Rose Slivka papers, circa 1947-2006, bulk 1950-1999

Slivka, Rose, b. 1919 d. 2004
Author, Editor
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 20.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of craft expert Rose Slivka, an editor, writer, critic, and educator, measure 20.8 linear feet and date from circa 1947-2006, with the bulk of materials from 1950-1999. The papers reflect Slivka's work with associations and universities to encourage the recognition of crafts as an international and broadly defined art form. The routine business of publishing "Craft Horizons" magazine and the founding and operation of "Craft International" magazine are documented by correspondence and subject files. Correspondence is mainly professional with some scattered personal letters. Subject files concern various organizations, individuals and events related to Slivka's work and interests. Among the writings are manuscripts, notes, and research materials for her book about Peter Voulkos; also included are shorter writings on a variety of topics, poems, 2 diaries, lectures, and talks. There are many interviews with craftspeople and artists conducted by Slivka and others, some undertaken as research for articles. Photographs include artwork, views of Slivka, and craftspeople she observed when traveling abroad.

Much of the correspondence relates to her work as editor of Craft Horizons, involvement with the American Crafts Council, World Crafts Council, and other organizations and institutions that promoted acceptace of crafts as an art form.

Interviews with craftsmen and other artists were conducted by Rose Slivka and others. Peter Voulkos is espcially well-documented. Among the artists interviewed are: Elaine de Kooning, Philip Guston, Jack Lenor Larsen, Louise Nevelson, and David Slivka. Also found are intereviews with John Cage, Stanley Kunitz, and Rose Slivka.

Writings, notes, and related research are by Slivka and others. Slivka's writings are mainly about crafts, although diaries, poetry, and brief reminiscences are also found. Writings by others include lectures, symposia and panel discussion presentations, and a dissertation on contemporary American craftsmen.

Biographical/Historical Note: Crafts expert Rose Slivka (1919-2004) was an editor, educator, and critic in New York City and East Hampton, NY. Slivka edited Craft Horizons magazine from 1957-1979, and then founded Crafts International, which published its first issue in 1980.

The Rose Slivka papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Slivka's daughter, Charlotte Slivka, in 2008 and 2012.

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