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Sam Francis papers, 1916-2010 (bulk 1950-1994)

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Francis (Sam) Papers
Series II. Personal, 1916-2000 25.72 Linear Feet (44 boxes)
Included are photographs, video and film of Francis and his family. There are family papers, and a smattering of financial documentation. Of note is a video made by Mako Idemitsu, Francis' fourth wife, now a well-known video artist. Included also are some poetry and dream journals by Francis. Box 193 contains retricted material from 1950-1994 which will remain sealed until 2086.
Arrangement
Arranged in two subseries, one for Sam Francis and another for family and friends.
Series II.A. Assorted, 1930-1995 15.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
Included are some poetry and dream journals by Francis. Box 193 contains restricted material from 1950-1994 which will remain sealed until 2086.
Arrangement
Arranged by media.
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50, 204* Writings, 1967-circa 1994
Including dream journals, poetry, reflections, and doodles.
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51, 281*-282* Calendars, awards, lists, and miscellaneous, 1961-1991
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52 Medical and financial, 1974-1994
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267 C2-C10 Audio cassettes, 1994-1995, undated
Including the Remembrance Meeting at MOCA, Howard Fox's interview with Margaret Smith Francis after Sam's death, and Sam's astrological reading.
Photographs, 1930-1994
Photographs of Sam Francis, ranging from childhood snapshots, to views of the artist in his studio, to posed portraits. Photographers include Meibao Nee, Peter Friedli, Jerry Sohn, Vera Isler, Nico Delaive,Shima Bukuro, Jim Arkatov, Brian Forrest, and Francis' fourth wife, Mako Idemitsu. Includes grammar school class portrait from 1937 (Box 196*, f. 1)
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53-55, 194*, 207*, 215 Portraits, 1941-1994
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216-221 In studio, 1952-1990
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58** Portrait drawing of Sam by Walasse Ting, undated
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193 Restricted material, 1950-1994
Sealed until 2086.
Series II.B. Family and friends, 1916-2000 10.22 Linear Feet (25 boxes)
Of note is a video made by Mako Idemitsu, Francis' fourth wife, now a well-known video artist.
Arrangement
Arranged in rough chronological order.
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56 Samuel Augustus Francis (father), 1937-1947
Book manuscript about U.S. military strategy during World War II, by Sam Francis' father.
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57 Virginia Francis (stepmother), 1952-1991
Including her journals, correspondence, photographs of Sam Francis Sr. in his youth, and assorted papers.
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58 Margaret Smith, 1989-1994
Miscellaneous papers belonging to Francis' fifth wife, including insurance documents, receipts, and brochures about her art exhibitions.
Photographs, 1916-2000
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59, 196*, 213 Family, 1916-1962
Including views of father, mother, stepmother, brother, and other close relatives.
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60, 214 Wives and children, 1950-2000
Includes views of Vera Miller, Muriel Goodwin, Mako Idemitsu, Kayo Francis, Osamu Francis, Shingo Francis, Margaret Smith, and Augustus Francis.
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61-64, 222-228, 283* Friends, 1952-1992
Including Kurt and Erika Blum, Jan Butterfield, John Cage, Bruce Connor, Patricia Faure, Nico Delaive, Martha Jackson, Shirley Jaffe, Ed Kienholz, Phillip and Paula Kirkeby, James Kirsch, Kiki Kogelnick, Ebehard Kornfeld, Carl Meier, and Liga Pang. Arranged in alphabetical order by the friends' last names, with a separate sequence for studio visits, and another for group shots with Sam and unidentified friends.
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196 Portraits of artists, undated
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196*, 229-231 Litho Shop staff, 1991
Audio visual, 1967-1994
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270 V1 Video of Osamu and Shingo by Mako Idemitsu Francis, 1967-1971
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274 F3-F5 Films of wives and children, 1970s
Including also a small Super 8 film of Osamo and Shingo, 1971, and trips to Disneyland and Nevada.
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272 V19-V20 Friends, circa 1970-1994
Including VHS tapes of Kornfeld's birthday and Ebi's birthday.


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