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MAKING WAVES: Inside the Archives

May 8, 2020 | Allyson Hitte | Press Room/Blog, Uncategorized

If you’ve been following our digital activities, you know that MMA recently made over 100 works from our permanent collection available to our community digitally. This week’s MAKING WAVES was submitted by Eleanor Uhlinger, MMA’s Volunteer Archivist about her work with the Betty Hoag McGlynn archives.

To complement the Museum’s art collections and current online gallery we wanted to share information about our Betty Hoag McGlynn Archives.  Featuring original research notes of art scholar and local historian, Betty Hoag McGlynn, the Archives contains her diverse collection of notes, exhibit catalogs, news articles, interviews, and correspondence with or about many of the artists represented in the Museum’s rich collection of art works documenting Monterey Peninsula’s influential art colony.

One special feature of the Archives is a collection of oral interviews with artists and their family members, including: the Bruton sisters, F. Burgdorff, E.C. Fortune, A. Hansen, R. Lofton, X. Martinez and M.  Morgan, to name a few.  Interviews conducted by Betty Hoag McGlynn and Donald R. Anderson from the mid-1960’s to the mid-2000’s, give rare insight into the culture and inspiration behind these artists’ works.

Volunteers have worked steadfastly over many years to organize the Archives and we intend to publicize and make more of these interesting and unique materials more broadly available as time and resources permit.

Meanwhile, access to these research materials will be by appointment, once the Museum reopens to the public.  Hope to see you soon!  Stay home, save lives!

Eleanor Uhlinger

Volunteer Archivist, Monterey Museum of Art

Eleanor Uhlinger  retired last year from the Naval Postgraduate School, where she was University Librarian in charge of Library and Special Collections & Archives.  As the Museum’s new volunteer archivist, she builds on the strong foundation laid by her very dedicated predecessor, Geri Flesher.  When the Museum is open to the public, Eleanor can be found mid-day on Wednesdays in the Betty Hoag McGlynn Archives and always welcomes research questions and appointments.