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Jerry Dreva papers, circa 1963-1982

Dreva, Jerry, 1945-1997

Performance artist, Activist, Artist


Collection Information

Size: 1 Linear foot

Summary: The Jerry Dreva papers measures 1.0 linear foot and dates from circa 1963-1982. The papers include biographical information; rare printed material; scrapbooks; correspondence consisting of letters of support for the exhibition DREVA/GRONK 1968-78: Ten Years of Art/Life (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 1978) and mail art; zines and small artist books exchanged with collaborators and friends; material documenting Dreva's relationship with performance artist, Gronk, including staged photographs, candid snapshots, correspondence, and ephemera, chronicling their shared practice, and the glam Hollywood, activist Chicana/o, and queer scenes in 1970s and 80s Los Angeles. Also included are two small labeled vinyl albums.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jerry Dreva (1945-1997) was a performance artist, writer, activist, and teacher based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Los Angeles, California. Dreva was a leader in the mail art movement during the 1970s and 1980s.


Donated in 2020 by Patrick Veda, a family attorney and the executor of Dreva's mother's estate.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Jerry Dreva papers, circa 1963-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.