Hedda Sterne papers, 1939-1977

Sterne, Hedda, b. 1910 d. 2011
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter Hedda Sterne measure 1.3 linear feet and date from 1939 to 1977. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence, including extensive correspondence from Sterne's second husband, the artist and New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg; writings; exhibition files; printed material; drawings and 3 sketchbooks; photographs and slides of Sterne, her family, and her work; and originals of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's work, "Lettre A Leon Werth" and 4 drawings Saint-Exupéry sent to Sterne.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter Hedda Sterne (1910-2011) lived in New York City and was known for working in many artistic styles, including surrealism and abstract expressionism. She was the only woman in the group of abstract expressionists known as "The Irascibles."

Hedda Sterne donated her papers in 1970, 1971, and 1972.

Processing of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Also found in the Archives is an oral history interview with Hedda Sterne conducted by Phyllis Tuchman, December 17, 1981, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project and an interview wiih Hedda Sterne conducted 2005 by Claire Nivola.