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The papers of artist Robert Pearson McChesney measure 6 linear feet and date from 1913 to 2006. McChesney was an abstract expressionist painter and muralist based in Petaluma, California. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials.
Biographical materials consist of legal documents, estate papers, awards, genealogical information, a few notebooks and writings, and other assorted personal papers.
The bulk of the correspondence is with galleries and museums about shows and art sales. There is very limited personal correspondence with friends and family. There are a few holiday cards designed by Mary Fuller and Robert McChesney.
Exhibition files include announcements, catalogs, publicity, reviews, correspondence, exhibition lists, price lists, and other material.
Printed materials consist of clippings, reviews, announcements, catalogs, books, and periodicals.
There are 4 scrapbooks of printed material and photographs of Robert McChesney's shows and artwork.
Photographic materials include photographs, slides, and negatives of Robert McChesney and his artwork along with photographs of travels, friends, and family.
Robert McChesney papers, 1913-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Two of the scrapbooks gifted to the Archives and one scrapbook loaned to the Archives are available on legacy microfilm reel 878 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan.
Robert McChesney loaned 3 scrapbooks to the Archives of American Art for microfilming in 1975, and these were subsequently returned to him. Two of those scrapbooks were included in the 2015 donation to the Archives and integrated with the other papers. The scrapbook that was not included in the later donation is only available on reel 878 and is not further described in this finding aid.
The Archives of American Art has an oral history interview with Robert McChesney conducted in 1964 by Lewis FerbrachÔe.
Robert Pearson McChesney (1913-2008) was a California Abstract Expressionist painter and muralist.
The Robert McChesney papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Mary Fuller McChesney in 2015.
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