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1939 & 1959 Cafe & Art & even Joan Brown Again!

 --Ansel Adams’ 1939 photo of the School Café, now Studio 26, with student mural that shows scenes of students playing horseshoes, fencing in the courtyard, playing the piano, studying, a big group hug, and life in the Café showing  Grace “Morty” Morton, whose café and her home “never had a door unlocked to an artist who was hungry or needed a bed or a glass of wine.”

--And…in 1959…Coffee, smoking, talking, and some art work filled the Café in the late 1950s and early 1960s—including the artist Joan Brown, front and center……In 1961 the kitchen was refurbished in accordance with suggestions from Trader Vic, who also furnished “hot student lunches.”


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



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