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Brents Carlton papers, 1903-2014

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 10 series. Series 10 consists of a 2015 addition to the papers that was not integrated into the other series, although there are similar types of materials.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1921-1944
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material consists of several autobiographical accounts, school-related material and miscellaneous identification cards.
Description Container Select
Autobiographical Accounts, 1939-1942
1
1
School-Related Material, 1921-1938
1
2-3
Driver's License and Selective Service Cards, 1924-1944
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1922-1987
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 6

Correspondence consists primarily of letters and greeting cards from family members and at least one letter each from colleagues including Victor Arnautoff, Margaret De Patta, Eugen Neuhaus, and Judson T. Smith. Letters are also found in the scrapbook filed in Series 5.
Description Container Select
Correspondence, 1922-1924
1
5
Correspondence, 1925
1
6
Correspondence, Jan-Sep 1926
1
7
Correspondence, Oct 1926
1
8
Correspondence, Nov-Dec 1926
1
9
Correspondence, Jan-Aug 1927
1
10
Correspondence, Sep-Dec 1927
1
11
Correspondence, 1928-1929
Oversized material housed in Box 6.
1
12
Correspondence, 1930
1
13
Correspondence, 1931
1
14
Correspondence, 1932-1935
1
15
Correspondence, 1936
1
16
Correspondence, 1937
1
17
Correspondence, 1938
1
18
Correspondence, 1939
1
19
Correspondence, 1940
1
20
Correspondence, 1941
1
21
Correspondence, 1942-1943
1
22
Correspondence, 1944-1949
1
23
Correspondence, 1950-1959
1
24
Correspondence, 1960-1965
1
25
Correspondence, 1983-1987
1
26
Correspondence, circa 1925-1962
1
27
Oversize Christmas Card from Box 1, Folder 12, 1929
6

Series 3: Personal Business Records , 1924-1959
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Personal business records consist of bank passbooks, pharmacy licensing records, ledgers of income and expenses, a ledger of art work sold, receipts for school, art sales, shipping, rent, utilities, and supplies, and income tax records.
Description Container Select
Savings Account Passbooks, 1924-1930
1
28-29
Pharmacy Licensing Records, 1926-1939
1
30
Ledgers of Income and Expenses, 1925-1937
1
31-33
Ledger of Art Work Sold and Prices, 1942-1943
1
34
Receipts for California School of Fine Arts, 1924-1954
1
35
Receipts for Art Sales, 1936-1944
1
36
Receipts for the Shipping of Sculpture, 1937-1940
1
37
Receipts for Photography, 1936-1959
1
38
Receipts for Room Rent, 1924
1
39
Receipts for Studio Rent, 1931-1940
1
40-41
Receipts for Studio Telephone, 1937-1940
1
42
Receipts for Art Supplies, 1931-1951
1
43
Miscellaneous Receipts, 1928-1943
1
44
Income Tax Records, 1931-1940
1
45

Series 4: Notes , circa 1923-2009
0.1 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 6

Notes consist of an address book, notebooks recording friends' names and art media, minutes of meetings, and miscellaneous notes by Brents Carlton, in addition to one folder of notes by his daughter Carrie Carlton Helser on the subject of some murals he created for the Polo Club.
Description Container Select
Address Book, circa 1923-1962
1
46
Notebook Listing Names of Friends, circa 1925-circa 1950
1
47
Notebook Concerning Art Media, circa 1930-1962
1
48
Minutes of Meetings, circa 1931
1
49
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1930-1962
Oversized material housed in Box 6.
1
50
Carrie Carlton Helser's Notes and Research on Brents Carlton Polo Club Frescoes, 1937-2009
Includes born-digital records, see ER01.
1
51
Brents Carlton Polo Club Frescoes, Digital Photographs, 2008
0.013 Gigabytes
Four computer files
ER01
Oversize Miscellaneous Note from Box 1, Folder 50, circa 1930-1962
6

Series 5: Scrapbook , 1928-1962
0.2 Linear feet
Box 6

The scrapbook contains clippings, including Carlton's obituary, an exhibition catalog, and 14 letters from colleagues including Eugen Neuhaus and Dale Nichols.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, 1928-1962
6

Series 6: Exhibition Files , 1927-1983
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 8

Letters, notes, receipts, photographs, and printed material relating to Carlton's participation in exhibitions at art organizations and galleries.
Description Container Select
San Francisco Art Association, 1927-1955
1
52
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1929-1983
1
53
The Art Center Gallery, 1930-1950
1
54
Foundation of Western Art, 1935-1938
1
55
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935-1983
1
56
Amberg-Hirth Gallery, 1936-1954
1
57
Oakland Art Gallery, 1936-1973
1
58
Sacramento Junior College Solo Exhibition, 1937-1938
1
59
Golden Gate International Exposition, 1937-1940
Oversized blueprints housed in OV 8.
1
60-64
Architectural League of New York, 1938
1
65
First California Ceramic Exhibition, 1938-1940
1
66
National Sculpture Society Festival, 1940-1983
1
67
Oversize Blueprints for Golden Gate International Exposition Sculptures from Box 1, Folder 60, 1937
OV 8

Series 7: Art Work , 1924-1962
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 6, OV 8

Art work by Carlton consists of 2 sketchbooks, drawings, prints, a tempera sketch, and Christmas cards. Art work by others includes woodcuts by H. Mallette Dean and a portrait drawing of Carlton by Victor Arnautoff.
Description Container Select
Annotated Sketchbook, circa 1930-1962
1
68
Sketchbook, 1924-1925
1
69
Drawings, circa 1925-1962
Oversized drawings housed in Box 6.
1
70
Prints, circa 1930-1962
1
71
Tempera Sketch, circa 1935
1
72
Christmas Cards Created by Carlton, circa 1940-1962
1
73
Artwork by Others, 1928-1941
Oversized drawing housed in OV 8.
1
74
Oversize Drawings from Box 1, Folder 70, circa 1925-1962
6
Oversize Drawing of Brents Carlton by Victor Arnautoff from Box 1, Folder 74, 1931
OV 8

Series 8: Photographs , 1923-circa 1960
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, 6-7

Photographs are of Carlton, his family, friends, colleagues, studios, classrooms, and art work. There are also photographs of art work by others including Victor Arnautoff and Margaret De Patta.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Carlton and Family Members, 1923-1952
(5 folders)
1
75-79
Photographs of Carlton with Friends and Colleagues including Victor Arnautoff, 1927-1941, undated
2
1-2
Photographs of Carrie Carlton Helser with Sculpture by Brents Carlton, circa 1980
2
3
Photographs of Art Classroom, 1927
2
4-6
Photographs of Liberty Street Apartment, 1945-1948
2
7
Photographs of Montgomery Street Studio, circa 1940-circa 1945
2
8
Photographs of Ney Street Home, circa 1955
2
9
Photographs of Polk Street Studio, 1931-1935
2
10
Photographs of Sculptures, 1927-1944
Oversized photographs housed in Box 7.
2
11-24
Album of Sculptures, circa 1930-circa 1960
Oversized album housed in Box 6.
2
25
Photographs of Drawings and Paintings, circa 1928-1932
Oversized photograph housed in Box 7.
2
26-28
Photographs of Designs by Margaret De Patta, circa 1932
2
29
Photographs of Art work by Others including Victor Arnautoff, 1927-1932
2
30
Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1930-circa 1955
Oversized material housed in Box 7.
2
31
Oversize Album of Brents Carlton's Sculptures from Box 2, Folder 25, circa 1930-circa 1960
6
Oversize Board-Mounted Photographs of Sculptures from Box 2, Folder 24, 1927-1944
7
Oversize Photograph of a Batik Painting from Box 2, Folder 26, circa 1928-1932
7
Oversize Photograph of "Woman in Spanish Dress" from Box 2, Folder 31, circa 1930-circa 1955
7

Series 9: Printed Material , 1923-2012
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition catalogs, brochures, and miscellaneous printed items.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1926-2009
2
32-41
Exhibition Catalogs for Carlton, 1930-1951
2
42-44
Exhibition Catalogs for Others, 1949-circa 1958
2
45
Brochures for the California School of Fine Arts, 1923-1942
2
46-47
Brochure for the Art Students' League, 1928-1929
2
48
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1964-2012
2
49

Series 10: 2015 Addition to the Brents Carlton Papers , 1903-2014
2.3 Linear feet
Boxes 2-5, 7

A 2015 addition to the Brents Carlton papers also includes biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, exhibition files, and photographic material.
This series is arranged as 6 subseries:
  • 10.1: Biographical Material, 1903-circa 2012
  • 10.2: Correspondence, 1924-2009
  • 10.3: Personal Business Records, circa 1929-2014
  • 10.4: Exhibition Files, 1937-1991
  • 10.5: Photographic Material, circa 1920-circa 2002
  • 10.6: Printed Material, 1938-1995
10.1: Biographical Material, 1903-circa 2012
Biographical material includes Brents Carlton's bibliography, curriculum vitae, certificates and licenses, a funeral guestbook, and assorted artifacts such as medals from art competitions, a printing block, and his signature seal.
Description Container
Copies of Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates, 1903-1962
2
50
Driver's License, 1918
2
51
2 Medals from Art Exhibitions, 1920-1941
2
52
Printing Block of Sculpture, circa 1940-circa 1960
2
53
Signature Seal, circa 1940-circa 1960
2
54
Pharmacist License Renewals, 1962-1963
2
55
Guest Register from Funeral, 1962
2
56
Appraisal for Brents Carlton Sculpture Donation, 1998
2
57
Boston Museum of Fine Arts Object List of Brents Carlton Art, 2004
Includes born-digital records, see ER02.
2
58
Digital Photographs (2004), 2019
0.003 Gigabytes
25 computer files
ER02
Brents Carlton Bibliography, circa 2006
2
59
Brents Carlton Curriculum Vitae, circa 2012
2
60
10.2: Correspondence, 1924-2009
This subseries includes family letters to Brents Carlton, as well as the correspondence of his daughter Carrie Carlton Helser's with museums, galleries, and others regarding Brents Carlton's artwork.
Description Container
Family Letters to Brents Carlton, 1924-1945
2
61
Carrie Carlton Helser Correspondence, 1972-2009
2
62
10.3: Personal Business Records, circa 1929-2014
Personal business records consist of gallery sales, consignment agreements, and inventories of Brents Carlton's artwork categorized by their sales status.
Description Container
Art Inventory Binder of Work "For Sale/Not for Sale/Sold", circa 1929-circa 2003
3
1-2
Jan Halloway Fine Arts Consignment Agreements, 1987-1997
3
3
Spencer J. Helfen Fine Arts Sales, 2002-2014
3
4
Pricing Codes and Art Inventory, circa 2005
3
5
10.4: Exhibition Files, 1937-1991
The bulk of this subseries consists of material related to the Golden Gate International Exposition. There is also one folder of material on the Brents Carlton Retrospective at Atelier Dore. Exhibition files include correspondence, printed material, and documents related to the Art Treasures Restoration Project which was dedicated to the preservation of art from the Golden Gate International Exhibition.
Description Container
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940)
Photocopies of Correspondence, 1937-1940
3
6
Printed Material, 1937-1940
Oversized material housed in Box 7.
3
7
Art Treasures Restoration Project, 1987-1991
3
8
Atelier Dore, Inc. - Brents Carlton Retrospective Exhibition (1983), 1983-1986
3
9
Oversized Magazines from Box 3, Folder 7, 1937-1938
7
10.5: Photographic Material, circa 1920-circa 2002
Photographic material consists of photographs, slides, and negatives of Brents Carlton, family, friends, studios, residences, and artwork. There are several disbound binders that contain photographs of sculptures and art at each of Carlton's studios and the images are accompanied by information such as the title, date, medium, and size of each work. The titles in quotes reflect the original binder title.
Description Container
Brents Carlton Portraits, circa 1930-circa 1940
3
10
Brents Carlton's Parents and Siblings, circa 1920-1948
3
11
Brents Carlton with Family and Friends, cira 1927-1961
3
12
Brents and Jessie Carlton Honeymoon, 1939
3
13
Brents Carlton Working on Polynesian Boy Sculpture, circa 1939
3
14
Art from Classes at California School of Fine Arts, circa 1927
3
15
City Drug Store, circa 1940-circa 1960
3
16
Family Vacations, circa 1952
3
17
Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939-1940
3
18
Liberty Street Residence, circa 1945-1948
3
19
Mission Street Studio and Drugstore, circa 1940-circa 1960
3
20
Ney Street Residence, circa 1950-circa 1960
3
21
Polk Street Studio, circa 1931
3
22
"Art School" Binder, circa 1923-circa 1927
3
23-24
"Mission Street and Ney Street" Binder, circa 1945-circa 1960
3
25
"Montgomery Street" Studio Binder, 1937-circa 1945
3
26-27
"Polk Street" Binder, circa 1929-circa 1937
3
28-29
Negatives of Sculptures, circa 1930-circa 1954
4
1-2
Board-Mounted Photographs of Sculptures, circa 1940-circa 1960
4
3
Sculpture Snapshots, circa 1950-circa 1998
4
4
Board-Mounted Photographs of Paintings, circa 1950-circa 1960
4
5-6
Photographs and Negatives of Paintings, circa 1950-circa 1998
4
7
Slides of Artwork, circa 1960-circa 1980
5
1
Miscellaneous Negatives and Scans of Artwork, circa 1990-circa 2002
Includes born-digital materials, see ER03.
5
2
Digital Photographs (2003-2012), 2019
0.515 Gigabytes
97 computer files
ER03
10.6: Printed Material, 1938-1995
This series includes magazine and catalogs.
Description Container
Antiques and Fine Art Magazine, 1991
5
3
Architectural Forum, 1938
5
4
Architectural League 52nd Annual Exhibition Catalog, 1938
5
5
Art Students League Course Catalog, 1992-1993
5
6
California Arts and Architecture, 1941
5
7
Triptych Magazine, 1993-1995
5
8

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