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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as nine series

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1970-1990
0.3 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material dates from circa 1970 to 1990 and includes artist's statements, biographical writings, lists, life and death documents, a memorial book, naturalization paperwork, and one file of collaborative poetry with David Rattray.
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Art Supply Lists, circa 1980s
1
1
Artist's Statements and Biographical Writings, circa 1970s-1989
1
2
Contact Lists, 1986
1
3
Life and Death Documents, 1986-1989
1
4
Memorial Book, 1989
1
5
Naturalization, 1971-1977
1
6
Pet Records, 1973-1984
1
7
Writings, "Opening the Eyelid," Poetry Collaboration with David Rattray, circa 1986
1
8

Series 2: Correspondence , 1957-2014
2.2 Linear feet
Box 1-3

Correspondence dates from 1957-2014 and includes letters and postcards from Cheng's friends, artists, and family. Notable correspondents include Tally Brown, Ira Cohen, Gregory Millard, Vali Myers, David Rattray, and Dui Seid. Several folders contain letters from Cheng to friends, primarily Tally Brown and Dui Seid. Mixed in with letters are exhibition flyers, photographs, and two limited edition publications by Ira Cohen, published by the Bardo Matrix Press in Kathmandu, Nepal. This series also includes professional correspondence from galleries and museums to Cheng or his estate, managed Sybao Cheng-Wilson.
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List of Correspondents compiled by Sybao Cheng-Wilson, circa 2014
1
9
Anderson, Gitte and William Thune, 1986-1989
1
10
Andrews, Frank, 1979-1989
1
11
A, General, circa 1980-1985
1
12
Barrat, Martine, 1980-1987
1
13
Brown, Tally (to Cheng), circa 1972-1980
1
14
Brown, Tally (from Cheng), circa 1972-1985
1
15
Brown, Tally (from Cheng and Greg Millard), Geechies Manuscript, 1981-1985
1
16
B, General, 1975-1986
1
17
Cheng, Paifong Robert (Father), 1957-1993
1
18
Cheng, Pax (Half-brother), circa 1980
1
19
Cheng, Rosita Yu-fan (Mother), 1977-1983
1
20
Cheng-Wilson, Sybao (Sister), circa 1972-1989
1
21-22
Cheng-Wilson, Sybao (Sister) (as executer of estate), 1994-2014
1
23
Cho, Howard (Uncle), 1979-1985
1
24
Cohen, Ira, 1975-1987
1
25
C, General, 1977-1986
Includes cards from Bernard Childs
1
26
Döhrer, Claus, 1975-1987
1
27
D, General, circa 1985-1987
1
28
Eng, Faye, 1984-1987
1
29
Engram, Timothy, 1965-1996
1
30
Epstein, Diane, 1980-1989
1
31
E-F, General, 1979-1989
1
32
Gabrielli, Alexandria, 1977-1987
1
33
Green, Ricky O'Dell, 1983-1989
2
1
G, General, 1981-1988
2
2
Haizlip, Ellis, 1983-1988
2
3
H-J, General, 1977-1986
Includes notes from Buffie Johnson and a letter from Charles James
2
4
Kolovakos, Gregory, 1985-1988
2
5
Kumagi, Tokio, 1976-1986
2
6
Kutcha, Ron and Kiyoshi, 1979-1988
2
7
K, General, 1978-1987
2
8
Lesnowich, Barbara (Cheng's Psychic), 1974-1986
2
9-10
Lutz, Winifred, 1985-1986
2
11
L, General, circa 1975-1985
2
12
Milinaire, Caterine, 1975-1985
2
13
Millard, Gregory, 1978-1984
2
14
Myers, Vali, 1970-1976
2
15
Myers, Vali, 1977-1988
2
16
M, General, 1974-1987
Includes one illustrated letter from Cookie Mueller
2
17
N-O, General, 1979, 1986
2
18
Professional Correspondence, 1970s-1980s
2
19-20
P, General, 1982-1988
2
21
Rattray, David, 1970-1989
2
22-24
R, General, 1973-1986
2
25
Saunders, Mae, 1982-1989
2
26
Schiff, Gert (includes many condolence letters), 1988-1989
2
27
Seid, Dui (to Cheng), 1973-1985
3
1
Seid, Dui (from Cheng), 1972-1979
3
2
S, General, 1978-1987
3
3
Tisa, Ken, circa 1979-1982
3
4
T-V, General, 1978-1988
3
5
Waitzkin, Stella, 1981-1989
3
6
Wijers, Louwrien, 1979-1984
3
7
W-Y, General, 1980-1988
3
8
First Names Only and Unidentified Senders, circa 1970-1989
3
9-11

Series 3: Personal Business and Estate Records , circa 1970-2010
0.7 Linear feet
Box 3-4

Personal business and estate records date from circa 1970-2010 and contain contracts, loan agreements, inventories, and other records documenting income and expenses.
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Estate and Will, 1989-1990
3
12
Expenses and Income, 1976-1985
3
13-19
Expenses and Income, 1986-1989
4
1-2
Lists and Loan Agreements, circa 1970-2010
4
3

Series 4: Printed Material , circa 1970-2011
1.1 Linear feet
Box 1-5, 7, OV 9

Printed material dates from circa 1970-2011 and is comprised of books, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, journals, magazines, newsletters, postcards, press releases, programs, and posters. The material here predominantly documents the careers of Cheng and his friends. One folder contains material related to Geechies, a collection of poetry by Gregory Millard.
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Books, 1973-1994
Oversized book housed in Box 7, Folder 1
4
4-5
Clippings, 1974-2004
Oversized clippings housed in Box 7, Folder 2
4
6
Ephemera from Geechies, poetry by Gregory Millard, circa 1983
4
7
Exhibition Announcements, 1976-1990
4
8
Exhibition Catalogs, 1978-1986
4
9-10
Journals, 1994, 1989
4
11
Magazines, 1972-1992
Oversized magazine housed in Box 7, Folders 3-6
4
12-17
Newsletters, 1986
4
18
Newspaper, The SoHo News, 1977
5
1
Pamphlet, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2011
5
2
Postcards, 1970s
5
3-4
Press Releases, 1976-1996
5
5
Programs, circa 1976-1980
5
6
Oversized Book, Milk n' Honey by Mati Klarwein from Box 4, Folder 4
7
1
Oversized Clippings from Box 4, Folder 6
7
2
Oversized Magazines from Box 4, Folders 12-17
7
3-6
Posters, 1976-1985
OV 9

Series 5: Scrapbook , 1982-1983
1 Folder
Box 5

The scrapbook dates from 1982-1983 and contains clippings and reproductions of Cheng's work.
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Scrapbook, 1982-1983
5
7

Series 6: Photographic Material , circa 1950-1990
0.4 Linear feet
Box 5, 7

Photographic material dates from circa 1950-1990 and includes photographs, negatives, and slides featuring portraits of Cheng, Gregory Millard, Tally Brown, Vali Myers, Sybao Cheng-Wilson, and others. The folder titled "Artwork," contains photographs of Cheng's paintings, reference subjects, and photographs taken while a student. The photograph album consists of Cheng's work, travel pictures, and friends, including Gert Schiff.
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Cheng, Friends, Family, circa 1950-1989
Oversized photos housed in Box 7, Folder 8
5
8-9
Artwork, 1960s-1980s
Oversized photos housed in Box 7, Folder 9
5
10
Photo Album, circa 1980s
7
7
Oversized Cheng, Friends, Family from Box 5, Folder 8
7
8
Oversized Artwork from Box 5, Folder 10
7
9

Series 7: Artwork , circa 1960-1990
1 Linear foot
Box 5, 8, OV 10

Artwork dates from circa 1960-1990 and includes over a hundred drawings and sketches, mostly quick studies of geometric compositions. These works are predominantly in pencil, ink, and colored pencil. Also included here is a leather bag similar to those he made and sold in the 1960s, and stencils used to create a larger work. One folder contains artwork by other unidentified artists.
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"Window" Drawings, circa 1980s
5
11
Drawings and Sketches, 1970s-1980s
Oversized drawings and sketches housed in Box 8, Folders 1-5
5
12-14
Leather Bag, 1960s
5
15
Artwork by Others, 1980s
5
16
Oversized Drawings and Sketches from Box 5, Folders 12-14
8
1-5
Oversized Stencils, circa 1980s
OV 10

Series 8: Sketchbooks , circa 1970-1990
0.5 Linear feet
Box 6, 8

Fifteen sketchbooks date from circa 1970-1990 and are filled mostly with quick studies done in pencil of geometric compositions.
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Sketchbook, circa 1970
6
1
Sketchbook, 1985
6
2
Sketchbook, 1986
6
3
Sketchbook, 1987
6
4
Sketchbooks (4), 1980s
6
5-6
Oversized Sketchbook, 1985
8
6
Oversized Sketchbook, 1987
8
7
Oversized Sketchbooks (5), 1980s
8
8-12

Series 9: Artifacts , circa 1970-1990
0.6 Linear feet
Box 6

Artifacts date from circa 1970-1990 and include a metal box which held some of the letters from Vali Myers, along with various fabric scraps. The letters can be found in Series 2: Correspondence. Also found here is a paintbrush, and a blue enamel mug, which is the subject of one of Cheng's paintings.
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Artifacts, 1970s-1980s
6
7

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