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Otis Oldfield papers, 1910-1975

Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969

Art teacher, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 62 Items, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Business correspondence; manuscript material; 2 financial log books kept by Oldfield and his widow, 1927-1974; 3 photo albums, one with photos of Oldfield, Ralph Stackpole and Homer Groninger, and 2 albums of works, 1924-1948; loose photos of works, of Oldfield, Yun Gee, Ralph Stackpole, Rinaldo Cuneo, Helen Oldfield, Marcel Roche and others, 1921-1957; 3 scrapbooks, 1910-1940, including catalogs and announcements, manuscript and printed material, clippings, and correspondence with Beatrice Judd Ryan, Mildred Taylor, Alice Chittenden, Lucien Labaudt and Maynard Dixon; clippings; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, teacher; San Francisco, California. Oldfield went to Paris in 1909 where he studied briefly at the Academie Julian. He remained in France until 1924, serving in the French army during World War I, and after the war was exhibiting at the Salon des Independents and the Salon d' Automne. He taught at the California School of Fine Arts, 1925-1942, and became known for his talents as a bookbinder as well as painter. He taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts, 1945-1951 and privately until his death.


Material lent for microfilming 1975 by Helen Oldfield, widow of Oldfield.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Helen Oldfield after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1023 & 1027 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Otis Oldfield papers, 1910-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.