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Eva Hesse papers, 1914-1970, bulk 1960-1970 dates

Hesse, Eva, 1936-1970

Sculptor, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 770 Items, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: 524 letters and postcards; 10 diaries, 1955-1967 describing her work and problems creating it; appointment and address books; interviews of Hesse by Cindy Nemser; Hesse's classroom notes, term papers and teaching notes; papers by Hesse's students, and several essays by Lucy Lippard; personal photographs and photographs of art work; sketchbooks, sketches and drawings; exhibition catalogs, announcements and invitations; 2 scrapbooks of clippings and memorabilia; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor and instructor. Born in Hamburg, Germany, immigrated to the U.S. and later became naturalized. Studied at Pratt Institute, 1952-53, Art Students League, 1953 and Cooper Union, 1954-57, all in New York City. Lecturer at School of Visual Arts, New York City, 1968-70.


Provenance unknown.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Dudley Peter Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm rolls 1475-1477 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Eva Hesse papers, 1914-1970, bulk 1960-1970 dates. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.