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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as seven series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1946-1994
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 8-9

Biographical materials include original and photocopied documents regarding Almaraz's death, yearbooks from the Otis Art Institute, calendars, curriculum vitae, identification records, information on AIDS, slides of Chicano murals by Almaraz, and a photograph by Max Aguilera-Hellweg of Almaraz and Flores in their studio.
Description Container Select
Address List, undated
1
1
AIDS Information and Tests, circa 1987
1
2
Calendars, 1987-1988
Includes two calendars, one annotated, that feature artwork by Almaraz and Flores.
1
3
Curriculum Vitae, Almaraz and Flores, 1988-1989
1
4-5
Death Certificate and Permit, 1989
1
6
Identification Documents, 1946-1994
Includes a passport application and photocopies of Almaraz's passport.
1
7
Mementos from Almaraz's Memorial Altar, 1989
1
8
Photograph of Almaraz and Flores, circa 1980
Photograph is by Max Aguilera-Hellweg and shows Almaraz and Flores in their studio.
9
1
Photographic Slides of Chicano Murals by Almaraz, 1975-1978
8
1
Report Card, 1952-1953
Photocopies
1
9
Yearbook, Otis Art Institute, 1974
1
10

Series 2: Correspondence , 1974-1996
3 Linear feet
Boxes 1-4, OV 10

Personal correspondence is between Almaraz, Flores, and their daughter Maya with friends and family. Sympathy cards and letters sent to Flores and Maya after Almaraz's death in 1989 are also in personal correspondence. All other files in the series relate to Almaraz and Flores's professional activities.
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Personal, 1982-1996
Includes sympathy cards and letters, letters with friends, The Sequoyah School, and letters from Flores to John Quinn and others.
1
11-26
Personal, circa 1994-1996
2
1-2
Personal, circa 1994
10
Access: Computer Access Center, 1993
2
3
Acme, 1987
Includes drawings by Almaraz.
2
4
ACT (All Celebrity Travel), 1994
2
5
Adamson-Durannes Galleries, 1992
2
6
Adrienne Simard Gallery, 1981-1983
2
7
Alliance for the Arts, 1993
2
8
Archives of American Art, 1996
2
9
Arco Center for Visual Art, 1982
2
10
Armory Center for the Arts, 1994
2
11
Art Center College of Design, 1982-1994
2
12
Artforms Art Consultants, 1982
2
13
The Art Gallery at University of Maryland, College Park, 1994
2
14
Art Institute of Southern California, 1989
2
15
Art Issues, 1994
2
16
A.R.T. Press, 1993
2
17
B-1 Gallery, 1988
2
18
Bank of America Corporation Art Program, 1984
2
19
Bedner, Hirsch, 1984
2
20
Bedoya, Roberto (Getty Center), 1993
2
21
Bejarano, Guillermo, 1990
Includes photographs of artwork.
2
22
Bradbury, Ray, 1974
Includes letters with Almaraz regarding the Day of the Dead and Self-Help Graphics.
2
23
Brawley, Carol (Throckmorton, Inc.), 1991
2
24
California Confederation of the Art, 1978
Includes a photocopy of Jean Charlot Murals in Georgia.
2
25
California Equal Opportunity Commission, 1977-1978
2
26
California/International Arts Foundation, 1987-1991
2
27
Canela (Chicano Art of North East Los Angeles), 1991
2
28
Center for Inter-American Relations, 1977-1978
2
29
Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) , 1990-1994
2
30
Chapman College, 1985
2
31
Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation (CARA), 1990
2
32
China: US-China Peoples Friendship Association, 1975
2
33
Concilio De Arte Popular (State Coalition of La Raza Artists), 1974-1977
2
34
Consulado General de Mexico, 1995
2
35
Contemporary Arts Center Honolulu, 1986
2
36
Cooke's Crating, Inc., 1992
2
37
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983-1988
2
38
The Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1993
2
39
Cristeto, Armando, 1995
2
40
Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, 1996
2
41
Curtis Hill Art Direction Services, 1988
2
42
Daniel Saxon Gallery, 1995
2
43
DC Health and Company, 1992
2
44
Deicas Art, 1983
2
45
Diaz, Michael, 1993
2
46
Dimar Properties, 1994
2
47
E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, 1974
2
48
Efram Wolff Studio, 1984
2
49
Escher, Nancy, 1992
2
50
Fine Arts Services, Inc., 1995
2
51
Fisher Gallery at University of Southern California, 1984
Includes material regarding the exhibition Aquí.
2
52
Florida Community College, 1995
2
53
FOJACK (Friends of the Junior Art Center), 1995
2
54
Fondo del Sol, 1981-1982
2
55
Frank Romero Studio, 1995
Includes slides of Romero's artwork.
2
56
Freson Art Museum, 1994
2
57
Fuller Goldeen Gallery, 1985-1986
2
58
Fundraising Committee, circa 1993
2
59
Future Perfect, 1987-1989
2
60-62
Galleria Los Americas, 1993-1995
2
63
Garth Clark Gallery, 1994
2
64
General, Almaraz, 1983-1986
2
65
General, Flores, 1990-1996
2
66
General, Flores, 1990-1996
10
Goldman, Edward, 1989
3
1
Grove Press, 1993
3
2
The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
3
3
Haddad's Fine Arts Incorporated, 1980-1983
3
4
Hillcrest Foundation, 1995
3
5
Home Savings of America, 1988
Includes material regarding a mural.
3
6
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1984-1985
3
7
Hungo, Garrett, 1989
3
8
Iri, Richard, 1993
3
9
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, circa 1990
3
10
Jacqueline Silverman and Associates, 1988
3
11
Jan Baum Gallery, 1985-1987
3
12
Jan Turner Gallery, 1985-1992
3
13-17
Janus Gallery, 1982-1994
3
18-19
Jensen, Jay, 1994
3
20
Jewish AIDS Services, 1994
3
21
Judy Stone Fine Art Enamels, 1995
3
22
Julie Rico Gallery, 1992
3
23
Kathy Lucoff Fine Arts, 1988
3
24
Knapp Communications Corporation, 1984-1985
3
25
KWHY-TV, 1993
3
26
LA Artcore Center, 1994
3
27
L.A. Louver Gallery, 1983
3
28
Lannan Foundation, 1987
3
29
Lather, Patti, 1994-1996
3
30
Latino Museum, 1996
3
31
Levin, Marc, 1985-1986
3
32
Lloyd Kandell Advertising, 1991
3
33
Lobaco, Gina, 1988
Includes letter to LA Weekly protesting an article about Almaraz.
3
34
Lori Sklar Art Consulting, 1994
3
35
Los Angeles Bicentennial 1781-1981, 1979-1982
3
36
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, 1990-1993
3
37
Los Angeles Conservancy, 1993
3
38
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 1993-1996
3
39
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1985-1996
3
40
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1990-1995
3
41
Los Angeles Olympic Committee, 1984
3
42
Los Angeles Printmaking Society, 1995
3
43
Loyola Law School, 1983
3
44
Marilyn Butler Fine Art, 1987
Includes material regarding the exhibition Contemporary Hispanic Art: Six Painters and Sculptors.
3
45
McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin, 1994-1995
3
46
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988
3
47
Metz, James, undated
3
48
The Mexican Museum, 1992-1994
3
49
Marrow, Marva, circa 1988
3
50
Murdy, Susan, 1992
3
51
Museo Estudio Diego Rivera, 1992
3
52
Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, 1983
3
53
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1985
3
54
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1987
3
55
Museum of Modern Art, 1987-1994
Includes a Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century press review bound book.
3
56-57
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 1987
3
58
National Gallery of Art, 1994
3
59
National Museum of American Art, 1995
3
60
Oakland, City of, 1988
3
61
Oberon Gallery, 1994
3
62
Out Auction '93, 1993
3
63
Pasadena Art Alliance, 1985-1996
3
64
Pasadena, City of, 1996
3
65
Pasadena Symphony Association, 1987-1988
3
66
Paskal, Marti, circa 1992
3
67
Patricia Heesy Gallery, 1984
3
68
Peace and Dignity Journeys, 1992
3
69
Persons and Lindell Gallery, 1991
3
70
Pleschette and Green Literary Agency, 1995
3
71
Polenzani, Thomas A., 1994
3
72
Price, Aimee Brown, 1993
3
73
Public Art Center, 1979
3
74
Riverside Art Museum, 1995
3
75
Robert Berman Gallery, 1991-1994
3
76
Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, 1993
3
77
Santa Monica Auctions, 1993
3
78
Santa Monica Museum of Art, 1992
3
79
Scholastic, Inc., 1992
3
80
Stones Gallery, 1988-1991
4
1
Transamerica Galleries, 1988
4
2
Traveler's Bookcase, 1993
4
3
Turner/Kruill Gallery, 1991-1992
4
4
University of California Los Angeles, 1995
4
5
Umbrella Associates, 1994
4
6
Union Station Gateway (USG), 1992
4
7
University of Southern California School of Fine Arts, 1994
4
8
Venice Family Clinic Art Walk, 1987-1995
4
9
Ventura College, 1991
4
10
Visual Arts Library, London, 1993
4
11
Volcano Art Center, 1989
4
12
Volcano Art Center, 1989
9
1
Wight Art Gallery, 1992-1993
Includes material regarding the exhibition Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation or CARA.
4
13
Williams Lamb Gallery, 1989
4
14
The Works Gallery, 1993
4
15

Series 3: Writings , 1972-1994
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 4, 8-9, OV 10

Writings include nine journals that document thoughts on travel, politics, daily activities, and the artists' emotional lives. Essays, poems, and ther writings by Almaraz, Flores, Teatro Urbano, Paul Arevalo, Patrick H. Ela, Dr. Leonard Marks, and some unidentified authors are also in this series.
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Journals, 1977-1994
Includes five journals belonging to Almaraz and Flores that contain a small amount of sketches.
4
16-20
Journal, Echo Park (Volume 81), 1972-1974
8
2
Journal, China (Volume 83), 1975
8
3
Journal, Cuba (Volume 79), 1977-1978
8
4
Journal, New York (Volume 84), 1979-1980
8
5
By Almaraz, 1973
Includes writings about learning to paint, the UFW convention banner, organized labor in Mexico, and Andy Warhol.
4
21
By Almaraz, 1973
10
By Flores, circa 1975-circa 1992
Includes writings and notes by Flores about astrology, Chicano identity, travel plans, and projects. Also included are some drawings and a small amount of correspondence written by Flores.
4
22-23
By Flores, circa 1975-circa 1992
9
1
Unidentified Authors, circa 1976-circa 1991
Includes notes, poems, songs, and writings about art and other topics.
4
24
By Others, 1979-1992
Includes writings by Teatro Urbano, Paul Arevalo, Patrick H. Ela, and Dr. Leonard Marks.
4
25

Series 4: Professional Files , 1973-1994
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5, 9, OV 11

The series contains proposals, research material on Almaraz for an article in La Opinion, project material for Almaraz and Flores's mural California Dreamscape, and material on tribute events and exhibitions. Also included is a file for the Chicano artist group Los Four of which Almaraz was a founding member, original drawings and project material for the comic Tales from the Barrio, and photographs of the United Farm Workers.
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Article in La Opinion on Almaraz Research Material, 1983
4
26
Article in La Opinion on Almaraz Research Material, 1983
9
1
California Dreamscape, California State Office Building Mural, circa 1990
4
27-28
California Dreamscape, California State Office Building Mural, 1989
11
Carlos Almaraz Memorial Concert and Tribute (AIDS Benefit), 1991
4
29
The Carlos Almaraz Memorial Foundation, Friends of the Carlos Almaraz Scholarship Fund, 1991
4
30
Conference, "Hispanic Art in the U.S.", 1987
4
31
The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, circa 1992
5
1-2
Exhibition, Burning Dreams: Selected Works by Carlos Almaraz (1993), 1992-1993
5
3
Exhibition, Channing-Dale-Throckmorton, 1988
5
4
Exhibition, Images of Hope/Imagenes de Esperanza (1991), 1990-1991
5
5
Exhibition, Los Four Twenty Years Later (1994), 1994
5
6
Exhibition, Sin Frontera: Chicano Arts from the Border States of the U.S. (1993), 1992-1993
5
7
Exhibition, Sin Frontera: Chicano Arts from the Border States of the U.S. (1993), 1992-1993
9
1
Exhibitions, Various, 1979-1982
5
8
Exhibition, The World of Cups (2014), 1994
5
9
LA Artcore, 1992-1993
5
10
Los Four, 1973-1978
Includes slides of artwork, clippings, and financial and exhibition material.
5
11
Pacific Oaks Art Auction Committee, 1987
Almaraz and Flores served as co-chairs.
5
12
Proposal, Carlos Almaraz Documentary, undated
5
13
Proposal, The Mexican Cultural Heritage Gardens, undated
5
14
Public Art Opportunities, circa 1992
5
15
Self-Help Graphics, 1977
5
16
Sturman, Eugene, 1991
5
17
Tales from the Barrio Comic, 1992
Includes two original copies, agendas for meetings, drawings and manuscripts, and a play manuscript for Carlos Almaraz La Vida that was based on oral history interviews with Almaraz.
5
18
Teaching, Chicano Studies, circa 1985
Includes course proposals, outline drafts, research material, and notes.
5
19
United Farm Workers, 1973
Includes photographs.
5
20

Series 5: Personal Business Records , 1974-1995
0.4 Linear feet
Box 5

The series consists of agreements, contracts, invoices, receipts, inventories, and financial and court documents. Also found are incorporation records for Almaraz Studio, Inc., records regarding Almaraz and Flores's house in Kauai, and documents pertaining to donations of artwork.
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Almaraz Studio, Inc., 1984-1986
5
21
Agreements, 1974-1992
Includes agreements with Danny Guerrero, for the transfer of La Mexicana, and with Mayfield Publishing, Co.
5
22-24
Contracts, 1986-1987
Includes contracts with the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA), for a musical performer, and a video demonstration for KLCS Channel 58.
5
25-27
Court Documents, 1977
5
28
Documentation of Authenticity Form for Laughing and Crying, 1989
5
29
Donations, 1987-1994
5
30
Financial, 1974-1987
5
31
House in Kauai, Hurricane Damage, 1992-1993
5
32
Insurance, Art Collection, 1991-1994
5
33
Inventories, circa 1990
5
34
Invoices, 1989-1994
5
35-44
Loan Receipt, Friends of Rudy Acuña, 1995
5
45
Permission, Shifra M. Goldman, 1993
5
46
Publishing Fees for Reproductions, 1991
5
47
Receipts, 1979-1995
5
48-49

Series 6: Printed Materials , 1972-1995
1 Linear foot
Boxes 6-7, 9, OV 10

Printed material includes architectural plans, art reproductions, a book and booklets, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, magazines, newsletters, posters, and press releases regarding Almaraz and Flores.
Description Container Select
Architectural Plans, 1994
9
2
Art Reproductions, circa 1990
6
1
Book, Olympic Arts Festival, 1984
6
2
Booklets, 1972-1996
6
3-5
Clippings, 1984-1985
6
6
Exhibition Announcements, circa 1980-circa 1990
6
7-13
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1980-circa 1990
6
14-17
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1980-circa 1990
Includes a reprint of a catalog introduction by Josine Ianco-Starrels.
7
1-3
Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1980-circa 1990
9
2
Magazines, circa 1980-circa 1990
Includes issues of Chismearte, Homeboy Beautiful, Pocho, and Repertoire.
7
4-10
Magazines, 1985-1993
9
3
Newspapers, circa 1980-circa 1995
9
2
Newsletters, 1984-1995
Includes issues of AIDS Treatment News and Loyola Lawyer.
7
11-12
Poster, 1974
10
Posters, Los Four, 1994
9
1
Press Releases, 1995
7
13

Series 7: Artwork , circa 1975-1996
1.4 Linear feet
Boxes 7-9

Artwork consists of paper and foam board cutouts, drawings, four sketchbooks, and a watercolor. Many of the drawings are signed "CDA" or "EF" indicating Almaraz or Flores, respectively, as the creator of the artwork. Most drawings are in pencil or pen and ink. Some materials are photocopies of original drawings. Artwork by either Almaraz or Flores can be identified by their initials.
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Cutouts, circa 1975-circa 1985
Cutouts in paper and foam board are of shapes of cars, trees, and other objects. Cutout images from printed materials are also included.
7
14
Drawings, circa 1980-1996
7
15-18
Drawings, circa 1980-1996
9
1
Sketchbook, 1977
Includes class notes.
7
19
Sketchbook, Mexico (Volume 80), 1978
8
6
Sketchbook, No Reason, circa 1983
7
20
Sketchbook, Poems and People (Volume 82), 1976
Includes poems and notes.
8
7
Watercolor, undated
7
21

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