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Clay Spohn papers, circa 1862-1985, bulk 1890-1985

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Series 1: Clay Spohn Papers (Microfilm) , 1926-1963, undated

  • 1.1: Sketchbooks, 1926-1927
  • 1.2: Writings, 1963
  • 1.3: Correspondence and Related Material, 1939-1954, undated
1.1: Sketchbooks, 1926-1927
The three sketchbooks found here contain notes and annotated drawings made by Spohn during his stay in Paris. Sketchbook I contains a drawing of Hemingway's friend, Musgrave, at Le Dome, schematic drawings for a "portable studio," and notes about what to take to Giverny. Sketchbook II contains a self-portrait drawing and one drawing each of Musgrave and Duff Twisden, Hemingway's model for "Brett" in The Sun Also Rises, with whom Spohn became acquainted in the cafes of Paris. Sketchbook III contains designs for chairs and notes giving advice on art.
Description Container
Sketchbook I, [1926]
D169
Sketchbook II, 1926-1927
D169
Sketchbook III, 1926-1927
D169
1.2: Writings, 1963
Writings consist of Spohn's reminiscences in the form of a 100-page letter to sculptor and art historian Mary Fuller McChesney. He answers questions about his career and describes, with words and drawings, his works for the exhibition The Museum of Unknown and Little Known Objects at the California School of Fine Arts in 1949.
Description Container
Writings (entitled "Reminiscences" on microfilm), 1963
D169
1.3: Correspondence and Related Material, 1939-1954, undated
Found here is a letter from Reginald Vaughn discussing the acquisition of Spohn's Los Gatos mural for the Morrison Center for Rehabilitation, a letter from the W.P.A. office concerning exhibitions, and three clippings. Also found are twelve photographs of artwork (primarily Spohn's murals) including: the mural The Legend of New Almaden; mural for a post office in Montebello, California; a mural for Castro Valley community center; a mural Fireman Save My Child for Volunteer Fire Department in Carmel, California; scale drawings of Benimino Bufano's proposed statue for Twin Peaks, San Francisco; and the lithograph Greek Legend.
Description Container
Letter from Reginald Vaughn, 1954
D169
Photographs of Work Executed Between, 1936-1939, undated
D169
Letter from W.P.A., 1939
D169
Clippings, 1936-1941
D169

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