Sara and Athos Menaboni collection

Sara and Athos Menaboni collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sara and Athos Menaboni collection
Creator: Menaboni family
Inclusive Dates: 1929-1990
Language(s): English
Extent: 7 Linear Feet 9 boxes and 1 item
Collection Number: ms3134
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

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

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).

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2010 June 17.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Related Collections in this Repository

Related audiovisual materials are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence - A
12Correspondence - Adams, Lee, 1947-1948
13Correspondence - Aeck, Richard Leon
14Correspondence - Arnold family
15Correspondence - Arnold, Tommy "T"
16Correspondence - Arnold, Tommy "T"
17Correspondence - Arnold, Tommy "T"
18Correspondence - Audubon Society
19Correspondence - B
110Correspondence - C
111Correspondence - Calloway, Cason J
112Correspondence - Coca Cola Bottling Co.
21Correspondence - D
22Correspondence - Davis, James C.
23Correspondence - Davison-Paxton Co.
24Correspondence - E
25Correspondence - Erdman, Robert Park
26Correspondence - F
27Correspondence - Faulkner, Guy
28Correspondence - G
29Correspondence - George, Walter F
210Correspondence - H
211Correspondence - Hulen, Rubey M.
212Correspondence - I
213Correspondence - J
214Correspondence - K
215Correspondence - Keady, G. J.
216Correspondence - The Keyes Co.
217Correspondence - Kennedy & Co.
218Correspondence - L
219Correspondence - M
220Correspondence - Magazine publishers
221Correspondence - Montag Brothers, business papers
222Correspondence - N
223Correspondence - Olin Industries
224Correspondence - P
225Correspondence - Progressive Farmer
31Correspondence - R
32Correspondence - Reynolds, Laurel
33Correspondence - Rich's
34Correspondence - Rinehart & Co.
35Correspondence - Robert C. Vose Galleries
36Correspondence - S
37Correspondence - T
38Correspondence - U
39Correspondence - Underwood, Marvin
310Correspondence - W
311Correspondence - Wanamaker, Muriel
312Correspondence - Westlake, F. Eliot
313Correspondence - Wilson Orinthological Club
314Correspondence - Woodruff, Bob & Nell
315Correspondence - X, Y, Z
316Correspondence - Unknown
317Correspondence - Empty envelopes
42Certificates, personal items
43Material removed from unlabelled notebook re: Sallie Bass Arnold
44Diary - Mexico by Sara Menaboni, 1956
45Diary - Italy by Sara Menaboni, 1964
46Diary - Italy by Sara Menaboni, 1973
47Address Lists
48Menaboni Accounting Journal , 1944-1974
51Photographs removed from labelled "Blue Heron" and "Sports Illustrated"
7Printed Materials and Photocopies
81Scrapbooks Jekyll Island Birds, 1947 July
82BD Celebration scrapbook, 1949
83Scrapbook, 1949
84Azalea Prints (4) - signed, numbered - 12"x15"
91Color portrait of Athos Menaboni - 12"x16", framed
11The New Garden Encyclopedia
12The Italians - A Full-Length Potrait Featuring Their Manners and Morals
13Memory 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
14 Birds of Georgia , 1945
("Author's Copy" label inside front cover) Print of Menaboni's "Great Blue Heron" mounted inside
15Native Trees of Georgia, 1940 December
16The Greatest Thing in the World, Henry Drummond, 1936
(Inscribed "A Christmas gift of love from Mother to her dear daughter, Sara December 25th, 1936")
17Memory 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
18"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
19Botticelli, Sergio Bettini, 1949
110Italian Bouquet - An Epicurean Tour of Italy, Samuel Chamberlain
111The World Was My Garden - Travels of a Plant Explorer, David Fairchild
112Birds 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")
113Audubon Bird Guide - Eastern Land Birds, Richard H. Pough
114Field Guide to Western Birds, Peterson

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