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Judith Wilson papers, 1966-2010

Judith Wilson papers, 1966-2010

Wilson, Judith, 1952-

Art historian, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 11.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of art historian Judith Wilson measure 11.2 linear feet and date from 1966 to 2010. Wilson's career is documented through correspondence with friends, colleagues, artists, universities, and art organizations; notebooks; files on writing projects, conferences, lectures, symposia and other professional activities; and a small amount of printed material. Also found is research material on artist Bob Thompson, including photographs, printed material, correspondence, notebooks and a documentary video recording. Additionally, the collection includes sound recordings of 71 interviews of artists and art collectors and six video recordings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Judith Wilson (1952- ) is an art historian in San Francisco, California.

Provenance

Donated 2012 by Judith Wilson-Pates.

A Finding Aid to the Judith Wilson Papers, 1966-2010, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart
Biographical/Historical note
Judith Wilson (1952- ) is an art historian in San Francisco, California. Wilson began her career as an editor for
Ms. Magazine
in 1975. In 1979 she wrote a profile of Alma Thomas for that magazine, after which she began writing regularly about visual art and cultural politics, reviewing exhibitions, writing feature articles, and serving as guest editor for several publications. Her research interests included African-American art and black visual culture. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Yale University with a dissertation on the artist Bob Thompson. Her teaching career included full-time positions in art history at University of Virginia, Yale, and the University of California, Irvine, as well as part-time and visiting professorships at several other schools. In 2006 she retired from the University of California, Irvine after eight years. During her career Wilson served on editorial and advisory boards for art publications and wrote many catalog essays, contributed to anthologies, and presented numerous conference papers, many of which were later published.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 9 series.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1975-2009 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
Series 2: Notebooks, 1977-2008 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 2-3)
Series 3: Writing Projects, 1972-2010 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 4-5)
Series 4: Conferences, Lectures, and Symposia, 1978-2009 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 5-7)
Series 5: Professional Records, 1979-2009 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 7-9)
Series 6: Research Material on Bob Thompson, 1966-2006 (1.8 linear feet; Boxes 8-10)
Series 7: Printed Material, 1981-2010 (0.5 linear feet; Box 10)
Series 8: Interviews, 1978-2008 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 11-12)
Series 9: Video Recordings, 1979-2007 (4 folders; Box 12)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of art historian Judith Wilson measure 11.2 linear feet and date from 1966 to 2010. Wilson's career is documented through correspondence with friends, colleagues, artists, universities, and art organizations; notebooks; files on writing projects, conferences, lectures, symposia and other professional activities; and a small amount of printed material. Also found is research material on artist Bob Thompson, including photographs, printed material, correspondence, notebooks and a documentary video recording. Additionally, the collection includes sound recordings of 71 interviews of artists and art collectors and six video recordings.
Provenance
Donated 2012 by Judith Wilson-Pates.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2014. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but often staples and other fasteners have not been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Restrictions on Use

"Bob Thompson Hapenning" (1965), video copies of original 16 mm film, original not with collection Available for on-site research only. Permission for reproduction must be made to Joanne Elkin, daughter of the filmmaker; jelkin@treadwellfarm.com

How to Cite This Collection

Judith Wilson papers, 1966-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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