Sara and Athos Menaboni collection

Sara and Athos Menaboni collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Menaboni family
Title: Sara and Athos Menaboni collection
Dates: 1929-1990
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet (9 boxes and 1 framed 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 (1895–1990)" at 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) as well as many others from all walks of life.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Advertising fliers.
Amateur films.
Azaleas.
Birds in art.
Correspondence
Diaries.
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, ms 3134. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions

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

 
Correspondence
BoxFolder
11A
2Adams, Lee, 1947-1948
3Aeck, Richard Leon
4Arnold family
5Arnold, Tommy "T"
6Arnold, Tommy "T"
7Arnold, Tommy "T"
8Audubon Society
9B
10C
11Calloway, Cason J
12Coca Cola Bottling Co.
BoxFolder
21D
2Davis, James C.
3Davison-Paxton Co.
4E
5Erdman, Robert Park
6F
7Faulkner, Guy
8G
9George, Walter F
10H
11Hulen, Rubey M.
12I
13J
14K
15Keady, G. J.
16The Keyes Co.
17Kennedy & Co.
18L
19M
20Magazine publishers
21Montag Brothers & misc business papers
22N
23Olin Industries
24P
25Progressive Farmer
BoxFolder
31R
2Reynolds, Laurel
3Rich's
4Rinehart & Co.
5Robert C. Vose Galleries
6S
7T
8U
9Underwood, Marvin
10W
11Wanamaker, Muriel
12Westlake, F. Eliot
13Wilson Orinthological Club
14Woodruff, Bob & Nell
15X, Y, Z
16Unknown, misc
17Empty envelopes
 
BoxFolder
41Genealogy
 
2Certificates, personal items
 
3Material removed from unlabelled notebook re: Sallie Bass Arnold
 

Diaries

BoxFolder
44Diary - Mexico by Sara Menaboni, 1956
5Diary - Italy by Sara Menaboni, 1964
6Diary - Italy by Sara Menaboni, 1973
 
7Address Lists
 
8Menaboni Accounting Journal
1944-56 (29 pages)
showing records of art sold Some of the people who purchased paintings during this period include Mrs Lafayette Butler. Quaker State, Montag Brothers Stationery, Kennedy & Company, Rich's. Inc., Mrs Norris, Mrs. Adams, Coca-Cola, (Tenn), Peay Wilson, Mary Mobley, New York Graphic, Progressive Famer, Everglade Hotel, Rinchart, Mrs Cox, Davison-Paxon, Robert Woodruff, Citizens & Southern Bank, Cason Callaway, Newberry's, Keady, Thomasville Exhibitions, Stephan Lion, Inc., Coca-Cola, (West Point), and Sports Illustrated
1967-74
re: "tax matters" which lists personal and business expenses
 

Photographs and Film

BoxItem
51Slides
1Photographs removed from labelled "Blue Heron" and "Sports Illustrated"
2Photographs
Photographs
Item
hm-menab-0001Film, Mexico II, 1950 ( (16mm) ) (Eleven (11))
including those taken on trips to Mexico. Barbados, Nassau, and England Seven are not identified.
Item
hm-menab-0002Film, Boston and Garrison in Barbados, 1951 ( 8mm )
Item
hm-menab-0003Film, Barbados [?], Nassau [?], 1952 ( 8mm )
Item
hm-menab-0004Film, Nassau and Zoo, 1952 ( 8mm )
Item
hm-menab-0005Film, Barbados, 1952-1953 ( 8mm )
Item
hm-menab-0006Film, [Home and friends], 1953-1954 ( 8mm )
Item
hm-menab-0007Film, England, 1955 ( 8mm )
 
Box
7Printed Materials and Photocopies
 

Scrapbooks

Oversize_BoxItem
81Jekyll Island Birds, 1947 July 13 & 4
82BD Celebration scrapbook, 1949
83Scrapbook, 1949
 
8412"x15" Azalea Prints (Four (4))
each are pencil numbered, (149, 150, 177, 178 of 500) and have the printed signature of Athos Menaboni
 
Oversize_BoxItem
91Color portrait of Athos Menaboni (12 x 16) framed
(his later years)
 
Carton
1Books & Booklets
The New Garden Encyclopedia
The Italians - A Full-Length Potrait Featuring Their Manners and Morals
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
Birds of Georgia, 1945
("Author's Copy" label inside front cover) Print of Menaboni's "Great Blue Heron" mounted inside
Native Trees of Georgia, 1940 December
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")
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
"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
Botticelli, Sergio Bettini, 1949
Italian Bouquet - An Epicurean Tour of Italy, Samuel Chamberlain
The World Was My Garden - Travels of a Plant Explorer, David Fairchild
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")
Audubon Bird Guide - Eastern Land Birds, Richard H. Pough
Field Guide to Western Birds, Peterson