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Peter Aschwanden Collection

Identifier: AC 570

Scope and Content

Collection of personal documents and papers, memorabilia, business and family correspondence, graphic illustrations, and photos of art work of Peter Georg Aschwanden over the course of his lifetime from 1942-2005.


  • 1920-2005

Language of Materials

English, Spanish, German

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

Peter Georg Aschwanden (1942-2005) was an artist and graphic illustrator who was best known for illustrating a number of automobile repair manuals for John Muir Publications (JMP) with the Volkswagen Beetle being most notable. This collection ranges from his early efforts at drawing to the financially successful ones at John Muir Publications (JMP) and later his own independent operation as Flathead Grafix, both in Santa Fe. Also included are family information and correspondence as well as financial and legal matters.

Aschwanden grew up in Rosemead, CA and moved many times, living in Mexico, San Francisco, New York and many places in northern New Mexico before settling in Santa Fe. Aschwanden married Deborah Reade and had two children, Francisco and Sophia.


2.5 Linear Feet

Guide to the Peter Aschwanden Collection, 1920-2005
Edited Full Draft
© 2013
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090