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Series 2 | A Finding Aid to the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers, 1905-1987, bulk 1952-1987

Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers, 1905-1987, bulk 1952-1987

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Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1987
1.7 linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV 21

Correspondence is primarily with Smithson's family, friends, fellow artists, and business associates discussing personal relationships, proposed art projects, and exhibitions.
The series is arranged as 3 subseries:
2.1: Family, 1959-1987
2.2: General, 1961-1984
2.3: Condolences, 1973
2.1:Family, 1959-1987
Family correspondence consists of letters from Smithson to Nancy Holt and postcards from Smithson and Holt to Smithson's parents, Susan and Irving. Smithson's postcards to his parents detail his travels to Europe and updates on life and work projects in the 1960s-1970s. Holt's postcards describe her travel and projects in the 1970s-1980s.
DescriptionContainer
Holt, Nancy, circa 1960s
1
15
Smithson, Susan and Irving, 1959-1987
3 folders
1
16-18
2.2:General, 1961-1984
General correspondence includes a handful of letters drafted by Smithson and Holt, with the bulk of the subseries comprising of letters from artists, art critics, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations, universities, real estate brokers, and businesses.
There is correspondence of note from the Dwan Gallery (Virginia Dwan) and from artist friends Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Konrad Fischer, Dan Graham, Peter Hutchinson, Will Insley, Ray Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, Sol Lewitt, Lucy Lippard, Toby Mussman, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Wade, and Dennis Wheeler. There is also substatial correspondence between Holt and Robert Hobbs regarding the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art's retrospective Smithson exhibition in 1982.
DescriptionContainer
A, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
Includes letters from Vito Acconci
1
19
ACE Gallery, 1966-1970
1
20
Andre, Carl, circa 1960s-1970s
1
21
Art International, 1967-1968
1
22
Art News, 1966-1972
1
23
Artforum (Leider, Phil), 1966-1972
1
24
B, Miscellaneous, 1963-1972
Includes letters from Jo Baer, John Baldessari, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Donald Burgy
1
25
C, Miscellaneous, 1967-1972
Includes letters from Ted Castle, Rosemarie Castoro, Ron Cooper, and Bill Copley
1
26
Celant, Germano, 1969-1970
1
27
Centro de Arte y Comunicacion, 1970-1971
1
28
Columbia University, 1968-1969
1
29
D, Miscellaneous, 1963-1972
Includes letters from Jan Dibbets, Herbert Distel, Peter Downsbrough, and Thomas Downing
1
30
Dwan Gallery (Dwan, Virginia), 1966-1971
1
31
E-F, Miscellaneous, 1965-1972
Includes letters from Hamish Fulton
1
32
Fischer, Candace, 1968-1972
1
33
Fischer, Konrad, 1968-1971
1
34
Flavin, Dan, 1966-1968
1
35
G, Miscellaneous, 1961-1972
1
36
Gemeentemuseum (Develing, Enno), 1968-1971
1
37
George Braziller, Inc., 1967-1974
1
38
Graham, Dan, circa 1960s
2 folders
1
39-40
Guggenheim Museum, 1972-1973
1
41
H, Miscellaneous, 1965-1972
Includes letters from Hans Haacke, Tim Head, Doug Huebler, and Sam Hunter
1
42
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (Hobbs, Robert C.), 1979-1984
5 folders
1
43-47
Hutchinson, Peter, 1965-1969
1
48
I, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
Includes letter from Robert Indiana
1
49
Insley, Will, 1966-1969
1
50
J, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
1
51
Johnson, Ray, 1965-1968
1
52
Junker, Howard, 1967-1972
1
53
K, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
Includes letters from Wolf Kahlen, Halasz Karoly, Kasper Konig, Bruce Kurtz, and Joseph Kosuth
2
1
Kepes, Gyorgy, 1968-1972
2
2
Kurtz, Bruce, 1971-1972
2
3
L, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
Includes letters from Lallie Lloyd and Lee Lozano
2
4
Lewitt, Sol, 1966-1970
2
5
Lippard, Lucy, 1965-1968
2
6
Long, Richard, 1968-1973
2
7
M, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
Includes letters from Joe Masheck and Robert Morris
2
8
McConathy, Dale, 1966-1967
2
9
Moderna Museet, 1984
2
10
Museum of Modern Art, 1961-1972
2
11
Mussman, Toby, 1967-1969
2
12
N, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
2
13
N.E. Thing Co., 1968-1969
2
14
New York State Council on the Arts (Hunter, Sam), 1968-1969
2
15
Nova Scotia School of Art, 1970-1972
2
16
O-P, Miscellaneous, 1968-1972
Includes letters from John Perreault and Larry Poons
2
17
Oldenburg, Claes, 1967-1972
2
18
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1968-1969
2
19
R, Miscellaneous, 1968-1974
Includes letters from Ed Ruscha
2
20
Real Estate Related, 1968-1972
Oversized material housed in OV 21
2
21
Rhode Island School of Design, 1972
2
22
Robbin, Anthony, circa 1960s
2
23
S, Miscellaneous, 1968-1972
Includes letters from Harry Soviak, Petr Stembera, and Marjorie Strider
2
24
Sao Paulo Bienal (Kepes, Gyorgy), 1969
2
25
Sharp, Willoughby, 1967-1970
2
26
Smithson, Robert, 1961-1972
2
27
Sonsbeek, 1969-1972
2
28
T, Miscellaneous, 1966-1967
Includes letters from Paul Thek
2
29
Ta' (Berg, H.M.), 1967-1968
2
30
U, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
2
31
University of Utah, 1970-1972
2
32
V, Miscellaneous, 1966-1972
Includes letters from Jan van der Marck
2
33
Vollmer, Ruth, 1969-1972
2
34
W, Miscellaneous, 1968-1972
Includes letter from Mac Wells
2
35
Walker Art Center, 1968
2
36
Wheeler, Dennis, 1970-1973
2
37
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1967-1972
2
38
Y, Miscellaneous, circa 1960s
2
39
Yale University, 1966-1968
2
40
Unidentified and Illegible, circa 1960s-1970s
2
41
2.3:Condolences, 1973
Condolences consists of letters, cards, and notes of sympathy from family and friends addressed to Nancy Holt upon the death of Smithson.
DescriptionContainer
A-C, Miscellaneous, 1973
2
42
D-H, Miscellaneous, 1973
2
43
I-M, Miscellaneous, 1973
2
44
N-R, Miscellaneous, 1973
2
45
S-Z, Miscellaneous, 1973
2
46
Real Estate Related, 1968-1972
Oversized material from Box 2, F21
OV 21

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