M. H. De Young Memorial Museum records, 1894-1971

M.H. De Young Memorial Museum

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Collection Summary: 3 letterbooks; photograph albums; and material relating to a proposed exhibition on Jean Varda.

REELS 2680-2681: 3 letterbooks contain correspondence, 1894-1903, with T. B. Jackson, Sherman F. Denton, Sarah M. Spooner, Rupert Schmid, Josephine Edwards Capwell, Henry Raschen and others. Notable letters include: Sept. 30, 1897, describing a collection of printed views of San Francisco, 1851-1853, which was sold to the museum; April 20, 1898, mentioning the purchase of photographs by Carleton E. Watkins; and April 2, 1898, concerning earthquake damage to the museum. Photograph albums include a 2 v. set, "California Palace Legion of Honor, Photographs of Paintings in the Fine Arts Buildings," California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894; and 2 containing views of sculpture installations and maquettes.

UNMICROFILMED: Material regarding a proposed retrospective exhibition of the work of Jean Varda, 1960-1971. Included are biographical and personal documents; 300 color transparencies and photographs of Varda, of his works, and of his friends; clippings and correspondence between the museum and prospective lenders of Varda's paintings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art museum; San Francisco, California.Founded 1896. Originally named the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Material on reels 2680-2681 lent for microfilming 1982 by the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum through Jane Nelson, the librarian. Material on Varda donated 1976 by the museum.

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