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Beniamino Bufano papers, [1930s-1970]

Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970



Collection Information

Size: 3.9 Linear feet

Summary: Ten notebooks containing newspaper and magazine articles, pictures, letters, telegrams, and brochures; as well as numerous loose clippings from the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, photographs, and correspondence.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor; San Francisco, Calif. Birthdate cited as October 1898, November 1898, and 1889. Bufano was one of eleven children who immigrated to the U.S. with his family from Italy in 1903. He studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. He became one of San Francisco's most popular artists with his bohemian, colorful lifestyle. Among his best known works are his sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi and abstracted bronze and stone animals.


Donated 1997 by Pauline B. Goetz. She and her husband, William, lived in the Haight-Asbury section of San Francisco, and were close friends and admirers of Bufano. William was at times a volunteer assistant to Bufano, and after Bufano's death, was asked to clean out Bufano's studio. He organized the material into ten notebooks and kept it in hopes of writing a book.

Language Note

Undetermined .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Beniamino Bufano papers, [1930s-1970]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.