Robert McChesney papers, 1913-2006

McChesney, Robert, b. 1913 d. 2008
Active in Petaluma, Calif.

Collection size: 6.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of artist Robert Pearson McChesney measure 6 linear feet and date from 1913 to 2006. McChesney was an abstract expressionist painter and muralist based in Petaluma, California. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials.

Biographical/Historical Note: Robert Pearson McChesney (1913-2008) was a California Abstract Expressionist painter and muralist.

The Robert McChesney papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Mary Fuller McChesney in 2015.

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Robert McChesney loaned 3 scrapbooks to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1975, and these were subsequently returned to him. Two of those scrapbooks were included in the 2015 donation to the Archives and integrated with the other papers. The scrapbook that was not included in the later donation is only available on reel 878 and is not further described in this finding aid.
The Archives of American Art has an oral history interview with Robert McChesney conducted in 1964 by Lewis FerbrachÔe.