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'Our Friend'

Photographer:
Flores, Elsa, 1955-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1944
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1145
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Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970
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Archives of American Art
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Reproduction of Ben Shahn's painting, Clarinets with Tin Horn

Creator:
Flores, Elsa, 1955-  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
ca. 1930
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1146
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Ben Shahn papers, 1879-1990, bulk 1933-1970
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Archives of American Art
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996

Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos, 1941-1989  Search this
Flores, Elsa, 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Four (Art group)  Search this
Topic:
Sketchbooks  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Painters  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Drawings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5408
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214321
AAA_collcode_almacarl
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214321

Oral history interview with Carlos Almaraz, 1986 February 6-1987 January 29

Interviewee:
Almaraz, Carlos, 1941-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Nieto, Margarita  Search this
Subject:
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Topic:
Mexican American art  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Street art  Search this
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5409
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216420
AAA_collcode_almara86
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216420
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Oral history interview with Elsa Flores, 1997 Feb. 18-Apr. 30

Interviewee:
Flores, Elsa, 1955-  Search this
Interviewer:
Rangel, Jeffrey J.  Search this
Subject:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Topic:
Hispanic American women artists  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Painters  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13559
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216421
AAA_collcode_flores97
Theme:
Latino and Latin American
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216421
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers

Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Names:
Los Four (Art group)  Search this
Extent:
7.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Date:
1946-1996
Summary:
The papers of painters and muralists Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1946 to 1996. The collection documents the careers of both artists through biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional files, personal business records, printed material and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painters and muralists Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1946 to 1996. The collection documents the careers of both artists through biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional files, personal business records, printed material and artwork.

Biographical material includes documents regarding Almaraz's death, identification documents, and a few photographs and slides. Correspondence is with family, friends, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. Writings include nine journals belonging to Almaraz and Flores containing travel notes, daily activities and personal thoughts, as well as writings on other topics and writings by others. Professional files document the Los Four group, projects, events, exhibitions, and memberships with arts organizations. Personal business records include legal and financial material along with records relating to Almaraz and Flores's house in Kauai, Almaraz's scholarship fund, and for Almaraz Studio. Printed materials include publications featuring artwork and articles by or about Almaraz and Flores. Original artwork includes sketchbooks, drawings, cutouts, and a watercolor.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1946-1994 (Boxes 1, 8-9; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1996 (Boxes 1-4, OV 10; 3.0 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1972-1994 (Boxes 4, 8-9, OV 10; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 4: Professional Files, 1973-1994 (Boxes 4-5, 9, OV 11; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 5: Personal Business Records, 1974-1995 (Box 5; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1972-1995 (Boxes 6-7. 9, OV 10; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1975-1996 (Boxes 7-9; 1.4 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Carlos Almaraz (1941-1989) was a painter and muralist in Los Angeles, California. His wife Elsa Flores (1955- ) is also a painter and muralist. Almaraz and Flores collaborated on the mural California Dreamscape as part of the Chicano street arts movement.

Almaraz was born in Mexico City, moving to Chicago in 1942, and settling in Los Angeles in 1949. He studied at California State College, the Otis Art Institute, and the University of California in Los Angeles. He moved to New York City in 1965, where he studied at the Art Students League and New School of Social Research. In 1970, Almaraz returned to Los Angeles. He became active with mural painting within the Mexican American community in Los Angeles. Along with Gilbert Lujan, Beto de la Rocha, and Frank Romero, Almaraz founded the artist collective Los Four.

Elsa Flores was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She studied at the Art Center College, California State University, and the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. Almaraz and Flores married in 1981 and their daughter Maya was born in 1983. They collaborated on California Dreamscape, a mural commissioned by the California Arts Council and is located in the Reagan State Building in Los Angeles. In the late 1980s, Almaraz was diagnosed with AIDS and died in 1989.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American Art is an oral history with Carlos Almaraz conducted by Margarita Nieto from February 6, 1986 to January 29, 1987 and an oral history with Elsa Flores conducted by Jeffrey Rangel from February 18, 1997 to April 30, 1997.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of sketchbooks and notebooks (volumes 1-78) lent for microfilming (reels 4578-4587). Loaned materials were returned to the donor and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Sketchbook and journal volumes 1-78 were lent for microfilming by Elsa Flores in 1991. Sketchbook and journal volumes 79-84 were donated, some by Carlos Almaraz in 1986 and the remainder in 1991 by Flores and microfilmed onto reel 4587, fr. 93-456. In 1997, additional papers were donated by Flores.
Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Muralists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Hispanic American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Drawings
Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.almacarl
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Archives of American Art
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Biographical Material

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet (Boxes 1, 8-9)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946-1994
Scope and Contents:
Biographical materials include original and photocopied documents regarding Almaraz's death, yearbooks from the Otis Art Institute, calendars, curriculum vitae, identification records, information on AIDS, slides of Chicano murals by Almaraz, and a photograph by Max Aguilera-Hellweg of Almaraz and Flores in their studio.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.almacarl, Series 1
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref1

Calendars

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987-1988
Scope and Contents:
Includes two calendars, one annotated, that feature artwork by Almaraz and Flores.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Knapp Communications Corporation

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984-1985
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
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Archives of American Art
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KWHY-TV

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1993
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref101

LA Artcore Center

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
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Archives of American Art
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L.A. Louver Gallery

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref103

Lannan Foundation

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
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Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref104

Lather, Patti

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994-1996
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref105

Latino Museum

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref106

Levin, Marc

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985-1986
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Lloyd Kandell Advertising

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref108

Lobaco, Gina

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988
Scope and Contents:
Includes letter to LA Weekly protesting an article about Almaraz.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Curriculum Vitae, Almaraz and Flores

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4-5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1988-1989
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref11

Lori Sklar Art Consulting

Collection Creator:
Almaraz, Carlos  Search this
Flores, Elsa  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1994
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is access restricted, except for Box 8; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce six journals and sketchbooks (volumes 79-84) requires written permission from Elsa Flores.
Collection Citation:
Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers, 1946-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Carlos Almaraz and Elsa Flores papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-almacarl-ref110

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