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Rico Lebrun papers, 1935-1975

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1948-1962
4 Folders
Box 1, OV 10

Biographical materials include a certificate from the National Academy of Design, citizenship records, curriculum vitae, and a transcript of an interview by Bill Gorman dating from 1962.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Certificate, National Academy of Design, 1962
1
1
Citizenship Records, 1948-1956
1
2
Curriculum Vitae, 1951
1
3
Interview Transcript, 1962
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1935-1973
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV 10

Correspondence consists of letters to Lebrun regarding the exhibition, commission, and sales of his artwork, as well as correspondence from friends, colleagues, and family members. There is extensive chronological correspondence between Lebrun and his gallery, Jacques Seligmann and Co., and other correspondents of note include Julian Levi and Barry Robert Schachtman. Diagrams and plans for the mural Genesis can be found in correspondence with Pomona College. Letters of condolences to Lebrun's widow, Constance Lebrun, are filed at the end of the series.
A selection of letters has retained alphabetical arrangement by sender. The remaining correspondence retains arrangement in chronological order.
Description Container Select
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1952-1965
1
5
American Academy in Rome, 1960
1
6
American Federation of Arts, 1963
1
7
Art Gallery of Toronto, 1958
1
8
Art Students League, 1936
1
9
Ballet International, 1944
1
10
Ballet Theatre, 1951
1
11
Boston Public Library, 1957
1
12
Boston University, 1959
1
13
Brice, William, circa 1950-1960
1
14
Bruggers, 1952
1
15
California State Board of Equalization, 1956
1
16
Carnegie Institute, 1952-1964
1
17
Cober Gallery, 1960-1962
1
18
de Cordova and Dana Museum, 1957
1
19
de Young Museum, 1952-1957
1
20
Department of Municipal Art, City of Los Angeles, 1961-1964
1
21
Federman, Herrman, Stonehill, and Co., 1965
1
22
Frank Perls Gallery, 1952-1957
1
23-25
Fuegi, John, 1963
1
26
Garibay, Roberto, 1962
1
27
GCA Gallery, 1957-1960
1
28
Goodrich, Lloyd, 1960
1
29
Gorostiza, Celestino, 1962
1
30
Grippi Gallery, 1960-1962
1
31
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1935-1963
1
32
Haskin, Don, 1963
1
33
Langsner, Jules, 1963
1
34
L.A. County Museum, 1962-1968
1
35-36
Meriden Gravure Company, 1961-1963
1
37
Mesches, Arnold, 1962
1
38
Museum of Modern Art, 1959-1962
1
39
National Academy of Design, 1948-1963
1
40
New York Post Office, 1936-1941
1
41
Newport Harbor Exhibition, 1962-1963
1
42-43
Obelisk Gallery, 1961-1962
1
44
Occidental College, 1956-1959
1
45
Patchen, Miriam, 1961-1962
1
46
Pearson, circa 1940-1960
1
47
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1953-1963
1
48
Pomona College, 1956-1974
1
49-55
Price, Vincent, 1953-1955
1
56
Princeton University Art Museum, 1960-1961
1
57
Sanchez, Horatio, 1961-1962
1
58
Sandoval, Carlos, 1961-1963
1
59
Selz, Peter, 1968-1971
1
60
Tejada, Julio, 1962
1
61
University of California Press, 1959-1962
1
62
University of Southern California, 1961
1
63
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1961-1962
1
64
Worcester Art Museum, 1961-1962
1
65
Work Returned, 1958-1960
1
66
Work Out, 1958-1965
1
67-69
Chronological, circa 1937-1963
1
70-74
Chronological, 1938-1950
1
75-81
Chronological, 1951-1952
1
82-88
Chronological, 1953-1955
2
1-11
Chronological, 1956-1958
2
12-20
Chronological, 1959-1961
2
21-28
Chronological, 1962-1963
2
29-34
Chronological, 1964-1965
2
35-43
Chronological, 1966-1973
Oversized materials housed in OV 10.
2
44-45
Chronological, C.L. [Constance Lebrun], circa 1953-1965
2
46-47
Chronological, C.L. [Constance Lebrun], 1953-1965
2
48-50
Oversized Drawings from Box 2, Folder 44, 1966
OV 10

Series 3: Writings , 1938-1964
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Writings consist of original illustrated manuscript/notebooks, a studio notebook, and exhibition guestbook registers dating from the 1950s. Typescripts of Lebrun's autobiography, notes on drawing, and general remarks on art and other topics that appear as poetry are also included.
Typescript material has retained numerical ordering. The remaining materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Autobiography (201), circa 1959
2
51
Autobiography (202), circa 1959
2
52
Autobiography (203), circa 1959
2
53
Autobiography (204), circa 1959
2
54
Autobiography (205), circa 1959
2
55
Autobiography (206), circa 1959
2
56
Notes on Drawing (207-216), circa 1959
2
57-63
Poetry (301-312), circa 1963
2
64-69
Poetry, "Agricultural Period" (313), circa 1959-1963
3
1
Poetry, "Capri" (314), circa 1963
3
2
Poetry, "Splendor as Idea" (315), circa 1959-1963
3
3
Poetry, "What Not to Do" (316), circa 1963
3
4
Poetry, Untitled (317), circa 1963
3
5
General Remarks on Art (318), circa 1959-1963
3
6
Guestbook, circa 1950-1960
3
7
Guestbooks, 1951, 1958
3
8-9
Illustrated Manuscript, circa 1950-1960
3
10
Illustrated Notebooks, circa 1953-1954
3
11-13
Studio Notebook, circa 1938-1941
Much of the writing is in Elaine Lebrun's handwriting.
3
14
Miscellaneous, 1961-1964
3
15

Series 4: Personal Business Records , 1940-1964
0.3 Linear feet
Box 3, BV 7

Personal business records consist of account book/ledgers and studio inventories of drawings and other works. There are also receipts, invoices, and correspondence detailing the sale, loan, and exhibition of his works.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Account Book, 1945
3
16
Account Ledger, circa 1945-1949
BV 7
Inventory, Drawings, 1964
3
17
Inventory, Studio, 1958-1959
3
18
Loans, Exhibitions, and Sales, 1940-1963
3
19-21

Series 5: Printed Material , circa 1940-1975
0.8 Linear feet
Box 3, BV 8-9

Printed material includes clippings; exhibition announcements and catalogs; periodicals; and reproductions of works of art. Two books, Lebrun's Handbook on Deer, which was given to Disney studio animators working on the film Bambi, and Homage to Rico Lebrun, which was compiled by Lebrun's students, are included.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Book, Handbook on Deer, by Rico Lebrun, circa 1942
BV 8
Book, Homage to Rico Lebrun, 1964
BV 9
Clippings, circa 1950-1965
3
22-23
Clippings, 1951-1963
3
24
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1940-1975
3
25
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1940-1975
3
26-33
Periodicals, 1931-1962
3
34
Reproductions of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
3
35
Miscellaneous, 1949-1957
3
36

Series 6: Artwork , circa 1950-1965
3 Folders
Box 3

Artwork consists of three sketchbooks of outlines, ideas, and pen and ink figure studies. Additional artwork can be found in the illustrated notebooks included in the Writings series.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Description Container Select
Sketchbooks, circa 1950-1965
3
37-39

Series 7: Photographic Materials , circa 1950-1965
1.6 Linear feet
Boxes 4-6

Photographic materials include Lebrun working on murals, models posing for works, and travel photos from Mexico that depict village scenes and images from a cattle slaughterhouse. There are also extensive copy prints, negatives, and glass plate transparencies of Lebrun's drawings and other works of art.
Materials are arranged by subject and document type.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Rico Lebrun Working on Mural, circa 1950
4
1
Photographs of Rico Lebrun and Models, circa 1950-1960
4
2
Photographs of Model for Genesis Mural at Pomona College, 1960
4
3
Photographs and Negatives of Models, circa 1950-1965
4
4
Color Slides and Transparencies of Travel, circa 1955-1965
4
5
Color Slides and Photographs of Travel, circa 1950-1965
4
6
Photographs of Travel, circa 1950-1965
4
7-8
Photographs of Exhibition Installations, circa 1955-1965
4
9-10
Photographs and Negatives of Exhibition Installations, circa 1955-1965
4
11
Photographs and Negatives of Exhibition Installations, 1956-1962
4
12
Photographs and Negatives of Exhibition Installation, Newport, California, 1964
4
13
Photographs of Drawings/Sketches, Animals and Plants, circa 1950-1965
4
14
Photographs of Drawings/Sketches, Paintings, circa 1950-1965
4
15
Photographs of Drawings/Sketches, Men, circa 1950-1965
4
16
Photographs of Drawings/Sketches, Women, circa 1950-1965
4
17
Photographs of Mixed Media, circa 1950-1965
4
18
Photographs of Murals, circa 1950-1965
4
19
Photographs and Negatives of Sculptures, circa 1950-1965
4
20
Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
4
21-23
Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
Includes copy stand prints for (10-##), (16-##), (17-##), (18-##), and (19-##).
4
24-28
Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
Includes copy stand prints for (20-##), (21-##), (22-##), (23-##), (24-##), (25-##), (26-##), and (29-##).
4
29-36
Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
Includes copy stand prints for (30-##), (31-##), (32-##), and (34-##).
4
37-40
Color Transparencies of Works of Art, circa 1955-1965
4
41
Negatives of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
4
42-43
Negatives of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
Includes copy stand prints for (7-##), (10-##), (16-##), (17-##), (18-##), and (19-##).
5
1-6
Negatives of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
Includes copy stand prints for (20-##), (21-##), (22-##), (23-##), (24-##), (25-##), (26-##), (29-##), and (30-##).
5
7-15
Negatives of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
Includes copy stand prints for (31-##), (32-##), and (34-##).
6
1-3
Black and White Glass Plate Transparencies of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
6
4-6
Color Glass Plate Transparencies of Works of Art, circa 1950-1965
6
7-10

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.