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A Finding Aid to the Esta Nesbitt papers, 1942-1981

Esta Nesbitt papers, 1942-1981

Nesbitt, Esta, 1918-1975

Educator, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 10.5 linear feet

Summary: The papers of illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator Esta Nesbitt date from circa 1942-1981, with the bulk of the material dated 1964-1975, and measure 10.5 linear feet. They consist of biographical material, correspondence, writings, xerography research files, project and exhibition files, and printed material. Much of the collection relates to Nesbitt's xerography work. Additionally, the collection includes motion picture film and sound recordings related to her film and performance work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Esta Nesbitt (1918-1975) was an illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator who lived and worked in New York City.


The Esta Nesbitt papers were donated by Saul Nesbitt, her husband, to the Archives of American Art in 1981.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources' Hidden Collections grant program.