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Ching Ho Cheng papers, circa 1950-2014, bulk 1970-1989

Ching Ho Cheng papers, circa 1950-2014, bulk 1970-1989

Cheng, Ching Ho, 1946-1989


Collection Information

Size: 6.8 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Ching Ho Cheng (1946-1989) was a naturalized Asian American artist of Chinese descent who worked primarily in New York City.


The Ching Ho Cheng papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2014 and 2016 by Sybao Cheng Wilson, Cheng's sister and executor of the Ching Ho Cheng estate.

Scope and Contents

The papers of New York City, Asian American artist Ching Ho Cheng measure 2.9 linear feet and date from 1954 to 2014, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1970-1989. The collection documents his art career and life through biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, printed material, a scrapbook, photographs, artwork, and a sketchbook.

Biographical materials include artist's statements, lists, his naturalization documents, and death certificate. Correspondence makes up a significant part of the collection and includes correspondence with family, friends, and artists, including Vali Myers, Tally Brown, Ira Cohen, David Rattray, and Dui Seid, Cheng's close friend and classmate from the Cooper Union. Personal business records concern his estate and also include scattered receipts, contracts, and other agreements. Printed materials include exhibition catalogs and announcements, books, magazines, journals, newsletters, and clippings featuring Cheng and his work. One scrapbook contains clippings and reproductions of Cheng's work. Photographs are of artwork, portraits of Cheng, friends including Gregory Millard and Gert Schiff, and family. Artwork contains one sketchbook, a drawing, stencils, and a leather bag.

An addition of 6.6 linear feet donated 2016 includes personal correspondence; personal business and financial records; photographs of Cheng with other artists, family, and at work; works of art on paper by Cheng and artifacts.

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

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