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John Weatherwax papers relating to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1928-1988, bulk 1931-1933

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1928-1988
(Box 1; 5 folders)

This series includes scattered correspondence between Weatherwax and several publishing houses regarding the possible publication of his English translation of the Mayan codex, Popol Vuh, as well a copy of the contract between Diego Rivera and Weatherwax for the illustrations. Also found are letters from painter, printmaker, and muralist Emmy Lou Packard concerning Diego and Frida, two telegrams from American novelist Upton Sinclair to John Weatherwax, and a letter from the Russian filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein, to Rivera introducing Weatherwax. A copy of a letter written by Frida Kahlo to Clara and Gerald Strang, Weatherwax's sister and brother-in-law is also housed in this series.
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Correspondence regarding the Popol Vuh Manuscript, 1930-1933, 1960
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Correspondence with Emmy Lou Packard, 1982-1988
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Miscellaneous Correspondence between Weatherwax and Others, 1928-1932, 1953, 1973-1975
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Letters to Diego Rivera from Sergei Eisenstein, circa 1930
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Letter from Frida Kahlo to Clara and Gerald Strang, 1931
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Series 2: Manuscripts and Notes , circa 1930-1971
(Box 1; 14 folders)

Finished or draft copies of short stories by Weatherwax including his unpublished English translation of the ancient Mayan text Popol Vuh, entitled "Seven Times the Colour of Fire". Additional manuscripts include "The Archer of Itza" by Weatherwax and "Sun Tiger and Moon Tiger" by Clara Fowler Weatherwax, both of which are translations of Mayan stories. Also found are several draft manuscripts of stories concerning Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, which include "Diego", "Diego, Galka and Toby" about art dealer Galka Scheyer's visit to Diego Rivera's studio in San Francisco containing references to the Blue Rider exhibition she organized in the early 1930s of the work of the artists collective, the "Blue Four" (Dar Blaue Vier). Several versions of Weatherwax's manuscript "The Queen of Montgomery Street" are also found in this series. Also found are notes regarding several sheets of graph paper Rivera used to square off and draw his murals to scale and a photograph of a handwritten note by Frida Kahlo.
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The Archer of Itza, circa 1971
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"Diego", circa mid-1900s
(multiple versions)
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"Diego, Galka and Toby", circa mid-1900s
(multiple versions)
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"The Queen of Montgomery Street", 1930-circa mid 1900s
(multiple versions)
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"The Queen of Montgomery Street", 1930-circa mid-1900s
(multiple versions)
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"Seven Times the Color of Fire" (Draft One), circa 1931
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"Seven Times the Color of Fire" (Draft One), circa 1931
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"Seven Times the Color of Fire" (Draft One), circa 1931
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"Seven Times the Color of Fire" (Draft Two), circa mid-1900s
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"Seven Times the Color of Fire" (Draft Two), circa mid-1900s
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"Seven Times the Color of Fire" (Draft Two), circa mid-1900s
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"Sun Tiger and Moon Tiger" (Draft One), circa 1930s
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"Sun Tiger and Moon Tiger" (Draft Two), circa mid-1900s
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Notes, circa 1930-1931
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Series 3: Printed Material , 1931-1987
(Box 1; 4 folders)

Clippings from various Spanish and English language newspapers and magazines regarding Rivera and Kahlo's 1931 visit to San Francisco and other printed matter. Also found are reproductions of Rivera's watercolor illustrations he designed for "Seven Times the Colour of Fire".
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Exhibition and Event Announcements, 1955-1986
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News Clippings, 1931-1986
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Reproductions of Diego Rivera Watercolors for "Seven Times the Colour of Fire", 1960
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Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1987, circa mid-1900s
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Series 4: Photographs , circa 1930s, 1974
(Box 1; 3 folders)

Several sepia tint photographs of Diego Rivera and a Paul Juley photograph of Rivera with his wife Frida Kahlo at the studio of Ralph Stackpole in San Francisco. The photograph includes a handwritten dedication by Rivera to William Gerstle. Two photographs of murals by Diego Rivera, photographs of Rivera's watercolor illustrations he designed for "Seven Times the Colour of Fire", and photo negatives of the Juley photograph complete this series.
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Photographs of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, circa 1931
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Photographs of Murals, circa 1930s
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Photographs of Diego Rivera Watercolors for "Seven Times the Colour of Fire", circa 1931, 1974
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