John Cage correspondence

Inclusive Dates: 
1901-1993 (bulk 1960-1990)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

John Cage correspondence, 1901-1993 (121 boxes)consist of correspondence and ephemera including letters, cards, clippings, catalogs, photographs, negatives, cassette tapes, music scores, and art. Correspondents include many New York School artists and avant-garde and performance artists of the 1970s-1980s. 

Biographical Historical Note

John Cage was a musical composer, theorist, writer, and artist and a seminal figure in the New York-based postwar avant-garde art scene.

Additional Notes

Related collection: John Cage Notations Project Collection, Dick Higgins Archive, and Carl Weissner Archive, Northwestern University Library.