The collection has been arranged into 12 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1941-2004 (Box 1; 4 folders) Series 2: Letters, 1956-2005, undated (Boxes 1, 6-8, 11-12, OV 10; 1.7 linear feet) Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1961-2005, undated (Boxes 1, 6; 0.4 linear feet) Series 4: Drawings, 1983, undated (Box 1; 1 folder) Series 5: Socrates Sculpture Park File, 1985-2004, undated (Boxes 1-2, 7; 0.6 linear feet) Series 6: Helen Lessick File, 1986-2004 (Box 2, 7; 6 folders) Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1975-2003 (Boxes 2-3, 7; 1.4 linear feet) Series 8: Printed Material, 1958-2004, undated (Box 3-4, 7, OV 9; 1.4 linear feet) Series 9: Photographs, 1934-2004, undated (Box 4-6, 0.263 GB; ER01; 0.3 linear feet) Series 10: Audio and Video Recordings, 1982-1994, undated (Box 5; 7 folders) Series 11: Promotional Tee Shirts, 1978-2001 (Box 7; 0.2 linear feet) Series 12: Unprocessed 2022 Addition, 2004 All series have been arranged chronologically.
Access Note / Rights:
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The collection measures 6.8 linear feet and 0.263 GB, dates from 1934 to 2005, and documents the career of sculptor Mark di Suvero and family relationships. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters to and from di Suvero family members; scattered writings by di Suvero and Marie Louise Martignoni di Suvero, the artist's sister, about Mark di Suvero; drawings; a file on the Socrates Sculpture Park; a file on artist Helen Lessick, an acquaintance of Mark di Suvero; exhibition files; printed material; photographs of the artist, artwork, and members of the di Suvero family; audio and video recordings of interviews with di Suvero; and promotional Tee Shirts. There is an unprocessed addition to this collection donated in 2022 that includes a WordPerfect transcript in electronic format of an unpublished play Crescent Moon, Yellow Star, but Henry (Hank) di Suvero, 2004.
Mark di Suvero and di Suvero family papers, 1934-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own in the following material: transcipt of the play Crescent Moon, Yellow Star by Henry (Hank) di Suvero.
Mark di Suvero was born September 18, 1933, in Shanghai, China, the son of Matilde Millo di Suvero and Victor E. di Suvero, an Italian diplomat. He was one of four children: Victor M., the eldest, Marie Louise, Mark, and the youngest son Henry. With the outbreak of World War II, the family immigrated to San Francisco, California, in 1941.
The Mark di Suvero and di Suvero family papers were donated in 2004 and 2005 by Marie Louise Martignoni di Suvero, the artist's sister. One transcript of a play by Henry di Suvero was donated in 2022 by Henry (Hank) di Suvero's estate, via Scott Krauss, co-executor.
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