A Finding Aid to the Marion Walton Papers,
1915-1976
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.waltmari
Creators:
Walton, Marion, b. 1899
Dates:
1915-1976
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.8 Linear feet
Repository:
This small collection of the papers of sculptor Marion Walton measures 0.8 linear feet and dates from 1915-1976. Fifteen folders of letters written to Marion and her mother Blanche Wetherill Walton include many from artists and photographers, writers, musicians and composers, and political figures. Also found are printed materials, photographs, and a file concerning a reception for author Jonathan Daniels.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The collection measures 0.8 linear feet, dates from 1915-1976, and documents the career of sculptor Marion Walton. Found within the papers are letters, printed material, photographs, and a file concerning a reception for author Jonathan Daniels.
Letters include those received by Walton and her mother, music patron Blanche Wetherill Walton, from many notable correspondents, including artist Charles Green Shaw, historian and suffragist Mary Beard, and novelist Vera Brittain. There are scattered letters from artists Béla Kádár, Rockwell Kent, Fred Dana Marsh, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Theo Stamos, and Abbott Handerson Thayer, composers Henry Cowell and Carl Ruggles, musician Pete Seeger, lecturer Ruth Gage-Colby, photographer Roy E. Stryker, political figures James Forrestal, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Shirley Williams, and writers Carl Carmer and Margaret Storm Jameson.
Printed material primarily consists of clippings and exhibition catalogs, and photographs are of Walton, her family, colleagues, and artwork. Of special interest is an early photograph of Alberto Giacometti with Rodin's model Carmen, and a photograph of Pablo Picasso autographed on the reverse.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 4 series. All series are arranged chronologically.
  • Series 1: Letters, 1922-1976 (Box 1; 15 folders)
  • Series 2: File Concerning a Reception for Jonathan Daniels, 1946 (Box 1; 14 folders)
  • Series 3: Printed Material, 1924-1976 (Boxes 1-2; 17 folders)
  • Series 4: Photographs, 1915-1972 (Box 2; 18 folders)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Marion Walton was born in 1905 in New Rochelle, New York, the daughter of Ernest Forster Walton and music patron Blanche Wetherill Walton. During the 1920s, she studied at the Art Students League and, from approximately 1922 to 1924, at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris under sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. One of her classmates was Alberto Giacometti.
In 1933, Walton had a solo exhibition at the Weyhe Gallery and later participated in numerous group exhibitions primarily in New York City and in Paris, France. Her work is represented in private collections in the United States and abroad, and in the museum of the University of Nebraska.
Walton taught students in her studio in New York City and at Sarah Lawrence College. She was also a member of Artists Equity and a charter member of the Sculptors Guild.
Walton was married to James Putnam, assistant to the President of the publishing house, MacMillan Company.
Marion Walton died in 1996.

Administration
Processing Information
The papers were processed in December 2006 by Jean Fitzgerald.
Author
Jean Fitzgerald
Provenance
The Marion Walton papers were donated in 1976 by Marion Walton.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Marion Walton papers, 1915-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Marion Walton papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shaw, Charles Green, 1892-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Williams, Shirley, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Walton, Blanche Wetherill Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marsh, Fred Dana, 1872-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 -- Photographs Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
O'Keefe, Georgia, 1887-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carmer, Carl Lamson, 1893 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Forrestal, James, 1892-1949 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Daniels, Jonathan, 1902-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gage-Colby, Ruth Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kadar, Bela Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jameson, Storm, 1891-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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