Meta Warrick Fuller papers

Collection Data

Description
The Meta Warrick Fuller Papers consist of personal and professional papers, correspondence (1880's-1960's), subject files, her estate papers, and diaries documenting aspects of the career of this important sculptor. Papers pertaining to Fuller's artistic career consist of files providing lists and prices of her artwork and exhibitions during and after her lifetime, her poetry and prose, and biographical information. Her diaries cover the years 1895-1897 and 1940-1965 (incomplete); she also maintained address and guest books.
Names
Fuller, Meta Warrick, 1877-1968 (Creator)
Fuller, Solomon C. (Solomon Carter), 1872-1953 (Contributor)
Fuller, Solomon C. (Solomon Carter), 1872-1953 (Contributor)
Warrick, William Henry (Contributor)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1864 - 1990
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: Sc MG 395
Topics
African American artists
African American women artists
Sculptors -- United States
Women artists -- United States
Genres
Correspondence
Diaries
Notes
Biographical/historical: Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller was a productive sculptor for over seventy years whose work may be divided into distinct phases. Early works beginning in the 1890's dealt with the grotesque followed by her growing interest in African-American themes and more realism. Later she focused on religious subjects. Portraiture and mythological figures were also the subject of many of her works. Born in Philadelphia to a middle class family, Fuller showed an early interest in the performing and fine arts, and won a scholarship to J. Liberty Tadd's Industrial Art School (now Philadelphia College of Industrial Art). She received a postgraduate scholarship to specialize in sculpture and in 1899 arrived in Paris to begin three years of study. During her final year in Paris, she met the great sculptor Auguste Rodin, who was impressed with her work and often critiqued it. A 1910 fire at her studio destroyed almost all her early work, and she later opened another studio in Massachussets. Fuller received many diverse commissions over the years, exhibited regularly, and also guided young artists. She was married to Solomon Carter Fuller, Liberian born and American educated neuropathologist and psychiatrist.
Content: The Meta Warrick Fuller Papers consist of personal and professional papers, correspondence (1880's-1960's), subject files, her estate papers, and diaries documenting aspects of the career of this important sculptor. Papers pertaining to Fuller's artistic career consist of files providing lists and prices of her artwork and exhibitions during and after her lifetime, her poetry and prose, and biographical information. Her diaries cover the years 1895-1897 and 1940-1965 (incomplete); she also maintained address and guest books.|||Family papers include correspondence, and documents from the estate of her brother, William Henry Warrick, a prominent Philadelphia physician. Papers pertaining to her husband, Dr. Solomon C. Fuller, a noted psychiatrist, includes correspondence and publications. Additionally, there is poetry written by her son, Solomon C. Fuller, Jr., and files he kept dealing with Meta Fuller's estate and requests for loans of her artwork for exhibitions.
Physical Description
Extent: 1.5 lin. ft. (2 boxes)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
Other local Identifier: Sc MG 395
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11660950
MSS Unit ID: 20665
Archives collections id: archives_collections_20665
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ab7dbd70-378e-0137-8cbf-3fe1d357d3dd
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