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Papers of Professor Marcia Pointon

Date range: 1963-2009

Medium: Archive

Number of items: 4 series; 67 files and items.

The Papers of Professor Marcia Pointon, distinguished art historian, comprises papers relating to the prehistory of Pointon’s published work up to the late 1990s, as well as conference papers, journal articles, reviews and newspaper articles. Material includes correspondence, research notes, draft manuscripts, corrected typescripts, annotated proofs, and cuttings. The correspondence includes letters to and from fellow art historians, private and institutional custodians of artworks (particularly in relation to image permissions), and publishers such as Cambridge, Oxford and Yale university presses.

There is a small but significant set of correspondence with the artist Paula Rego and extensive correspondence relating to Pointon’s PhD research on the artist William Dyce (1806-1864), dating 1971-1981. These letters, from dealers, galleries, institutions, publishers and other researchers, are arranged alphabetically.

The archive also contains three manuscript notebooks compiled during research visits during Pointon’s student years with a few pen-drawn sketches of buildings visited and a small quantity of personal material, including a degree day programme and examination papers from Pointon's BA in English and the History of Art, an academic curriculum vitae, and a small handwritten family tree.

The archive is an important source for studies of the historiography of art history in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, documenting the development of the academic discipline of art history and the changing nature of scholarly communications during this period.

The archive has been arranged into four series.

  • MRP/1: Correspondence re William Dyce research, 1970-1977
  • MRP/2: Papers relating to Pointon’s research and publications, 1970-2009
  • MRP/3: Research notebooks, 1964-early 1970s
  • MRP/4: Personal papers, 1963-2003.

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