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Personal Records, 1905-1968, undated


Scope and Contents

Comprised of financial receipts documenting Duchamp's sale and purchase of works of art; official papers, such as identification cards, French and American passports, visas to enter and remain in the United States, and French and American military papers; and vital records pertaining to Duchamp's birth, first marriage, and divorce. Of particular interest is a French military booklet dating from 1905 that Duchamp reproduced on a wine bottle for the 1945 cover of the Marcel Duchamp number of View magazine. A French passport from 1954 includes five loose photographs of Duchamp.


  • 1905-1968, undated

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Predominantly in English with some material in French.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. David Sylvester's typescript for the article "Bicycle Parts" can only be consulted with permission of the author's estate.


From the Collection: 18 linear feet




Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States