Archives of American Art

Beniamino Bufano papers

Collection ID:
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970
Physical Description:
3.9 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Ten notebooks containing newspaper and magazine articles, pictures, letters, telegrams, and brochures; as well as numerous loose clippings from the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, photographs, and correspondence.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sculptor; San Francisco, Calif. Birthdate cited as October 1898, November 1898, and 1889. Bufano was one of eleven children who immigrated to the U.S. with his family from Italy in 1903. He studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. He became one of San Francisco's most popular artists with his bohemian, colorful lifestyle. Among his best known works are his sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi and abstracted bronze and stone animals.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1997 by Pauline B. Goetz. She and her husband, William, lived in the Haight-Asbury section of San Francisco, and were close friends and admirers of Bufano. William was at times a volunteer assistant to Bufano, and after Bufano's death, was asked to clean out Bufano's studio. He organized the material into ten notebooks and kept it in hopes of writing a book.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- California -- San Francisco Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goetz, William, 1931-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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