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Clifford Wight papers relating to Diego Rivera, 1929-1990

Wight, Clifford, 1900-ca. 1960

Painter, Assistant, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear ft. (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence between Wight, Rivera, and Rivera clients; technical documents including a chemical analysis of the fresco process, and proposals, cost analyses, work schedules and specifications relating to Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Rockefeller Center; writings by George Biddle, Edgar P. Richardson, Rivera and Wight; photographs of Rivera, Wight and others; photographs of work by Rivera, Ralph Stackpole and Wight (?); articles, newspaper clippings and other printed material; and sketches by unidentified artists including a layout for a mural(?).

Biographical/Historical Note

Wight, a sculptor and epigrapher; San Francisco, Calif.; acted as Mexican muralist Diego Rivera's technical assistant, translator, and secretary during his soujourn in the United States, ca. l931-1934, while Rivera completed murals for the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Rockefeller Center in New York (destroyed), and the Coit Tower in San Francisco.


Lent for microfilming by Syracuse University Library, Special Collections, 1992. The arrangement devised by the lender has been maintained.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Syracuse University Library, Special Collections, Syracuse, N.Y.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4573 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Syracuse University Library, Special Collections, Syracuse, N.Y. 13244-2010.

How to Cite This Collection

Clifford Wight papers relating to Diego Rivera, 1929-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.