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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920s-2017, 1920s-1940s

Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920s-2017, 1920s-1940s

Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979

Painter, Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 3.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Victor Arnautoff measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1923-2002. Included are biographical material, correspondence, works of art, project and exhibition files, a scrapbook, photographs, and printed material.

Correspondence; a sketchbook of drawings done in Mexico, 1926-1931; approximately 900 drawings and prints by Arnautoff and others; clippings and exhibition announcements; and 91 photographs of Arnautoff, his friends, works of art, art related events, and works by others, inluding one 1939 photograph,Yosemite, by Ansel Adams; notes; printed materials; a scrapbook (1928-1981) containing a resume, letters, clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements.

An addition received 2018 and measuring 1.4 linear feet includes biographical material consisting of naturalization papers, biographies and memoirs, birth and marriage certificates; personal and professional correspondence; project files relating to murals, exhibition files; photographs and digital images of works of works of art; writings about Arnautoff; miscellaneous financial material and printed material.

Biographical/Historical Note

Victor Mikhail Arnautoff (1896-1979) was a painter in San Francisco, California.


Donated 1983 by Jacob and Vasily Arnautoff, Arnautoff's sons and in 2018 by Michael and Peter Arnautoff, Arnautoff's son and grandson, and Robert Cherney, a scholar who wrote about Arnautoff.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

All but the addition is microfilmed on reels 3429-3430 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920s-2017, 1920s-1940s. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.