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Karl Benjamin papers, 1958-1980

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Stephanie Ashley
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter and educator Karl Benjamin consist of thirteen items dating from 1958-1980 and include correspondence and clippings relating to Benjamin's career as a painter and teacher, and one photograph.
Nine letters, seven of which are written by Benjamin and four of which are photocopies, are to a variety of people and relate to the beginning of Benjamin's career as a painter, his feelings about teaching, and his exhibitions, including the origins of the 1959 show Four Abstract Classicists. Included are a resignation letter to the Chino school district in 1977, and an exchange with a former student who recalls Benjamin as an art teacher.
Three clippings include a newspaper article from the Chino Champion regarding a beautification project Benjamin was involved in at Gird Elementary in Chino, California and a printed letter written and submitted by Benjamin to the Los Angeles Times in August, 1978 regarding Proposition 13. Also found is a 1977 photograph of Benjamin's baby granddaughter.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1980 by Karl Benjamin.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.
Processing Information
The papers, with the exception of one letter from Benjamin to Paul Karlstrom dated 1975 Feb. 28, were microfilmed upon receipt on reel 2786. The collection was processed, prepared for digitization, and described in a finding aid by Stephanie Ashley in 2021 with funding provided by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.