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Oral history interview with Duane Michals

Interviewee:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Interviewer:
Lyon, Christopher  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (sound files (5 hrs., 9 min.), digital, wav)
121 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2016 June 7-23
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Duane Michals conducted 2016 June 7-23, by Christopher Lyon, for the Archives of American Art at Michals' home and studio in New York, New York.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Duane Michals (1932- ) is a photographer in New York, New York. Interviewer Christopher Lyon is a writer and editor in New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.michal16
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019

Creator:
Michals, Duane, 1932-  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16311
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)379324
AAA_collcode_michduan
Theme:
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_379324
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Duane Michals papers

Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Extent:
7.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1940-2019
Summary:
The papers of New York based photographer Duane Michals date from circa 1940-2019 and measure 7.5 linear feet. This small collection includes Michals' correspondence from the 1970s, printed material, photographs of Michals, as well as photographic prints he has taken for commercial and artistic projects. There is a 6.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2019 and 2020 that includes primarily photographs taken by Michals of actors, writers, friends, family and classmates; photo books, postcards, assemblages, photo-sequences by Michals; an Yves St. Laurent portfolio; and photographs of Michals. Additional material includes biographical information, correspondence, printed material and a catalog on CD.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York based photographer Duane Michals date from circa 1940-2019 and measure 7.5 linear feet. This small collection includes Michals' correspondence from the 1970s, printed material, photographs of Michals, as well as photographic prints he has taken for commercial and artistic projects. There is a 6.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2019 and 2020 that includes primarily photographs taken by Michals of actors, writers, friends, family and classmates; photo books, postcards, assemblages, photo-sequences by Michals; an Yves St. Laurent portfolio; and photographs of Michals. Additional material includes biographical information, correspondence, printed material and a catalog on CD.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1967-2010 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 2: Printed Material, circa 1970-2015 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1960-2015 (0.5 linear feet; Box 2, OV 3-6)

Series 4: Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019 (6.3 linear feet; Boxes 7-13, 16-18, OV 14-15)
Biographical / Historical:
Duane Michals (1932- ) is a photographer in New York, New York. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Michals received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Denver in 1953, after which he served for two years in the Army. In 1956 he moved to New York City, and began studying graphic design at Parsons School of Design. Although he did not complete his studies there, he developed an interest in photography and began working as a commercial photographer for magazines. In addition to his commercial work, Michals has been exhibiting his photographs in galleries and museums since the 1960s.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Duane Michals conducted by Christopher Lyon in 2016.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives of American Art by Duane Michals in 2015, 2019, and 2020.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.michduan
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Archives of American Art
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet (Box 1-2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967-2010
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence dates from 1967-2010 is both personal and professional. The bulk consists of letters to Michals from 1972-1977, although a few drafts of outgoing letters are also found here. Notable correspondents include photographers Berenice Abbott, Ralph Gibson, Les Krims, Gerard Malanga, Eve Sonneman, and Arthur Tress. Professional correspondence is with magazines, museums, and galleries, and pertains to work for hire, publication permissions, exhibitions, and requests for appearances. A draft of Michals' text "Real Dreams" was sent to a friend for review, and is filed with the 1976 correspondence.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.michduan, Series 1
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Chronological Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 2005-2010
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 1: Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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Book, Duane Michals Steals a Book by Erik LaPrade

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2015
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 2: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Announcements

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970-2010
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 2: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Clippings

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970
2000-2010
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 2: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Exhibition Catalogs and Guides

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2008-2010
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 2: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Press Releases

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1972
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 2: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Other Printed Matter

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2003-2010
circa 1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 2: Printed Material
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Archives of American Art
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Photographs of Duane Michals at Exhibitions and with Family and Friends

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1976
2005-2010
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Photographs by Duane Michals, Assorted

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1960-2015
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 3: Photographs
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Archives of American Art
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Advertising Campaign for Eli Lilly

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Oversize 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1976
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (Box 2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1970-2015
Scope and Contents:
Printed material dates from circa 1970-2015 and documents Michals' career through announcements, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and press releases. A book featuring Michals, and a few other printed items including brochures, a program, and an essay about Michals' work are also found here.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.michduan, Series 2
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Black and White Photographs with Handwritten Text

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Oversize 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970s-1980s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers / Series 3: Photographs
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Archives of American Art
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Color Photographs, Still Lifes

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Oversize 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2006
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers
Duane Michals papers / Series 3: Photographs
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Archives of American Art
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet (Box 2, OV 3-6)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1960-2015
Scope and Contents:
Photographs date from circa 1960-2015 and are both of and by Michals. The first folder here includes snapshots of Michals at exhibitions and with family and friends. The remainder of the folders contain Michals' working prints from photographic series for various commercial and artistic projects.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.michduan, Series 3
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Chronological Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967
1970-1971
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers
Duane Michals papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Chronological Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Michals, Duane  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2-3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Duane Michals papers
Duane Michals papers / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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