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Finding aid for the Robert Watts papers, 1883-1989, bulk 1940-1988
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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)
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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.