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Jay DeFeo papers, circa 1940s-1970s

DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989


Collection Information

Size: 1.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist Jay DeFeo measure 1.3 linear feet and date from circa 1940s to circa 1970s. The collection documents her career through biographical material, correspondence with friends, personal business records, writings, printed material, artwork, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) lived and worked in Northern California where she was a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene as both a painter in the progressive art community. Prominent in Bay Area art scene as painter and "hostess" of numerous parties from mid 1950's to 1960's.


Donated between 1975-1981 by Jay DeFeo.

Related Materials

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley holds some of DeFeo's archival materials.