Robin Forbes slides of SoHo, 1975-1976

A Finding Aid to the Robin Forbes Slides of SoHo, 1975-1976, by Barbara Aikens

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Biographical Information

Robin Forbes (d. 1982) was a photographer working in the SoHo district of New York City in the mid-1970s. He captured numerous images of street scenes, artists, studios, exhibition installations, lofts, people, performances, and businesses of the era.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Robin Forbes Slides of SoHo collection measures 0.4 linear feet and consists entirely of 35mm color slides of the SoHo District of New York City, taken between 1975-1976. Depicted are street scenes of Spring Street, Prince Street, West Broadway, and other streets in SoHo; SoHo faces taken on West Broadway; businesses including the Spring Street Bar, the OH HO SO bar, Fanelli's Bar, Parocelso, The Cheese Store, Clockmaker/Miso, and the SoHo Weekly News staff; gallery installations, including Robert Morris and Robert Smithson exhibitions; artists working in SoHo studios including Margery Bihan, Rosemarie Castoro, Marisol, and unknown artists, and dance performances and poetry readings.

Arrangement and Series Description

Due to its small size, this collection has been arranged into one series. Box numbers in the finding aid container listing represent archival slide storage containers housed in one larger box. Within each new container, groupings of slides are titled and arranged according to the handwritten labels found on the original slide boxes. These groupings are listed as folders in the finding aid.

Subjects and Names

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

  • Bihan, Margery
  • Castoro, Rosemarie
  • Marisol, 1930-
  • Morris, Robert, 1931-
  • Smithson, Robert
  • Slides
  • SoHo (New York, N.Y.)


The collection was donated in 1988 by the estate of Robin Forbes via executor Jerremiah O. Bragstad.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was minimally processed by Barbara Aikens in 2013.

The goal for minimal-level processing at the Archives of American Art is to provide access to collections as quickly as possible while maintaining our high standards for arrangement, description and preservation. Generally, materials are minimally rearranged, existing folder titles are retained, and all materials are rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Staples and other fasteners are not removed, but materials are removed from binders or damaged binding when necessary.

How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. research center.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Robin Forbes slides of SoHo 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.

Available Formats

This collection has been digitized in its entirety and is available on the Archives of American Art's website.

How to Cite this Collection

Robin Forbes slides of SoHo, 1975-1976, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Slides of Soho, 1975-1976
0.4 Linear feet; Box 1

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
1 1 Soho Faces, West Broadway, 1975-1976
1 2 Artists in Studios, Margery Bihan, 1975-1976
1 3 Artists in Studios, Rosemarie Castoro, 1975-1976
1 4 Artists in Studios, Marisol, 1975-1976
1 5 Artists in Studios, Unidentified Artists, 1975-1976
Box Folder
2 1 Soho Gallery Installations, Smithson/Morris, 1975-1976
2 2 Soho Gallery Installations, Unidentified, 1975-1976
2 3 Soho Performances, Dance and Poetry, 1975-1976
Box Folder
3 1 Soho Businesses, Spring St. Bar, 1975-1976
3 2 Soho Businesses, OH HO SO, 1975-1976
3 3 Soho Businesses, Fanelli's Bar, 1975-1976
3 4 Soho Businesses, Parocelso, 1975-1976
3 5 Soho Businesses, The Cheese Store, 1975-1976
3 6 Soho Businesses, Clockmaker/Miso, 1975-1976
Box Folder
4 1 Soho Newspaper, Soho Weekly News Staff, 1975-1976
4 2 Soho District, 1975-1976
4 3 Soho District, 1975-1976
4 4 Soho District, 1975-1976
4 5 Soho District, 1975-1976