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M. H. De Young Memorial Museum records, 1894-1971

M.H. De Young Memorial Museum


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Summary: 3 letterbooks; photograph albums; and material relating to a proposed exhibition on Jean Varda.
REELS 2680-2681: 3 letterbooks contain correspondence, 1894-1903, with T. B. Jackson, Sherman F. Denton, Sarah M. Spooner, Rupert Schmid, Josephine Edwards Capwell, Henry Raschen and others. Notable letters include: Sept. 30, 1897, describing a collection of printed views of San Francisco, 1851-1853, which was sold to the museum; April 20, 1898, mentioning the purchase of photographs by Carleton E. Watkins; and April 2, 1898, concerning earthquake damage to the museum. Photograph albums include a 2 v. set, "California Palace Legion of Honor, Photographs of Paintings in the Fine Arts Buildings," California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894; and 2 containing views of sculpture installations and maquettes.
UNMICROFILMED: Material regarding a proposed retrospective exhibition of the work of Jean Varda, 1960-1971. Included are biographical and personal documents; 300 color transparencies and photographs of Varda, of his works, and of his friends; clippings and correspondence between the museum and prospective lenders of Varda's paintings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art museum; San Francisco, California.Founded 1896. Originally named the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


Material on reels 2680-2681 lent for microfilming 1982 by the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum through Jane Nelson, the librarian. Material on Varda donated 1976 by the museum.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 2680-2681: Originals in: M.H. De Young Museum.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 2680-2681 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

M. H. De Young Memorial Museum records, 1894-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.