John Held papers relating to Mail Art, 1973-2013

A Finding Aid to the John Held Papers Relating to Mail Art, 1973-2008 , in the Archives of American Art, by Jean Fitzgerald

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Biographical Information

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.

Jonathan Held was born on April 2, 1947. In the mid-1970s he took the name of the early twentieth century illustrator, John Held, Jr., famous for his images of "flapper girls" in the 1920s. This name change was both in tribute to the older artist as well as an expression of Dada.

Earning a Bachelor's Degree in 1969, Held received a Master of Library Science Degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies in 1972 and expanded his interests toward participating in the international mail art network and assembling one of the largest archives of mail art in the United States. He was mentored by mail artist Ray Johnson, and Jean Brown, a leading participant in Fluxus, and whose interest in the Dada and Surrealism movements promoted emerging art forms including mail art, visual poetry, and artists' books.

From 1981 to 1995, Held was a Fine Arts Librarian at the Dallas Public Library. In 1982, he began making artistamps, pseudo-postage stamps used as an art medium, and opened the Modern Realism Gallery and Archive in Dallas, Texas, with his future wife Paula Barber. The gallery sought to preserve the record of contemporary avant-garde cultural activity.

Held published Mail Art: An Annotated Bibliography, a five-hundred page listing of secondary sources on the field, in 1991 and in 1996 Held moved to San Francisco, California, where he established the Modern Realism Gallery and acted as curator of the Stamp Art Gallery, an exhibition space devoted to rubberstamp and artistamp works.

John Held, Jr. has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, and at the National School of Art, Prague. He participated in international exhibitions and, since 1986, engaged in international performance work, appearing in Japan, Russia, Uruguay, and Yugoslavia, as well as in the United States. One of Held's more notable performance creations is the Fake Picabia Brothers, in partnership with artist Picasso Gaglione.

John Held, Jr. lives in San Francisco, California.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

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.

Scattered biographical material consists primarily of miscelleous biographical writings and accounts. Eighteen printed diaries provide very brief descriptions of daily activities and more detailed descriptions of art mail events, conferences, and travel experiences.

Letters comprise the largest and most important series in the collection. Letters received by John Held, Jr. are from an extensive number of national and international mail artists, including Mark Bloch, Hans Braumüller, Jean Brown, William Gaglione (a.k.a. Picasso Gaglione), Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Shozo Shimamoto, Ryosuke Cohen, Michael Leigh, Guglielmo Cavellini, and Rod Summers. There are also scattered letters from Carl Andre and Clement Greenberg, typescripts of letters sent by Held, and a file of letters exchanged with Steve Durland.

There are twelve folders of artistamps, non-official or pseudo-postage stamps designed by miscellaneous participants in the international mail art network.

Transcripts are of interviews conducted by John Held, Jr. with some of the more notable artists involved with mail art movement Al Ackerman, John Cage, Ray Johnson, and Allan Kaprow. There are also interviews with John Held, Jr., Picasso Gaglione, and Milan Knizak, including an interview with Held conducted by Ruud Janssen.

Extensive writings by John Held, Jr. consist of catalog essays, miscellaneous essays, bibliographies, miscellaneous box set texts, and miscellaneous typescripts. Project and event files concern miscellaneous projects, tours, lectures, and exhibitions with which John Held, Jr. was involved.

Printed material consists primarily of printouts of Bibliozone issues, a newsletter, exhibition catalogs, and press releases concerning mail art.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

Most of the series are arranged chronologically, except for the Letters series and the Art Work series, which are arranged alphabetically. Letters are arranged alphabetically first according to country of origin, then by artist's name.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects-Topical:

  • Librarians
  • Mail art
  • Performance artists

Types of Materials:

  • Diaries
  • Essays
  • Interviews
  • Mail art
  • Transcripts

Names:

  • Andre, Carl, 1935-
  • Blaster, Al
  • Bloch, Mark, 1956-
  • Braumuller, Hans, 1966-
  • Brown, Jean, 1911-
  • Cage, John, 1912-1992, interviewee
  • Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille, 1914-
  • Durland, Steve
  • Gaglione, Bill
  • Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994, interviewee
  • Higgins, Dick, 1938-
  • Janssen, Ruud, 1959-
  • Johnson, Ray, 1927-, interviewee
  • Kaprow, Allan
  • Knizák, Milan
  • Shimamoto, Shozo, 1928-

Provenance

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

How the Collection was Processed

The two accretions were merged, arranged, and described by Jean Fitzgerald in July 2009.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The John Held papers relating to Mail Art are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

John Held papers relating to Mail Art, 1973-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1990-1999
(Box 1; 6 folders)

Biographical material consists of resumes, curriculum vita, and miscelleous biographical writings and accounts.

Box Folder
1 1-2 Resumes, 1990-1999
(2 folders)
1 3 Curriculum Vitae, 1998
1 4 Curriculum Vitae, 1999
1 5 Biographical Writings in Journal Art Strike, 1990-1993
1 6 Miscellaneous Biographical Accounts, 1999, undated

Series 2: Diaries, 1990-2000
(Box 1; 20 folders)

Eighteen diaries consist of printed text describing daily activities, conferences and travel experiences.

Box Folder
1 7 "U.S.S.R. Journal," 1990
1 8 "One-Week Mail Art Performance Party in Los Angeles," 1991
1 9 "Latin America Travel Diary," 1991
1 10 "Goforth Journal," 1991-1992
1 11-13 "Diary of Modern Realism," 1992-1995
(3 folders)
1 14 "Blinking Through Japan," 1993
1 15 "The Fake Fake Picabia Brothers Performance Tour Diary" (Eastern Europe), 1994
1 16 "Quebec Congress Diary," 1994
1 17 "Excerpts from the Diary of Modern Realism - Eastern Europe," 1994
1 18 "Cuba Travel Diary," 1995
1 19 "Fake Picabia Brothers Europe Travel Diary," 1995
1 20 "Art from the Rim: The New York Correspondence School of San Francisco Artistamp Travel Diary," 1995
1 21 "(Fake) Fake Fluxus West/San Francisco, A Travel Diary," 1995
1 22 "Alternate Artquest: A Fake Picabia Brothers Travel Diary," 1996
1 23 "Moving Into Nearness: The Fake Picabia Brothers in New York City," 1996
1 24 "San Francisco Diary," 1998-1999
1 25 "Ray/Bay: A New York Travel Diary," 1999
1 26 "Millennial Diary," 2000

Series 3: Letters, 1973-2008
(Box 1-10; 7.9 linear feet)

This series contains letters received by John Held, Jr. from mail artists around the world. A notebook entitled "Key to the Collection" in Box 1, Folder 27 contains brief biographies, descriptions of artistic style, and history of Held's correspondence with each artist.

Letters are arranged by country and alphabetically by correspondent thereafter. Letters by John Held, Jr. are at the end of the series.

Box Folder
1 27 "Key to the Collection," 2008
(Oversized material housed in Box 9)
1 Argentina
1 28-30 La Plata: Graciela Marx, 1987-1991
(3 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
1 31-32 La Plata: Edgardo Vigo, 1983-1993
(2 folders)
1 33 Austria (Stockerau): Martin Krist, 1986
1 Australia
1 34 Brisbane: Neil Degney, 1992-1995
1 35 Yass, N.S.W.: Pat Larter, 1981-1989
1 Belgium
1 36-49 Wellen: Guy Bleus, 1982-1995
(13 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
1 50 Eeklo: Jan DeBoever, 1988
1 51 Brussels: Kristof S. Debris, 1985
1 52 Gijzegem: Kristof DHaessler, 1991
1 53-58 Hombeek: Luce Fierens, 1987-1994
(6 folders)
1 59-64 Liege: Charles Francois, 1987-1994
(6 folders)
1 65 Antwerp: Guy Schraenen, 1984-1985
1 66-68 Deerlijk: Jose Vandenbroucke, 1989-1994
(3 folders)
1 Brazil
1 69 São Paulo: Paulo Bruscky, 1985-1992
1 70 Recife: Leonard Frank Duch, 1981
1 71 Bulgaria (Plovdiv): Guillermo Deissler, 1984
1 Canada
1 72-74 London, Ontario: Michael Bidner, 1983-1987
(3 folders)
1 75 Scarborough, Ontario: Mike Duquette, 1981-1988
1 76 Québec: Jean Claude Gagnon, 1994
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
1 77-80 Burnaby, British Columbia: Rosemary Gahlinger-Beaune, 1988-1991
(4 folders)
1 81-83 Québec: Istvan Kantor (a.k.a. Monty Cantsin), 1985-1988
(3 folders)
1 84-87 Calgary, Alberta: Don Mabie (a.k.a. Chuck Stake), 1985-1992
(4 folders)
1 88-90 Toronto: John Marriott, 1990-1992
(3 folders)
1 91-93 Vancouver, British Columbia: Ed Varney, 1986-1989
(3 folders)
1 Chile
1 94-95 Santiago: Hans Braumuller, 1992-1994
(2 folders)
1 96 Santiago: Carlos Montes De Oca, 1990
1 97 China (Xian): Michael Pollard, 1991-1992
1 98 Columbia (Medellin): Tulio Restrepo, 1991
1 99-103 Croatia (Split): Svjetlana Mimica, 1991-1994
(5 folders)
1 Cuba
1 104-107 Havana: Abalardo Mena, 1993-1995
(4 folders)
Box Folder
2 1 Havana: Jacqueline Mir, 1995
2 2 Havana: Luis Miret Pérez, 1994
2 Czechoslovakia
2 3 Prague: Miroslav Kliver, 1985
2 4-5 Zabreh: Petr Sevck and Radana Parmova, 1989-1990
(2 folders)
2 Denmark
2 6 Hjallerup: Mogens Otto Nielsen (a.k.a. Atmosphere Controlled), 1988-1990
2 7 Valby: Steen Møller Rasmussen, 1985
2 8 Roskilde: Georgine Margareta Witta, 1995, undated
2 England
2 9 Manchester: Keith Bates, 1989-1992
2 10-13 Sunderland: Robin Crozier, 1984-1994
(4 folders)
2 14 London: Dictionary of Art, 1994
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
2 15-18 London: Eric Finlay, 1980-1989
(4 folders)
2 19 London: Simon Ford, 1992-1993
2 20-23 London: Stewart Home, 1988-1993
(4 folders)
2 24 London: Paul Jackson (a.k.a. Art Naphro), 1991
2 25-26 London: Don Jarvis (a.k.a. Dawn Redwood), 1981-1993
(2 folders)
2 27-31 London: Michael Leigh (a.k.a. A.1. Waste Paper Co.) and Hazel Jones, 1989-1995
(5 folders)
2 32-35 Ipswich: Michael Lumb, 1991-1995
(4 folders)
2 36 London: National Art Library, 1992
2 37 London: Andre Stitt, 1989
2 38 London: Stefan Szczelkun, 1986-1994
2 39 York: Ainslie Waller (Make Your Mark Rubber Stamps), 1995
2 France
2 40-46 Levallois: Daniel Daligand, 1985-1995
(7 folders)
2 47 Paris: François Duvivier, 1990
2 48 Paris: Hervé Fischer, 1992
2 49-51 Toulon: Jean-Noël Laszlo, 1989-1993
(3 folders)
2 52 Andeville: Pascal Lenoir, 1987-1993
2 53-54 Pantin: Christophe Mielle, 1990-1994
(2 folders)
2 55 Paris: Musée de la Poste, 1989
2 56 Paris: Le Peintre Nato, 1990-1992
2 57 Paris: Pierre Restany, 1991
2 58 Paris: Christian Rigal, 1991
2 59 Straasbourg: Jean-François Robic, 1995
2 60 Ivry-sur-Seine: Matthew Rose, 1995
2 61 Nice: Ben Vautier, 1984-1989
2 62 St. Pierre de Vassois: Darko Vulic, 1995
2 63 French Guiana (Cayenne): Claudine Polet, 1987
2 Germany
2 64 Halle: Guillermo Deissler, 1989
(oversized material housed in Box 10)
2 65-66 East Berlin: Robert and Ruth Rehfield, 1984-1990
(2 folders)
2 67 Dresden: Joachim Strange, 1984
2 68 East Berlin: Lutz Wohlrab, 1989
2 69 Stuttgart: Sohm Archiv, 1991-1992
2 70-72 Edweecht: Klaus Groh, 1977-1990
(3 folders)
2 73 Berlin: Volker Hamann, 1984
2 74-76 Berlin: Graf Haufen, 1986-1988
(3 folders)
2 77-82 Minden: Jo Klaffki (a.k.a. Joki Mailart), 1986-1994
(6 folders)
2 83-87 Minden: Peter Küstermann (a.k.a. Peter Netmail), 1987-1994
(5 folders)
2 88-91 Frankfurt: Henning Mittendorf, 1991-1994
(4 folders)
2 92 Kassel: Jürgen Olbrich, 1984-1988
2 93 Cologne: Geza Perneczky, 1991
2 94 Cologne: Endre Tót, 1991-1992
2 95 Hanover: Timm Ulrichs, 1984
2 96 Bielefeld: Achim Weigelt, 1989
2 97 Ghana (Accra): Ayah Okwabi, 1989
2 98 Greece (Athens): Mit Mitropoulas, 1989
2 99 Guatemala (Sollá): Guido Bondioli, 1990-1995
2 Holland
2 100-102 Amsterdam: Ulises Carrión, 1979-1986
(3 folders)
2 103 Middelburg: Ko DeJonge, 1991
2 104 Amsterdam: Henryk Gajewski, 1984
2 105 Amsterdam: Michael Gibbs, 1981
2 106 Den Haag: PTT Museum, 1992
2 107 Maastricht: Rod Summers, 1992-1994
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
2 108 Leiden: Carola van der Heyden, 1991-1993
2 109 Rotterdam: Peter van Beveren, 1991
2 110 Den Haag: Sonja van der Burg, 1985
2 111 Oostberg: Jan Verschoore, 1989
2 112 Hong Kong (Kowloon Tong): Ken Keobke, 1995
Box Folder
3 Hungary
3 1-2 Budapest: György and Julia Galan'ntai (Art Pool), 1981-1993
(2 folders)
3 3 Budapest: Katalin Timár, 1993
3 4 India (Karnataka): Swami Nirmalanand and Viswa Shanti Nikethana, 1994-1995
3 5-6 Indonesia (Jakarta): Byron Black, 1990-1993
(2 folders)
3 7 Ireland (West Cork): Tony Lowes, 1988
3 8 Israel (Migdal Haemek): Rivenzon Yanoz, 1989
3 Italy
3 9-13 Viareggio: Vittore Baroni, 1986-1992
(5 folders)
3 14 Bologna: Anna Boschi, 1991
3 15-17 Florence: Giovanni Brio, 1989-1994
(3 folders)
3 18 Parma: Centro Documentazione Archivi Internazionali di Romano Peli and Michaela Versari, 1985
3 19 Brescia: Guglielmo Cavellini, 1984-1988
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 20-21 Bertiolo: Piermario Ciani, 1991-1995
(2 folders)
3 22 Salerno: Salvatore De Rosa, 1988
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 23-26 Milan: Ruggero Maggi, 1984-1991
(4 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 27-29 Genova: Plinio Mesciulam (a.k.a. Mohammed), 1978-1982
(3 folders)
3 Japan
3 30-33 Osaka: Ryosuke Cohen, 1983-1999, undated
(4 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 34-35 Amagasaki: Mayumi Handa, 1988-1993
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 36-37 Zushi: Kowa Kato, 1985-1989
(2 folders)
3 38 Osaka: Seiko Miyazaki, 1988
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 39 Kyoto: Shigeru Nakayama (Shigeru Tamaru), 1988-1990
3 40-44 Nishinomiya: Shozo Shimamoto, 1983-1995, undated
5 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 45 Marubavashi: K. Takeishi-Tateno (a.k.a. Aerial Print), 1993-1995
3 46 Ehime: Teruyuki Tsubouchi, 1989
3 47 Luxembourg (Echternach): Francis Van Maele, 1995
3 Mexico
3 48 Mexico City: Cesar Espinosa, 1985
3 49 Mexico City: Mauricio Guerrero, 1985
3 50-56 Tepoztlan: David Zack, 1983-1987
(7 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 57 Myanmar (Yangon): Dao Badao, 1996
3 58 Poland (Katowice): Henryk Bzdok, 1981
3 58 Katowice: Henryk Bzdok, 1981
3 59-62 Elblag: Pawel Petasz, 1986-1991
(4 folders)
3 63 Warsaw: Piotr Rypson, 1989
3 Portugal
3 64 Porto: César Figueiredo, 1989
3 65 Lisbon: José Oliveira, 1992
3 66-70 Romania (Timisoara): Iosif Király, 1986-1990
(5 folders)
3 Spain
3 71 Madrid: Ibirico, 1994
3 72 Barcelona: Pere Sousa, 1993-1994
3 73-76 Sweden (Stockholm): Peter Meyer, 1984-1994, undated
(4 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 Switzerland
3 77 Geneva: Juan Aguis, 1994-1995
3 78-82 Trogen: Hans Ruedi Fricker, 1987-1995, undated
(5 folders)
3 83 Edmatingen: Peter Kaufmann, 1991-1995
3 84 St. Gallen: Kunstmuseum, 1988-1989
3 85 Bern: PTT Museum, 1992-1993
3 86-89 Genéva-Peney: Günther Ruch, 1986-1990
(4 folders)
3 90 Turkey (Ankara): Selvin Art Gallery, 1994
3 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
3 91-96 Tartu, Estonia: Ilmar Kruusamae, 1987-1993
(6 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
3 97-98 Pakruojis, Lithuania: Jonas Nekrasius, 1989-1991
(2 folders)
Box Folder
4 1-9 Eysk, Russia: Serge Segay and Rea Nikonova, 1988-1992
(9 folders)
4 10-11 St. Petersburg, Russia: Eugene Shashkin, 1991-1993
(2 folders)
4 12 Gorky, Russia: Andrew Stepanov, 1990
4 13 Leningrad, Russia: Oleg and Olga Yudin, 1990
4 14 Uruguay
4 14 Montevideo: Jorge Caraballo, 1989
4 15-19 Montevideo: Clemente Padin, 1984-1995
(5 folders)
4 20 Montevideo: Ruben Tani and Virginia Fernandez, 1984
4 21 Wales (Dyfed): Barry Edgar Pilcher, 1985-1988
4 Yugoslavia
4 22 Odzaci: Nenad Bogdanovic, 1987-1995
4 23 Odzaci: Aleksandar Jovanovic, 1995
4 24-28 Beograd: Dobrica Kamperlic, 1989-1992
(5 folders)
4 29 Novisad: Bálint Szombathy, 1989-1990
4 30-35 Novisad: Andrew Tisma, 1986-1995
(6 folders)
4 36 Beograd: Milena Tomanovic, 1993
4 United States of America
4 37-45 San Antonio, Texas: Al Ackerman (a.k.a. Will Greathouse), 1983-1992, undated
(9 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
4 46 Tarzana, California: Darlene Altshul (a.k.a. Tarzana Savannah, Femailist), 1991-1992
4 47-48 Madison, Wisconsin: Miekal And, 1985-1987, undated
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
4 49 New York, New York: Carl Andre, 1985-1989
4 50-51 San Francisco, California: Art Com, 1984-1991
(2 folders)
4 52 Brooklyn, New York: Gerard Barbot, 1988, undated
4 53 Buffalo, New York: Michael Basinski, 1991
4 54-55 Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Patrick Beilman (Cowtown Art), 1981-1985
(2 folders)
4 56-57 Columbus, Ohio: John Bennett (Luna Bisonte Prods), 1983-1989
(2 folders)
4 58 Albany, New York: Bob Black, 1995
4 59-62 Hurleyville, New York: Julie Hagan Bloch, 1987-1992
(4 folders)
4 63-68 New York, New York: Mark Bloch (Pan), 1981-1990, undated
(6 folders)
4 69-80 Gurdon, Arkansas: Russell Butler (buZ blurr), 1981-1997, undated
(12 folders)
Box Folder
5 1-14 Gurdon, Arkansas: Russell Butler (buZ blurr), 1981-1997, undated
(14 folders)
5 15-25 Tyringham, Massachusetts: Jean Brown, 1977-1991
(11 folders)
5 26-27 Birmingham, Alabama: Charlton Burch, 1986-1991
(2 folders)
5 28 Seattle, Washington: C. T. Chew, 1987-1991, undated
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
5 29 Long Island, New York: Buster Cleveland, 1989-1993
5 30 Brooklyn, New York: David Cole, 1989-1990
5 31 Berkeley, California: Geoffrey Cook, 1992
5 32 Preston Park, Pennsylvania: M. B. Corbett (a.k.a. Tensetendoned), 1992-1994
(3 folders)
5 33-35 Youngstown, Ohio: Mark and Mel Corrato (a.k.a. FaGaGaGa), 1990-1996, undated
5 36 Sacramento, California: Michael Crane, 1977-1978
5 37 Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Richard Craven (a.k.a. richard C.), 1981-1987
5 38 Madison, Wisconsin: James Danky, 1993-1994
5 39 Oakland, California: Lowell Darling, 1983
5 40 Omaha, Nebraska: Dazar (a.k.a. Omahaha), 1986-1987
5 41 Seattle, Washington: Davidson Galleries, 1990-1993
5 42-43 Minneapolis, Minnesota: Jan DeSirey and Chris Dodge, 1988-1991
(2 folders)
5 44-45 Seattle, Washington: Dogfish (Robert Ruding), 1985-1991
(2 folders)
5 46-48 Iowa City, Iowa: Lloyd Dunn, 1991-1993
(3 folders)
5 49-50 Santa Monica, California: Steve Durland, 1981-1991
(2 folders)
5 51-52 San Francisco, California: Mike Dyar (a.k.a. Eat Art), 1991-1995
(2 folders)
5 53-56 Los Angeles, California: Jesse Edwards, 1983-1993, undated
(4 folders)
5 57-58 New York, New York: John Evans, 1981-1998
(2 folders)
5 59 Klamuth Falls, Oregon: Walt Evans, 1990, undated
5 60 Saratoga, California: Arturo Fallico, 1992
5 61-63 Oberlin, Ohio: Harley Francis (a.k.a. Terra Candella), 1985-1989
(3 folders)
5 64 New York, New York: Peter Frank, 1984
5 65 New York, New York: Franklin Furnace, 1981
5 66-67 New York, New York: Ken Friedman, 1984-1989
(2 folders)
5 68-72 San Francisco, California: William Gaglione (a.k.a. Daddaland), 1979-1996, undated
(5 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
5 73 Santa Monica, California: Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1991
5 74 Norwich, New York: Clement Greenberg, 1977
5 75 Brookline, Massachusetts: David Greenberger, 1979-1985
5 76 Rensselaer, New York: Mike Gunderloy, 1988-1990
Box Folder
6 1 Whittier, California: Laurel Hall (a.k.a. Gorey Laurie), 1995
6 2 Dallas, Texas: Andy Hanson, 1991-1995
6 3-5 Atlanta, Georgia: Dorothy Harris (a.k.a. Arto Posto), 1990-1995
(3 folders)
6 6 Clinton, Connecticut: Margaret Held (Mrs. John Held, Jr.), 1979
6 7-8 Barrytown, New York: Dick Higgins, 1977-1997
(2 folders)
6 9-10 Thousand Oaks, California: Janet Hofacker (a.k.a. Illustrated Woman), 1982-1994, undated
(2 folders)
6 11-12 Pasadena, California: Judith A. Hoffberg, 1980-1994
(2 folders)
6 13 Syracuse, New York: Matt Hogan, 1988-1991
6 14-15 Florence, Alabama: Mimi Holmes (a.k.a. Art Missionary), 1986-1989
(2 folders)
6 16-18 Richmond, Virginia: Davi Det Hompson (David E. Thompson), 1981-1994
(3 folders)
6 19-20 Austin, Texas: Honoria (Madelyn Starbuck), 1989-1991
(2 folders)
6 21-23 Rifton, New York: Jennifer Huebert, 1992-1993, undated
(3 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
6 24 Canton, Texas: Jerry Hunt, 1991-1993
6 25 Ukiah, California: Inter-Dada 80, 1980
6 26-27 San Francisco, California: Inter-Dada 84, 1984
(2 folders)
6 28-29 San Francisco, California: Leavenworth Jackson, 1984-1988
(2 folders)
6 30-31 New York, New York: John P. Jacobs (a.k.a. Hype), 1983-1987, undated
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
6 32-35 Locust Valley, New York: Ray Johnson, 1977-1990
(4 folders)
6 36-38 Fremont, California: Gerald X. Jupitter-Larsen, 1981-1991, undated
(3 folders)
6 39-40 Chico, California: Bob Kirkman, 1984-1994
(2 folders)
6 41-42 New York, New York: Richard Kostelanetz, 1978-1989
(2 folders)
6 43-48 Utica, New York: Jonas Kover (a.k.a. J. K. Post), 1987-1995, undated
(6 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
6 49 Chicago, Illinois: Bradley Lastname, 1982, undated
6 50-52 Richmond, Virginia: Gene Laughter, 1984-1986
(3 folders)
6 53 San Francisco, California: Steven Leiber, 1991
6 54 Utica, New York: Toby Levy, 1984
6 55 Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1995
6 56 Syracuse, New York: Light Work, 1981-1991
6 57 San Francisco, California: Ginny Lloyd, 1984-1988
6 58 Cincinnati, Ohio: Michael Lowe, 1993
6 59-60 Rohnert Park, California: Tim Mancusi, 1992-1995
(2 folders)
6 61 Amarillo, Texas: Stanley Marsh, 1994
6 62 Fremont, California: Misery Research Center, 1990
6 63 Dallas, Texas: Modern Realism, 1984-1992, undated
6 64 New York, New York: Barbara Moore, 1981-1993
6 65 Rochester, New York: Robert C. Morgan, 1988-1991
6 66 North Valley Stream, New York: National Stampagraphic, 1983-1995
6 67 New York, New York: Valery Oisteanu, 1985
6 68-69 Chicago, Illinois: Ashley Parker Owens, 1992-1995, undated
(2 folders)
6 70 Houston, Texas: Tom Pack, 1985-1988
6 71-75 Bellingham, Washington: J. C. Palmer (a.k.a. Rudi Rubberoid), 1987-1995
(5 folders)
6 76 Garland, Texas: Julie Paquette (a.k.a. e-poste facto), 1992, undated
6 77 Boulder, Colorado: Julle Peasley, 1990
6 78-81 Iowa City, Iowa: Stephen Perkins, 1991-1995
(4 folders)
6 82-83 New York, New York: Clive Phillpot, 1988-1994
(2 folders)
6 84-88 New York, New York: Carlo Pittore (Charles Stanley), 1983-1991
(5 folders)
6 89 Eureka, California: Ms. Pitts, 1981
Box Folder
7 1-7 Austin, Texas: Daniel Plunkett, 1982-1995
(7 folders)
7 8-10 New York, New York: Ed M. Plunkett, 1973-1985, undated
(7 folders)
7 11 Belfast, Maine: Bern Porter, 1988
7 12-13 New York, New York: Printed Matter, Inc., 1981-1992
(2 folders)
7 14 San Francisco, California: Private World, 1984
7 15-18 Tarpon Springs, Florida: John Pyros (Epistolary Stud Farm), 1986-1989, undated
(4 folders)
7 19 Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Ram Cell, 1994-1995
7 20-21 Greenfield, Massachusetts: Steve Random, 1983-1984
(2 folders)
7 22 Sausalito, California: Howard Reingold, 1992
7 23-26 San Francisco, California: Robert RoCola, 1984-1993
(4 folders)
7 27 Miami Beach, Florida: Ruth and Marvin Sackner, 1989
7 28-33 Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1989-1994
(6 folders)
7 34 Lansing, Michigan: Carol Schneck, undated
7 35 Fresno, California: E. Z. Smith, 1991
7 36 Culver City, California: Barbara Solarz, 1994
7 37-39 Berkeley, California: Norman Solomon (a.k.a. Mr. Postcards), 1990-1994
(3 folders)
7 40 Dallas, Texas: Alan Sondheim, 1988-1989
7 41-42 Corvalis, Oregon: Roberta Sperling, 1983-1993, undated
(2 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
7 43-50 Los Angeles, California: Lon Spiegelman, 1982-1992, undated
(8 folders; oversized material housed in Box 10)
7 51 Newton Centre, Massachusetts: Jonathan Stangroom, 1991-1992
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
7 52 Minneapolis, Minnesota: State of Being (Reid Wood), 1987-1994
7 53 Minneapolis, Minnesota: Roslyn Stendahl (a.k.a. Gummiglot), 1991-1993
7 54 Oatman, Arizona: Carol Stetser, 1987-1993
7 55 Stamford, Connecticut: Lowry Thompson, 1981
7 56 San Francisco, California: Darlene Tong, 1992
7 57-59 Burbank, California: John Tostdada (a.k.a. Johnny Tostdada or Oh Boy Mail Art), 1985-1992
(3 folders)
7 60-61 Des Moines, Iowa: Fred Truck, 1980-1992, undated
(2 folders)
7 62 Dallas, Texas: Bob Wade (a.k.a. Daddy-O), 1982-1992, undated
7 63 Madison, Wisconsin: Liz Was, undated
7 64 Hanover, Maryland: Nanci Waterman, 1995
7 65-78 Lebanon, New Hampshire: Chuck Welch (a.k.a. Crackerjack Kid), 1982-1995, undated
(14 folders)
7 79-81 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1990
(3 folders)
Box Folder
8 1-11 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1991
(11 folders)
8 12-14 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1992
(3 folders)
8 15 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1993
8 16 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1994
8 17 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1995
8 18 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1997-1998
8 19 Letters Sent by John Held, Jr., 1999-2008
(Oversized material housed in Box 10)
8 20 Letters Exchanged with Steve Durland, "The High Performance Letters," 1991
8 21 Letters from Others Concerning the Annotated Bibliography, 1991
Box Folder
9 1 Notebook: "Key to the Collection," 2008, 2008,
from Box 1, Folder 27
Box Folder
10 1 Oversized Letter from Argentina (La Plata): Graciela Marx, 1988,
from Box 1, Folder 28
10 1 Oversized Letter from Belgium (Wellen): Guy Bleus, 1989,
from Box 1, Folder 40
10 1 Oversized Letter from Canada (Québec): Jean Claude Gagnon, 1994,
from Box 1, Folder 76
10 1 Oversized Letter from England (London): Dictionary of Art, 1994,
from Box 1, Folder 14
10 1 Oversized Letter from Germany (Halle): Guillermo Deissler, 1989,
from Box 2, Folder 64
10 1 Oversized Letter from Holland (Maastricht): Rod Summers, 1992,
from Box 2, Folder 107
10 1 Three Oversized Letters from Italy (Brescia): Guglielmo Cavellini, 1984,
from Box 3, Folder 19
10 1 Oversized Letter from Italy (Salerno): Salvatore De Rosa, 1988,
from Box 3, Folder 22
10 1 Two Oversized Letters from Italy (Milan): Ruggero Maggi, 1990-1991,
from Box 3, Folder 26
10 2 Five Oversized Letters from Japan (Osaka): Ryosuke Cohen, 1985-1999,
from Box 3, Folders 30, 31, and 33
10 2 Four Oversized Letters from Japan (Amagasaki): Mayumi Handa, 1990-1991,
from Box 3, Folder 35
10 3 Eleven Oversized Letters from Japan (Nishinomiya): Shozo Shimamoto, 1983-1994, undated,
from Box 3, Folders 40-44
10 4 Oversized Letter from Mexico (Tepoztlan): David Zack, 1987,
from Box 3, Folder 56
10 4 Oversized Letter from Sweden (Stockholm): Peter Meyer, 1985,
from Box 3, Folder 74
10 4 Oversized Letter from Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Tartu, Estonia): Ilmar Kruusamae, 1990,
from Box 3, Folder 95
10 4 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (San Antonio, Texas): Al Ackerman, 1986,
from Box 4, Folder 38
10 4 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (Madison, Wisconsin): Miekal And, 1985,
from Box 4, Folder 47
10 4 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (Seattle, Washington): C. T. Chew, 1991,
from Box 5, Folder 28
10 4 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (San Francisco, California): William Gaglione (a.k.a. Daddaland), 1991,
from Box 5, Folder 71
10 5 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (Rifton, New York): Jennifer Huebert, 1992,
from Box 6, Folder 22
10 5 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (New York, New York): John P. Jacobs (a.k.a. Hype), 1984,
from Box 6, Folder 31
10 5 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (Utica, New York): Jonas Kover (a.k.a. J. K. Post), 1993,
from Box 6, Folder 48
10 5 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (Corvalis, Oregon): Roberta Sperling, undated,
from Box 7, Folder 41
10 5 Two Oversized Letters from the United States of America (Los Angeles, California): Lon Spiegelman, 1984-1985,
from Box 7, Folders 43 and 44
10 5 Oversized Letter from the United States of America (Newton Centre, Massachusetts): Jonathan Stangroom, 1991,
from Box 7, Folder 51
10 5 Oversized Envelope from John Held, Jr., 2008,
from Box 8, Folder 19
10 6-7 Oversized Letter from Japan (Osaka): Seiko Miyazaki, 1988,
from Box 3, Folder 38

Series 4: Art Work, 1985-2007
(Box 8; 12 folders)

Art work consists of mail art postage stamps: pseudo-postage stamps (artistamps) designed by miscellaneous participants in the international mail art network.

Box Folder
8 Mail Art Postage Stamps
8 22-24 Unidentified Artists, 1995-2006, undated
(3 folders)
8 25 Vittore Baroni (Italy); Keith Bates (England); Boog; M. B. Corbett (a.k.a. Tensetendoned) (U.S.A.), 1992-1993, undated
8 26 Dazar (a.k.a. Omahaha) (U.S.A.); Mike Dickau and John Held, Jr.; Dogfish (Robert Rudine) (U.S.A.), 2003-2004, undated
8 27 Harley Francis (a.k.a. Terra Candella) (U.S.A.); L. Z. Francke; Hans Ruedi Fricker (Switzerland); Arturo G, 1987-1993, undated
8 28 John Held, Jr.; Diane Perin Hock; Jocelyn; Eleanor Kent, 1985-1996, undated
8 29 Peter Küstermann (a.k.a. Peter Netmail) (Germany); Tim Mancusi (U.S.A.); Mary V. Marsh; Eddie Nero, 1992-2004, undated
8 30 Julle Peasley (U.S.A.); Michael W. Phillips, Jr.; Carlo Pittore (U.S.A.); Ram Cell (U.S.A.), 1994-2007, undated
8 31 Robert RoCola (U.S.A.); Shozo Shimamoto (Japan); Jenny Soup; D. C. Spalding, undated
8 32 Sticker Dude; Jonathan Stangroom (U.S.A.); John Tostada (a.k.a. Johnny Tostadada and Oh Boy Mail Art) (U.S.A.), 1997, undated
8 33 Chuck Welch (a.k.a. Crackerjack Kid ) (U.S.A.); Reid Wood (a.k.a. State of Being) (U.S.A.); Gerardo Yepiz, 1987-1990, undated

Series 5: Interview Transcripts, 1977-1995
(Box 8; 7 folders)

Transcripts are of interviews conducted by John Held, Jr. with Al Ackerman, John Cage, Ray Johnson, Allan Kaprow, and interviews with Held, Picasso Gaglione, and Milan Knizak. There is also an interview with Held conducted by Ruud Janssen.

Box Folder
8 34 "Illogical as an Instructive Process: An Interview with Ray Johnson" by John Held, Jr., 1977
8 35 "An Interview with John Cage" by John Held, Jr., 1987
8 36 "An Interview with Allan Kaprow" by John Held, Jr., 1988
8 37 "Al Ackerman Interviewed by John Held, Jr." for ND Magazine, 1991
8 38 "Factsheet Fake Picabia: A Conversation with Picasso Gaglione and John Held, Jr.," 1994
8 39 "An Aktual Conversation Between Milan Knizak and John Held, Jr.," 1994
8 40 "Traveling Art Mail: Interview of John Held, Jr. (Dallas, Texas) by Ruud Janssen (Tilberg, Holland)," 1995

Series 6: Writings, 1984-2000
(Box 8; 51 folders)

Writings by John Held, Jr. consist of catalog essays, miscellaneous essays, bibliographies, miscellaneous box set texts, and miscellaneous typescripts.

Writings are arranged by type and chronologically thereafter.

Box Folder
8 Catalog Essays
8 41 "Andrew Tisma: Spiritual Sculptor;" "The Caustic Jelly Post Portraits of buZ blurr," undated
8 42 "The First International Female Artistamp Exhibition;" "The Formidable Blue Stamp of Yves Klein," undated
8 43 "Guy Bleus: Global Administration;" "James W. Felter: Artistamp Activist," undated
8 44 "Learning from Friedman: Rubber Stramp Activity;" "May Wilson: Grandmother to the Avant-Garde," undated
8 45 Catalog Essay: "The Open world of Dobrica Kamperelic," undated
8 46 Catalog Essay: "Robert Watts: The Complete Postage Stamp Sheets, 1961-1986," undated
8 47 Catalog Essay: "The Rubber Stamps of Ray Johnson," undated
8 48 "The Sugar-Coated Bullets of Pawel Petasz;" "The Tam Rubberstamp-Archive of Ruud Janssen," undated
8 49 "The Treatment of Vision: Arman's Cachets," undated
8 50 "Yugoslavian Networkers: Towards the Open World on an Unpaved Super Highway," undated
8 Miscellaneous Essays
8 51 "An Introduction to Faux Post;" "A Ray Johnson Miscellany," undated
8 52 "Architecture (for Guy Bleus);" "Archives and Memory;" "Archiving and Documenting the Underground," undated
8 53 "Big Brother Meets Art Brut: Photocopier Works by Artists;" "buZ blurr: Caustic Jelly Post;" "Collaging Information: The Artist, The Librarian, The Artist/Librarian," undated
8 54 "Dada Never Preached: the Underground Heroism of Perry 'Indian Ralph' Mancusi;" "Do-It-Yourself Stamp Culture;" "Heart of a Networker," undated
8 55 "Impressions in Flux;" "Justice, Human Rights, and the Printed Word (Eastern European, Yugoslavian, and Cuban Alternative Publishing," undated
8 56 "The Last Shadow Performance;" "Mail Art at the End of the Century;" "Mailfestas and Marathons: Cross Currents in Contemporary Mail Art," undated
8 57 "The Most Famous Unknown Artist" (Ray Johnson); "Notes from the Rim: Interviews, Travel Diaries, and Essays;" "Open World of Netland;" "Picasso Gaglione: Black Mail Post," undated
8 58 "Ray Johnson and the Mail Art Show;" "Resolutions of the Networker Writers Congress;" "The Shadow Project: A Collaboration Between the Mail Art Network and Peace Activists in Contemplation of an Uncertain Age," undated
8 59 "The Sound of One Sandal Flapping" (Sanford Berman); "Soviet Impressions: Rubber Stamps in the U.S.S.R.;" "Surrealist Digest: The Rubber Stamps of E. M. Plunkett," undated
8 60 "They Will Go Underground;" "Tim Mancusi: The Complete Artist Postage Stamps;" "Undercurrents: A Keynote Address," undated
8 61 "Unexpected Communication: The Mail Art of Piermario Ciani;" "(What is) International Networker Culture (Anyway)?;" " What is the Social Responsibility of the Artist?: A Catalog," undated
8 62 "Where the Secret is Hidden (a Translation and Commentary)" by Serge Segay, Lloyd Dunn, and John Held, Jr., undated
8 63 "Guglielmo Achille Cavellini;" "From Moticos to Mail Art," 1990
8 64 "Postal Static: Mailbox Magic and Madness," 1990
8 65 "Artist Statement by John Held, Jr.: Decentralized World-Wide Networker Congress;" "Decentralized World-Wide Networker Congress," 1992
8 66 "One Day in the Life of the Eternal Network: (Nov. 10, 1972);" "Crossing the Cactus Curtain: Politics and Isolation Test and the Commitment of Latin American Artists," 1992
8 67 "Open World/People in Bondage: A Performance by John Held, Jr. and Alice Lee Regarding the Yugoslavian Situation;" "Artistamps by Joki," 1993
8 68 "Archivist of the Underground: Jean Brown, 1911-1994;" "Picasso of the Underground: Bill Gaglione Flutters on the Margins of the Art World Helping to Create a Thriving Alternative Culture;" "Do-It-Yourself Postage Stamps," 1993
8 69 "Bunny Dead: The Mysterious Life and Death of Ray Johnson and the Rise of the New York Correspondence School of Art;" "Networking: Origin of Terminology in Mail Art for Eternal Network by Chuck Welch," 1995
8 70 "Notes Toward a History of Artistamps," 1996
8 71 "Dada to DIY: The Rise of Alternative Cultures in the Twentieth Century," 1998
8 72 "Debate on Mail Art (in Response to Clemente Padin);" "In Search of the Photograph that Kills," 1999
8 73 "Before Punk and Zines: Bay Area Dada," 1999
8 74 "A History of Rubber Stamp Art," 1999
8 75 "Chaos and the Network (for Ruggero Maggi;" "Across Vanishing Borders: Mail Art and the Internet," 2000
8 76 "The Fake Picabia Bros. 1992-2000," 2000
8 77 "Julie Hagan Bloch: Eraser Carving for the John Held, Jr. Papers, Archives of American Art;" "Obvious Front 'Industrial Strength Art,'" 2000
8 Bibliographies
8 78 "Artist Postage Stamps: A Selected Bibliography," undated
8 79 "Stamp Art Gallery Store Publications," undated
8 80 "Bay Area Dada, 1970-1984: An Annotated Bibliography," 1984
8 81 "FeMail Art: An Annotated Bibliography," 1991
8 82 "Networker Congress 1992: An Annotated Bibliography," 1991
8 83 "Preparing for Networker Congress: An Annotated Bibliography," 1992
8 84 "California College of the Arts and Crafts Course Bibliography," 1997
8 85 Miscellaneous Box Set Texts, undated
8 86 Box Set Texts: "Faux Fluxus/West Edition;" "Ken Friedman;" "Tim Mancusi," 1995-1996
8 Miscellaneous Typescripts
8 87 "Mail Art Performance Party: A Proposal for Neofest at Sushi, San Diego, California," 1991
8 88 "Stamp Francisco Networker Congress Report," 1992
8 89 "Entries for the Standard Catalogue (As Submitted to the Bugmaster General)," 1993
8 90 "Faux Post" NEA Application, 1995
8 91 "Book Reviews by John Held, Jr.," 1997-2000

Series 7: Project and Event Files, 1982-2000
(Box 8; 11 folders)

This series consists of files concerning projects, tours, lectures, and exhibitions with which John Held, Jr. was involved.

Box Folder
8 92-94 Modern Realism, 1982-2000, undated
(3 folders)
8 95 Los Angeles Tour, 1991
8 96 South America Tour, 1991
8 97 Lecture at Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992
8 98 Dadawerke: A Retrospective Performance History, 1993
8 99 Exhibition L'Art du Tampon (Rubber Stamp) and Loans to the Musée de la Poste, 1995
8 100 Dallas Retrospective, 1995
8 101 The Stamp Art Gallery, 1995-1997, undated
8 102 Exhibition Faux Post, San Francisco Center for the Book, 1999

Series 8: Printed Material, 1989-2000
(Box 8; 11 folders)

Printed material consists primarily of computer-generated printouts of periodicals, a newsletter, exhibition catalogs, and press releases concerning mail art.

Box Folder
8 Periodical Printouts
8 103 Bibliozone (#1-8), 1992
8 104 Bibliozone (#9-19), 1993
8 105 Bibliozone (#20-27), 1994
8 106 Bibliozone (#28-42), 1995
8 107 Bibliozone (#43-54), 1996
8 108 Bibliozone (#55, 57, 58), 1997
8 109 Bibliozone (#60-66), 1998-2000
8 110 Artistampzine (#1), 2000
8 111 Newsletter Re: The E-Mail-Art and Internet-Art Manifesto by E-Pêle-Mêle, 1997
8 112 Exhibition Catalogs, 1989-1996, undated
8 113 Press Releases, 1990-1999, undated