The collection contains the journal, letters, and notes documenting the Whitman trip Charis Wilson took with photographer
Widely known as photographer Edward Weston’s model and muse, Charis Wilson (1914-2009) was also a writer. She was born in
San Francisco in 1914. She met Weston in Carmel, California in 1934, and they started a romantic relationship shortly thereafter.
In 1937 Weston received a Guggenheim Fellowship and he and Wilson spent the year traveling around California and the American
West. While Weston made pictures, Wilson kept a detailed journal of their experiences. In 1939 they married, and, in 1940
California and the West. In 1941 Weston was asked to take photographs to illustrate a Limited Edition Club edition of Walt
Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Weston and Wilson traveled the United States by automobile for two years to complete both the Guggenheim
and the Whitman projects. They divorced in 1946 and Wilson married labor activist Noel Harris. Harris and she had two daughters
before divorcing in 1967. Wilson’s memoir, Through Another Lens was published in 1999. She died in Santa Cruz, California
202 items in two boxes
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