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John Spencer papers, 1930-1994, (bulk 1933-1944)

John Spencer papers, 1930-1994, (bulk 1933-1944)

Spencer, John


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft. (20 items)

Summary: Papers relate to Spencer's experiences as an assistant to muralist Dean Cornwell on the Los Angeles Central Library Mural project from 1927-1933 and to his subsequent relationship with Cornwell. Included are 13 letters from Cornwell to Spencer, 1933-1944, in which Cornwell offers criticism of Spencer's sketches and discusses related matters on composition and current art projects; a photo of a cartoon for a mural panel "The Discovery Era" by Cornwell ca. 1930-1931; drawings by Spencer from a lecture on the Los Angeles Central Library Mural by Cornwell; clipping on board of Cornwell and Spencer working on the Los Angeles Library Mural; and a photocopy of a clipping, 1994, regarding the murals.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; California.


Donated 1994 by John Spencer.

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