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Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988

Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988

Sotomayor, Antonio, 1904-1985

Muralist, Painter, Educator, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.7 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Antonio Sotomayor (1923-1985) was a painter, muralist, illustrator, caricaturist, and educator from San Francisco, California.

Provenance

Donated 1988 by Grace Sotomayer, widow of Antonio Sotomayor.

Scope and Contents

Letters, writings, sketches and sketchbooks, printed material, and photographs concern Sotomayor's career as a painter and illustrator, his interest in Latin American art and artists, and his association with the San Francisco arts community.

Circa 300 letters received, 1931-1973, and 1988, relate to Sotomayor's mural commissions, paintings and caricatures, illustrations for various publications, exhibitions at museums and galleries, and lectures. Among the correspondents are John Entenza, Johan Franco, Emilie Long, Grace L. McCann Morely of the San Francisco Museum of Art, Jose Moya del Pino, Jose Clemente Orozco, Pan American Union, Alma Reed of the Delphic Studios, San Francisco mayor Elmer Robinson, Carl Sauer, Grace Sotomayor and ethnologist Wolfgang von Hagen.

Writings consist of 2 notebooks of biographical notes on Latin American artists, manuscripts on Hispanic American artists and caricature, and articles by Sotomayor, writings by others on Sotomayor, including 2 articles by Jehanne Bietry Salinger, and a transcript of an brief interview of Sotomayor conducted by Grace Morley regarding Latin American art, circa 1939. Art work includes 130 sketches and 35 sketchbooks, mostly containing travel sketches done in Italy, South America, the Middle East, Europe and California. One volume contains caricatures of prominent architects. Sotomayor's mock up for the unpublished "Where San Francisco Dines" by Collier Connell, 1935, is also included.

Printed material includes clippings, circa 1942-1987; exhibition catalogs for group and one-person shows, 1935, 1945-1946, and 1963-1978; and publications containing work by Sotomayor. Approximately 200 photographs, 1924-1984, are of Sotomayor, his family and friends, including Grace Sotomayor, Fred Farr, Al Fried, William Gerstle, Lucien Labaudt, Philip Little, Jose Moya Del Pino, Otis Oldfield, Timothy Pflueger, Diego Rivera, Pierre Salinger, Sotomayor with members of the Pan American Union and the Bohemian Club, and interior views of the Sotomayor's residence.

The collection is available on microfilm reels 4792-4793. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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