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Joyce Scott papers, 1954-2014

Scott, Joyce J. (Joyce Jane), 1948-

Installation artist, Performance artist, Fiber artist, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 7 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of African American artist Joyce Scott measure 7.0 linear feet and date from 1954-2014. Included is printed material regarding Scott; biographical material including school records; project and gallery files; illustrated journals; postcards written to Scott (many of which were used as source material for works of art); business cards; writings by Scott including poetry and her master's thesis, Time Against a Season, July 16, 1971; two photograph albums containing images of Scott and her works of art; a sketchbook; and over 30 VHS tapes, cassettes and a CD of interviews and performances by Scott.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joyce Scott is an African American sculptor, quilter, bead-worker and performance artist in Baltimore, Maryland.


The Joyce Scott papers were donated in 2019 by Joyce Scott as part of the Archives' African American Collecting Initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of audio visual recordings and born digital records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Joyce Scott papers, 1954-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.