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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996

Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996

Almaraz, Carlos, 1941-1989

Muralist, Painter


Collection Information

Size: Reels 4578-4587: 84 v.

Unmicrofilmed: 7.9 Linear ft.

Summary: REELS 4578-4587: Sketchbooks and journals (84 v.) chronicle Almaraz's career, from radical manifestos, sketches, drawings, notes, and changes in his political, emotional and aesthetic needs. Included are 45 v. of pen and ink drawings; 16 v. of notes; 6 v. of watercolors; 1 v. of pastels; 8 v. of collage; and 8 v. of notes with drawings. [The numbering system was devised by Elsa Flores Almaraz.]

UNMICROFILMED: Biographical and personal documents; files of business correspondence and invoices, 1974-1996, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, gallery, or topic; personal correspondence; journals, writings and notes; printed materials, including exhibition catalogs and announcements, articles, clippings, posters, and magazines; financial and business records; photographs, mainly of works of art but also of Almaraz, Flores, friends, and family; and art work, including drawings and cut outs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carlos Almaraz was a painter and muralist; Los Angeles, Calif., b. 1941; d. Dec. 11, 1989. His wife, Elsa Flores (Almaraz), is a painter, b. 1955.


Sketchbooks and notebooks, volumes numbered 1-78, were lent for microfilming by Elsa Flores Almaraz, 1991. Volumes numbered 79-84 (reel 4587, fr. 93-456) were donated, some in 1986 by Carlos, and the remainder in 1991 by Elsa. In 1997, circa 9.3 ft. of papers of both were donated by Elsa.

Location of Originals

  • Vol.1-78: Originals returned to the lender, Elsa Flores Almaraz, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4578-4587 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Unmicrofilmed: ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.

Restrictions on Use

REELS 4578-4587: Authorization to quote, publish or reproduce requires written permission from Elsa Flores.

How to Cite This Collection

Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.