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Adeline Herder papers, 1942-1999

Adeline Herder papers, 1942-1999

Herder, Addie, 1920-


Collection Information

Size: 4.3 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of collage artist Adeline Herder measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1942-1999. The collection presents an overview of Herder's personal life and career as a collage artist. Her personal life is reflected through biographical material, correspondence including letters between Adeline and her husband Milton Herder, and writings and notes including appointment books. The collection offers a rich resource on Herder's artistic activity with correspondence that includes documentation of her relationship with Marjorie Jacobson and the purchase of her work by Roy Neuberger and Joseph Hirshhorn. Herder's career is further represented through exhibition files, printed material, writings and notes, and video recordings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Adeline Herder (1920-) is a collagist from New York, N.Y. and Paris.


Donated 2001 by Adeline Herder.

A Finding Aid to the Adeline Herder Papers,
, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical Note
Adeline Herder (1920-) is a collagist from New York, N.Y. and Paris.
Adeline Herder (neé Olkes) was born on August 30, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Olney High School, Philadelphia, in 1939. In high school, Herder supplemented her studies with summer art classes at Crouse College, Syracuse University, in 1936 and 1938. After completing high school, she enrolled in the Tyler School of Fine Art, Temple University, where she attended classes from 1939-1941. In 1941 she married Milton Herder.
Herder resumed her studies in 1945 when she enrolled at the Philadelphia Museum School. There she made the acquaintance of Roy Davis who would later represent her, first in his gallery Davis & Long Company, and then at Davis & Langdale Company. In 1950, Herder moved to New York City and enrolled in the New School for Social Research. She held her first public show of collages and constructions in 1961 at the Bodley Gallery. Herder remained in New York City until 1962.
In 1963 Herder relocated to Paris, where she resided until 1973, and continued to work on collage constructions. She also worked with the Paris Theatre Workshop and the Studio Theatre of Paris and made masks and costumes for productions including
The Skin of Our Teeth!
. Herder was acquainted with other artists and writers in Paris at the time including Beauford Delaney, James Jones, and Paul Jenkins. In 1972, Joseph Hirshhorn purchased four of Herder's works,
Klosters '64
Beckoning Night City
Pink Circus
, and
Paris (French Box)
through the intermediary Marjorie Jacobson, Herder's personal friend. In 1973, Herder moved back to New York City and through Marjorie Jacobson met Joseph Hirshhorn. At this meeting Hirshhorn purchased two more of her works,
Return to Paris
Gray-Green Machine
. That same year, Roy Neuberger purchased three collages from Herder,
First Black City
Indian Hat Trip
, and
Big Black City
. In 1975, the works were shown in a new acquisitions exhibition at the Neuberger Museum. Herder also participated in the
Color Light & Image
exhibition in 1975, which was part of the United Nations celebration of International Women's Year. In 1977, Herder was awarded visiting artist status at Clayworks Studio in New York City.
Herder, under the name of Addie Herder, has been represented by many galleries including Bodley Gallery, New York City, 1961; Savage Gallery, London, 1968 to 1970; Gruenebaum Gallery, New York City, 1976 to 1980; Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 1981; Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York City, 1985; and Davis & Langdale Company, New York City.
The collection is arranged as 7 series:
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1944-1999 (Boxes 1, 5; 0.5 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1942-1996 (Boxes 1, 5; 0.8 linear feet)
Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1961-1999 (Boxes 1-2, 5; 0.8 linear feet)
Series 4: Printed Material, 1947-1999 (Boxes 2-3, 5; 0.6 linear feet)
Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1956-1996 (Boxes 3-4; 1.2 linear feet)
Series 6: Artwork, 1950-circa 1966 (Boxes 4-5; 4 folders)
Series 7: Video Recordings, 1993, 1996 (Boxes 4-5; 5 items)
Donated 2001 by Adeline Herder.
Processing Information
The colllection was processed by Carla De Luise in 2006.

Restrictions on Access

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

How to Cite This Collection

Adeline Herder papers, 1942-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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