Arnautoff. Also included are a scrapbook containing correspondence, printed material, and photographs highlighting Arnautoff's career with particular emphasis on the controversy surrounding his Dix McSmear lithograph, as well as photographic material depicting Arnautoff, other individuals, and works of art. The bulk of the collection is made up of artwork, including sketches, a sketchbook, watercolors, and prints.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in eight series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1920-1952, 1961-1979, 1995-1997 (Box 1; 0.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1923-2008 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1956, circa 1984-2006 (Box 1; 5 folders)

Series 4: Professional Records, 1940-1953, 1963-2004 (Box 1, OV 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1923-1998, 2007-2017 (Boxes 1-2, OV 5; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1928-1968, 1979-1981 (Bound Volume 4; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1920s-circa 1960s, 2015 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 8: Artwork, circa 1920s-circa 1950s (Boxes 2-3, OVs 6-13; 1.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff (1896-1979) was an artist and art teacher known for his murals. Arnautoff was born in the Ukraine and served in the Russian army during World War I. After a defeat in Siberia, he crossed into China, where he remained for five years. In China he met and married his wife Lydia, and they had their first two sons.

In 1925 Arnautoff went to San Francisco to study at the California School of Fine Arts. He continued with his family to Mexico in 1929 and became an assistant to muralist Diego Rivera. While in Mexico, his third son was born, and Arnautoff met Bernard Zakheim, with whom he would later work on the Coit Tower murals. Arnautoff and his family returned to San Francisco in 1931 and in 1934 he was chosen to paint one of the murals at the Coit Tower with funding from the Public Works of Art Project. Arnautoff was one of the most prolific muralists in San Francisco in the 1930s, completing murals at Coit Tower and the Palo Alto Clinic, as well as the Presidio chapel, George Washington High School, and the California School of Fine Arts library. He also painted murals at five post offices in California and Texas.

Arnautoff began teaching at the California School of Fine Arts in 1936. He taught at Stanford from 1938 to 1962 and also taught art courses at the California Labor School.

Following the death of his wife in 1961, Arnautoff retired from teaching at Stanford and returned to the Soviet Union in 1963. While living there he continued to create works of art and published a memoir. He died in Leningrad in 1979.
Provenance:
The Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1983 by Jacob and Vasily Arnautoff, Victor Arnautoff's sons. Additional papers were donated in 2018 by Michael and Peter Arnautoff, Victor Arnautoff's son and grandson, and by Robert Cherney, a scholar who wrote a book about Arnautoff.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.arnavict
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99889c245-52bb-43ac-b9c0-1c546fd1dcb2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-arnavict
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Oversize Sketches and Paintings

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Oversize 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s-1930s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f08c937b-8efe-46d1-8be7-04967bd276e4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref102

Photographs of Works of Art

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930s
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 7: Photographic Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw937c211be-7425-4837-af1e-6005110c1aeb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref86

Sketches — Figures

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1931
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9baa19a67-947f-432d-88e9-c1598e8df4e3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref90

Oversize Sketches — Figures

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Oversize 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1928-1932
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9217e095b-b91e-45e6-a626-a392c68010bb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref91

Sketches — Historical

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92f8ce781-779a-44a0-afd9-60780272c4cd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref93

Sketches — Mexico

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1929-circa 1930
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93a907f1f-273c-4157-a823-f79c50c805be
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref94

Sketches — Murals

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9131df28c-b1dc-4102-9870-f4658c8aad49
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref95

Sketches — Palo Alto Clinic

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1930s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9167b431f-5a4c-495f-83b3-39632fb5f3e0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref96

Oral history interview with Leo Holub

Interviewee:
Holub, Leo, 1916-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Creator:
Art Schools in California Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Art Schools in California Oral History Project  Search this
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)  Search this
Stanford University. Dept. of Art  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts -- Faculty  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts -- Students  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Barnes, Matthew Rackham, 1880-1951  Search this
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Gaw, William A., 1891-1973  Search this
Hackett, Dick  Search this
Holub, Florence  Search this
Mackey, Spencer, 1880-1958  Search this
Mondale, Walter F., 1928-  Search this
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-1998  Search this
Piazzoni, Gottardo, 1872-1945  Search this
Randolph, Lee F., b. 1880  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Sinel, Joseph Claude, 1889-1975  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Wilson, Charis, 1914-2009  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording (90 min), analog)
34 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 July 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Leo Holub conducted 1997 July 3, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in San Francisco, Calif.
Holub discusses his background, being born in Arkansas, moving to New Mexico, and then to Oakland, Calif. (1923); early educational experiences in Oakland, and later at the Art Institute of Chicago; seeing Edward Weston's photographic work at an exhibition in Chicago, and admiring Weston's nude studies of Charis Wilson; his return to the Bay Area; his studio on Montgomery St. (Monkey Block); meeting painter Matthew Barnes, who had assisted Diego Rivera with his murals at the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), 1931-1932; his experiences as a student at CSFA- its program and instructors which included Maurice Sterne, Gottardo Piazzoni, Lee Randolph, Dick Hackett, Otis Oldfield, William Gaw, Spencer Mackey, and Victor Arnautoff; fellow students including Hassel Smith, Ed Corbett, and Florence Michelson (his future wife); and his beginning awareness of modernism.
Holub discusses his involvement with the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939); apprenticeship with industrial designer Joe Sinel and the advent of the product design era; his founding of Design Development Associates, and staying only a year before moving to Grass Valley, Calif. for his son's health; his return to the Bay Area, succeeding Emmy Lou Packard at the San Francisco Planning Office graphic arts dept.; working at the housing agency and redevelopment agency and as chief designer for the Bay Area Rapid Transit report.
He recalls his encounter with Ansel Adams at the 1955 Yosemite workshop where Holub produced a pictorial map of Yosemite; Adam's "zone system" of exposing for shadows and developing for highlights; going on to teach at CSFA (1955-1957), where Imogen Cunningham was a guest instructor; Minor White replacing him; his ten years at Stanford University's planning office (1960-1970); his campus views "Stanford Scene" that were used by the university to appeal for more space for the art dept., and his shows at Stanford's art gallery in 1964 and at the Washington, D.C. home of Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980.
Biographical / Historical:
Leo Holub (1916-2010) was a photographer, lithographer, and teacher from San Francisco, Calif.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Topic:
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photography -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- California
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.holub97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94a5ec6a4-7e88-40a7-8b1c-4379fe338240
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-holub97
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Oral history interview with Richard Ayer

Interviewee:
Ayer, Richard Gentry, 1909-1967  Search this
Interviewer:
McChesney, Mary Fuller  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Federal Art Project (Calif.)  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire, 1898-1966  Search this
Volz, Herman, 1904-1990  Search this
Extent:
20 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1964 September 26
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Richard Ayer conducted 1964 September 26, by Mary McChesney, for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Ayer speaks of his "haphazard" education, including study with Hilaire Hiler; his work assisting Victor Mikhail Arnautoff on frescos in the Presidio Chapel; the WPA easel painting project in San Francisco; and the Aquatic Park Building mural program, 1934. He recalls some of the artists associated with the Aquatic Park project. He also discusses the Ostwald and Hiler color theories and Herman Volz's mural for the Treasure Island Federal Building.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Ayer (1909-1967) was a mural painter from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 52 min.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Mural painting and decoration -- California  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.ayer64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw948c0ebe0-9c49-4453-b273-49aab70b48a6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ayer64
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953

Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Subject:
Rivera, Diego  Search this
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Muralists -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
American Art and Artists in a Global Context  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8702
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210883
AAA_collcode_arnavict
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210883
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Print of 1934 longshore strike

Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
19--
Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff. Print of 1934 longshore strike, 19--. Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19578
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19578

Sketch of two bodies at harbor

Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
19--
Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff. Sketch of two bodies at harbor, 19--. Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19579
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19579

Statement regarding the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing

Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Subject:
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous)  Search this
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
1956
Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff. Statement regarding the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing, 1956. Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Cartoons (humorous images)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)21233
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_item_21233

Brents Carlton papers

Creator:
Carlton, Brents, 1903-1962  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
De Patta, Margaret, 1903-1964  Search this
Dean, Mallette, 1907-  Search this
Helser, Carrie Carlton  Search this
Neuhaus, Eugen, 1879-1963  Search this
Nichols, Dale, 1904-  Search this
Smith, Judson, 1880-1962  Search this
Extent:
4.7 Linear feet
0.528 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Prints
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Date:
1903-2014
Summary:
The papers of sculptor and painter Brents Carlton measure 4.7 linear feet and 0.528 GB and date from 1903 through 2014. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, notes, a scrapbook, exhibition files, art work, photographs, digital photographs, and printed material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor and painter Brents Carlton measure 4.7 linear feet and 0.528 GB and date from 1903 through 2014. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, notes, a scrapbook, exhibition files, art work, photographs, digital photographs, and printed material.

Biographical materials include several autobiographical accounts, school-related materials, a student card from the Art Students' League, and other identification cards.

Correspondence consists primarily of letters from family members and colleagues, including letters from Victor Arnautoff, H. Mallette Dean, Margaret De Patta, Eugen Neuhaus, Dale Nichols, and Judson T. Smith.

Personal business records include bank passbooks, pharmacy licensing records, receipts, income tax records, and ledgers of income, expenses, and art work sold.

Notes consists of Brents Carlton's address book, notebooks, and meeting minutes, as well as notes written by his daughter Carrie Carlton Helser.

There is one scrapbook. Exhibition files include correspondence, notes, photographs, and printed material related to the Golden Gate International Exhibition and other shows. There are also sketches, drawings, and prints by Carlton in the artwork series.

Photographic material includes an album, slides, negatives, and prints depicting Brents Carlton and his artwork, friends, family, and studios.

Printed material includes magazines, brochures, catalogs, and clippings.

A 2015 addition to the Brents Carlton papers includes additional biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, photographic material, and printed material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series. Series 10 consists of a 2015 addition to the papers that was not integrated into the other series, although there are similar types of materials.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1921-1944 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1922-1987 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 1, 6)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1924-1959 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 4: Notes, circa 1923-2009 (0.1 linear feet; Boxes 1, 6, 0.013 GB; ER01)

Series 5: Scrapbook, 1928-1962 (0.2 linear feet; Box 6)

Series 6: Exhibition Files, 1927-1983 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 8)

Series 7: Art Work, 1924-1962 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, 6, OV 8)

Series 8: Photographs, 1923-circa 1960 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2, 6-7)

Series 9: Printed Material, 1923-2012 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 10: 2015 Addition to the Brents Carlton Papers, 1903-2014 (2.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-5, 7, 0.515 GB; ER02-ER03)
Biographical / Historical:
Brents Carlton was a sculptor and painter who worked primarily in San Francisco, California.

Brents Carlton was born on October 31, 1903, in Roswell, New Mexico; his family later moved to Arkansas. In 1924, Carlton moved to San Francisco to attend the California School of Fine Arts for four years. From 1928 to 1929, he studied under a scholarship at the Art Students' League in New York, after which he returned to San Francisco and established his own studio at Polk Street. In order to support his family, Carlton was also employed as a pharmacist for 30 years.

In 1937, Carlton moved to a studio on Montgomery Street. In 1938, Carlton was commissioned to create four of his most notable works for the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940) on Treasure Island: two large cast concrete figures for the Fountain of Western Waters at the Court of Pacifica, and two 18-foot bas-relief figures for the façade of the California State Building. He married Jessie Bosworth in 1939 and they had a daughter Carrie.

In the mid-1940s, Carlton relocated to a new studio above the pharmacy on Mission Street, where he worked. Due to failing health in the late 1950s, Carlton switched from sculpture to painting. Brents Carlton died of cancer on September 6, 1962 in San Francisco. His works have been exhibited in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Oakland Art Gallery, and the San Francisco Museum.
Provenance:
The Brents Carlton papers were donated by the artist's daughter Carrie Carlton Helser in 1991 and 2015.
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- California  Search this
Topic:
Sculptors -- California  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Prints
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Brents Carlton papers, 1903-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.carlbren
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Brents Carlton papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90c442493-a9cb-43e5-a7f1-1b3e1d362974
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-carlbren
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Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920-1953
1961-1979
1995-1997
Scope and Contents:
This series consists of identification documentation such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, passports, visas, and naturalization certificates. Also found are an Arnautoff family history, which includes a family tree for Leonid Arnautov and Elga Aše, as well as obituaries.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.arnavict, Series 1
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95e9672ff-ed74-49b9-8c81-b831703835e5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref1

Marriage, Birth, and Death Certificates

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1923-1925
1942-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 1: Biographical Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9100beb34-5d6f-4cdf-b6d0-ef6f416e4e18
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref10

Oversize Sketches

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Oversize 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e25bbfe0-79e8-4ab5-9eda-5f7e57c51cd7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref100

Oversize Sketches

Collection Creator:
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Container:
Oversize 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers / Series 8: Artwork
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e4f47777-f36b-465d-b910-a33fa82ae07b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-arnavict-ref101

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