San Francisco, Calif.
Collection size: 8.6 linear ft.
Collection Summary: The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1973-2008, and measure 8.6 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, and printed material.
Biographical/Historical Note: John Held, Jr. (1947-) (the "Jr." is an appropriated addition), is a rubberstamp and artistamp artist, participant in the international mail art network, activist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and a fine arts librarian in San Francisco, Calif.
This collection was donated in increments from 1999-2008 by John Held, Jr. Additional postcards (mail art) from various artists are expected in 2009.