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Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Held, John, 1947-  Search this
Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille  Search this
Durland, Steve  Search this
Summers, Rod  Search this
Brown, Jean  Search this
Cage, John  Search this
Bloch, Mark  Search this
Braumuller, Hans  Search this
Andre, Carl  Search this
Ackerman, Blaster Al  Search this
Cohen, Ryosuke  Search this
Leigh, Michael  Search this
Shimamoto, Shozo  Search this
Greenberg, Clement  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Janssen, Ruud  Search this
Higgins, Dick  Search this
Gaglione, Bill  Search this
Gutai Bijutsu Kyōkai  Search this
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
12.9 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 10 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1990-1999 (5 folders; Box 1) Series 2: Diaries, 1990-2000 (20 folders; Box 1) Series 3: Letters, 1973-2008 (7.9 linear feet; Box 1-8, Box 12) Series 4: Artwork, 1985-2007 (12 folders; Box 8) Series 5: Interview Transcripts, 1977-1995 (7 folders; Box 8) Series 6: Writings, 1984-2000 (0.5 linear feet; Box 8) Series 7: Project and Event Files, 1982-2000 (11 folders; Box 8) Series 8: Printed Material, 1989-2000 (11 folders; Box 8) Series 9: Gutai Exhibition Project Files, 2012-2013 (Box 9-11, Box 13, OV 14) Series 10: Mail Art Study Day Materials, 1947-2018 (Box 15)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013, and measure 12.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, printed material, mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013, and a collection of biographical material presented by Held at a Mail Art Study Day held at the Archives of American Art in 2018.
John Held papers relating to mail art, 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
This bulk of this collection was digitized in 2014-2015 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been digitized include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, duplicates, and the 2018 addition.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
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.
Biography Note:
John Held, Jr. (1947-) of San Francisco, California, is a rubberstamp and artistamp artist, participant in the international mail art network, activist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and a fine arts librarian.
Language Note:
The collection is in English.
John Held donated his papers relating to mail art in 1999, 2008, 2013, and 2018.
Digitization Note:
This site provides access to the papers of John Held in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 11,595 images.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Record number:
Art Movements and Schools
Data Source:
Archives of American Art