A Finding Aid to the Riva Castleman Papers, 1871, 1930-2013, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.castriva
Creators:
Castleman, Riva
Dates:
1871
1930-2013
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
10.6 Linear feet
7.83 Gigabytes
Repository:
The papers of curator Riva Castleman measure 10.6 linear feet and 7.83 GB, and date from 1930-2013 with one printed item dating from 1871. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence including mail art, writing project files, notebooks, interviews, project files, printed material, photographic material, and artwork. The collection richly documents Castleman's writing and research process and contains dozens of manuscripts for books, catalogs, and essays, as well as related correspondence and research including audio interviews and sound recordings. Several of Castleman's books about contemporary printmaking, such as Prints of the 20th Century (1976) and American Impressions (1985), are extensively documented, as are many of the catalogs she produced to accompany Museum of Modern Art exhibitions, including Jasper Johns: A Print Retrospective (1987) and The Prints of Andy Warhol (1990). Some records are in born-digital form including correspondence, manuscript drafts, and audio conversations with Tatyana Grosman. Other interviews are on sound cassettes.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of curator Riva Castleman measure 10.6 linear feet and 7.83 GB, and date from 1930-2013 with one printed item dating from 1871. The collection contains biographical material, correspondence including mail art, writing project files, notebooks, interviews, project files, printed material, photographic material, and artwork. The collection richly documents Castleman's writing and research process and contains dozens of manuscripts for books, catalogs, and essays, as well as related correspondence and research including audio interviews and sound recordings. Several of Castleman's books about contemporary printmaking, such as Prints of the 20th Century (1976) and American Impressions (1985), are extensively documented, as are many of the catalogs she produced to accompany Museum of Modern Art exhibitions, including Jasper Johns: A Print Retrospective (1987) and The Prints of Andy Warhol (1990). Some records are in born-digital form including correspondence, manuscript drafts, and audio conversations with Tatyana Grosman. Other interviews are on sound cassettes.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as nine series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1930-2011 (Boxes 1-3; 3 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1950-2012 (Boxes 4-5, OV 12, 1.5 linear feet; ER01, 0.001 GB)
  • Series 3: Writing Project Files, circa 1950-2013 (Boxes 5-8, 3.1 linear feet; ER02-ER04, 0.007 GB)
  • Series 4: Notebooks, 1950-2005 (Box 8; 0.3 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Interviews, 1980s-1990s (Box 8, 0.2 linear feet; ER05, 7.82 GB)
  • Series 6: Project Files, 1871, 1977-2003 (Box 9; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 7: Printed Material, 1950-2012 (Boxes 9-10; 1.4 linear feet)
  • Series 8: Photographic Material, 1960-2011 (Box 10, OV 13; 0.5 linear feet)
  • Series 9: Artwork, circa 1970-2010 (Box 11, OV 14-15; 0.4 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Riva Castleman (1930-2014) was the Director of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1976-1995. Born in Chicago, Castleman received her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1951. After graduating, she worked at the Art Institute of Chicago and the California Historical Society. She was hired as a print cataloger at MoMA in 1963 before becoming department head in 1976. Her tenure coincided with the renaissance in American printmaking propelled by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns, and her exhibitions and publications celebrated these artists along with master printmakers, including Tatyana Grosman of Universal Limited Art Editions.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2019.
Author
Hilary Price
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 by Kristen Skedgell, Riva Castleman's niece.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The Riva Castleman 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.
Preferred Citation
Riva Castleman papers, 1871, 1930-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Art museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Grosman, Tatyana, 1904-1982 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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