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Carlo Alberto Ciampaglia papers, 1909-1978

Ciampaglia, Carlo Alberto, 1891-1975

Muralist, Interior designer

Collection Information

Size: 5.6 linear ft.

Summary: Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, business records, notes and writings, art work, interior decorating and mural project files, printed material, and photographs. Correspondence consists of letters exchanged with family and colleagues, primarily with Harry Sternfeld referring to various projects, including a report and 13 photographs of the deteriorating cyclorama mural at Gettysburg. Correspondence concerning the George Washington Bicentennial Exhibition consists primarily of letters and scattered notes documenting Ciampaglia's role as Acting Chairman during the planning of this exhibition.
Business records include estate documents for various Ciampaglia family members, and miscellaneous financial records including receipts from financial transactions with E. Richard Panzironi. Miscellaneous notes concern a variety of topics including the Stations of the Cross, decorative encaustic painting, and an illustrated recipe for wine. Writings include a typescript about James Whistler, descriptions of decorations on screens, and a typescript "A Lesson in Socialism" by Thomas J. Shelly. Art work consists of sketchbooks and loose sketches unconnected with specific mural or interior decoration projects.
Project files contain correspondence primarily with architects, contracts, invoices, receipts, art work, printed material, and photographs concerning Ciampaglia's most important mural and interior decoration commissions. There are glass plate slides of Ciampaglia's work for the Texas Centennial Exposition, New York World's Fair, Isaly Dairy, and the U.S. Military Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy. Sketches for the U.S. Military Cemetery at Nettuno include two paintings on board and cartoons pierced with pin holes for transfer of the various images onto the mural.
Printed material includes clippings, a prospectus, exhibition announcements and catalogs, annual reports from the American Academy in Rome and the Architectural League of New York, reproductions of art work, and miscellaneous printed material concerning various topics including the Mural Painters, and the National Academy of Design. Photographs are of Ciampaglia, family members, colleagues, his home and studio, travel scenes, and art work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mural painter, interior designer; New York, N.Y.


Donated 1978 by Mrs. Carlo Ciampaglia, widow of Carlo Ciampaglia.