John Cage correspondence addenda

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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

Correspondence related to John Cage (two boxes, one of which is oversize)  Of particular interest are letters from John and Xenia Cage to friends in California that relate their experiences while living in Chicago in the early 1940s.  Among the correspondents is artist Wesley Conrad Wehr.

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.