Size: 0.2 Linear feet
Summary: The Westbeth records measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1978. The collection includes one financial report, clippings and writings about Westbeth, a resume for artist Jacques Joseph Camins, an exhibition announcement for artist Mel Fowler, two exhibition catalogs, one copy of the Westbeth newsletter (1970), and some event photographs.
Westbeth is an artists' housing complex in New York, founded in 1970. Funding for the space was initially provided by the National Council on the Arts, J.M. Kaplan Fund, Bankers Trust Company, and Federal Housing Administration. The building was home to sculptors, painters, photographers, and print-makers, as well as actors, dancers, musicians, film makers, and writers. The complex includes studio space for artists, a gallery, theatre, and commercial space. The housing complex is currently owned by Westbeth Housing Development Fund Corporation. In addition to Westbeth's tenants and features, the space is also home to the New School for Drama, The Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, and Congregation Beth Simchat Torah.
The collection was donated 1981 by Nell Perret, a New York City painter and printmaker who lived at Westbeth.
The bulk of the collection is in English. Two exhibition catalogs, one written in Spanish and the other in Chinese, are also present.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.