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Mel Ramos papers, 1959-1984

Ramos, Mel, 1935-2018

Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of California pop artist and teacher Mel Ramos measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1959 to 1984. The collection documents Ramos's career as an artist through correspondence with Lawrence Alloway, Dwan Gallery, Roy Lichtenstein, David Stuart, Wayne Thiebaud and Tom Wesselman, among others; a few inventories, invoices, and loan agreements; documentation of his work with the San Francisco Art Institute; and exhibition announcements and catalogs. Writings include two manuscripts on Ramos and the Pop Art movement, a one-page interview of Ramos, and poetry by Robin Skelton. Of interest in the collection are files containing photographs, photo-collages, and clippings used for paintings such as "Elephant Seal," "Virnaburger," and "Manet's Olympia."

Biographical/Historical Note

Mel Ramos (1935-2018), born Melvin John Ramos, was a painter, pop artist, and teacher in California.


The collection was donated by Mel Ramos in July 1985.

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Language Note

The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.