posted Aug 10, 2012, 5:37 PM by Society of American Archivists Student Chapter
updated Sep 24, 2012, 8:15 PM
of the Month – Jean Charlot Collection, Hamilton Library
Written by Erin J. Green, SAA-SC Secretary and Treasurer
The Jean Charlot Collection can be found in room 502 of Hamilton Library at the
University of Hawaii at Manoa. It is a collection of artist’s papers – the
artworks and documentary materials that illuminate the study of an artist’s
life, significant achievements and associations - associated with artist and
scholar Jean Charlot. Charlot himself lived in Hawaii for the last third of his
life, and completed many artworks and writings, some in Hawaiian, during this
time. After his death, his will enabled his family members to determine the
future of his papers, which were donated by his widow to UH in 1981. Though
Charlot passed away in 1979, the collection is constantly
with new books, journals and artworks being added every year, mostly as gifts.
Most patrons to the Charlot Collection hear about it through word of mouth,
most commonly from past patrons, or books and bibliographies that list this
location as a resource. Walk-in hours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays;
appointments are encouraged to those wanting to visit the collection any other
time. With an upcoming renovation of Hamilton Library in 2013, Curator Bron Solyom
is currently re-housing the collection, preparing for it to be temporarily
moved from its current location and closed for several months.
For more information on the Charlot Collection, see the Jean Charlot Collection
pamphlet, published April 2009.