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This collection includes records from Gettysburg College’s application process to the NEA, the selection process of the artist, images from the installation process of Sentinel, correspondence and an interview with Martin Puryear, newspaper cutouts of Sentinel’s reception. As well as records from Molly Hutton’s efforts to seek awareness and funding for the preservation and conservation of Sentinel in the early 2000s. Records from the application for an assessment award under Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), and a manuscript for a story on Sentinel to be featured in the GETTYSBURG alumni magazine are also included.

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Collection Size

0.33 cubic feet

Publication Date

June 2022


Public Art, Arts Funding, Sculpture, African American Artists, Art Preservation


Art and Materials Conservation | Contemporary Art | Sculpture

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-288: Creation and Preservation of Martin Puryear’s Sentinel