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Jo Hanson papers, circa 1969-2009

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1976-2008
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1

Found here is biographical documentation on Jo Hanson. Included are a few documents created by Hanson, including artist statements, a resume, lists, and a biographical file compiled for a possible college course. Also found are one sound cassette recording of Hanson's memorial and a video cassette interview conducted in October, 2006. The bulk of this series consists of files regarding Hanson's oral history interview which was conducted by Eleanor Dickinson and Barbara Hendrickson from December 5, 2006 to February 7, 2007. Files include draft transcripts, sound cassette recordings, project correspondence, and extensive biographical documentation used in conducting the interviews. Also found is a sound recording and transcript of Eleanor Dickinson being interviewed by Barbara Hendrickson about her friendship with Hanson.
Description Container Select
Resume, circa 1993
1
1
Statements Regarding Trash Work, circa 1980
1
2
Lists by Jo Hanson, circa 2000s
1
3
Letters, 1981, undated
1
4
Women, Appearance, and My History, circa 1976-1981
1
5
Jo Hanson Memorial, 2007 September 16
1 Sound cassette
1
6
Interview of Jo Hanson, 2006 October 10
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
7
Oral History Interview Conducted by Eleanor Dickinson and Barbara Hendrickson, 2006-2007
7 Sound cassettes
1
8-9
Oral History Transcript, Final, 2007
1
10
Oral History Transcript, Drafts, 2006-2007
1
11-12
Oral History Project Documentation, 2007
1
13
Biographical Documents for Oral History, 2007-2008
1
14
Eleanor Dickinson Files Regarding Jo Hanson, 1979-2007
1
15-20
Eleanor Dickinson Reminiscing, 2007 June 13
1 Sound cassette
Includes transcript.
1
21

Series 2: Project and Exhibition Files , circa 1973-2009
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Jo Hanson's project and exhibition files include correspondence, plans, photographs, printed material, and news clippings. Of note is extensive documentation on Hanson's installation work "Crab Orchard Cemetery" which toured nationally in the late 1970s, and her exhibition "Public Disclosure: Secrets From the Street" held at City Hall and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1980.
Description Container Select
"Totally Game Committee" Exhibition, circa 1973-1974
1
22-24
Corcoran Rubbings Installation, circa 1974-1975
1
25
"Crab Orchard and Context" Notebook, circa 1979
1
26
"Crab Orchard Cemetery" Exhibitions, circa 1975-180
1
27-31
"Art That's Sweeping the City," Millbrae Art and Wine Festival, circa 1979
2
1
"Public Disclosure: Secrets From the Street" Exhibition, circa 1980
2
2-3
"The Snail" Project, 1980-1981
2
4
"Illegal Sights/Sites" Tour, 1982
2
5
"Recycled Artifacts" Exhibition, 1988
2
6
"Off-Site: Artists in Response to the Environment" Exhibition, 1989
2
7
"Open Studio" Exhibition, 1990
2
8
Fresno Art Museum Exhibition and Gift, 2006
2
9
"Beaux & Eros" Exhibition, 2006-2007
2
10
"Crab Orchard Cemetery Revisited" Exhibition, 2007-2009
2
11
Women's Movement Research Project, 1970s-2000s
2
12
Unidentified Project Documents, circa 1980s
2
13

Series 3: Women's Caucus for Art , 1977-2006
0.4 Linear feet
Box 2

Found here are Jo Hanson's files documenting her participation in the Women's Caucus for Art. Files may include caucus publications, event materials, meeting minutes, correspondence, photographs and other records. Of note are draft writings, correspondence, publications, and photographs documenting "A Day to Honor Women in the Arts" at the 1979 San Francisco Art Festival.
Description Container Select
Regional Art History - Women, 1977-1979
2
14
WCA Binder, 1978-circa 2002
2
15
San Francisco Art Festival, "A Day to Honor Women in the Arts", 1979
2
16-20
International Dinner Party Honoring Marcelle Lebaudt, 1979
2
21
General Records, 2006, 1979-1981
2
22-23
Honors, Hospitality in San Francisco, 1980-1981
2
24
Sun Gallery Exhibition, 1985
2
25
South Bay Chapter Conference on Aging, 1995
2
26
Regional Conference, 2000-2001
2
27
Honor Awards Programs, 1988-2006
2
28
Newsletters, 1996-2006, 1979-1980
2
29

Series 4: Printed Material , 1971-2008
0.3 Linear feet
Box 2-3

Printed material consists of publications regarding various events, a few exhibition catalogs, and newsletters. The bulk of the material found here are news clippings documenting Jo Hanson's art and community activities.
Description Container Select
Event Announcements and Flyers, circa 1976-2006
2
30
Event Buttons, circa 1982-1990
2
31
Exhibition Catalogs, 1982-2006
2
32
News Clippings, 1973-1995
2
33-36
Newsletters, 1971-2008
3
1
Press Releases, 1980-1992, 2006
3
2
Publications Regarding Memorial Design, circa 1970s
3
3
Women Environmental Artists Directory, 2004
3
4

Series 5: Artwork , 1969-circa 1990s
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3, 5

Found here are drawings, one sketchbook, and numerous original designs and graphics by Jo Hanson intended for note cards, business cards, flyers, and other projects. Also of note are Kodaliths printed by Hanson, a handmade book titled "The Artist's Pallet," and a drawing of Hanson by friend Eleanor Dickinson.
Description Container Select
Oil Pastel Drawing, undated
3
5
Ink Drawings, undated
3
6
Doodles, undated
3
7
Sketchbook, "Old Work", undated
3
8
Kerner Kodaliths and Negatives, undated
3
9
Wheelis Kodaliths, undated
3
10
Portrait of Jo Hanson by Eleanor Dickinson, 1969
3
11
Flower Prints, undated
3
12
Business Card Artwork, circa 1990s
3
13
Notecard Designs, 1972, 1993
3
14
Parsley Leaf Stationery Design, 1981
3
15
Xeroxes of Small Collages, 1981
3
16
Hanson Collage, 1980s
3
17
Vortex Press Graphics, 1987
3
18
"Messages From the Street" Title Page Design, 1977
3
19
"The Artist's Pallet" Booklet, 1981
3
20
Original Graphics for Cards, Flyers, Announcements, circa 1970s-1990s
Oversized items housed in Box 5
3
21-22
Oversized Original Graphics from Box 3, Folders 21-22, circa 1970s-1990s
5

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1969-2007
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5

Found here are photographs and negatives primarily documenting Hanson's artwork and related projects including "Crab Orchard Cemetery." Photographs depict cemetery gravestones, foliage, and landscapes. Also found are a few installation photographs of her artwork and one album of artwork. Some of the photographs are in digital format. The few personal photographs depict Jo Hanson and Eleanor Dickinson casting a sculpture in a studio, snapshots of Hanson at various events, and Hanson's funeral.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Jo Hanson, circa 2006
Includes born-digital records, see ER01
3
23
Photographs of Jo Hanson and Her Artwork (2006-2008), Digital Photographs, 2019
0.612 Gigabytes
35 computer files
ER01
Photographs of Jo Hanson and Eleanor Dickinson Casting, circa 1969
3
24
Photographs of Jo Hanson Funeral, 2007
Includes born-digital records, see ER02
3
25
Photographs of Jo Hanson Funeral (2007), Digital Photographs, 2019
0.445 Gigabytes
31 computer files
ER02
Personal Photographs, circa 1980s-1990s
3
26-27
Photographs of Neighborhood Clean-up, circa 1980
3
28
Photograph of DPW Gothic, 1980
3
29
Photographs of Deanza Installation, 1981
3
30
Photographs of London, circa 1980s
3
31
Photographs of Foliage for Sawyer Show, 1976
3
32
Photographs of Muybridge on Film and Stereoscopic Images, undated
3
33
Photographs of "Block-Heads", circa 1980s
3
34
Photographs of Hendy Woods, 1992
3
35-42
Photographs of Mono Lake, 1992
4
1-2
Photographs of Unidentified Outdoor Location, 1975
4
3
Photographs of "Burial Western-Style", 1970s
4
4
Cemetery Photographs, Negatives, and Slides, 1972-1973
4
5-7
Unidentified Photographs Taken by Jo Hanson, circa 1970s
4
8
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1960s-1990s
Oversized item housed in Box 5
4
9-17
Photographs of Sculpture and Collage, 1996
4
18
Photograph Album of Artwork, 1980s-1990s
4
19
Photographs of Artwork by Hannah Chauvet, circa 2000s
4
20
Negatives for Various Projects, circa 1970s-1990s
4
21-28
Miscellaneous Negatives, circa 1970s-1990s
4
29
Oversized Photograph of Artwork from Box 4, Folder 17, undated
5

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