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Charles Sheeler letter collection, 1939-1958

Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965

Photographer, Lithographer, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 19 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters assembled from various sources written by Charles Sheeler. Included are four letters and a postcard to Dr. Helen W. Boignon, a collector and owner of a Sheeler painting; four, 1957-58, to George M. Craven, a graduate student in art history; and ten, 1939-1957 and undated, to the poet William Carlos Williams, a friend of Sheeler.
In the letters to Boignon, Sheeler thanks her for praising his work, and briefly describes projects he's working on, such as the commission for General Motors with the architect Eero Saarinen. He writes Craven in response to a research paper on photography in the 1930s (also included) which Craven had sent earlier, and regarding his exhibitions. In the more lengthy letters to Williams, he discusses poetry, his work, and activities, mentioning in one his stay in Maine at John Marin's house where Herbert Seligmann was a neighbor.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, lithographer, photographer; Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.


Lent for microfilming, 1958.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lenders, Boignon, Craven, and Williams, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel NY59-5 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Charles Sheeler letter collection, 1939-1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.