Scope and Contents
The papers of sculptor Maxine Kim Stussy measure 2.7 linear feet and date from circa 1930-2018, bulk 1956-1999. Included is biographical material comprised of a transcript of an interview of Stussy conducted by Gregory Cloud, May 12, 1972, and resumes, and correspondence, the bulk of which are letters and an unofficial will from Jan Stussy. Also found are letters from colleges and universities and Decker Studio, an art foundry. Writings contain poems and screenplay: Sam and Dellah written by Maxine Kim Stussy; artist statements and priced sculpture descriptions. Also found is a copy of the book Burnt Icarusemph> by Virginia Murrell with cover illustration done by Stussy. Photographic materials make up the bulk of the papers and consist of photographs, negatives and slides of Maxine Kim Stussy, her artwork, family and colleagues including Jan Stussy, her home and exhibitions, notably a joint show with Jan Stussy at Everett Ellis Gallery, circa 1985 and solo exhibition at Sindin Gallery, 1986. The papers also include printed material; magazine articles and news clippings; scrapbook pages; lists of works of art and price lists; an artist portfolio and exhibition planning documents.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated in 1977 by Maxine Stussy. 84 of the slides of her art work were donated in 1985 by her ex-husband, Jan Stussy, with his papers. Additional material donated in 2022 by Belinda Frankel, Maxine's stepdaughter.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Jan Stussy papers, 1943-1989.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sabine Lipten in 2022.