Jay DeFeo papers, 1948-1976

DeFeo, Jay, b. 1929 d. 1989
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Collection size: 1.4 linear ft. (on 4 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; letters; business material; photographs; writings; original works of art; Christmas cards; postcards; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; and printed materials.

REEL 908: Material relating to DeFeo's "The Rose," 1972-1974, including correspondence, mainly with Bruce Conner; business material; and clippings.

REEL 1645: A passport; postcards, birthday greetings, collages, and other correspondence with Fred Martin, Frank Lobdell, Margaret Peterson, Irving Blum, Michael McClure, Eleanor Sinton, Wallace and Shirley Berman, Deborah Remington, and Ruth Terrill, 1963-1974; writings by Fred Martin and Wallace Berman; sheet music from Wally Hedrick's Studio 13 Jazz Band; original works of art, including a piece of DeFeo's painting, THE ROSE; photos of DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Joan Brown, Manuel Neri and others; exhibition catalogs and announcements; and clippings.

REEL 2673: Associate of Arts Degree from the University of California, 1948; correspondence with Wallace and Shirley Berman, Fred Thomas Martin, Dorothy Miller, Eleanor Sinton, the Ferus Gallery, the Pasadena Art Gallery and the San Francisco Art Institute; writings including an essay by Walter Hopps and 2 by Fred Martin; 2 paper collages; financial data; 2 exhibition posters, one by Fred Martin; and 2 photographs.

REEL 3957: 18 notes, original birthday and Christmas greeting cards, and postcards, most with photo collage, sent to DeFeo from Berman and 2 postcards, also with photo collage from Dean Stockwell to DeFeo; 36 poems by various authors published in SEMINA; 10 photographs by Berman and possibly others; an announcement for a Berman exhibition and one for works by Arthur Richer; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, photographer; San Francisco, Calif. Prominent in Bay Area art scene as painter and "hostess" of numerous parties from mid 1950's to 1960's.

Donated 1975-1981 by Jay DeFeo.

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