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A Finding Aid to the Helen DeMott papers, 1896-1997

Helen DeMott papers, 1896-1997

DeMott, Helen, 1920-1997

Activist, Painter, Poet

Collection Information

Size: 7.9 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of painter Helen DeMott measure 7.9 linear feet and date from 1896-1997. DeMott's painting career from 1940-1996 is documented through her numerous sketchbooks and original artwork. Also found is biographical material, correspondence, writings and poems, scrapbooks, printed material, photographic material, audio and video recordings, and scattered material from collagist Ray Johnson.

Biographical/Historical Note

Helen DeMott (1920-1997) was a New York City based painter and poet; she had become well-known as an East Village community activist. In 1968, DeMott focused her work on the study of waves, specifically the structure of water wave surfaces. In 1979, DeMott exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the ground-breaking alternative space 112 Workshop/112 Green Street.


The Helen DeMott papers were a bequest of the Archives of American Art in 2003 by James Goldiner, executive for the estate of Helen DeMott.

Related Materials

The holdings of the Archives of American Art include the Esther G. Rolick papers, 1941-1985 and the Ray Johnson papers, 1970-1971.