John Weatherwax papers relating to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, 1928-1988, bulk 1931-1933

Weatherwax, John M. (John Martin), b. 1900 d. 1984
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

This site provides access to the papers of John Weatherwax relating to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2009. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 805 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: This small collection of scattered papers of American writer John Weatherwax (1900-1984) dates from 1928 to 1988 (bulk 1931-1933), and measures 0.4 linear feet.

Biographical/Historical Note: John M. Weatherwax (1900-1984) was a writer from San Francisco, Calif. He met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in 1931 in San Francisco, where Rivera was working on a mural comminssion of the San Francisco Stock Exchange. At the time Weatherwax was working on an English translation of the Mayan story of creation, the Popol Vuh, entitled "Seven Times the Color of Fire" and enlisted Rivera to produce 24 watercolor illustrations for the text.

Donated 1988 by Seema Weatherwax, the widow of John Weatherwax.

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