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Melinda Wortz papers, 1958-1992

Wortz, Melinda, 1940-2002

Art teacher, Author, Art historian, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 17.45 linear feet

Summary: The papers of California art historian, writer, instructor, and curator, Melinda Wortz (1940-2002) date from 1958-1992, and measure 17.45 linear feet. The collection includes documentation of Wortz's tenure at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she specialized in collecting and presenting the California Light and Space artists during the 1970s and 1980s. Wortz's papers include biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, interview transcripts and sound recordings, professional and student writings and notes, diaries of five trips abroad, UCI administrative, dossier, and teaching files, general subject and artist files, printed material, several pieces of artwork; and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Melinda Wortz (1940-2002), a California art historian, writer, instructor, and curator, taught at the University of California, Irvine, from 1975, serving as Director of UCI's Fine Arts Gallery and Chair of the Department of Studio Art.


The collection was donated by Edward C. Wortz, Melinda Wortz's husband, in 1994.


Support for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian's Collections Care Pool Fund.