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Wayne Thiebaud papers, 1944-2001

Thiebaud, Wayne, 1920-

Painter, Teacher, Designer, Printmaker, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot

Summary: The papers of Sacramento painter, printmaker, and teacher Wayne Thiebaud date from 1944 through 2001 and measure 1.0 linear foot. Thiebaud's prolific painting career is documented in this collection mostly through exhibition catalogs, printed materials, original artwork, photographs, and ephemera. His career as an art professor at the University of California at Davis is documented to a lesser extent.

Biographical/Historical Note

Wayne Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1920 and raised in Long Beach, California. After graduating high school, he worked as a free-lance cartoonist, commercial artist, and stage technician. He later landed a job at the Walt Disney studios as an 'in-betweener' filling in individual film frames started by animators. Thiebaud joined the Air Force in 1942 where he painted murals and began to create cartoons and illustrations.


Wayne Thiebaud donated his papers in 2001 to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Language Note

English .