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Alberto Vargas papers, 1914-1985

Alberto Vargas papers, 1914-1985

Vargas, Alberto, 1896-1982

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.8 linear feet (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence; a diary; a journal containing notes and drafts of letters; 3 poems by Vargas to his wife; a page containing 9 cartoon drawings; clippings; reproductions and photographs of Vargas' illustrations and other works of art; photographs of Vargas, his family, friends, and models; 5 certificates of appreciation; and 2 judge's ribbons and notes from beauty contests.

Biographical/Historical Note

Illustrator; Los Angeles, Calif. Born in Peru and studied in Switzerland. Vargas moved to New York City in 1916, but did not reach prominence until he moved to Southern California in 1936, where he was employed to draw portraits for the major Hollywood studios. He later worked for ESQUIRE MAGAZINE and from the 1950s to the 1970s was a featured illustrator for PLAYBOY.


Donated 1986 by Astrid Conte, Vargas' niece.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4059 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Alberto Vargas papers, 1914-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.