American artist of mixed media, sculpture, and assemblage, best known as a founding member of Fluxus. The archive consists
of correspondence, manuscripts, personal documents, and many photographs and slides documenting Watts' work and affiliations
with artists. Also included are three works of art.
Robert Watts, born in 1923, spent his childhood and adolescence in Iowa and Louisville, Kentucky. The son of a mechanical
engineer, Watts also earned an engineering degree, but after serving in World War II, went on to study art history at Columbia
University. His emphasis was the study of ancient art and architecture in the Americas and Australia; his Master's thesis
was on the masks of the Alaskan Eskimo (M.A. 1951).
36.5 linear feet
(76 boxes, 9 flat file folders)
Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers, with the exception of unreformatted audiovisual material. Access restricted for Boxes
2, 3, 4, and 7 pending the estate's further consideration.