Jay DeFeo papers, circa 1940s-1970s

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

Collection size: 1.3 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of artist Jay DeFeo measure 1.3 linear feet and date from circa 1940s to circa 1970s. The collection documents her career through biographical material, correspondence with friends, personal business records, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) lived and worked in Northern California where she was a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene as both a painter in the progressive art community. Prominent in Bay Area art scene as painter and "hostess" of numerous parties from mid 1950's to 1960's.

Donated between 1975-1981 by Jay DeFeo.

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The Archives of American Art has an oral history interview with DeFeo conducted 1975 June 3-1976 January 23 by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of America Art. An 83 page transcript is available online.
The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley holds some of DeFeo's archival materials.