This collection is arranged as nine series. Series 1: Biographical Material (0.3 linear feet; boxes 1, 9) Series 2: Correspondence (1 linear foot; boxes 1, 2, OV 10) Series 3: Interviews (0.3 linear feet; box 2) Series 4: Exhibition and Commission Files (2 linear feet, 0.50 GB; boxes 2-4, OV 11-13, RD 14, FC 15, ER01) Series 5: Printed Materials (2.3 linear feet; boxes 4-6, OV 10) Series 6: Broadcast Materials (1.1 linear foot; boxes 6-7) Series 7: Photographic and Moving Image Materials (0.5 linear feet, 0.97 GB; boxes 7, 9, FC 16-17, ER02) Series 8: Artwork (1 item; box 7) Series 9: An American Artist Video Recordings (0.6 linear feet; boxes 7-8)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
The papers of sculptor and painter Fletcher Benton measure 8.2 linear feet and 1.47 GB and date from 1934 to 2014. They document his career as a sculptor with international presence through certificates, personal photographs, legal papers, correspondence, exhibition and commission documentation, clippings, exhibition-related printed materials, broadcast materials, publications about his work, an editioned kinetic Christmas card, and photographs, sound and video recordings, and motion picture film documenting his work and career.
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' Hidden Collections grant program.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Fletcher Benton conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom, 1989 May 2-4 is available on the Archives of American Art website.
Fletcher Benton was born in Jackson, Ohio in 1931 to Fletcher and Nell Cavett Benton and was the oldest of three children. Benton graduated from Jackson High School in 1949. After serving in the Navy he graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1956 and moved to San Francisco, where he started working as an instructor at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1959. He was in San Francisco during the flourishing of the Beat generation, where he had a studio in the North beach area and exhibited at coffee house galleries.