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Mabel Alvarez papers, 1898-1987

Alvarez, Mabel, 1891-1985


Collection Information

Size: 2.3 linear ft. (on 4 microfilm reels)

Summary: The papers of Mabel Alvarez (1898-1985) measure 2.3 linear feet and date from 1898-1987. The collection documents both her painting career as well as her personal life through correspondence, original writings, sketches, printed material, diaries and journals, financial records, and scrapbooks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Los Angeles, Calif. Born in Hawaii, moved to Los Angeles, Calif. while a child. Studied with William Vincent Cahill and Stanton Macdonald-Wright and specialized in portraiture, especially of children.


Donated in 1988 by Glenn Basset, Alvarez's dealer and friend.