Scope and Contents note
The papers of artist Robert Pearson McChesney measure 6 linear feet and date from 1913 to 2006. McChesney was an abstract expressionist painter and muralist based in Petaluma, California. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, exhibition files, printed materials, scrapbooks, and photographic materials.
Biographical materials consist of legal documents, estate papers, awards, genealogical information, a few notebooks and writings, and other assorted personal papers.
The bulk of the correspondence is with galleries and museums about shows and art sales. There is very limited personal correspondence with friends and family. There are a few holiday cards designed by Mary Fuller and Robert McChesney.
Exhibition files include announcements, catalogs, publicity, reviews, correspondence, exhibition lists, price lists, and other material.
Printed materials consist of clippings, reviews, announcements, catalogs, books, and periodicals.
There are 4 scrapbooks of printed material and photographs of Robert McChesney’s shows and artwork.
Photographic materials include photographs, slides, and negatives of Robert McChesney and his artwork along with photographs of travels, friends, and family.