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MS Am 2944

Glasier, Marshall, 1902-. Marshall Glasier papers, 1910-1990: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2944
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Glasier, Marshall, 1902-.
Title: Marshall Glasier papers,
Date(s): 1910-1990.
Quantity: 1 collection (11 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of Wisconsin surrealist artist, Marshall Glasier.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

90M-23 and 90M-64. Gift of Marshall Glasier and Franklin Glasier, via Elinor Randall Keeney; received: 1985-1991.
See item (34) for additional information regarding relationship between Keeney and Marshall Glasier. Keeney and Glasier met in July of 1953 in Madison, Wisconsin through Roudaba Bunting. She worked with him and posed for him from 1954-1964.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Marshall Glasier Papers, 1910-1990 (MS Am 2944). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Marshall Glasier (1902-1988) was born in 1902 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to Gilson Gardner Glasier (1873-1972) and Marybelle DeGraff Kellogg Glasier (1874-1959). He was a twin, his brother was Franklin Kellogg Glasier (1902-1993) [also known as "Oz"]. Later there was another brother, John Strong Glasier (1910-1984). Marshall Glasier studied briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago, spent four years in the Marines, then set up as a commercial illustrator in Washington D.C. and in New York City. He took classes in New York with George Grosz at the Art Students League (circa 1930-1939), returned to Madison, Wisconsin, then went back to New York City to teach life drawing at the Art Students League where he remained for 30 years. While living in Madison, Glasier was part of a circle of artists [the "Wisconsin Surrealists"], who, along with others from Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Chicago, pioneered a Midwestern "take" on European Surrealism that became known as Magic Realism. He was married for a time to Joanne Chamberlain Glasier [later McTaggart] and they had a daughter, Philomel Glasier. Marshall died in 1988 in New York City. [Source: Oxford Art Online]


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Papers include: autograph manuscript diaries, drawings and sketches, and correspondence of Marshall Glasier; manuscripts by his brother Franklin concerning Marshall; a few biographical items; photographs of Glasier, Glasier with others, and of his art work; and some printed miscellany relating to Glasier's life. Some items have notes by Franklin Kellogg Glasier and/or Elinor Randall Keeney. Correspondence makes up the bulk of the papers and includes correspondence with Marshall's father, mother, brothers, wife, daughter, as well as friends, other family, and colleagues. The series "Other correspondence" includes correspondence with Johan Bjorksten, Theodore Czebotar, Hans Heinrich Gerth, George Grosz, Julien Levy, Elinor Randall Keeney, Rudolf Kolisch, Katharine Kuh, Christy J. Palmer, Lester Polakov, Harry Partch, Frederic Taubes, John Wilde, and many others.


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