Jo Hanson papers, circa 1969-2009

Hanson, Jo, b. 1918 d. 2007
Assemblage artist, Environmental artist, Activist
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Collection size: 4.1 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, project and exhibition files, photographs, printed material, and audio regarding the career of Jo Hanson as an environmental artist and activist.

Biographical material includes transcripts of interviews recorded at various points in Hanson's career. Project and exhibition files contain business correspondence, photographs, and drawings and relate to Hanson's art installations as well as her involvement with the Women's Caucus for Art. Particularly well-represented is her 1974 installation, "The Crab Orchard Cemetery." Additional photographs are of Hanson at gatherings and exhibitions, installation shots, source images, and images of artwork.

Printed material includes pamphlets, broadsides, newsletters, and exhibition announcements, many designed by Hanson, regarding her activist projects and installations. Audio includes cassette tapes of an interview between Hanson and Eleanor Dickinson, 2006-2007, and a recording from Hanson's memorial service, 2007.

Biographical/Historical Note: Jo Hanson (1918-2007) was an environmental artist, author, and activist in San Francisco, Calif.

Donated 2011 by Eleanor Dickinson, Hanson's friend.

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