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A Finding Aid to the Millard Sheets papers, 1907-circa 2000

Millard Sheets papers, 1907-circa 2000

Sheets, Millard Owen, 1907-1989

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 27.6 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of watercolorist, painter, muralist, educator and architectural designer Millard Sheets measure 27.6 linear feet and date from 1907-1990. The papers reflect Sheets' career as a designer, painter, and muralist, as well as his other personal and professional interests, through correspondence, writings, lectures, clippings, blueprints, drawings, slides, photographs, and ephemera. There is a 4.6 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2018 that includes writings; sketchbooks and sketches; photographs and negatives of works of art, Sheets, and others; printed material, including two scrpabooks; and scattered correspondence regarding Sheet's projects. The material dates from circa 1930-2000.

Biographical/Historical Note

Millard Sheets (1907-1989) was a watercolorist, painter, muralist, educator and architectural designer in California. Sheets was a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute, where he later taught one of the first watercolor classes. He was a professor and chairman at Scripps College in Claremont for 26 years.


The Millard Sheets papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1992 by Mary B. Sheets, Millard's widow. Millard Sheets loaned a small amount of material for microfilming in 1965. A small addition donated 2018 by Carolyn Owen-Toole, Sheet's daughter.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Ahmanson Foundation in Beverly Hills, Calif.