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Digitizing SFAI's Hidden Archives

Material Description

The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) archives contain a wealth of primary source material pertaining to art, culture, and American arts education in the 19th through the 21st centuries. The archival collection includes manuscripts, account books, minutes, photographs, broadsides, clipping files, and ephemera documenting the history of the San Francisco Art Association (1871–1961), the California School of Design (1874–1916), the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art (1893–1906), the San Francisco Institute of Art (1907–1916), the California School of Fine Arts (1916–1961), the San Francisco Museum of Art (1916–1935), the Palace of Fine Arts (1915–1924), and the San Francisco Art Institute (1961–Present). Collections also include audio and video recordings of public programs, classroom lectures, and other events. Highlights include: • Art exhibition catalogs and support documentation, 1871-present. • Artists’ files of manuscript material, clippings, and ephemera pertaining to California artists and people associated with the institution since 1871. • A collection of photographs documenting the school’s history from the 1890s through the present. • Materials pertaining to Diego Rivera’s "Making of a Fresco, Showing the Building of a City" mural in 1931. • Materials documenting the founding of the California School of Fine Arts Photography Department by Ansel Adams in 1945. • Documentation of the 1949 Western Roundtable on Modern Art organized by Douglas MacAgy. Participants included Gregory Bateson, Kenneth Burke, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Duchamp, George Boas, Mark Tobey, Darius Milhaud, Robert Goldwater, Andrew Ritchie, and Alfred Frankenstein • The Douglas MacAgy Papers (CSFA Director, 1945–1950). • The Louise Dahl-Wolfe Collection of materials pertaining to her time as a student. • The John Collier, Jr. Collection of material relating to his time as a photography faculty member, 1958-1992. • Audio recordings capturing the voices of SFAI guests including John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Angela Davis, among hundreds of others.

Year Added:

2015

Institution

San Francisco Art Institute

Contact(s)

Dr. Rachel Schreiber
San Francisco Art Institute

Mr. Jeff
Special Collections Librarian

Mr.

Collaborating Institution(s)

n/a

Date Range

1878 - 2015

Geographic Scope

San Francisco Bay Area

Materials

  • 102 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 1688 Audio Recordings