Charles Boultenhouse and Parker Tyler papers

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The Charles Boultenhouse and Parker Tyler Papers (1927-1994) consist of correspondence; published and unpublished manuscripts and typescripts of each man's writings; photographs; personal files and mementos; subject files; films; sound recordings; art work; and printed material including books, periodicals, catalogs, and brochures. The papers document the men's relationship of almost 30 years; their involvement in and contribution to the arts; their social life with friends and colleagues; and, to some extent, the activities of the artistic communities with which they were involved. The bulk of the papers cover the period from 1945 on, after the men met and began living together, and so are in a sense the papers of their household as well as those of each man individually.
Boultenhouse, Charles (Creator)
Tyler, Parker (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1927 - 1994
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 349
Artists, American -- 20th century
Authors, American -- 20th century
Experimental films
Film critics -- New York (N.Y.)
Gay artists -- New York (N.Y.)
Gay couples
Rites and ceremonies -- Greece
Film stills
Biographical/historical: Charles Boultenhouse (1926-c.1994) met Parker Tyler (1904-1974) in 1945 when Boultenhouse moved to New York in order to attend Columbia University. Boultenhouse had, only a year earlier, read Tyler's The Hollywood Hallucination and had been deeply impressed by Tyler's creative and intelligent analysis of commercial film. Soon after their meeting the two men became lovers; they lived together for almost thirty years, until Tyler's death.
Physical Description
Extent: 35 boxes
Type of Resource
Still image
Sound recording
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14259589
MSS Unit ID: 349
Archives collections id: archives_collections_349
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 22988240-7db8-0134-672c-00505686d14e
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