Marcel Duchamp scrapbooks

Collection ID:
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
Some of the printed materials are in French, Spanish, and Italian. In addition, the essay by Guy Beatrice is in French.
Physical Description:
7 Volumes
(on 1 microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Scrapbooks compiled by Mrs. Marcel Duchamp containing: ca. 15 letters and telegrams to Marcel Duchamp, 1947-1967; poems sent to Duchamp from admirers; an essay on Duchamp by Guy Beatrice, 1954; transcript of an address given by Duchamp to the New York State Chess Association, 1952; an annotated transcript of a press conference interview at Knoedlers, 1967; printed material on Duchamp and others, including exhibition catalogues, announcements, invitations (some annotated by Duchamp), obituaries, and magazine articles; awards and an honorary degree; and miscellany, including a hairnet sent from Ray Johnson, a few photographs of his works, a poster, and airline tickets.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter and sculptor. Born in France, Duchamp exhibited at the Armory Show in 1913 and came to the U.S. in 1915, staying with art patrons Walter and Louise Arensburg. During the First World War, he worked with the Dada group in New York. Duchamp became a U.S. citizen in 1955.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3117 available for use at Archives of American Art offices only.
Reproduction Note
Some of the printed materials are photocopies.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mrs. Marcel Duchamp placed the scrapbooks on deposit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, although she still retained ownership. The Philadelphia Museum of Art no longer has the original, but only a copy made from AAA microfilm. Family member, Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, Duchamp family member, retains the original.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Conditions Governing Access
ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required.

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