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Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009  Search this
Spero, Nancy, 1926-2009  Search this
Golub, Leon  Search this
A.I.R. Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
27.5 Linear feet; 19.12 Gigabytes
The collection is arranged in 9 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1950-2009 (Boxes 1-2, FC 31; 1.5 linear feet, ER01-ER04; 9.58 GB) Series 2: Correspondence, 1946-2009 (Boxes 2-4; 2 linear feet) Series 3: Interviews, 1973-2007 (Boxes 4-5; 0.8 linear foot) Series 4: Writings, 1950-2003 (Box 5; 0.8 linear foot) Series 5: Subject Files, circa 1950-2009 (Boxes 6-18, 29, RD 30; 12.6 linear feet, ER05-ER15; 5.02 GB) Series 6: Personal Business Records, circa 1976-2008 (Boxes 18-19; 1 linear foot) Series 7: Printed Material, 1949-2009 (Boxes 19-25; 6.1 linear feet, ER16-ER17; 4.36 GB) Series 8: Photographic Material, 1940s-2009 (Boxes 25-26, 29; 1.2 linear feet, ER18-ER19; 0.151 GB) Series 9: Video Recordings, 1970s-1990s (Boxes 26-28; 1 linear foot)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The papers of painter, collage artist, and printmaker Nancy Spero measure 27.5 linear feet and 19.12 GB and are dated 1940s-2009. Biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, writings, subject files, personal business records, printed and digital material, and photographic materials provide an overview of her exhibitions, major projects, and personal life. Also documented is her interest and participation in political movements and social issues including anti-war, women's rights, animal rights, repressive regimes, and the treatment of political prisoners.
Nancy Spero papers, 1940s-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Use Note:
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Related Materials:
Also among the holdings of the Archives of American Art an interview of Nancy Spero conducted 2008 Februay 6-July 24, by Judith Olch Richards, and the papers of Spero's husband, Leon Golub.
Biography Note:
Nancy Spero (1926-2009) was a figurative painter, printmaker, and collage artist in New York City whose multi-media work often incorporated text. She was an ardent feminist and activist whose political and social concerns were expressed in her art.
Language Note:
The majority of the collection is in English, with some material in Dutch, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
Gift of Nancy Spero in 1979. The majority of the collection was donated by her sons, Stephen Golub, Philip Golub, and Paul Golub in 2013.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art -- Political aspects  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Peace movements  Search this
Women  Search this
Audio - Visual  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
Audio - Visual
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art