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Nell (Eleanor) and Stanley Sinton papers, [circa 1920]-1993

Nell (Eleanor) and Stanley Sinton papers, [circa 1920]-1993

Sinton, Nell, 1910-1997

Muralist, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 1.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Addition: circa 0.6 linear ft.

Summary: Scrapbook, correspondence, sketches, photographs, writings, catalogs, clippings, motion picture reel, and printed materials.

REEL 858: Letters from Jay DeFeo and Wally Hedrick (DeFeo's former husband) to Eleanor (Nell) and Stanley Sinton concerning her finances, personal and professional life, and including Christmas cards and invitations to parties; and exhibition announcements.

REEL 860: Correspondence, some relating to the San Francisco Hall of Justice mural and the controversy surrounding the choice of John Garth as artist; a scrapbook containing correspondence, drawings, and printed material; and exhibition catalogs, announcements, and printed material.

UNMICROFILMED: Motion picture film by Coni Beeson of Sinton at work with Delia Moon; a curriculum vitae; correspondence; sketches; photographs of her work; writings and notes; financial papers; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and printed materials.

ADDITION: Biographical materials; personal and professional correspondence; a bound copy of "Nell Sinton, An Adventurous Spirit: The Life of A California Artist," (oral history, University of California, Berkeley, 1993); an album, "Happy School Days," (c. 1920s); writings; teaching materials, including lecture, workshop and seminar outlines, lesson plans, writings, and notes; personal photographs, 1937-1993 and a family photo album; 1928-1945; color slides and transparencies of Sinton's work, 1948-1982; exhibition catalogs and announcements for Sinton and other artists; scrapbooks containing printed articles, 1937-1981; films, Painting-Delia Moon, and Social Development of an American Female; and a portfolio of drawings, sketches, gouaches, and mixed media paintings; and an appraisal of the Sinton Art Collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, collector, educator; San Francisco, Calif. Sinton died on October 23, 1997.


In 1974 Sinton donated papers on reel 858 and lent for microfilming papers on reel 860. She donated the motion picture film and 0.4 feet of additional papers between 1974 and 1978. Additions were received in 1999 from the daughters of Nell Sinton, Joan Dodd and Margot Biestman.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 860: Originals returned to Eleanor Sinton, after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 858 and 860 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

Nell (Eleanor) and Stanley Sinton papers, [circa 1920]-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.