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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996

Almaraz, Carlos, 1941-1989

Muralist, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 7.9 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painters and muralists Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1946 to 1996. The collection documents the careers of both artists through biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional files, personal business records, printed material and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carlos Almaraz (1941-1989) was a painter and muralist in Los Angeles, California. His wife Elsa Flores (1955- ) is also a painter and muralist. Almaraz and Flores collaborated on the mural California Dreamscape as part of the Chicano street arts movement.


Sketchbook and journal volumes 1-78 were lent for microfilming by Elsa Flores in 1991. Sketchbook and journal volumes 79-84 were donated, some by Carlos Almaraz in 1986 and the remainder in 1991 by Flores and microfilmed onto reel 4587, fr. 93-456. In 1997, additional papers were donated by Flores.

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Language Note

The collection is in English and Spanish.


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.