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3EP Ltd. records, 1970-1984, bulk 1979-1984

3EP Ltd. records, 1970-1984, bulk 1979-1984

3EP Ltd.

Collection Information

Size: 4.3 linear feet

Summary: The records of California fine arts print publisher 3EP Ltd. founded by Moo (Mary Margaret) Anderson, Joseph Goldyne, and Paula Kirkeby measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1984. The records include scattered administrative files; artists' files that include correspondence, lists, price lists, and miscellany; printed materials, photographs, including two dismantled photo albums and negatives; and numerous fine arts prints by various contemporary artists, including Gordon Cook, Claire Falkenstein, Joe Fay, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Joseph Goldyne, Jack Jefferson, Frank Lobdell, Fred Martin, Ed Moses, Nathan Oliveira, Jay Phillips, Matt Phillips, and Joseph Zirker.

Administrative records consist of chronological correspondence, subscriber lists and forms, price lists, exhibition lists, and other miscellaneous records. Business/administrative correspondence is mostly between the 3EP Ltd. founders and various museums, galleries, and collectors, with a few letters to artists. Artists' files include resumes, correspondence, catalogs, clippings, photographs and slides. Artists include Chuck Arnoldi, Billy Al Bengston, Gordon Cook, Claire Falkenstein, Joe Fay, Sam Francis, Jack Jefferson, Frank Lobdell, Ed Moses, George Sugarman, and Joseph Zirker, among many others.

Biographical/Historical Note

3EP Ltd. (founded 1978; closed 1984), a print publisher, was founded by Moo (Mary Margaret) Anderson, Joseph Goldyne, and Paula Kirkeby in 1978 in Palo Alto, California.

Provenance

Donated 1984 by Moo (Mary Margaret) Anderson and Paula Kirkeby who own 3EP, Ltd. Plates received with the records were returned to the donors.

Related Materials

A Finding Aid to the 3EP Ltd. Records, 1970-1984, bulk 1979-1984, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical/Historical note
3EP Ltd. was founded by Moo (Mary Margaret) Anderson, Joseph Goldyne, and Paula Kirkeby in 1978 in Palo Alto, California. The print publisher worked with over 20 artists to produce fine art prints and monotypes and operated until 1984.
Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, respectively known as Hunk and Moo, are avid art collectors with one of the largest private art collections of 20th Century American Art. Moo has a special interest in works of art on paper and prints. Moo and Paula Kirkeby, director of Smith Anderson Gallery in Palo Alto, along with San Francisco artist Joseph Goldyne formed 3EP Ltd. In addition to sales, the mission of 3EP Ltd. was to encourage experimentation with the monoprint. Anderson and Kirkeby commissioned a custom-built Takach-Garfield press for their facilities and invited artists to work with the monotype technique and printmaking, techniques that were initially unfamiliar to many of the artists who worked with 3EP Ltd. Artists invited to work at 3EP include Gordon Cook, Claire Falkenstein, Joe Fay, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Frank Lobdell, Ed Moses, Nathan Oliviera, Jay and Matt Phillips, and many others. 3EP Ltd. closed in 1984.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as 5 series.
Series 1: Administrative Records, 1978-1984 (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Artists Files, 1970-1984 (1.8 linear feet; Box 1-2)
Series 3: Printed Material, 1981-1984 (0.1 linear feet; Box 3)
Series 4: Artwork, 1979-1984 (1.9 linear feet; OV 4-22)
Series 5: Photographic Material, 1981-1983 (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
Provenance
Donated 1984 by Moo (Mary Margaret) Anderson and Paula Kirkeby who own 3EP, Ltd. Plates received with the records were returned to the donors.
Processing Information note
The collection was partially microfilmed shortly after receipt on reels 3534-3536. The collection was additionally re-processed and a finding aid prepared by Rihoko Ueno in 2014. At that time, the fine art prints were housed more appropriately.

Additional Forms Available

Portions of the collection are also available on 35 mm microfilm reels 3534-3536 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers are advised that the order of microfilm no longer matches the order of the arranged collection.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

3EP Ltd. records, 1970-1984, bulk 1979-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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