A Finding Aid to the Edward M. Plunkett Mail Art to Richard Shebairo, 1983-1986, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.shebrich
Creators:
Shebairo, Richard
Dates:
1983-1986
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
22 items
Repository:
Mail art from Edward M. Plunkett to Richard Shebairo, 1983-1986, including letters, rubber-stamped envelopes, newspaper clippings, perforated faux postage stamps, several handmade booklets and rubber stamped communications, an unopened letter to Plunkett, which he altered with rubber stamps and signed "EMP 84." Also included is a 3x5 inch memo book inscribed "to Richard April 1, 1985 E M Plunkett," containing rubber-stamp narratives. Correspondence relates to accounting tasks and materials, accompanied with mentions of Plunkett's enclosed mail art.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Mail art from Edward M. Plunkett to Richard Shebairo, 1983-1986, including letters, rubber-stamped envelopes, newspaper clippings, perforated faux postage stamps, several handmade booklets and rubber stamped communications, an unopened letter to Plunkett, which he altered with rubber stamps and signed "EMP 84." Also included is a 3x5 inch memo book inscribed "to Richard April 1, 1985 E M Plunkett," containing rubber-stamp narratives. Correspondence relates to accounting tasks and materials, accompanied with mentions of Plunkett's enclosed mail art.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Edward M. Plunkett (1922-) is a mail artist who coined the name "New York Correspondence School" in the early 1960s to describe the work he was making with contemporaries such as Ray Johnson. Richard Shebairo was Plunkett's accountant.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Ryan Evans in 2018.
Author
Ryan Evans
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Edward M. Plunkett mail art to Richard Shebairo, 1983-1986, was donated in 2018 by Richard Shebairo.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Edward M. Plunkett mail art to Richard Shebairo, 1983-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mail art Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rubber stamps Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Plunkett, Ed (1922-) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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