Nickolas Muray papers, 1910-1978

Muray, Nickolas, b. 1892 d. 1965
Photographer
Active in New York, N.Y.

This site provides access to the papers of Nickolas Muray in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 1,031 images.

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


Collection size: 0.9 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of photographer Nickolas Muray measure 0.9 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.

Biographical/Historical Note: Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) was a portrait photographer. Born in Hungary. Began as professional photographer around 1921. In the 1930s, he established one of the first color labs in the United States and became a master of the carbro process. He also wrote reviews for "Dance" magazine, flew airplanes, and in 1928 and 1932, he represented the United States as a member of the Olympic Fencing Team.

The papers were donated in 1988 by Muray's daughter, Mimi Murray.

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