Liza Kirwin, Stephanie Ashley, and Carrol Park
Scope and Contents
The Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material dates from circa 1938-2008 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, The Saint Makers: Contemporary Santeras y Santeros, and are an important source of information on twentieth-century folk art.
The collection was donated by Chuck and Jan Rosenak, 1998-1999.
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. Box 13 was merged into box 12 in 2023, so the current collection inventory goes from box 12 to box 14.