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Budd Hopkins papers, 1956-1983

Budd Hopkins papers, 1956-1983

Hopkins, Budd, 1931-

Sculptor, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence, writings, printed material, an audio cassette of a lecture, and photographs concern the career of painter Budd Hopkins.

Nineteen letters from artists and colleagues William Littlefield, George Mellor, Rafael Ferrer, Leo Manso, and Carol Haerer (1960-1981). A 3-page financial statement records money due to Hopkins from the Tirca Karlis Gallery (1967). Writings include artist's statements (1956-1972); a 1972 chronology of Hopkins' life; 7 typescripts by Hopkins including a manuscript on MISSING TIME: THE UFO ABDUCTION EXPERIENCE (1980) and essays on recent American painting and artists Jim Brooks, Remo Farruggio and Franz Kline; and Robert Motherwell's essay about Hopkins (1979).

Printed material consists of clippings (1961-1982), exhibition announcements and catalogs (1958-1983), and 3 art school brochures (1962-1974). An audio cassette tape and a 10-page transcript record Hopkins' lecture, "Modernism and the Collage Esthetic, " delivered at Montclair Art Museum (1979). Five photographs and 2 color transparencies show Hopkins; 9 photographs and 121 slides show his works and installations.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y. After attending Oberlin College, Hopkins moved to New York City in 1953, receiving his first exhibition at the Poindexter Gallery in 1956. Later he spent summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he exhibited at the Tirca Karlis Gallery.


Donated 1980-1983 by Budd Hopkins.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in possession of Budd Hopkins.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Budd Hopkins papers, 1956-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.