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Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, ca. 1938-2003

Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, ca. 1938-2003

Rosenak, Chuck, 1927-

Author, Collector

Collection Information

Size: 17.6 linear ft.

Summary: The Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material dates from circa 1938-2003 and measures 17.6 linear feet. The collection contains correspondence, writings, notes, printed matter, tape-recorded interviews of artists, and photographs and slides of artists and artwork. The records document the Rosenak's research and collecting trips in the United States, often to isolated locales, in pursuit of new art and insights for their writing projects. The collection relates primarily to their research for "Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists," "The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art," "Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide,"and "The Saint Makers: Contemporary Santeras y Santeros" and are an important source of information on Twentieth-Century folk art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chuck (1927- ) and Jan Rosenak (1930-) are art collectors and writers from Tesuque, N.M.

Provenance

Donated 1998-1999 by Chuck and Jan Rosenak.

A Finding Aid to the Chuck and Jan Rosenak Research Material, circa 1938-2008, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical Note
Chuck and Jan Rosenak are widely regarded as authorities in the field of American folk art. They amassed one of the finest collections of contemporary folk art in the United States and authored four books:
Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists
(New York: Abbeville, 1990),
The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art
(Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Publishing, 1994),
Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide
(New York: Abbeville, 1996), and
The Saint Makers: Contemporary Santeras y Santeros
(Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Publishing, 1998).
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 5 series:
Series 1: Research Files, circa 1938-1999 (Boxes 1-9, 19; 9.2 linear ft.)
Series 2: Loans to Exhibitions, circa 1991-1997, undated (Box 10; 0.4 linear ft.)
Series 3: Miscellaneous Files, circa 1969-2003 (Boxes 10-12; 2.0 linear ft.)
Series 4: Audiotaped Interviews of Artists, circa 1990s (Box 12-13; 1.5 linear ft.)
Series 5: Photographs and Slides, circa 1990s (Boxes 13-18; 4.5 linear ft.)
Provenance
Donated 1998-1999 by Chuck and Jan Rosenak.
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level by Liza Kirwin between 1998 and 2000. Additional work on the collection was completed by intern Carrol Park in 2012.

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

Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, ca. 1938-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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