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Papers relating to Anton Refregier mural controversy, 1953

Brotherton, Joseph L., 1918-2012

Collector, Painter, Actor


Collection Information

Size: 41 Items

Summary: Papers relating to the controversy surrounding Anton Refregier's mural commission for the San Francisco Rincon Annex Post Office. Included are 28 letters from Thomas S. Page (Page-Brotherton, public relations firm) to interested parties, among them being U.S. Congressmen James Coats Auchingloss, John S. Shelly and William S. Mailliard; Grace McCann Morley, director of the San Francisco Museum of Art; Alfred Frankfurter, publisher of Art News and Bay Area art critic; and Belle Krasne, editor, Art Digest; press releases and a history of the mural controversy.

Biographical/Historical Note

Brotherton an actor and painter, San Francisco, Calif, born 1918 in Bozeman, Mont. He was involved in many cultural activities in San Francisco, as an art collector, artist and actor.


Donated 1999 by Joseph Brotherton.

Language Note

Undetermined .

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How to Cite This Collection

Papers relating to Anton Refregier mural controversy, 1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.