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Nancy Spero papers, 1940s-2009

Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009

Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 27.5 Linear feet; 19.12 Gigabytes

Summary: The papers of painter, collage artist, and printmaker Nancy Spero measure 27.5 linear feet and 19.12 GB and are dated 1940s-2009. Biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, personal business records, printed and digital material, and photographic materials provide an overview of her exhibitions, major projects, and personal life. Also documented is her interest and participation in political movements and social issues including anti-war, women's rights, animal rights, repressive regimes, and the treatment of political prisoners.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nancy Spero (1926-2009) was a figurative painter, printmaker, and collage artist in New York City whose multi-media work often incorporated text. She was an ardent feminist and activist whose political and social concerns were expressed in her art.


Gift of Nancy Spero in 1979. The majority of the collection was donated by her sons, Stephen Golub, Philip Golub, and Paul Golub in 2013.

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Language Note

The majority of the collection is in English, with some material in Dutch, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.