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Wally Goodman and William Stanton Picher papers

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Goodman, Wally, 1922-2008  Search this
Picher, William Stanton, d. 1981  Search this
Butterfield & Butterfield  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Garver, Thomas H.  Search this
Martin, Fred, 1927-  Search this
Nicholson, Natasha, 1945-  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010  Search this
Paris, Harold, 1925-  Search this
Pasquini, Philip L.  Search this
Raffael, Joseph, 1933-  Search this
Ramos, Mel, 1935-2018  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-  Search this
1.2 Linear feet
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Wally Goodman and William Stanton Picher measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1940-1982. Included are correspondence, printed material, subject file concerning Christo's "Running Fence" project, business records, art works, notes, and photographs.
Correspondence (1966-1981) concerns Goodman's and Picher's collecting activities and friendships with artists, including letters from Fred Martin, Nathan Oliveira, Joseph Raffael, Mel Ramos, and William T. Wiley and a greeting card decorated with an Oliveira print (1940). The "Running Fence" file contains correspondence, including 2 letters from Christo, summaries of the project, receipts, clippings, and photographs.
Business records include loan requests from museums (1966-1981), bills of sale (1950-1982), insurance and appraisal lists of works and their values (1967-1981), conservation reports (1970-1976), and files concerning the "Mexican Masters Suite", Christo print documentation (1970-1972), and appraisers Butterfield and Butterfield (1979-1981).
Original art work includes rubber stamp designs by Phil Pasquini, a booklet made by Lout Sue, an illustrated booklet by William T. Wiley (1975) and 2 collages by Harold Paris (1976). Among the printed material are reproductions of works collected, clippings (1966-1981), and exhibition catalogs (1967-1981). Photographs are of the wedding of Tom Garver and Natasha Nicholson at Goodman and Picher's home.
Also included are records documenting Goodman's and Picher's Asian Collection, consisting of a few letters (1964-1971), bills of sale (1948-1978), receipts and photographs of works, loan forms (1969-1979), 2 appraisal forms (1971), "non-American" receipts, miscellaneous financial material, and notes (1946-1971), clippings (1969-1979), and photographs and slides of works.
Biographical / Historical:
Wally Goodman (1922-2008) and William Stanton Picher were art collectors in San Francisco, California.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the papers of Patrick Duffy and Wally Goodman.
Donated 1983 by Wally Goodman.
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Asian -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Rubber stamps  Search this
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art