Skip to main content

Nickolas Muray papers, 1910-1992

Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965


Representative image for Nickolas Muray papers, 1910-1992

This site provides access to the papers of Nickolas Muray in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 1,031 images.

Collection Information

Size: 1.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of photographer Nickolas Muray measure 1.5 linear feet and date from 1910 to 1992. Found within the papers are biographical materials; business and personal correspondence, including a handful of letters from Frida Kahlo; writings; teaching files, primarily of photography courses taught at New York University; printed material; artwork; and photographic materials of Muray, his family and friends, and his work. There is a 0.6 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2019 that includes biographical material, corresppndence, photographs, research notes and a diary about Africa, and a subject files on the book The Revealing Eye, Personalities of the 1920s, written by Paul Gallico with photographs taken by Muray, 1967.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) was a portrait photographer. Born in Hungary. Began as professional photographer around 1921. In the 1930s, he established one of the first color labs in the United States and became a master of the carbro process. He also wrote reviews for "Dance" magazine, flew airplanes, and in 1928 and 1932, he represented the United States as a member of the Olympic Fencing Team.


The papers were donated in 1988 and 2019 by Muray's daughter and manager of the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives, Mimi Murray Levitt.