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Victor Mikhail Arnautoff papers, circa 1920-2017, bulk 1920-1953

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in eight series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1920-1953, 1961-1979, 1995-1997
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

This series consists of identification documentation such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, passports, visas, and naturalization certificates. Also found are an Arnautoff family history, which includes a family tree for Leonid Arnautov and Elga Aše, as well as obituaries.
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Passports, Travel, and Immigration Documents, 1920-1931, 1961
1
1
Marriage, Birth, and Death Certificates, 1923-1925, 1942-1970
1
2
Emergency Relief Administration and United States Employment Service Documents, 1934-1935
1
3
Naturalization Certificates, 1937, 1939
1
4
Arnautoff Family World War II Ration Books, 1942-1943
1
5
Lydia Arnautoff Bookkeeping Certificate, 1950
1
6
Victor Mikhail Arnautoff Resume and Biography, 1952, undated
1
7
Power of Attorney for Victor Mikhail Arnautoff, 1963
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8
Arnautoff Family History, 1979, 1995-1997
1
9
Memorials and Obituaries, Including Vasily Arnautoff, 1979, 1997
1
10

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1923-2008
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1

This series contains correspondence among various family members, personal correspondence to Victor Arnautoff, and correspondence to Arnautoff's family about his work after his death. Researchers should note that much of the personal correspondence is in Russian. In some cases, translations of letters (circa 1989) by Lloyd Kramer appear.
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Lidia Arnautov to Victor Arnautoff, 1922, 1944
English translation by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
11
Eugene and Elena Arnautov to Victor Arnautoff, 1923-1924, 1934, undated
English translations and notes by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
12
Lydia Arnautoff to Victor Arnautoff, 1923-1925, undated
Notes by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
13
Lydia Arnautoff to Victor Arnautoff, 1923-1924
English translations and notes by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
14
Lydia Arnautoff and Others to Victor Arnautoff, 1923-1924
English translations and notes by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
15
M. Kichigen (Lotus Art School, Harbin) to Victor Arnautoff, 1923-1925
English translations by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
16
Adelaida Arnautova to Victor Arnautoff and Lydia Arnautoff, 1924-1936
English translations by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
17
Arkanev to Victor Arnautoff, 1925
English translations and notes by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
18
Unidentified Sender to Victor Arnautoff, 1925
English translation by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
19
Vasily Purovich Tarasov to Victor Arnautoff, 1926
English translations by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
20
Zygmund Sazevich to Victor Arnautoff, 1930, 2008
English translations and notes by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989. Also includes exhibition invitation featuring Zygmund Sazevich portrait of Victor Arnautoff.
1
21
Ione Robinson to Victor Arnautoff, 1931 June 12
1
22
Leonid Arnautov to Victor Arnautoff, 1934, 1945
English translations by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
23
Christmas Cards, 1934-1948, undated
Includes a card with photograph from Ansel and Virginia Adams.
1
24
Mikhail Arnautov to Victor Arnautoff, 1937
English translations by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
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25
Lydia and Victor Arnautoff to Michael Arnautoff, 1943 March-September
1
26
Manta Frans to Victor Arnautoff, 1945-1946
English translation by Lloyd Kramer are included and date from circa 1989.
1
27
Correspondence and Other Material Related to Lydia Arnautoff's Inheritance, 1947-1948
1
28
Correspondence Related to Victor Arnautoff's Time at the California School of Fine Arts, 1963
1
29
Victor Arnautoff to Vasily Arnautoff, 1963-1980
Also includes letters between Nonna, Victor Arnautoff's second wife, and Arden, Vasily's wife. Typed English translations are included.
1
30
Correspondence Related to Vasily Arnautoff's Trip to the U.S.S.R., 1965-1967
1
31
Correspondence Related to the Murals at George Washington High School, 1968, circa 1974
1
32
Lloyd Kramer to Jake Arnautoff, 1989
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33
Stephanie Jones to Vasily Arnautoff, 1991-2001
Also includes Stephanie Jones's correspondence with Vasily's son Peter, as well as printed material, writing, and photographic material.
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34
Susan Kay Associates Regarding Murals for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 1998
1
35
Carrie Carlton Helser to Peter Arnautoff, 2003
1
36
Chronological Correspondence, 1924-2007, undated
Includes letters from Diego Rivera.
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37

Series 3: Writings , 1956, circa 1984-1996
5 Folders
Box 1

Writings include Arnautoff's statement regarding the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing, a Master's thesis about Arnautoff written by Suzanne Lombardi, a biographical essay about Arnautoff written by his great-granddaughter, memories of growing up in China and Mexico by Michael Arnautoff, and The Paintings of Emmy Lou Packard by Diego Rivera.
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Arnautoff Statement Regarding the House Un-American Activities Committee Hearing, 1956
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38
Politics and Humanism in the Depression Era Frescoes of Victor Arnautoff, Master's Thesis by Suzanne Lombardi, 1984
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39
Biographical Essay on Victor Arnautoff by Merav Lux, His Great-Granddaughter, circa 1992
1
40
Memories of Growing Up in China and Mexico, from Michael Arnautoff, 1995-1996
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41
The Paintings of Emmy Lou Packard Typescript by Diego Rivera, undated
1
42

Series 4: Professional Records , 1940-1953, 1963-2004
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 5

Professional records include project and exhibition files, and financial information. Also included are correspondence, statements, printed material, and other documents related to the controversy concerning Anton Refregier's murals at the Rincon Annex post office.
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Pacific Grove Post Office Mural, 1940, 2002-2003
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43
Rincon Annex Post Office Murals by Anton Refregier, 1941-1953
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44
Oversize Material Related to the Rincon Annex Post Office Murals by Anton Refregier, 1953
5
Russian-American Society Membership Card Signed by V. Arnautoff, President, 1945
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45
Financial Information, 1948-1953, 1963-1980
This file primarily includes documents related to Arnautoff's retirement annuity payments. Also included is a copy of Evan Hamikoff's last will and testament in which Arnautoff is named executor.
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46
St. Petersburg Exhibitions, 1974-1975, 2002
1
47
Agreements and Lists, 1983-1993, undated
1
48
At Work: The Art of California Labor Touring Exhibition, 2002-2004
1
49

Series 5: Printed Material , 1923-1998, 2007-2017
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV 5

Included in this series are exhibition announcements and catalogs; flyers and newsletters; magazines; newspapers clippings; a copy of On the Drumhead by Mike Quin with wood engravings by Victor Arnautoff; a photocopy of a biography of Victor Arnautoff from California Art Research; and a photocopy of the short story The Anatomy Lesson by Evan S. Connell, Jr.
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Atelier, circa 1936
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50
Amateur Fencers League of America Fencing Rules, 1937
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51
Blank Postcards, circa 1940s
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52
City of San Francisco, 1976
5
Exhibition and Event Announcements and Invitations, circa 1940s, undated
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53
Exhibition Catalogs, 1929-1946
1
54
Exhibition Catalogs, 1948-1957, undated
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1-2
Exhibition Catalogs — Foundation of Western Art, 1933-1940
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3
Exhibition Catalogs — San Francisco Art Association, 1932-1941
2
4-5
Flyers, Newsletters, and Bulletins, 1936-1959, 1980, 2009-2013, undated
2
6
Oversize Flyers, Newsletters, and Bulletins, 1940
5
Magazines and Journals, 1923, 1977-1990, 2013-2017
Includes English translation by Lloyd Kramer, circa 1989, of interview published in October 1977 (folder 7).
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7-8
Material Related to Arnautoff Bon Voyage Party, 1963
2
9
Material Related to Mind's Eye, a Play About the Coit Tower Murals, 1987
2
10
Material Related to Murals at Coit Tower, 1983-1990
2
11
Oversize Material Related to Murals at Coit Tower, 1989-1990
5
Material Related to the Presidio Chapel Mural, 1998
2
12
Newspapers and Newspaper Clippings, 1937, 1951-1982, 1998, undated
2
13
Oversize Newspapers and Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1959, 1975-1992
5
On the Drumhead by Mike Quin, Wood Engravings by Victor Arnautoff, 1948
2
14
Photocopy of Victor Arnautoff Biography from California Art Research Vol. XX Part One, Edited by Gene Hailey, circa 1937
2
15
Photocopy of The Anatomy Lesson, Short Story by Evan S. Connell, Jr. from World Writing, 1953, 1992
2
16
Victor Arnautoff Catalog, 2007
2
17

Series 6: Scrapbook , 1928-1968, 1979-1981
0.2 Linear feet
BV 4

The scrapbook includes biographical material such as Arnautoff's resume and student ID card; correspondence; photographs of works of art; and printed material including clippings, exhibition announcements and invitations, and exhibition catalogs. A large portion of the scrapbook features material related to Arnautoff's lithograph Dix McSmear and the associated controversy.
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Scrapbook, 1928-1968, 1979-1981
4

Series 7: Photographic Material , circa 1920s-circa 1960s, 2015
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

This series includes photographs and transparencies of Victor Arnautoff, other individuals, scenery, and artwork. Some artwork depicted in these photographs is by other artists.
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Photographs of Victor Arnautoff, Other Individuals, and Landscapes, circa 1920s-circa 1940s, circa 1960s
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18
Photographs and Negatives of Works of Art, 1920s-1940s
2
19
Photographs of Works of Art, 1920s-1930s, 1951
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20
Photographs of Works of Art, 1930s, undated
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21
Photographs of Works of Art by Other Artists, 1940s, undated
2
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Photographs of Works of Art by Other Artists — Robert Cherny Murals, 2015
Includes one electronic disc (CD) containing photographs of Robert Cherny murals taken by Dick Evans.
2
23

Series 8: Artwork , circa 1920s-circa 1950s
1.4 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OVs 6-13

This series makes up the bulk of the collection. It consists of sketches, prints, watercolors, and a sketchbook.
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Sketchbook, circa 1926-1931
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24
Sketches — Decorative, 1928, undated
2
25
Sketches — Figures, undated
2
26
Oversize Sketches — Figures, 1928-1932, undated
6
Sketches — Greeting Card Studies, circa 1926-1931, 1950, undated
2
27
Sketches — Historical, undated
2
28
Sketches — Mexico, 1929-circa 1930
2
29
Sketches — Murals, circa 1930s, undated
2
30
Sketches — Palo Alto Clinic, circa 1930s
2
31
Sketches — Portraits, undated
2
32
Sketches — San Francisco Scenes, undated
2
33
Sketches, undated
2
34-36
Oversize Sketches, undated
7
Oversize Sketches, undated
8
Oversize Sketches and Paintings, circa 1920s-1930s
9
Oversize Sketches and Paintings, circa 1929-1947
10
Oversize Sketches and Paintings, undated
11
Oversize Sketches and Prints, circa 1950s, undated
12
Oversize Sketches, Paintings, and Prints, undated
13
Prints, 1930s-1950s, undated
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1
Prints — Longshoremen Strike, circa 1934, circa 1948
3
2
Prints and Sketch of Maxim Gorky, undated
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3
Watercolors, circa 1920s-1930s, undated
3
4
Works of Art by Other Artists, 1928-1940, undated
Includes portrait of Arnautoff, drawn by Alva Bissic.
3
5

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.