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Creators:
Shebairo, Richard
Dates:
1983-1986
Size:
0.02 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.shebrich
Repository:
Archives of American Art

Mail art from Edward M. Plunkett to Richard Shebairo measures 0.02 linear feet and date from 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.

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Creators:
Bennett, John M.
Luna Bisonte Prods (Publisher)
Dates:
circa 1975-2018
Size:
0.6 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.bennjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

John M. Bennett mail art measures 0.6 linear feet and dates from circa 1975-2018. This is a very focused collection of Bennett's TLPs, or "Tacky Little Pamphlets," a term devised by mail artist Blaster Al Ackerman and widely among the mail art audience. TLPs feature John M. Bennet's poetry and are largely self-published including on his Columbus, Ohio imprint Luna Bisonte Productions.

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Creators:
Held, John, 1947-
Dates:
bulk 1973-2013
1947-2018
Size:
12.9 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.heldjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1947-2018, bulk 1973-2013, and measure 12.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, printed material, mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013, and a collection of biographical material presented by Held at a Mail Art Study Day held at the Archives of American Art in 2018.

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Creators:
Welch, Chuck, 1948-
Dates:
1974-2019
Size:
4.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.welcchuc
Repository:
Archives of American Art

Chuck Welch papers relating to mail art date from 1947-2019 and measure 4.2 linear feet. Included are letters to Welch received through the USPS and international mail systems and typed descriptions arranged alphabetically by sender/artist, and a 27-volume "Artistamp Archive"; contents of the 2019 'A Book About Death' 10th Anniversary exhibition wi...

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Creators:
Bennett, Catherine Mehrl
Dates:
2018
Size:
0.4 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.benncath
Repository:
Archives of American Art

Mail art received by Catherine Mehrl Bennett sent by a variety of mail artists including Maralena Howard, Ed Giecek, Mike Dickau, Henry Guild, Mike Dyar, Diane Bertrand, José Nogueira, Darlene Altschul, Jayne B. Lyons, and others between July to October, 2018.

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Creators:
Evans, John, 1932-
Dates:
1957-2012
bulk 1970-2012
Size:
7.1 Linear feet
1 Gigabyte
Collection ID:
AAA.evanjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

The papers of John Evans, 1957-2012, bulk 1970s-2000, measure 7.1 linear feet and 1.00 GB and document the collage artist's involvement with mail art. The vast majority of letters are from mail artists, often with embellished envelopes and include and a digital version of Collected Essays by John Held, Jr. Writings include a thesis about mail art by Marya Trianfellos. Subject files concern art stamps, mail art shows and events, Ray Johnson's death and memorial tributes to him. The most thoroughly documented mail art project, "John Evans Fake Collages," is of unknown origin. In addition, there are a few items relating to projects conceived by Evans and more substantial documentation of projects initiated by Christina Behmenburg, Leslie Caldera, Ryosuke Cohen, Peter W. Kaufmann, Angela and Peter Netmail.

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Creators:
Held, John, 1947-
Karlstrom, Paul J.
Dates:
2017 September 28-October 3
Size:
9 Items (Sound recording: 9 sound files (5 hr., 4 min.), digital, wav)
131 Pages (Transcript)
Collection ID:
AAA.held17
Repository:
Archives of American Art

An interview with John Held, Jr. conducted 2017 September 28 and October 3, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, at Karlstrom's home in San Francisco, California.

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Creators:
Shown, John, 1937-
Dates:
1937-1984
Size:
2 Items (partial microfilm reels)
Collection ID:
AAA.showjohn
Repository:
Archives of American Art

Biographical material, including a birth certificate and a resume; correspondence, 1973-1984 including mail art; 2 journals, 1982-1983 and 1983-1984, containing notes, printed material and mail art; 4 subject files, undated and 1978-1983, entitled: Creative New Yorkers, House Portraits, Intergalactic Communication Show, and Shown-Davenport Gallery,...

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Creators:
Plunkett, Edward M. (1922-2011)
Dates:
circa 1900-2006
Size:
4.2 Linear feet
Collection ID:
AAA.plunedwar
Repository:
Archives of American Art

Edward Plunkett papers measure 4.2 linear feet and date from circa 1900-2006. Biographical material includes a hand-written biography, identification cards including a United States passport, and a series of autobiographical essays written by Plunkett in his later years at a retirement community in Madison, Wisconsin. The correspondence series is comprised heavily of mail art sent to Plunkett correspondents including Robert Delford Brown, Russell Butler (a.k.a. buZ blurr), Anna Banana, Buster Cleveland, Crackerjack Kid, Ken Friedman, John Held, Jr., E. F. Higgins III, Ray Johnson, Tim Mancusi, Carlo Pittore, May Wilson, William Wilson, and W. S. Stipe. The printed material series includes editioned mail art publications including Collective Farm, No. 3, Post-Office Dinner, 1982 (number 15/100), and unused source material for his mail and collage art. The photographic material series consists of some images of Plunkett, his earlier, more traditional artworks, and snapshots from his travels. The artwork series consists of traditional drawings, paintings, and collages on paper, in addition to a number of altered published books, miniature booklets, and collaged notebooks in various states of being finished. Many of the interleaved notebooks have not been glued to the paper.

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Creators:
Esman, Betty, 1904-1996
Dates:
1926-1980
Size:
0.4 Linear feet ((microfilmed on 1 partial reel))
0.2 Linear feet (Addition)
Collection ID:
AAA.esmabett
Repository:
Archives of American Art

Primarily correspondence, mail art, and printed material documenting Esman's career and her personal and professional relationships with artists Ray Johnson, Rufino Tamayo, Jacques Lipchitz and others.

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