Jean Charlot and Archive of Hawai‘i Artists & Architects

Hawaiian swimmer with fish
Hawaiian Swimmer No. 4, Oil by Jean Charlot, 1960;   Gift of Ann Huglin Dew

An extensive archive of art works and documents relating to the artist and writer Jean Charlot [1898-1979] and to other artists, intellectuals, and friends he worked with or knew in his long career in France, Mexico, New York City, Georgia, Colorado, and Hawaiʻi. The Jean Charlot Collection includes art works, correspondence, and photographs of Mexican mural luminaries such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco. Charlot amassed important photograph and print study collections, including Posada, Daumier, Weston and Modotti. Charlot’s published and unpublished writings, correspondence, diaries, record of his murals, prints, sketch books, photographs, guest books, and more make this a collection of great depth.

Charlot joined the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty in 1949 and spent the greatest part of his life in Honolulu. He developed deep ties to the Hawaiian community through friends and cultural advisors Jennie Wilson, Mary Kawena Pukui, Irmgard Aluli and Rev. Abraham Akaka. Charlot studied Hawaiian under Samuel Elbert and wrote Hawaiian plays; his images of Hawaiian musicians and hula are depicted in murals, paintings, prints, and illustrations.

Related archives of several Hawaiʻi artists such as Juliette May Fraser, Tseng Yuho, Isami Doi, John Kelly, Francis Haar, and John Wisnosky as well as architects including Vladimir Ossipoff are managed by the Art Archivist Librarian. UH Mānoa, Hamilton Library, 5th floor; 808-956-2849;

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