The collection is arranged in 8 seres: Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1949-2013 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet) Series 2: Correspondence, 1973-2013 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet) Series 3: Interviews, circa 1970s-1986 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet) Series 4: Writings, 1970s-2009 (Box 3; 0.7 linear feet) Series 5: Project Files, 1972-2000 (Box 3; 3 folders) Series 6: Teaching Files, 1970s-2000 (Box 3; 0.4 linear feet) Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1960s-2013 (Boxes 4-6, OV 8; 2.2 linear feet) Series 8: Photographic Materials, circa 1965-2013 (Boxes 6-7; 0.6 linear feet)
Access Note / Rights:
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The papers of painter Joan Semmel measure 5.9 linear feet and span the dates of 1949-2013 with the bulk of the material dated circa 1960s-2013. The papers reflect her career and activities as a painter, writer, feminist, and educator through biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, writings, project files, teaching files, printed material, and photographic materials.
Joan Semmel papers, 1949-2013, bulk 1960-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The Joan Semmel papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws
Joan Semmel (1932- ) is an abstract painter working in New York City and Easthampton, N. Y. Semmel's work explores erotic themes and the female body. She taught painting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University from 1978-2000.
The majority of the collection is in English; some correspondence and printed material is in Spanish.
Donated by Joan Semmel in 2014.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001