Collection size: 8.0 linear feet
Collection Summary: Artists' files; business files organized by gallery; loan files; photographs and slides; transcripts and sound recordings; a checklist; printed material; and miscellany concerning Jacob's and Mason's collection of contemporary American ceramics, painting, sculpture, and prints.
Artists' files contain correspondence, résumés, and printed material on Laura Andreson, Rudy Autio, Clayton Bailey, Mary Jo Bole, Robert Brady, David Gilhooly, Arthur Gonzalez, Judy Kepes, Howard Kottler, Cheryl Laemmle, Ken Little, Michael Lucero, Judy Moonelis, Tony Natsoulas, Susanne and John Stephenson, Patti Warashina, and others. Gallery files contain correspondence with art dealers including Ruth Braunstein, Hal Bromm, Garth Clark, Charles Cowles, John Driscoll, Helen Drutt, Leslie Ferrin, Dorothy Weiss, and others. Photographs and slides are of works of art and include four CDs of digital images of works of art documenting the majority of works in their collection. Also included are transcripts and a CD of talks given by Jacobs, as well as transcripts of interviews with Jacobs. Printed material includes newsletters, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and miscellany.
Biographical/Historical Note: Daniel Jacobs (1959- 2005) and Derek Mason (1927-) were art collectors based in New York City. They specialized in contemporary American ceramics, but also collected painting, sculpture, and prints. Jacobs and Mason were life partners.
The majority of the collection was donated in 2006 by Derek Mason as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Mason donated an additional 4 CDs of images of works of art in 2008.