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Esta Nesbitt papers, circa 1942-1981, bulk 1964-1975

Nesbitt, Esta, 1918-1975

Printmaker, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 10.05 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator Esta Nesbitt measure 10.05 linear feet and date from circa 1942-1981. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, writings, xerography research files, project and exhibition files, and printed material. Much of the collection relates to Nesbitt's xerography art 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. She was a fashion illustrator for about two decades before becoming a children's book illustrator, performance artist, xerography artist, and filmmaker.


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

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Language Note

English .


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