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MS Thr 680

Charlton, Maryette. Maryette Charlton papers, circa 1934-2009: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, pf
Call No.: MS Thr 680
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Charlton, Maryette.
Title: Maryette Charlton papers,
Date(s): 1934-2009.
Quantity: 1 collection (23 linear feet (23 boxes, poster tube)
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for the papers of American painter, printmaker, photographer, and film maker, Maryette Charlton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-16. Gift of Maryette Charlton; received: 2011 March 24.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

RESTRICTED: Collection is unprocessed. Access to collection requires permission of curator.
Most of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Biographical / Historical

Maryette Charlton is an American painter, printmaker, photographer, and film maker born in Manchester, Iowa in 1924. She studied in Chicago with Moholy-Nagy at the Institute of Design, and received her B.F.A. at Pratt Institute and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She has made several films about American artists, including Marion Morehouse and E. E. Cummings. She was the cameraman for set designer Frederick Kiesler's "Kiesler's Universal Theater" for CBS in 1962 and was a close friend of and collaborated with Kiesler's widow, Lillian, on various projects, especially the film "Kiesler on Kiesler" (housed at the Museum of Modern Art Video and Film Department). Charlton's son, Kirk Winslow (1955-2002), an artist and film maker, died from complications of HIV/AIDS.


Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Scope and Contents

Includes ephemera for performance art, theater, and other arts kept by Maryette Charlton; some labeled files; photographs, including of friends, family, and her home at Schooleys Mountain (N.J.); taped interviews; and records of her own performances.


Most of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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