Size: 3.1 linear feet
Summary: The Ibram Lassaw papers measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1928-2004. Included are biographical material, correspondence, writings, slides, a scrapbook and additional printed material and audio visual material documenting the career of sculptor Ibram Lassaw. Some of the material has been compiled by Lassaw's daughter, Denise Lassaw, by photocopying original documents and in some cases, compiling them into booklets for her "Lassaw Archives Project." There is a 1.0 linear foot addition to this collection donated 2019 that includes 29 VHS tapes, circa 1984-2004, lectures, television appearances, interviews and other events regarding Ibram Lassaw and other artists.
Biographical information includes resumes and interview certificates; childhood drawings including three volumes of Lassaw's childhood handmade encyclopedia of art; a portfolio containing poems, reminiscences, art work, and photographs prepared for the memorial service of Lassaw's friend, Denise Brown Hare. Correspondence includes letters from the Public Works of Art Project, the Whitney Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. A notebook labeled Alice Mason contains approximately 50 letters and postcards from Lassaw's friend and colleague Alice Trumbull Mason to Lassaw, 1932-1944, and a few letters from Lassaw to Mason. Writings include teaching notes and a reprint of an article by Lassaw, "Perspectives and Reflections of a Sculptor: A Memoir," 1968. Slides are of works of art. Printed material, loose and in a scrapbook, contains clippings, articles, exhibition catalogs, and announcements. Two booklets compiled by Denise Lassaw contain a variety of photocopied documentation such as clippings, photographs, and images of Lassaw's projection paintings digitized from slides. Also found are notebooks and records from Lassaw's involvement with the Springs Annual Art Exhibition; and mimeographed recipes from various artists, labeled "draft for artists' cookbook."