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A Finding Aid to the Millard Sheets papers, 1907-1990

Millard Sheets papers, 1907-1990

Sheets, Millard Owen, 1907-1989

Muralist, Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 23.0 linear ft. (on 31 microfilm reels)

Reel LA 10: ca. 10 items.

Summary: Papers of Millard Sheets 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. The project files comprise the largest group of materials in the collection and document design work undertaken by Sheets through his company Millard Sheets & Associates Designs. Other materials document Sheets participation with professional organizations and associations, teaching and exhibition jurying activities and workshops, and exhibitions, his service as an American Specialist in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the USIS, Dept. of State, as cultural arts representative in Turkey in 1960 and in the former USSR in 1961, and painting trips to South East Asia, Tahiti, the Pacific Ocean Rim, Hawaii, and Mexico.

Biographical/Historical Note

Watercolorist, painter, muralist, educator, architectural designer; California; b. 1907; d. 1989. Graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute, where he later taught one of the first watercolor classes; 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.


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