A Finding Aid to the Duane Michals Papers, circa 1940-2019, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.michduan
Creators:
Michals, Duane
Dates:
circa 1940-2019
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
6.4 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of New York based photographer Duane Michals date from circa 1940-2019 and measure 6.4 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 5.2 linear foot upprocessed addition to this collection donated 2019 that includes primarily photographs taken by Michals of actors, writers, friends, family and classmates. Also included are photographs of Michals. Additional material includes biographical information, correspondence and a catalog on CD.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of New York based photographer Duane Michals date from circa 1940-2019 and measure 6.4 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 5.2 linear foot upprocessed addition to this collection donated 2019 that includes primarily photographs taken by Michals of actors, writers, friends, family and classmates. Also included are photographs of Michals. Additional material includes biographical information, correspondence and a catalog on CD.

Arrangement
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 (5.2 linear feet; Boxes 7-13, OV 14-15)

Biographical / Historical
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.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Hilary Price in 2017.
Author
Hilary Price
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives of American Art by Duane Michals in 2015 and 2019.

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.
Conditions Governing Use
The Duane Michals 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
Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Duane Michals conducted by Christopher Lyon in 2016.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
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