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
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)
Contact 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