John Held papers relating to Mail Art, 1973-2013

Held, John, b. 1947
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Collection size: 11.9 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1973-2013, and measure 11.9 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, printed material, and mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013.

Biographical/Historical Note: John Held, Jr. (born 1947) of San Francisco, California, 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.

John Held donated his papers relating to Mail Art in 1999 and 2008.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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