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John Hultberg papers, 1942-1993

Hultberg, John, 1922-2005

Painter, Author


Collection Information

Size: 1.4 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 3 reels); 1.8 Linear feet, Addition

Summary: Correspondence; biographical and journal notes; writings; photos; catalogs and announcements; a biographical sketch; and typescripts.
REEL N70/5: Correspondence with: Martha Jackson, whose gallery handled his work; various public museums and galleries, several in California and Hawaii, universities and personal friends, including Claire Falkenstein and Louis Calcagno. There are also drafts of his own letters, written from periodic residences in Paris, San Francisco, Hawaii, Monhegan Island, Maine. The remaining material includes class lectures, biographical and journal notes on various literary and art subjects, clippings, photos, catalogs, and announcements.
REEL 295: Correspondence with Martha Jackson, Clay Spohn and others, and a few miscellanous items.
REEL 2346: Letters and postcards from Clay Spohn to Hultberg and his wife Lynne Drexler; photographs of Spohn's work; an electrocardiogram; and a printed cartoon. (Incorrectly microfilmed as: Clay Spohn papers).
Addition Correspondence, 1971-1996, n.d., notes; writings; gallery lists of Hultberg's artwork; and printed material. Professional and personal letters and memos from Elaine Weschler, 1990-1996, n.d. (Manuscripts include "Collected Poems, 1952-1996," "Two Plays for Reading," 1990, "Crying at the Lock," 1991, "Half Truths," 1997, and "Dredgings," 1997.
UNMICROFILMED: A brief biographical sketch; personal and business correspondence; exhibition catalogs and announcements; press releases and clippings; and typescripts by Hultberg including "Stone Farm Journal," 1972, and "Breaking the Picture Plane: A Meditation On Modern Art," 1976. Also included is a xerox copy of a six-page letter from Hultberg to Harry Rand describing Morris Kantor, 1980.
ADDITIONS: Personal and business correspondence, 1942-1997, including letters from his dealer and wife, Elaine Wechsler; clippings; exhibition invitations and announcements; clippings; lists of work; and notes. Much of the addition reflects Hultberg's writing career and includes plays, poems, and other unpublished manuscripts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, writer; New York, N.Y. Born 1922. Died 2005.


Donated 1969-1997 by John Hultberg. Material on reel 2346 donated 1981 by Hultberg and his wife Lynne Drexler.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels N70-5, 295 and 2346 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

How to Cite This Collection

John Hultberg papers, 1942-1993. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.