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Peter and Rose Krasnow papers, 1914-2001

Krasnow, Peter, 1886-1979

Lithographer, Painter, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 6.9 linear feet

Addition 1.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter, printmaker, and sculptor Peter Krasnow (1886-1979) and his wife, writer Rose Krasnow (1885-1984), measure 6.9 linear feet and date from 1914 to 1984. Papers include biographical materials, a sound recording, correspondence, essays, poetry, short stories, notes, transcripts of lectures and radio talks, five diaries of Peter Krasnow, personal business records, exhibition catalogs and announcements, clippings, magazines, five sketchbooks, sketches and drawings in multiple media, prints, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Peter Krasnow (1886-1979) was a painter from Los Angeles, California. Krasnow was born in Ukraine, Russia. He immigrated to the United States at age 17, and was active in Boston and New York before moving to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. In Chicago, he met his wife, Rose (1885-1984). In 1922, they settled in Los Angeles. Krasnow's work included carved wood reliefs, including ones done for the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, and the Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco, as well as paintings and prints. Peter Krasnow died in 1979. Rose Krasnow (1885-1984) was a prolific writer of poems, short stories, and plays.


The Peter and Rose Krasnow papers were donated in several increments between 1976 and 1998 and 2014 by Peter Krasnow, the Estate of Peter Krasnow, and the Peter and Rose Krasnow Foundation.