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Raymond Saroff papers, 1953-2009

Raymond Saroff papers, 1953-2009

Saroff, Raymond, 1922-

Collector, Filmmaker

Collection Information

Size: 2.0 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Raymond Saroff (1922- ) is a filmmaker and art collector in New York, N.Y. Saroff filmed Claes Oldenburg's performance "Ray Gun Theater" in 1962 (a series of ten 'Happenings' in a store on East Second Street in New York City).

Provenance

Donated 2010 and 2014 by Raymond Saroff.

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Scope and Contents

The Raymond Saroff papers are dated 1953-2009 and comprise 0.8 linear feet. Letters, printed material, and photographs compiled by Saroff document his interest in Oldenburg and "Happenings." Also included are a videotape of Saroff's film, Claes Oldenburg's "Ray Gun Theater - 1962" and receipts for artwork purchased for his modern art collection that contained a sculpture by Oldenburg.

An addition of 1.0 linear feet donated 2014 includes letters, writings, financial records, photographs and printed material relating to Raymond Saroff's career as a filmmaker and art collector.

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