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A Finding Aid to the John Held papers relating to Mail Art, 1973-2013 | Digitized Collection

John Held papers relating to Mail Art, 1973-2013

Held, John, 1947-

Mail artist, Librarian, Performance artist

This site provides access to the papers of John Held in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 11,595 images.

Collection Information

Size: 11.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1973-2013, and measure 11.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, printed material, and mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Held, Jr. (born 1947) of San Francisco, California, is a rubberstamp and artistamp artist, participant in the international mail art network, activist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and a fine arts librarian.

Provenance

John Held donated his papers relating to Mail Art in 1999, 2008, and 2013.

Location of Originals

  • Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.