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Norman B. Colp papers, 1974-2004

Colp, Norman, 1944-

Conceptual artist


Collection Information

Size: 3.4 linear ft.

Summary: Biographical information, correspondence, writings, works of art, printed material, photographs and audio and video material regarding Colp.

Included is documentation on three works of art by Colp: 24 Small Scale Art Thefts, 1974; 1975 Mystery Museum Contest; and A Documentative Investigation: lead, 1976; exhibition files, files pertaining to Colp's donations to museums and other organizations, subject files; mail art from Clayton Bailey, Don Celender, Tony Delap, Ray Johnson, Sig Rennels, and Ernest Trova; three VHS video recordings, The Impractical Practical, The White Plains Library (1984), The Commuter's Lament or A Close Shave (1992, WNBCTV), and Subway Q and A (2003). Also included are two audio cassettes of WNYC radio interviews with Colp, 1982 and 1984.

Biographical/Historical Note

Conceptual artist; New York, N.Y.; b. 1944.


Donated 1993 and 2005 by Norman B. Colp.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Norman B. Colp papers, 1974-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.