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Robert Pincus-Witten papers, 1950-2017

Pincus-Witten, Robert, 1935-2018

Historian, Author, Educator, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 12 Linear feet; 12 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of art historian, critic and curator Robert Pincus-Witten measure 12.0 linear feet and date from 1950-2017. Included are biographical material consisting of diplomas, passports, address books, and calendars; writings including 43 journals and drafts of articles, essays and other writings by Pincus-Witten; correspondence with friends and colleagues; teaching files from City University of New York; research files on artists; photographs of family, friends, events and works of art; audio visual material including two reel-to-reel tapes recordings and 17 audio cassettes document panels that featured Pincus-Witten and interviews he conducted with artists; and printed material consisting of exhibition announcements, brochures, and clippings. Some writings are in digital format.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Pincus-Witten (1935-2018) was an art historian, professor, critic, and curator in New York. Pincus-Witten taught at Queens College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY).


The papers were donated in 2019 by Leon Hecht, Robert Pincus-Witten's husband.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

This collection is temporarily closed to researchers due to archival processing. Contact References Services for more information.

Robert Picus-Witten's journals are access restricted until 01/01/2030; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: Robert Pincus-Witten's journals.

How to Cite This Collection

Robert Pincus-Witten papers, 1950-2017. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.