Scull family scrapbook, 1953-1996

A Finding Aid to the Scull Family Scrapbook, 1953-1996, in the Archives of American Art, by Stephanie Ashley

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Biographical Information

Twin sisters Haydée and Sahara Scull were born in Havana, Cuba, and studied painting and sculpture at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Alejandro in Havana. They are best known for their humorous three-dimensional paintings and sculptures of Old Havana and trendy South Beach. Haydée's son Michael, born in 1953, collaborated with his mother and aunt as a teenager. He left Cuba in 1967 to study art in Canada, and subsequently settled in Miami. In 1969 Haydée and her daughter Elizabeth (born 1957) joined Michael in Miami and in 1973 Sahara left Cuba for Miami. They established their permanent residence and studio in the art deco district of Miami Beach. Most of their work is commissioned for private collections.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

This small collection provides scattered documentation regarding the art and public appearances of Haydée, Sahara, and Michael Scull. The collection comprises a scrapbook, and a small amount of related unbound material, including photographs, news clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and other printed material.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as two series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms.


  • Scull, Sahara
  • Scull, Michael, 1953-
  • Scull, Haydée


  • Painters -- Florida -- Miami
  • Sculptors -- Florida -- Miami
  • Assemblage (Art)
  • Cuban Americans -- Florida -- Miami
  • Cuban American art
  • Cuban American artists
  • Artists -- Florida -- Miami

Types of Materials:

  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs
  • Works of art


  • Scull, Sahara
  • Scull, Michael, 1953-
  • Scull, Haydée


The collection was loaned to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1997 by Haydée and Sahara Scull and returned to them after filming.

How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Scull family scrapbook was loaned to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, for microfilming. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

The collection is available only on microfilm reel 5142. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan.

How to Cite this Collection

Scull family scrapbook, 1953-1996. Microfilmed by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Scrapbook, circa 1983-1996

The scrapbook contains photograps of the Sculls and others, printed material such as exhibition announcements and catalogs, and several letters. The material relates to the Scull family and other Cuban American and Hispanic artists.

Reel Frames
5142 Scrapbook, circa 1983-1996

Series 2: Unbound Materials, 1953-1996, undated

Unbound material consists of the same type of documentation found in the scrapbook and includes résumés of the Scull family, photographs, letters, and printed material.

Reel Frames
5142 Biographical Material, 1992-1993, undated
5142 Letters, 1985-1996