|Creator:||Menaboni, Athos, 1895-1990|
|Title:||Sara and Athos Menaboni collection|
|Quantity:||7.0 Linear feet (9 boxes and 1 framed item)|
"Athos Rodolfo Giorgio Alessandro Menaboni was born October 20, 1895 in Livorno, Italy, the son of a ship's chandler... At the age of nine, Menaboni began studying painting under private teachers. He later attended the Royal Academy of Art in Florence. During his time of learning in Italy he studied under Ugo Manarisi, Charles Doudelet, and Pietro Gori... Athos Menaboni came to the United States around 1920, settling in New York where he took a job painting artificial candles... During his early days in Atlanta, Menaboni was living in a boarding house in downtown Atlanta. It was here that he met Sara Arnold of Rome, Georgia, niece of the owners of the boardinghouse. They were married within a year. In 1937 they bought a farm in the Atlanta area... In 1940 Sara Menaboni sent thirty-six of his paintings to New York which resulted in a Menaboni showing. His paintings hung in the American Museum of Natural History, Kennedy Galleries, and in nation-wide exhibits by the Audubon Society. It was from a showing in the Kennedy Galleries that Menaboni began his long association with Robert W. Woodruff. A Coca-Cola executive saw his work, discovered the artist lived in Atlanta, and commissioned a painting of doves in a pinetree. From 1941 to 1984, the covers of Woodruff's Christmas cards contained Menaboni bird prints of birds found at the Woodruff's south Georgia plantation, Ichauway. Menaboni's work was published in 1950 in a book entitled Menaboni's Birds. The paintings were by Menaboni with the texts written by his wife, Sara. It was voted one of "Fifty Best Books of the Year" for 1950. This book was revised by Menaboni using the original texts and thirty-two new full-color reproductions of his work. The revised book was published in 1984. Menaboni, often hailed as a second Audubon, is referred to as a scientific ornithological painter because of his methods of painting live subjects. He has painted over 150 different kinds of birds, mostly those seen in the southeast region... Athos Menaboni suffered a stroke in May 1990 and died July 18, 1990 of complications." -- "Athos Menaboni collection, 1940-1985." Emory MARBL. http://marbl.library.emory.edu/findingaids/content.php?id=menaboni665_10301 (Retrieved October 6, 2009)
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.
Arranged by record type.
Sara and Athos Menaboni collection, MS 3134. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
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.