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Letterio Calapai Papers

Identifier: GTM-20230818

Scope and Contents

Papers of the artist Letterio "Leo" Calapai, including exhibition catalogs, clippings, personal items, notes, and materials related to designing his prints (primarily color samples, printing instructions, and some sketches).


  • 1939 - 2004


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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Letterio "Leo" Calapai (March 29, 1901–March 29, 1993) was an American artist and educator, who identified with the Realism movement. Calapai completed works of art for the Federal Arts Project, which was organized by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

[Source: Wikipedia]


0.75 Cubic Feet (2 boxes and 3 folders)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joel Dryer, 2023.

Related Materials

The Georgetown University Art Collection includes numerous examples of Calapai's works.

The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and Syracuse University also hold collections of Calapai's papers.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in acid-free boxes and folders. Paint samples have been placed in Tyvek envelopes.

Letterio Calapai Papers
John Zarrillo
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057