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Merle Schipper Papers, circa 1930s-1999

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 7 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1970s-1998
5 folders
Box 1

Biographical materials consist of notes of contacts and addresses, various financial documents, a notebook planner, Schipper's resume and bibliography, and a file of UCLA program materials.
Description Container Select
Addresses and Contacts, circa 1970s-circa 1993
1
1
Financial Documents, 1993-1998
1
2
Notebook Planner, circa 1988
1
3
Resume and Bibliography, 1977-1990
1
4
UCLA Graduate Program Materials, 1973-1974
1
5

Series 2: General Correspondence , 1944-circa 1998
0.3 Linear Feet
Box 1

Correspondence is both personal and professional with friends, family, and colleagues. Subjects include research and scholarly interests, as well as publication of articles and manuscripts.
Description Container Select
Personal Correspondence, 1944-circa 1998
1
6-8
Professional Correspondence, 1969-1997
1
9-19
Postcards, 1990-1993
1
20

Series 3: Writing and Research Project Files , circa 1930s-1999
7.8 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-9

Files document the extensive research, writing, and exhibitions undertaken by Schipper throughout her career.
There are drafts, essays, manuscripts, notes, and research documentation of California art and artists, craftsman William Spratling, Jean Helion, Alexander Calder, the Latin American Art Research and Exhibition Program at MOCA, Pasadena Art Museum project, a Frank Perls book project at UCLA, and numerous other research projects and interests. There are additional exhibition files and interviews with artists as well.
The files on Jean Helion are extensive as Helion was the subject of Schipper's dissertation. These files include an interview transcript with Willem de Kooning about Helion and correspondence with artists about Helion, including Charles Biederman, Alexander Calder, Philip Guston, Carl Holty, Jack Tworkov, and others.
Exhibition files are found for Life and Works of William Spratling (1995), Americans in Paris in the 1950s (1979), Visions of Inner Space (1988), and Marmo: The New Italian Stone Age (1989). Some of the files include interviews with artists.
Additional artists interviewed by Schipper include Billy Al Bengston, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Kenneth Noland, Eric Orr, and others. Files include transcripts and notes.
This series is arranged as 6 subseries.
  • 3.1: General Writing and Research Projects, 1949-circa 1998
  • 3.2: William Spratling, 1946-1997
  • 3.3: Jean Helion, circa 1930s-1997
  • 3.4: Americans in Paris in the 1950s, circa 1950s-1997
  • 3.5: Exhibitions, circa 1981-circa 1995
  • 3.6: Interviews with Artists, 1968-1999
3.1: General Writing and Research Projects, 1949-circa 1998
Description Container
Albright, Gertrude Partington, circa 1970s
1
21
Albuquerque, Lita, 1976-1993
1
22-24
Alf, Martha, 1977-1993
1
25-26
Altoon, John, 1971-1988
1
27
American Institute of Indian Studies, 1988
1
28
Artist Biographies, circa 1992-circa 1994
1
29
Berman, Wallace, 1977-1992
1
30
Calder, Alexander, circa 1993
1
31-32
California Women Artists Project, 1986-1988
1
33
Campbell, Elizabeth M., Maggie Kress Gallery, 1978-1982
1
34
Casanova, Aldo, 1967-1987
1
35
Falkenstein, Claire, 1976-1994
1
36-37
Francis, Sam, circa 1976-circa 1979
1
38
The Getty Center, circa 1997
1
39
The Getty Center, circa 1997
2
1
Glicksman, Hal, circa 1993
2
2
Graham, Robert, 1978
2
3
Harrison, Newton and Helen Mayer, 1992-1996
2
4
Herms, George, 1978-1982
2
5
Kobro, Katarzyna, circa 1967-1990
2
6-10
Kauffman, Craig, 1980-1985
1
11
Latin American Art Research and Exhibition Program, MOCA, 1996
2
12
Los Angeles Art Chronology, 1975
2
13
Omar, Margit, 1978-1990
2
14
Otis College of Art, circa 1994
2
15
Page, Ann and George, 1977-1986
2
16
Pasadena Art Museum Project, 1993-1995
2
17
Preston, Astrid, circa 1977-circa 1987
2
18
Rankaitis, Susan , circa 1980-circa 1987
2
19
Secunda, Arthur, 1949-1981
2
20
Shelton, Peter, 1980-1987
2
21
Simonian, Judith , 1981-1983
2
22
Turner, Richard, 1983-1995
2
23-24
Viola, Bill, 1993
2
25
Williams, Guy, 1976-1992
2
26
Xceron, Jean, circa 1965
2
27
Zajac, Jack, 1989
2
28
Writings and Lectures
Art Criticism, L. A. Phantom, circa 1990-circa 1992
2
29
Articles, On Archives of American Art, 1966-1996
2
30
Book Project, Frank Perls, UCLA, 1966-1983
2
31-33
Writings and Lectures
Book Project, Frank Perls, UCLA, 1966-1983
3
1-2
Essay, "Three Painters at the Ceejay Gallery: Carullo, Lunetta, and Brown", circa 1970s
3
3
Essay, "The Life and Death of a Paris Art Movement: Abstraction-Creation", circa 1980s
3
4
Essays, Various, 1979-1995
3
5
Lecture, Santa Monica Museum of Art, 1995
3
6
Lecture Series, Partners of the Americas, Argentina, 1989
3
7
Paper Presented to AICA Congress, "Censorship L. A. Style", circa 1988-circa 1993
3
8-11
Research Notes and Notebooks, circa 1970-circa 1996
3
12-15
Writing Contract, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976
3
16
3.2: William Spratling, 1946-1997
Description Container
Clippings, circa 1991-circa 1992
3
17
Correspondence, 1946-1996
3
18-22
Exhibition Materials and Planning, 1991-1996
3
23-24
Exhibition Material, Life and Works of William Spratling (1995), circa 1994
3
25
Exhibition Object List, Life and Works of William Spratling (1995), circa 1994
3
26
Exhibition and Research Proposal, Life and Works of William Spratling (1995), 1991-1994
3
27
Photographs and Slides, William Spratling's Artwork, circa 1993-1995
3
28-30
Recorded Conversation on William Spratling, Allan Adler and Merle Schipper, 1991
1 sound cassette
3
31
Reference Material, Books, 1964-1997
3
32-33
Reference Material, Books, 1995
4
1
Reference Material, 1963-1995
4
2-5
Research Notes, circa 1990s
4
6
Writings on William Spratling, circa 1990s
4
7
3.3: Jean Helion, circa 1930s-1997
Description Container
Article, Art in America Magazine, "Jean Helion: The Abstract Decade", 1976
4
8
Book, Jean Helion: The Abstract Years, 1929-1939, Abstract and Notes, 1976
4
9
Book, Jean Helion: The Abstract Years, 1929-1939, Draft Copies of Appendices, circa 1975
4
10
Book, Jean Helion: The Abstract Years, 1929-1939, Draft Copies of Supplementary Materials, circa 1992
4
11
Book, Jean Helion: The Abstract Years, 1929-1939, Manuscript Drafts, circa 1970s-1975
4
12-22
Book, Jean Helion: The Abstract Years, 1929-1939, Manuscript, circa 1992
4
23-24
Book, Unidentified Manuscript Draft on Jean Helion, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
4
25
Book, Unidentified Manuscript Draft on Jean Helion, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
5
1
Correspondence, Dissertation and Permissions, 1970-1978
5
2-3
Correspondence, Jean Helion Letters to A. E. Gallatin, 1932-1942
5
4-7
Correspondence, Jean Helion with Others, 1943-1991
5
8-9
Correspondence, Jean Helion and Merle Schipper, 1970-1996
5
10-11
Correspondence, Jean Helion Research, 1971-1976
5
12
Correspondence, Letters from Jacqueline Helion, 1993-1995
5
13
Correspondence and Interviews with Jean Helion, 1933-1982
5
14
Correspondence About Jean Helion, 1970-1983
5
15-17
Correspondence, Paper on Helion and Gallatin, 1975-1976
5
18
Correspondence, General, 1977-1980
5
19
Dissertation Illustration List, circa 1974
5
20
Editorial Comments and Correspondence by Jean Helion on A. E. Gallatin's Catalog, 1934
5
21
Essay Draft, "Abstract Master in America", circa 1970s
5
22
Essay on Jean Helion, Published by Armin Zweite, 1971-1984
5
23-24
Essay Presented, "Parisian in America: Jean Helion in the Thirties", 1973
5
25
Interviews About Jean Helion, 1971-1972
5
26
Interview Transcript, Willem de Kooning, On Helion, 1975
5
27
Journal and Notes by Jean Helion, circa 1930s-circa 1970s
5
28
Paper Presentation, College Art Association Meeting, 1970-1985
5
29-30
Photographs of Jean Helion and Studio, 1956-1976
6
1
Photographs and Slides of Jean Helion's Artwork, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
6
2-5
Printed Material, Art Publication, La Galerie des Arts, 1969
6
6
Printed Material, Exhibition Catalogs, 1939-1997
6
7-11
Proposed Exhibit and Catalog Essay Outline, circa 1983
6
12
Publications and Writings by Jean Helion, 1934-1974
6
13
Reference Material, Abstract Art, circa 1946-circa 1975
6
14
Reference Material, A. E. Gallatin and Jean Helion, circa 1932-circa 1937
6
15
Reference Material, Abstract American Artists, Related to Jean Helion, 1959-1980
6
16-17
Reference Material, Joaquin Torres Garcia and Jean Helion, circa 1960-circa 1970
6
18
Reference Material and Writing on Concrete Art, circa 1947-circa 1969
6
19-22
Reference Material and Writing on Concrete Art, circa 1947-circa 1969
7
1
Reference Material and Research Notes, 1935-1985
7
2-7
Reference Material, Jean Helion Bibliography and General, circa 1961-circa 1991
7
8-9
Reference Material, General, circa 1930-circa 1980s
7
10-16
Thesis Proposal, circa 1974
7
17
3.4: Americans in Paris in the 1950s, circa 1950s-1997
Description Container
Artist Interviews in Paris, 1978-1980
7
18
Catalog Essay, 1979
7
19
Clippings, 1978-1997
7
20-21
Robert Colescott, 1986
7
22
Correspondence, 1978-1996
7
23-24
Exhibition Catalog, 1979
7
25
Exhibition Catalog Essay Drafts by Merle Schipper, circa 1978-circa 1980
7
26
Exhibition Correspondence and Agreement, 1978-1982
7
27
Exhibition Materials, circa 1979-1986
7
28
Exhibition Reviews, circa 1979-1980
7
29-30
Shirley Jaffe, 1966-1995
7
31-35
Ellsworth Kelly, circa 1978-circa 1979
7
36
Ellsworth Kelly, 1978-circa 1988
8
1-3
Manuscript Draft, "Americans in Paris" Paper, circa 1979-circa 1980
8
4
NEH Grant Proposal and Documentation of "American Artists in Paris 1945-1955" Project, 1981-1983
8
5
Notebook and Notes, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
8
6
Paper Outline and Project Proposal, circa 1980
8
7
Press Releases, 1979
8
8
Reference Materials, circa 1950s-1989
8
9-11
Research Notes and Reference Materials, circa 1960-1990
8
12-15
3.5: Exhibitions, circa 1981-circa 1995
Description Container
Visions of Inner Space (1988), 1988
8
16
Marmo: The New Italian Stone Age (1989), 1989
Oversized material housed in OV 15.
8
17
Artistic Community of Santa Monica and Venice, Proposed Exhibition, circa 1981-1998
8
18-22
Los Angeles/Buenos Aires Exchange Exhibition (circa 1990), 1989-circa 1995
8
23-25
3.6: Interviews with Artists, 1968-1999
Description Container
Peter Alexander, Ron Cooper, and Jim Ganzer, 1982-1988
8
26
John Baldessari, 1987
8
27
Billy Al Bengston, circa 1987
8
28
Tony Berlant, circa 1987
8
29
Irving Blum, 1987
8
30
Willem de Kooning, 1996
8
31
Richard Diebenkorn, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
8
32
Laddie John Dill, 1976-1980
8
33-34
Sue Dorman, 1978
8
35
James Elliott, circa 1990
8
36
V. Henderson, 1978
8
37
Max Hendler, circa 1985-1987
8
38
Henry Hopkins, 1987
8
39
Walter Hopps, circa 1987
8
40
"Images and Issues" Interviews by Barbidoll Diamondmine and Staff, circa 1982
8
41
Robert Irwin, 1960-circa 1980s
8
42
Ed Moses, circa 1987-circa 1989
8
43
Kenneth Noland, 1979
8
44
Jules Olitski, 1979
8
45
Eric Orr, 1987
8
46
Kenneth Price, 1987
8
47
"Process Art" Interviews - Lita Albuquerque, George Geyer, Charles Hill, Ted Kenzie, Greg Renfro, Eugene Sturman, 1996-1997
9
1-2
Nancy Reese, circa 1985
9
3
Ralph Rugoff, 1985
9
4
David Trowbridge, 1982-1986
9
5
Various Artists, 1979-1999
9
6-9

Series 4: Printed Material , 1933-1997
3.1 Linear Feet
Box 9-12, OV14-16

Printed material includes art magazines and periodicals, artist reference cards, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, lecture announcements, and membership calendars and programs. Many of the art magazines and periodicals, clippings, and exhibition catalogs contain published articles and essays by Merle Schipper, and are so noted.
Description Container Select
Art Magazines and Periodicals, Merle Schipper Articles and Essays, 1976-1992
9
10-13
Art Magazines and Periodicals, ArtScene, 1984-1997
9
14-20
Art Magazines and Periodicals, General, 1950-1997
Oversized material housed in OV 14.
9
21-25
Artist Reference Cards, circa 1978
9
26-27
Book, The New Art: A Critical Anthology, 1973
9
28
Clippings, Art Articles by Merle Schipper, 1976-1991
9
29
Clippings, Articles by Merle Schipper, 1980-1994
10
1-7
Clippings, General, circa 1953-1999
10
8-18
Exhibition Announcements, 1963-1998
10
19-21
Exhibition Catalogs, Catalog Essays by Merle Schipper, 1970-
10
22-31
Exhibition Catalogs, General, 1933-1971
10
31-32
Exhibition Catalogs, General, 1956-2000
Oversized material housed in OV 15.
11
1-21
General Exhibition Materials, 1981-1991
11
22
General Printed Material, circa 1965-circa 1999
11
23-25
General Printed Material, circa 1980-circa 1991
12
1
Lecture Announcements, circa 1980-circa 1982
12
2
Membership Calendars and Programs, 1975-1981
12
3
Posters, circa 1970s-circa 1990s
OV14
Posters, 1975
OV16
Oversized Art Magazine from Box 9, Folder 21, 1957
OV14
Oversized Exhibition Catalog from Box 11, Folder 1, 1979
OV15

Series 5: Writings By Others , circa 1944-1991
0.2 Linear Feet
Box 12

Found here are drafts and publications of articles, essays, and reviews by others.
Description Container Select
David Chikladze, Essay on Artist Shalua Khakhanashuili, circa 1990s
12
4
Anne Dagbert, Art Review of Ed Paschke, 1991
12
5
Pierre-Maxime Jedryka, "La Theorie de L'Unisme de Wladyslaw Strzeminski et Katarzyna Kobro Peinture, Sculpture, Architecture", 1975
12
6-7
Day Schnabel, Articles, circa 1944-1979
12
8

Series 6: Photographs , circa 1960s-circa 1992
0.6 Linear Feet
Box 12-13

Photographs, slides, and negatives are of Merle Schipper; unidentified people; Paris, France; other artists; and artwork. Photographs of artists include Ansel Adams, Billy Al Bengston, Alexander Calder, Jean Helion, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, and many others.
Description Container Select
Images of Merle Schipper, circa 1980s-circa 1990
12
9
Artists, circa 1972-circa 1990
12
10-11
People in Paris, Slides, 1980
12
12
People, Unidentified, circa 1970-circa 1986
12
13-14
Paris, France, circa 1972-circa 1975
12
15-16
Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas, circa 1970s-circa 1980s
13
1
Artwork, Reference Photographs, circa 1970-circa 1980s
13
2-4
Artwork, circa 1960s-circa 1992
13
5-11

Series 7: Artwork , 1982-1992
0.1 Linear Feet
Box 13, OV16

Artwork includes one drawing by Matt Mulligan, and one original poster print by Kiki Smith.
Description Container Select
Matt Mullican Drawing, "Untitled (Cosmology)", circa 1982
13
12
Kiki Smith, Original Poster Print, 1992
OV16

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.