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Charles Mattox Papers

Identifier: MSS -644-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains two main series: Personal and Professional Papers, and Printed Material. The Mattox papers center around the development of his sculpture and his various art shows. His involvement with the Department of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico and with Albuquerque's Explora Museum, are also represented. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings about Mattox and his work, as well as articles written by Mattox. An oversize box contains posters and large drawings of his work.

There are product information packets and catalogs from suppliers for his work, including computer programs, motors, and other hardware. The collection also contains audio and video recordings of interviews, lectures, and performances by and about Mattox as well as photographs of his sculpture, family, and friends.


  • 1874-1994, (bulk 1949-1994)


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Charles Mattox, sculptor and educator, was born in Bronson, Kansas in 1910. He studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute with Arshile Gorky from 1934-1935. He worked on a federal art project with Dave Smith and others in the 1930's.To support himself, Mattox worked as a molder and a tool and instrument designer in many parts of the United States. He also worked in special effects and set design in Hollywood from 1942-1950. Eventually Mattox devoted himself to teaching and sculpting.

Mattox taught at many institutions around the country including the Karn Art Institute in Los Angeles, the University of California at Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of New Mexico. His sculpture reflects his interest in geometric shapes and machinery. A pioneer in the development of kinetic sculpture, Mattox also took an early interest in the application of computer graphics to art. His work has been displayed in a variety of one-man shows, as well as group shows, mainly in New Mexico and California. Many of his pieces are housed in art museums in California, New Mexico, British Columbia, Washington, D.C., and many private collections. He also has published articles in various art journals including Leonardo, Artform, Art News, Art International, and Art in America. Among his publications is, "The Evolution of My Audio-Kinetic Sculptures," which appeared in Leonardo in 1969.


4 boxes (3.5 cu. ft.) + oversize folder

Separated Material

Audiocassettes, reel to reels, "Sculpture in Motion" 16mm film and master DVD stored in B3. Archival file for "Sculpture in Motion" is stored on the library file server.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Finding Aid of the Charles Mattox Papers, 1874-1994, (bulk 1949-1994)
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131