Maryette Charlton papers, circa 1890-2013

Charlton, Maryette, b. 1924 d. 2013
Painter, Photographer, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.

Collection size: 80.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of filmmaker, photographer, painter, printmaker, teacher, and arts advocate Maryette Charlton measure 80.6 linear feet and date from circa 1890 to 2013. This particularly rich collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, writings, 30 diaries, teaching files, professional and project files, major film project files, artist research files, exhibition files, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork, 22 sketchbooks, extensive photographic materials, numerous sound and film recordings, and an unintegrated later addition to the papers containing additional biographical materials, journals, correspondence, subject files, printed materials, and scattered photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Maryette Charlton (1924- 2013) was a painter, printmaker, photographer, and film maker in Chicago, Illinois and New York, New York. Charlton studied in Chicago with Moholy-Nagy at the Institute of Design, and received her B.F.A. at Pratt Institute and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She has made several films about American artists. She was the cameraman for set designer Frederick Kiesler's "Kiesler's Universal Theater" for CBS in 1962 and collaborated with Kiesler's widow, Lillian, on various projects, especially the film "Kiesler on Kiesler" (housed at the Museum of Modern Art Video and Film Department).

The Maryette Charlton papers were donated in multiple accretions from 1998-2011 by Maryette Charlton, and in 2013-2014 by the Maryette Charlton estate via Jo Andres, executor.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution Collections Care Preservation Fund.

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Related Materials

The Houghton Library at Harvard University and the University of Iowa Museum of Art also hold papers and artwork by Maryette Charlton. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, houses the film "Kiesler on Kiesler," created by Maryette Charlton.
The Archives of American Art also has the papers of Frederick and Lillian Kiesler, a portion of which was donated by Charlton.