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Oral history interview with Margaret Tomkins, 1984 June 6

Interviewee:
Tomkins, Margaret, 1916-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Guenther, Bruce  Search this
Subject:
Fitzgerald, James  Search this
Artists Gallery (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Women artists -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12308
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212455
AAA_collcode_tomkin84
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212455
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Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, 1916-1991, bulk 1946-1983

Creator:
Parsons, Betty, 1900-1982  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bess, Forrest  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Congdon, William  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Video recordings
Drawings
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Abstract expressionist  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7211
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209348
AAA_collcode_parsbett
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209348
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996

Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos, 1941-1989  Search this
Flores, Elsa, 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Four (Art group)  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Chicano art movement  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5408
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214321
AAA_collcode_almacarl
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214321

Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers

Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Names:
Los Four (Art group)  Search this
Extent:
7.9 Linear feet
7.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Date:
1946-1996
1946-1996
Summary:
The papers of painters and muralists Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1946 to 1996. The collection documents the careers of both artists through biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional files, personal business records, printed material and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painters and muralists Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1946 to 1996. The collection documents the careers of both artists through biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional files, personal business records, printed material and artwork.

Biographical material includes documents regarding Almaraz's death, identification documents, and a few photographs and slides. Correspondence is with family, friends, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. Writings include nine journals belonging to Almaraz and Flores containing travel notes, daily activities and personal thoughts, as well as writings on other topics and writings by others. Professional files document the Los Four group, projects, events, exhibitions, and memberships with arts organizations. Personal business records include legal and financial material along with records relating to Almaraz and Flores's house in Kauai, Almaraz's scholarship fund, and for Almaraz Studio. Printed materials include publications featuring artwork and articles by or about Almaraz and Flores. Original artwork includes sketchbooks, drawings, cutouts, and a watercolor.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1946-1994 (Boxes 1, 8-9; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1996 (Boxes 1-4, OV 10; 3.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1972-1994 (Boxes 4, 8-9, OV 10; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1973-1994 (Boxes 4-5, 9, OV 11; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1974-1995 (Box 5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1972-1995 (Boxes 6-7. 9, OV 10; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1975-1996 (Boxes 7-9; 1.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Carlos Almaraz (1941-1989) was a painter and muralist in Los Angeles, California. His wife Elsa Flores (1955- ) is also a painter and muralist. Almaraz and Flores collaborated on the mural California Dreamscape as part of the Chicano street arts movement.

Almaraz was born in Mexico City, moving to Chicago in 1942, and settling in Los Angeles in 1949. He studied at California State College, the Otis Art Institute, and the University of California in Los Angeles. He moved to New York City in 1965, where he studied at the Art Students League and New School of Social Research. In 1970, Almaraz returned to Los Angeles. He became active with mural painting within the Mexican American community in Los Angeles. Along with Gilbert Lujan, Beto de la Rocha, and Frank Romero, Almaraz founded the artist collective Los Four.

Elsa Flores was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her mother was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and her father was of Arab descent, born in Chile after his paretns fled the Middle East. Elsa studied at the Art Center College, California State University, and the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. Almaraz and Flores married in 1981 and their daughter Maya was born in 1983. They collaborated on California Dreamscape, a mural commissioned by the California Arts Council and is located in the Reagan State Building in Los Angeles. In the late 1980s, Almaraz was diagnosed with AIDS and died in 1989.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history with Carlos Almaraz conducted by Margarita Nieto from February 6, 1986 to January 29, 1987 and an oral history with Elsa Flores conducted by Jeffrey Rangel from February 18, 1997 to April 30, 1997.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of sketchbooks and notebooks (volumes 1-78) lent for microfilming (reels 4578-4587). Loaned materials were returned to the donor and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Sketchbook and journal volumes 1-78 were lent for microfilming by Elsa Flores in 1991. Sketchbook and journal volumes 79-84 were donated, some by Carlos Almaraz in 1986 and the remainder in 1991 by Flores and microfilmed onto reel 4587, fr. 93-456. In 1997, additional papers were donated by Flores.
Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information. Box 8, containing six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) and slides are not restricted.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
Six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84): Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Elsa Flores. Microfilm Reels 4578-4587: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce requires written permission from Elsa Flores. Contact Reference Services for more information
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 -- Los Angeles  Search this
Muralists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Chicano art movement  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.almacarl
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Archives of American Art
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Oral history interview with Barbara Carrasco, 1999 April 13-26

Interviewee:
Carrasco, Barbara, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Subject:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Chavez, Cesar  Search this
Gamboa, Harry  Search this
Garza, Carmen Lomas  Search this
Valadez, John  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts  Search this
Asco (Group of artists)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Women artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Chicano artists  Search this
Chicano art movement  Search this
Chicano movement  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5447
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216606
AAA_collcode_carras99
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216606
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Envelope listing kiln expenses containing receipts

Creator:
Takaezu, Toshiko, 1922-2011  Search this
Type:
Financial Records
Date:
1978
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16396
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16396

Douglas O. Cooke letter to Charles Joslin

Creator:
Cooke, Douglas O.  Search this
Joslin, Charles  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1978 June 19
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Kilns  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16397
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16397
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Toshiko Takaezu design for a kiln

Creator:
Takaezu, Toshiko, 1922-2011  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1978?
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16398
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16398

Kiln sketch

Creator:
Takaezu, Toshiko, 1922-2011  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
circa 1978
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16399
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16399
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Kiln sketch

Creator:
Takaezu, Toshiko, 1922-2011  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
circa 1978
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16400
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16400
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Dick Hay letter to Roger Slicker

Creator:
Hay, Dick  Search this
Slicker, Roger  Search this
Subject:
Hay, Dick  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1977 Nov. 19
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Kilns  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16401
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16401
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Toshiko Takaezu

Subject:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
197-
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16402
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16402
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Toshiko Takaezu at the potter's wheel

Subject:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
197-
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Potters  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16406
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16406
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Toshiko Takaezu demonstrating at the Ceramic League, Miami, Florida

Subject:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1991 March
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16411
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16411

Slide of 5 ceramic pots, vertical

Type:
Photographs
Date:
after 1958
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16531
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16531

Toshiko Takaezu moon pots

Subject:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
between 1937 and 2010
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Ceramic sculpture  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16532
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16532

Toshiko Takaezu and others

Subject:
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1955
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16834
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Toshiko Takaezu papers, 1937-2010
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16834

Michael Lucero letter to Patti Warashina

Creator:
Lucero, Michael, 1953-  Search this
Warashina, Patti, 1940-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
ca. 1983
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)197
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Patti Warashina papers, circa 1900-1991, bulk 1970-1989
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_197
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Marvin B. Lipofsky postcard to Patti Warashina

Creator:
Lipofsky, Marvin B. (Marvin Bentley), 1938-2016  Search this
Warashina, Patti, 1940-  Search this
Subject:
Sperry, Robert H.  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1990 Feb. 6
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)198
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Patti Warashina papers, circa 1900-1991, bulk 1970-1989
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_198
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Michael Lucero, New York, N.Y. letter to Patti Warashina

Creator:
Lucero, Michael, 1953-  Search this
Warashina, Patti, 1940-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
New York, N.Y.
Date:
1979 Nov.
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)220
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Patti Warashina papers, circa 1900-1991, bulk 1970-1989
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_220
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