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John Caldwell papers, circa 1909-1996

John Caldwell papers, circa 1909-1996

Caldwell, John, 1941-1993

Curator, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 1.7 linear ft.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Caldwell (1941-1993) was a curator and writer from Pittsburgh, Pa. and San Francisco, Calif. Caldwell was a critic for the New York Times, curator of contemporary art for the Carnegie Museum of Art, and a curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Donated 2002 by the John Caldwell estate, via Joan Witek, executrix of the estate of John Caldwell.

Scope and Contents

The papers or curator and writer John Caldwell measure 1.7 linear feet and date circa 1909 to 1996. The collection documents Caldwell's life and career through a variety of materials, such as biographical material including legal papers relating to the Caldwell Estate, letters from friends and colleagues, writings by Caldwell such as a draft version of a speech and draft essays, printed material including articles written by Caldwell for the New York Times, photographs of Caldwell, family members, dealers, donors, and artists, as well as a video recording documenting the 1985 Carnegie International.

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