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Brents Carlton papers, 1903-2014

Brents Carlton papers, 1903-2014

Carlton, Brents, 1903-1962

Sculptor, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 4.5 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Brents Carlton (1903-1962) was a sculptor and painter who worked primarily in San Francisco, California.


The Brents Carlton papers were donated by the artist's daughter Carrie Carlton Helser in 1991 and 2015.

Scope and Contents

The papers of sculptor and painter Brents Carlton measure 4.5 linear feet and date from 1903 through 2014. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, notes, a scrapbook, exhibition files, art work, photographs, and printed material.

Biographical materials include several autobiographical accounts, school-related materials, a student card from the Art Students' League, and other identification cards.

Correspondence consists primarily of letters from family members and colleagues, including letters from Victor Arnautoff, H. Mallette Dean, Margaret De Patta, Eugen Neuhaus, Dale Nichols, and Judson T. Smith.

Personal business records include bank passbooks, pharmacy licensing records, receipts, income tax records and ledgers of income, expenses, and art work sold.

Notes consists of Brents Carlton's address book, notebooks, and meeting minutes, as well as notes written by his daughter Carrie Carlton Helser.

There is one scrapbook. Exhibition files include correspondence, notes, photographs, and printed material related to the Golden Gate International Exhibition and other shows. There are also sketches, drawings, and prints by Carlton in the artwork series.

Photographic material includes an album, slides, negatives, and prints depicting Brents Carlton and his artwork, friends, family, and studios.

Printed material includes magazines, brochures, catalogs, and clippings.

A 2015 addition to the Brents Carlton papers includes additional biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, photographic material, and printed material.

Portions (1991 accretion only) of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 5873-5874 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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