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Nesbitt, Esta, 1918-1975  Search this
Leder, Alan J.  Search this
Lyle, David  Search this
Beckett, Samuel  Search this
Einstein, Albert  Search this
Wood, R. F.  Search this
English, Merle  Search this
Ambert, Anibal  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Xerox Corporation  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
10.05 Linear feet
The collection is arranged into 6 series: Biographical Materials, 1964-circa 1981 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, 11) Correspondence, 1942, 1964-1976 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 14) Writings, 1959-circa 1973 (1.3 linear feet; Box 1-2, 12, OV 15) Xerography Research Files, circa 1966-1974 (2.5 linear feet; Box 2-4, 11, OV 16) Project and Exhibition Files, circa 1966-1981 (5.2 linear feet, Box 4-8, 11, 13, OV 17-19, 21, FC 22-23) Printed Material, 1942-circa 1944, circa 1963-1977 (0.9 linear feet; Box 9-10, OV 20)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator Esta Nesbitt measure 10.05 linear feet and date from circa 1942-1981. Found within the papers are biographical material, correspondence, writings, xerography research files, project and exhibition files, and printed material. Much of the collection relates to Nesbitt's xerography art work. Additionally, the collection includes motion picture film and sound recordings related to her film and performance work.
Esta Nesbitt papers, circa 1942-1981, bulk 1964-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources' Hidden Collections grant program.
Use Note:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Related Materials:
The Esta Nesbitt papers at Center for Creative Photography at University of Arizona contain 3 linear feet related to her xerography artwork and exhibitions, dated 1966-1983.
Papers related to Nesbitt's fashion illustrations are found at the Kellen Design Archives at The New School in New York City. T
he Esta Nesbitt papers at the University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections are related to Nesbitt's children's book illustrations, dated 1964-1969.
Biography Note:
Esta Nesbitt (1918-1975) was an illustrator, xerography artist, filmmaker, and educator who lived and worked in New York City. She was a fashion illustrator for about two decades before becoming a children's book illustrator, performance artist, xerography artist, and filmmaker.
Language Note:
English .
The Esta Nesbitt papers were donated by Saul Nesbitt, her husband, to the Archives of American Art in 1981.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Everyman (motion picture)  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Xerography  Search this
Copy art  Search this
Illustrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women filmmakers  Search this
Women illustrators  Search this
Women educators  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art