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

Eva Hesse papers, 1914-1970, 1960-1970 (bulk 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.

Location of Originals

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

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

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