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Roy De Forest papers, 1916-2015, bulk 1948-2007

De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007

Painter, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 10.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist Roy De Forest measure 10.9 linear feet and date from 1916 to 2015, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1948 to 2007. The collection includes biographical material, correspondence, writings, professional records, printed material, photographic material, artwork, digital audio and video, and artifacts. There is a 2.0 linear foot addition to this collection donated in 2019 that primarily consists of slides of works of art by De Forest including his tapestries, prints, Robert Arneson and De Forest collaborative ceramics, constructions, sculptures, circa 1958-2004; paintings, 1953-2006; and drawings, 1958-1994. Also included are photographs of De Forest, his studio, and works of art; slides of De Forest exhibition installations; a 35mm color filmstrip, "Contemporary Artists at Work"; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roy De Forest (1930-2007) was a painter, sculptor, and educator in Port Costa, California.


The Roy De Forest papers were donated in several installments from 1974 to 2019. Some materials were loaned for microfilming in 1974 and subsequently donated in 1977 and 1979 by Roy De Forest. Additional materials were donated in 2009, 2016 and 2019 by Gloria Marchant, Roy De Forest's widow.

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