Scope and Content Note
The Alexina and Marcel Duchamp Papers are comprised of Marcel Duchamp's personal papers as well as published material documenting the artist and his work that were compiled and organized by his widow, Alexina Duchamp. The collection includes a large photograph collection documenting Duchamp's life from his boyhood in Blainville, France through his last years spent partially in New York City and Cadaques, Spain. The collection includes a small portion of his personal correspondence, notes for several autobiographical and topical lectures delivered primarily in the early 1960s, and various personal papers, including birth and marriage certificates, military papers, and visas. The collection also includes material generated by other individuals that further serve to document Duchamp's life and work, and that were retained by him and later, by his widow. This material includes transcripts of various interviews with Duchamp conducted between 1945 and 1966 and typescripts for various articles and books about Duchamp which were sent to him by their authors for his review and comment. In many cases, correspondence with these authors is also preserved. Finally, the collection includes ephemera and published articles on Duchamp, which were seemingly collected and organized primarily by his wife, Alexina Duchamp, as much of the material postdates Duchamp's death.
Digital images are available of photographs for which the Museum either owns copyright or was able to obtain permission from the copyright holder to use. These photographs can be found in various subseries and sub-subseries of the "Photographs" series. Also included is one photograph that can be found in the "Graphic design projects" subseries of the "Studies and preparatory material" series.