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Mary Fuller McChesney papers, 1949-2011

Mary Fuller McChesney papers, 1949-2011

McChesney, Mary Fuller, 1922-

Art historian, Sculptor, Author


Collection Information

Size: 43.3 linear feet

Sound recordings: 35 sound tape reels ; 5 in.

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, artists' files, financial records, photographs, artwork, printed material, and reel-to reel sound recordings documenting the career of sculptor, art historian, and author, Mary Fuller McChesney.

Among the sound recordings are interviews conducted by McChesney between 1965 and 1966, and used as the primary research for her book. Interviewees include Jeremy Anderson, Dorr Bothwell, Ernest Briggs, Joan Brown (2), Lawrence Calcagno (2), Edward Corbett (2), James Budd Dixon, Edward Dugmore, Jorge Goya, Dimitri Grachis, John Grillo (1966, 1972), John Hultberg, Jack Jefferson, James Kelly, Walter Kuhlman, Seymour Locks, Douglas MacAgy, Madeleine Martin, William Morehouse, Raymond Parker, Leonard Pollakoff, Ad Reinhardt, Deborah Remington, Phil Roeber, John Saccaro, Jon Schueler, Peter Shoemaker, Hassel Smith, Clay Spohn, Jean Varda, and James Weeks.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Fuller McChesney (1922- ) is a sculptor, art historian, and author in San Francisco and Petaluma, California.


A majority of the collection donated 2015 by Mary Fuller McChesney. Photographs on reel 1329 donated 1973 and sound recordings donated 1994 by McChesney. Material on reel NDA 1 (fr. 728-741) lent for microfilming 1964 by Lewis Ferbrache; material on NDA 1 (fr. 930-943) lent 1964 by Mary F. McChesney.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Replies (filled out questionnaires) to a questionnaire sent out by McChesney for Artforum magazine, and correspondence from artists of the FAP in California, microfilmed on reels Reel NDA 1, frames 728-741 & 930-943 and eight publicity photographs for an exhibition microfilmed on reel 1329, available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibray loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Mary Fuller McChesney papers, 1949-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.