Sara and Athos Menaboni collection

Sara and Athos Menaboni collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Menaboni family
Title: Sara and Athos Menaboni collection
Dates: 1929-1990
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet 9 boxes and 1 item
Coll. Number: ms3134

Biographical/Historical Note

"Athos Menaboni (1895–1990) was an Italian-born artist who arrived in Georgia in the late 1920s. His early career focused primarily on corporate projects, including the creation of murals for clients in Atlanta, before he turned to painting birds from life, usually in pairs and in their natural habitats. Today Menaboni is best known for his numerous paintings of more than 150 different species of birds native to the Atlanta region."

For more information, see the article Athos Menaboni at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of personal papers of Sara and Athos Menaboni. Included are correspondence, journals (both financial and Sara's personal), photographs and photograph albums, home movies, exhibition programs, promotional fliers, Menaboni azalea prints and copies of other prints, books, calling cards, and the memorial service program for Athos Menaboni. Correspondents include "Tommy" Arnold, Congressman James C. Davis, and Wayne Short (on Audubon Society letterhead).

Index Terms

Advertising fliers.
Amateur films.
Birds in art.
Home movies.
Journals (accounts)
Menaboni, Athos, 1895-1990 -- Photographs
Menaboni, Sara -- Photographs
Photograph albums.
Prints (visual works)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Sara and Athos Menaboni collection, ms3134, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Conditions Governing Access note

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request. Audiovisual research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence - A
2Correspondence - Adams, Lee, 1947-1948
3Correspondence - Aeck, Richard Leon
4Correspondence - Arnold family
5Correspondence - Arnold, Tommy "T"
6Correspondence - Arnold, Tommy "T"
7Correspondence - Arnold, Tommy "T"
8Correspondence - Audubon Society
9Correspondence - B
10Correspondence - C
11Correspondence - Calloway, Cason J
12Correspondence - Coca Cola Bottling Co.
21Correspondence - D
2Correspondence - Davis, James C.
3Correspondence - Davison-Paxton Co.
4Correspondence - E
5Correspondence - Erdman, Robert Park
6Correspondence - F
7Correspondence - Faulkner, Guy
8Correspondence - G
9Correspondence - George, Walter F
10Correspondence - H
11Correspondence - Hulen, Rubey M.
12Correspondence - I
13Correspondence - J
14Correspondence - K
15Correspondence - Keady, G. J.
16Correspondence - The Keyes Co.
17Correspondence - Kennedy & Co.
18Correspondence - L
19Correspondence - M
20Correspondence - Magazine publishers
21Correspondence - Montag Brothers, business papers
22Correspondence - N
23Correspondence - Olin Industries
24Correspondence - P
25Correspondence - Progressive Farmer
31Correspondence - R
2Correspondence - Reynolds, Laurel
3Correspondence - Rich's
4Correspondence - Rinehart & Co.
5Correspondence - Robert C. Vose Galleries
6Correspondence - S
7Correspondence - T
8Correspondence - U
9Correspondence - Underwood, Marvin
10Correspondence - W
11Correspondence - Wanamaker, Muriel
12Correspondence - Westlake, F. Eliot
13Correspondence - Wilson Orinthological Club
14Correspondence - Woodruff, Bob & Nell
15Correspondence - X, Y, Z
16Correspondence - Unknown
17Correspondence - Empty envelopes
2Certificates, personal items
3Material removed from unlabelled notebook re: Sallie Bass Arnold
4Diary - Mexico by Sara Menaboni, 1956
5Diary - Italy by Sara Menaboni, 1964
6Diary - Italy by Sara Menaboni, 1973
7Address Lists
8Menaboni Accounting Journal, 1944-1974
1Photographs removed from labelled "Blue Heron" and "Sports Illustrated"
hm-menab-0001Film, Mexico II - including Barbados, Nassau, and England, 1950 ( 16mm )
hm-menab-0002Film, Boston and Garrison in Barbados, 1951 ( 8mm )
hm-menab-0003Film, Barbados [?], Nassau [?], 1952 ( 8mm )
hm-menab-0004Film, Nassau and Zoo, 1952 ( 8mm )
hm-menab-0005Film, Barbados, 1952-1953 ( 8mm )
hm-menab-0006Film, [Home and friends], 1953-1954 ( 8mm )
hm-menab-0007Film, England, 1955 ( 8mm )
7Printed Materials and Photocopies
OS BoxItem
81Scrapbooks Jekyll Island Birds, 1947 July
2BD Celebration scrapbook, 1949
3Scrapbook, 1949
4Azalea Prints (4) - signed, numbered - 12"x15"
OS BoxItem
91Color portrait of Athos Menaboni - 12"x16", framed
11The New Garden Encyclopedia
2The Italians - A Full-Length Potrait Featuring Their Manners and Morals
3 Memory Book, Persons and Occasions of a Long Life, Thomas H. English, 1989
(the inscription "Tom English, Athos made it for me" is written over a drawing of a pine spray) Printed acknowledgment that the pine spray was drawn by Athos Menaboni
4 Birds of Georgia, 1945
("Author's Copy" label inside front cover) Print of Menaboni's "Great Blue Heron" mounted inside
5Native Trees of Georgia, 1940 December
6 The Greatest Thing in the World, Henry Drummond, 1936
(Inscribed "A Christmas gift of love from Mother to her dear daughter, Sara December 25th, 1936")
7 Memory Book, Fifty Years of Occasional Verse, Thomas H. English, Atlanta, Ga
(inscribed "Christmas Greetings, 1971, Tom & Rachel English") Printed acknowledgment of pine spray drawing by Athos Menaboni
8 "Bird Casualties at a Leon County, Florida TV Tower, 1955-1961", by Herbert I. Stoddard, Sr., Bulletin No. 1, Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, Florida, 1962
9Botticelli, Sergio Bettini, 1949
10Italian Bouquet - An Epicurean Tour of Italy, Samuel Chamberlain
11The World Was My Garden - Travels of a Plant Explorer, David Fairchild
12 Birds in Your Backyard, Popular Science Series Vol. II, Virginia S Eifert, 1941
(inscribed "For Sara and Athos Manaboni with my very best wishes for success, Virginia S. Eifert May 28, 1945")
13Audubon Bird Guide - Eastern Land Birds, Richard H. Pough
14Field Guide to Western Birds, Peterson