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Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk 1960-2013

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1973-2013
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Professional correspondence concerns exhibitions, sales, loans, consignments, donations of artwork for fundraising, insurance, reproduction rights, publication permissions, panel discussions, symposia, visiting artist and summers school appointments. Also included are letters of recommendation written on behalf of colleagues and students.
The majority of the personal correspondence consists of letters from Semmel's long time partner, novelist David Markson. Also included are photocopies of reviews and portions of Markson's published writings – some annotated or inscribed – a letter from his daughter, Johanna, paperback book covers from several of his novels, and the program from his memorial service. There are few letters from José Antonio Nieto with whom Semmel also had a personal relationship. Other correspondence is with tenants who sublet Semmel's loft at various times, and the management company for her apartment. Letters to Semmel concern her will, estate planning, taxes, and real estate owned by a relative; also found are a few letters of a purely social nature from friends. Copies of letters sent by her are about jury duty, problems with her retirement account, a parking ticket and similar subjects. Also found is a color photocopy of a holiday card sent by Joan Semmel and John Hardy featuring Hardy's illustration of the two of them painting.
Correspondence is arranged by year.
Description Container Select
Professional Correspondence , 1973-1980, undated
1
15-25
Professional Correspondence, 1990-2013
2
1-22
Personal Correspondence, 1984-2013, undated
2
23-24
Personal Correspondence – David Markson , 1981-2010, undated
2
25-28
Personal Correspondence – José Antonio Nieto, 1974-2007, undated
2
29

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