The collectionis arranged as 4 series: Series 1: Letters, 1957-2012 (Boxes 1-6, OV 8; 5.3 linear feet, ER01; 0.111 GB) Series 2: Writings, 1983-1991 (Box 6; 0.2 linear feet) Series 3: Subject Files, 1970s-2012 (Boxes 6-7; 0.8 linear feet, ER02-ER03; 0.889 GB) Series 4: Mail Art Projects, 1986-2012 (Box 7, OV 8; 0.8 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
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The papers of John Evans, 1957-2012, bulk 1970s-2000, measure 7.1 linear feet and 1.00 GB and document the collage artist's involvement with mail art. The vast majority of letters are from mail artists, often with embellished envelopes and include and a digital version of Collected Essays by John Held, Jr. Writings include a thesis about mail art by Marya Trianfellos. Subject files concern art stamps, mail art shows and events, Ray Johnson's death and memorial tributes to him. The most thoroughly documented mail art project, "John Evans Fake Collages," is of unknown origin. In addition, there are a few items relating to projects conceived by Evans and more substantial documentation of projects initiated by Christina Behmenburg, Leslie Caldera, Ryosuke Cohen, Peter W. Kaufmann, Angela and Peter Netmail.
John Evans papers, 1957-2012, bulk 1970-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
John Evans (1932-2012), a collage artist in New York City, was an active participant in mail art.
Donated by Margaret Evans, widow of John Evans, in 2013.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001