Juan Menchaca painting of Jim Bridger

Juan Menchaca painting of Jim Bridger

Dates: 1971

Contains a portrait painting of Jim Bridger painted by Menchaca in 1971.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Menchaca, Juan, 1910-1999
  • Call Number: MSS 8429
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Juan Menchaca painting of Jim Bridger must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8429; Juan Menchaca painting of Jim Bridger; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8429; LTPSC.
Custodial History
History of the material is unknown.
Subject Terms
Bridger, Jim, 1804-1881--Portraits; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Fine Arts; Fur traders--Pictorial works; Portrait painters
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Processing Information
Processed; Peter Hoyt, student manuscript processor; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Menchaca (Juan) painting of Jim Bridger
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Pete Hoyt
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-27T04:08-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Juan Menchaca (1910-1999) was an American artist from Texas that lived in Colorado.

Juan Menchaca was born March 8, 1910 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He attended the Texas School of Fine Arts in Ft. Worth, then continued his training in Denver, Colorado as a portrait and landscape artist under Robert Graham and Dario Rapport. He also married Felicitas Torres, and they were the parents of five children.

Menchacha painted many portraits of explorers and trappers of the Western United States. He also worked as a museum curator, serving as chief curator at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center from 1965 to 1977. He died August 21, 1999 in Colorado.

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