Mary Fuller McChesney research material, 1965-1972

McChesney, Mary Fuller, b. 1922
Sculptor, Art historian, Author
Active in San Francisco, Calif.; Petaluma, Calif.

Collection size: Sound recordings: 35 sound tape reels ; 5 in.
Photographs: 8 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Interviews conducted in preparation for McChesney's book, A Period of Exploration, San Francisco, 1945-1950 (Oakland Museum, 1973) and publicity photos for the related exhibition held at the Oakland Museum.

SOUND RECORDINGS: 35 reel-to-reel tapes of interviews conducted by McChesney between 1965 and 1966, and used as the primary research for her book. Interviewees include: Jeremy Anderson, Dorr Bothwell, Ernest Briggs, Joan Brown (2), Lawrence Calcagno (2), Edward Corbett (2), James Budd Dixon, Edward Dugmore, Jorge Goya, Dimitri Grachis, John Grillo (1966, 1972), John Hultberg, Jack Jefferson, James Kelly, Walter Kuhlman, Seymour Locks, Douglas MacAgy, Madeleine Martin, William Morehouse, Raymond Parker, Leonard Pollakoff, Ad Reinhardt, Deborah Remington, Phil Roeber, John Saccaro, Jon Schueler, Peter Shoemaker, Hassel Smith, Clay Spohn, Jean Varda, and James Weeks.

REEL 1329: Eight publicity photographs for the exhibition. Pictured are Robert McChesney, David Park, Hassel Smith, Mark Rothko, a 1947 painting class at the California School of Fine Arts, a sculpture by Jeremy Anderson, and paintings by Richard Diebenkorn and Clyfford Still.

Biographical/Historical Note: McChesney, also known as Mary Fuller, is an art historian, writer, and sculptor. Her book, A Period of Exploration, San Francisco, 1945-1950, was published in 1973 in conjunction with the accompanying exhibition at the Oakland Museum.

The photographs were donated in 1973, and the sound recordings in 1994, by McChesney.

How to Use this Collection

  • Photographs: microfilm reel 1329 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
  • Sound recordings: Untranscribed; use requires an appointment and is limited to AAA's Washington, D.C. storage center.
    Photographs: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
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