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Nancy Davidson papers, 1970s-2016

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as seven series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1978-2015
0.9 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material dates from 1978-2015 and contains an address book; over twenty daily agendas; a financial ledger; grant documentation including the Pollock-Krasner and Guggenheim awards; faculty and tenure records; residency and fellowship records; resumes; and ephemera relating to Davidson and Greg Drasler's wedding.
Description Container Select
Address Book, 1980s
1
1
Agendas, 1980s-2000s
1
2-9
Financial Ledger, 1998-2000
1
10
Grants, 1978-2015
1
11
Purchase College, Tenure Review, 1984-2000
1
12
Residencies and Teaching Fellowship, 1980-2007
1
13
Resumes, circa 1990-2003
1
14
Wedding, 1985-1986
1
15

Series 2: Correspondence , 1970s-2000s
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Correspondence dates from 1970s-2000s and is both personal and professional. Correspondents include family, friends, artists, as well as galleries and museums. Items including letters, postcards, greeting cards, and memos provide insight into Davidson's artistic network and document details of her group and solo exhibition history. Notable correspondents include Michiko Itatani, Joyce Kozloff, Eunice Lipton, Sabra Moore, and Nancy Spero. Galleries and museums include Marianne Denson Gallery; Museum of Contemporary, Chicago; N.A.M.E. Gallery, of which Davidson was an artist member; the Walker Art Center; and White Columns.
Description Container Select
Chronological Correspondence, 1970s
1
16-17
Chronological Correspondence, 1980s
2
1-6
Chronological Correspondence, 1990s
2
7-11
Chronological Correspondence, 2000s
2
12

Series 3: Illustrated Notebooks and Notes , 1970s-2010
1.6 Linear feet
Box 2-4

Over thirty notebooks, the majority of which are illustrated, date from 1970s-2010. Kept from the time Davidson was a student in Chicago, the notebooks capture her work process, evolution of ideas, related sketches in pen and pencil, reflections from readings and lectures, and notes from critiques with fellow artists Rosemary Mayer, Joyce Kozloff, Ray Yoshida, and Richard Halstead. A few of the books also contain diary entries of a more personal nature. Two files of loose notes relating to Davidson's work, as well as printed material, source material, photographs, and sketches, are arranged at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Illustrated Notebook, 1971-1974
2
13
Illustrated Notebook, 1974-1975
2
14
Illustrated Notebook, 1974-1976
2
15
Illustrated Notebook, 1976-1979
3
1
Illustrated Notebook, Yaddo, 1979-1980
3
2
Illustrated Notebook, 1983-1985
3
3
Notebooks (2), 1985-1989, 1986
3
4
Notebooks (3), 1987-1990
3
5
Illustrated Notebooks (3), 1990-1999
3
6
Illustrated Notebook, "'Breathless' Script/Video", 1999
3
7
Illustrated Notebooks (4), circa 2000
3
8
Illustrated Notebooks (4), 2000-2001
3
9
Illustrated Notebooks (4), "Corcoran Project", "Remembrances", 2002-2003
3
10
Illustrated Notebooks (2), 2004
3
11
Illustrated Notebooks (3), circa 2005-2006
3
12
Illustrated Notebooks (4), 2005-2006
3
13
Illustrated Notebooks (3), 2007
4
1
Notebooks (3), "Venice", 2007-2009
4
2
Illustrated Notebooks (3), "Pilchuck Notes", 2008-2010
4
3
Notes about Work, 1970s-1980s
4
4-5

Series 4: Gallery and Exhibition Files , 1976-2002
0.3 Linear feet
Box 4

Gallery and exhibition files date from 1976-2002 and document several exhibitions and galleries that have represented Davidson's work over the years. Items include correspondence, loan agreements, price lists, floor plans, writings, guest books, and printed material. Additional correspondence with galleries and museums is arranged in Series 2: Correspondence.
Description Container Select
Dorsky Gallery, nobutsaboutit (1998), 1998
4
6
Emily Peterson Gallery, 1999
4
7
Habor Theadore Gallery, Nancy Davidson: Paintings on Paper (1981), 1979-1981
4
8
Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Plenty (2002), 2001-2002
4
9
The Renaissance Society, Space Transformation (1976), 1976
4
10
Richard Anderson Gallery, Nancy Davidson: Theater (1991), 1991
4
11
Robert Miller Gallery, Nancy Davidson (2001), circa 2001
4
12
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, 1997-1999
4
13
Stadtische Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, 1999-2001
4
14

Series 5: Printed Material , 1970s-2010s
1.3 Linear feet
Box 4-5

Printed material dates from 1970s-2010s and includes announcements, annotated books, books released in Japan, bulletins, newsletters, calendars, clippings, exhibition catalogs, periodicals, press releases, programs, and a few other items of printed matter relating to Davidson's professional career. The items in this series provide extensive documentation of the dozens of group and solo exhibitions Davidson participated in, as well as the careers of her artist friends.
Description Container Select
Announcements, 1970s-2000s
4
15-17
Books, 2000-2001, 1977
4
18
Bulletins and Newsletters, 1975-2001
4
19
Calendars, 1976-2001
4
20
Clippings, 1970s-2000s
4
21-22
Exhibition Catalogs, 1970s
4
23-24
Exhibition Catalogs, 1980s
5
1-2
Exhibition Catalogs, 1990s
5
3-7
Exhibition Catalogs, 2000s
5
8
Exhibition Catalogs, 2010s
5
9
Periodicals, 1995, 1998, 1978
5
10
Press Releases, 1977-2001
5
11
Programs, 1994-2012
5
12
Other Printed Matter, 1970s-2000s
5
13-14

Series 6: Photographic Material , 1990s
1 Folder
Box 5

The photographic material found here dates from 1990s and includes photographic prints, slides, and negatives. The prints are of artworks, an exhibition installation, and Davidson participating in an artist panel discussion. The slides, negatives, and other prints are of dresses and fabrics, possibly used as source material for Davidson's sculptures.
Description Container Select
Photographic Material, 1990s
5
15

Series 7: Sketchbooks , circa 1990, circa 1980
2 Folders
Box 5

Two sketchbooks, one dating from circa 1980 and one from circa 1990, contain predominantly figurative sketches in pen, pencil, and marker.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook, "Picasso Crying Woman, Studies of Hands", circa 1980
5
16
Sketchbook, circa 1990
5
17

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.