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The processing of this collection has been funded through the generosity of Mr. Philip E. Aarons.
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Finding aid prepared by Christiana Dobrzynski Grippe, 2012.
Machine-readable finding aid created by Christiana Dobrzynski Grippe. Description is in English.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Seth Siegelaub
Title: The Seth Siegelaub Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1945-2011
Bulk Dates: 1966-1977
Quantity: Approximately 15.5 linear feet
29 5" manuscript boxes
1 18x21" flat box
Abstract: This collection documents the activities of Seth Siegelaub, a gallery owner, independent curator, publisher, event facilitator, and seminal figure in the Conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The records date from 1945 to 2011, with the bulk of the materials from 1966 to 1977, and include artist files, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, business papers, numerous notes, and various mock-ups and drafts of publications and art projects. Despite Siegelaub's relatively brief formal tenure in the art world of the late 1960s and early 1970s, his extensive note-taking and deliberate documentation of his involvement in various projects provide invaluable context for and insight into key thought processes of the Conceptual art movement.

Arrangement

The Seth Siegelaub Papers have been arranged into three series with additional subseries divisions.
The three series are as follows:
Series I: Exhibitions, Catalogues, and Projects 1964-2001
Subseries I.A: General 1964-2001
Subseries I.B: Artist Files 1966-1990s
Subseries I.C: Financial and Business Papers 1964-2006
Subseries I.D: Correspondence and Notes 1964-2001
Series II: Personal 1945-2003
Series III: Other Related Materials 1964-2011
Subseries III.A: Oriental Rug Business 1964-1972
Subseries III.B: Alexander Alberro Papers 1991-2000
Subseries III.C: Art Collection 1980-2011


Biographical Note

Seth Siegelaub was born in the Bronx, New York in 1941 and grew up in New York City. He opened and operated his own gallery, Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art, from 1964 to 1966. His close working relationships with several artists lead to his evolving roles as a private art dealer and, eventually, an independent curator, art project facilitator, publisher, researcher, and writer.

As an independent curator, he organized twenty-one art exhibitions, publications, and projects in North America and Europe between February 1968 and July 1971. He consistently worked closely with artists such as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner in a wide range of innovative formats and platforms, before largely withdrawing from the art world in 1972. His curatorial work took place both in physical spaces and, most significantly, in the form of books, in which he re-defined the exhibition catalogue itself as the exhibition. Siegelaub's approach to this material mirrored the conceptual art movement itself by raising important questions about the making, display, ownership, distribution, and selling of works of art. His work highlighted issues relating to the internationalization of the art world, the participation of the art spectator, and artists' right to control their own work.

In conjunction with the mounting politicization of the art world by the late 1960s, Siegelaub also participated in the growing mobilization against the United States' war against Vietnam. His anti-war activities included producing a fundraising collection catalogue for the United States Serviceman Fund (USSF), an organization set up to promote free speech within the United States military, and which was especially engaged in anti-Vietnam War activity through the funding and support of newspapers. This activity led to Siegelaub's increasing involvement in the political aspects of art and, in 1971, he collaborated with lawyer Robert Projansky to produced The Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement, also known as "The Artists' Contract," which defined and attempted to protect the rights and interests of artists as their work circulated within the art world system.

In 1972, Siegelaub left the art world to pursue other interests in France and Europe. From 1973 to 1974 he edited and published the first issue of the Marxism and Mass Media bibliographic series and began publishing books on communication and culture, including the classic study on cultural imperialism How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic by Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart. He also founded the International Mass Media Research Center [IMMRC]. From 1979 to 1983, he worked with Armand Mattelart on the Communication and Class Struggle anthology, a wide-ranging compilation of 128 leftist and progressive texts on the history and practice of communication and culture.

Since the mid-1980s, he has researched the production of popular culture, especially concerning the social history of handwoven textiles throughout the world. In 1986 Siegelaub founded the Center for Social Research on Old Textiles [CSROT], and in 1997 he edited and published the Bibliographica Textilia Historiae, the first general bibliography on the history of textiles.

Chronology

Below is a basic chronology with brief descriptions of the various projects Siegelaub worked on during his career.

9/1964-4/1966 Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art
An art gallery with various publications, posters, and mailers for exhibitions, including:
Group Show (1964)
Pierre Clerk (1964)
Lawrence Weiner (1964)
E. F. Hebner (1964)
Arni Hendin (1964)
Herbert Livesey (1965)
Lawrence Weiner (1965)
Edward Whiteman (1966)
The "25" Show: Painting and Sculpture (1966)
Pierre Clerk (1966)
4/1967-2/1968 The Louis Kellner Foundation
A not-for-profit organization that helped to publish Lawrence Weiner's 1968 artist's book Statements.
2/1968-3/1968 Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Bradford Junior College
An indoor group exhibition and a symposium.
4/1968-5/1968 Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Windham College
An outdoor group exhibition in which each artist made one work, with a symposium moderated by Dan Graham.
10/1968 Edward Koch Congressional election campaign benefit
Benefit exhibition organized by Siegelaub for the Congressional election campaign for Edward Koch.
11/1968 Douglas Huebler
A one-person exhibition, held in a private apartment, in which the exhibition advertisement mailer and the exhibited artist's book both combined to create the documentation for the exhibition and the artwork; the first exhibition in which the artist's book embodied the exhibition itself.
12/1968 Lawrence Weiner: Statements
A one-person exhibition in the form of a sixty-four page paperback book. The book consists of twenty-five works divided into two sections: twelve General Statements and thirteen Specific Statements. This was Lawrence Weiner's first artist's book.
12/1968 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]
A book exhibition in which each of the seven participating artists were asked to make a twenty-five-page work on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, which was then photocopied and printed.
1968-1969 Pulsa
An interdisciplinary group of planners and coordinators functioning in industrial, urban, and natural environments, whose computer-based programs of light and sound exemplified the expansive possibilities of a systems-oriented aesthetic production.
1/1969 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]
A group exhibition of the work of Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner; this was the first group exhibition in which the catalogue was the exhibition. It was held for one month at a temporary space in the McLendon Building at 44 East 52nd Street, New York.
2/1969-5/1969 Art & Language Press
A shifting collaboration among conceptual artists that was founded by artists Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin, and Harold Hurrell. The first issue of their journal Art-Language was published in May 1969.
3/1969 March 1969 [One Month]
A group exhibition of North American and European artists in which each artist was asked to make a work on an assigned day during the month of March 1969. The participating artists were Terry Atkinson, Michael Baldwin, Robert Barry, Rick Barthelme, N.E. Thing Co., James Lee Byars, John Chamberlain, Ron Cooper, Barry Flanagan, Alex Hay, Douglas Huebler, Robert Huot, Stephen Kaltenbach, Joseph Kosuth, Christine Kozlov, Richard Long, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, Alan Ruppersberg, Robert Smithson, De Wain Valentine, Lawrence Weiner, and Ian Wilson.
3/1969 Joseph Kosuth and Robert Morris: Bradford Junior College
A two-person exhibition, catalogue, and symposium held at Bradford Junior College.
4/1969 Robert Barry: Inert Gas Series
A one-person exhibition in which the artist released inert gases into the atmosphere near Los Angeles, California. A mailing address and telephone number in Los Angeles were rented for the duration of the exhibition, and the exhibition was announced by a poster mailing.
5/1969 Jan Dibbets
A one-person exhibition that took place in Amsterdam which was communicated by means of a printed postcard mailing from New York City, New York.
5/1969-6/1969 Catalogue for the Exhibition: Simon Fraser University
A group exhibition which took place in different parts of the University and whose catalogue was only made available after the exhibition was over. As part of the exhibition a symposium was held by a "conference line" telephone hook-up between some of the participating artists in Burnaby, Ottawa and New York. The participating artists were Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin, Robert Barry, Jan Dibbets, Douglas Huebler, Stephen Kaltenbach, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, N.E. Thing Co. Ltd., and Lawrence Weiner.
6/1969 Art Workers' Coalition
An open coalition of artists, filmmakers, writers, critics, and museum staff that formed in New York City in January 1969 with the aim of pressuring the city's museums (notably The Museum of Modern Art) into implementing various reforms. These included a taking a moral stance on the Vietnam War and promoting a more open and less exclusive exhibition policy concerning the artists it exhibited and promoted, especially concerning women artists and artists of color. Siegelaub spoke during the "AWC General Meeting" in June, 1969.
7/1969-9/1969 July, August, September 1969. Juillet, Août, Septembre 1969. Juli, August, September 1969
An exhibition in which eleven artists each made a work in a different part of the world, and for which the tri-lingual catalogue (in English, French and German) served as the guide to the location and description of each work. The participating artists were Carl Andre at The Hague, Robert Barry in Baltimore, Daniel Buren in Paris, Jan Dibbets in Amsterdam, Douglas Huebler in Los Angeles, Joseph Kosuth in New Mexico, Sol LeWitt in Düsseldorf, Richard Long in Bristol, N.E. Thing Co. Ltd. in Vancouver, Robert Smithson in Yucatan, and Lawrence Weiner in Niagara Falls.
9/1969 Prospekt '69
The organization of the participation of Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner in the form of interviews which were published as part of the Prospekt '69 catalogue in Düsseldorf, Germany.
9/1969-10/1969 Joseph Kosuth
Participation in the Fifteen Locations series.
10/1969 Carl Andre: Seven Books of Poetry
The publication of Carl Andre's early poetry and journals, written between circa 1959 and 1964, in a limited edition of 41 sets.
1/1970 Jan Dibbets: Roodborst territorium/Sculptuur 1969. Robin Redbreast's Territory/Sculpture 1969. Domaine d'un rouge-gorge/Sculpture 1969. Rotkehlchenterritorium/Skulptur 1969
A book, with text in Dutch, English, French and German, consisting of the diary of the artist from April to June 1969, describing his attempt to change the ecological environment of a Robin Redbreast living in the Vondel Park in Amsterdam.
1/1970-2/1970 Vancouver 955,000 and Seattle 557,000
Exhibition organized by Lucy Lippard in Vancouver and Seattle in which the exhibition catalogues were made up of index cards. Participating artists included Carl Andre, Terry Atkinson, Robert Barry, Jan Dibbets, Dan Graham, Douglas Huebler, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Adrian Piper, Edward Ruscha, and Lawrence Weiner.
4/1970 18 PARIS IV.70
An exhibition and tri-lingual catalogue (French, English and German) selected, organized and edited by Michel Claura in Paris. The exhibition took place at a temporary space on the rue Mouffetard in Paris during the month of April 1970. The participating artists were Ian Wilson, Lawrence Weiner, Niele Toroni, Robert Ryman, Edward Ruscha, Richard Long, Sol LeWitt, David Lamelas, On Kawara, Douglas Huebler, François Guinochet, Gilbert & George, Jean-Pierre Djian, Jan Dibbets, Daniel Buren, Stanley Brouwn, Marcel Broodthaers, and Robert Barry. Siegelaub published the 96 page exhibition catalogue.
5/1970-3/1972 Public Press + News Network
A New York City-based alternative radical daily newspaper.
7/1970-8/1970 July/August Exhibition Book. Juillet/Août Exposition Livre. Juli/August Ausstellung Buch.
A tri-lingual catalogue/exhibition edited by Siegelaub, which first appeared as a section in the magazine Studio International in which he offered six art critics: David Antin, Germano Celant, Michel Claura, Charles Harrison, Lucy Lippard and Hans Strelow, each an eight-page section of the magazine to edit as they wished, and to select artists to use their section. The participating artists were Dan Graham, Harold Cohen, John Baldessari, Richard Serra, Eleanor Antin, Fred Lonidier, George Nicolaidis, Keith Sonnier, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Emilio Prini, Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio, Daniel Buren, Keith Arnatt, Terry Aktinson, David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin, Harold Hurrell, Victor Burgin, Barry Flanagan, Joseph Kosuth, John Latham, Roelof Louw, Robert Barry, Stephen Kaltenbach, Lawrence Weiner, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Douglas Huebler, N.E. Thing Co., Frederick Barthelme, Jan Dibbets, and Hanne Darboven.
10/1970 The Halifax Conference
A two-day international artist's symposium organized by Siegelaub and held at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The invited artists were Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Ronald Bladen, Daniel Buren, John Chamberlain, Gene Davis, Jan Dibbets, Al Held, Robert Irwin, Roy Lichtenstein, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Robert Murray, N.E. Thing Co., Claes Oldenburg, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Richard Smith, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, Jean Tinguely, and Lawrence Weiner.
4/1971 The Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement
A project initiated by Siegelaub with lawyer Robert Projanksy that entailed the organization, preparation, and publication of an artist's sale contract setting forth and protecting the artist's moral and economic rights, including their entitlement to fifteen percent of any profits made on the resale of their work. The preparation, publication, and distribution of the eight-page foldout poster, which was designed by Christos Gianokos, was underwritten by The School of Visual Arts, New York. By 1972, the contract was re-worked, translated and published in a similar format in at least four other languages (French, German, Italian and Dutch), with many reprintings and variant editions since then.
7/1971 United States Servicemen's Fund (USSF) Art Collection
A fundraising collection catalogue for the USSF, an organization set up to promote free speech within the US military, and which was especially engaged in anti-Vietnam War activity by means of the funding and support of G.I. newspapers and cultural actions. The collection, in which each artist agreed to give fifty percent of the sale of an artwork to the USSF, included the work of Keith Sonnier, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Robert Murray, Robert Huot, David Diao, Gene Davis, Al Held, Robert Ryman, Alex Hay, Lawrence Weiner, Sol LeWitt, Alex Katz, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, De Wain Valentine, Carl Andre, and Joseph Kosuth.
1990-2004 L'art Conceptuel, Une Perspective[The Context of Art / The Art of Context]
A project initiated by Siegelaub and realized in close collaboration with Marion Fricke and Roswitha Fricke (Düsseldorf) in which 115 artists who participated in five seminal art exhibitions in 1969 (March 1969, organized by Siegelaub in New York; Op Losse Schroeven, organized by Wim Beeren in Amsterdam; When Attitudes Become Form, organized by Harald Szeemann in Bern; Prospekt '69, organized by Konrad Fischer and Hans Strelow in Düsseldorf, and Konzeption/Conception organized by Rolf Wedewer and Konrad Fischer in Leverkusen) were each asked three questions: How the art of the 1960s has come to be integrated, or not, into mainstream art; more generally, how the production, distribution and consumption of art has changed since 1969; and, how did they, the artists, see themselves as part of this process between 1969 through the early 1990s.

The 75 artists who replied were Giovanni Anselmo, Art & Language (Michael Baldwin), Terry Atkinson, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lynda Benglis, Mel Bochner, Alighiero e Boetti, Daniel Buren, Victor Burgin, Donald Burgy, Eugenia P. Butler, James Lee Byars, John Chamberlain, Ron Cooper, Paul Cotton, Jan Dibbets, Ger van Elk, Esther Ferrer, Rafael Ferrer, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Dan Graham, Giorgio Griffa, Bruno Gronen, Hans Haacke, Alex Hay, Douglas Huebler, Robert Huot, Richard Jackson, Alan Jacquet, Neil Jenney, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, Michael Kirby, Joseph Kosuth, Gary B. Kuehn, David Lamelas, Sol LeWitt, Bernd Lohaus, Brice Marden, David Medalla, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Doug Ohlson, Dennis Oppenheim, Eric Orr, Giuseppe Penone, Adrian Piper, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, Markus Raetz, Charles Ross, Allen Ruppersberg, Edward Ruscha, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Robert Ryman, Alan Saret, Sarkis, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Richard Sladden, Keith Sonnier, Richard Tuttle, Timm Ulrichs, De Wain Valentine, Bernard Venet, Frank Lincoln Viner, Franz Erhard Walther, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, William T. Wiley, Ian Wilson.

The results were published in French by Art Press (Paris) as special issue Hors-Série Numero 17, 1996 under the title "69/96, Avant-Gardes et Fin de Siècle: 75 Artistes Recontent Leur Parcours"; partly in Dutch and English in Kunst & museumjournaal (Amsterdam), Volume 7, Number 1/2/3, 1996 as "The Context of Art / The Art of Context"; and most recently and completely in English and German by Navado Press, Trieste, in 2004 as "The Context of Art / The Art of Context: A Project Organized by Seth Siegelaub, Marion Fricke and Roswitha Fricke."

Bibliography

Alberro, Alexander. The Seth Siegelaub Archives. http://egressfoundation.net/.

Art Daily. New York's Museum of Modern Art Acquires Two Major Collections of Conceptual Art. http://www.artdaily.org/.


Scope and Content

This collection documents the activities of Seth Siegelaub, a gallery owner, independent curator, publisher, art project facilitator, and seminal figure in the Conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The records date from 1945 to 2005, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1966 to 1977, and include numerous notes, artist files, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, business papers, and various mock-ups and drafts of publications and art projects. The collection also includes some personal papers of Siegelaub, as well as records detailing his oriental rug collection, the research of Alexander Alberro, and a small amount of documentation involving Siegelaub's efforts to sell his art collection. Despite Siegelaub's relatively brief formal tenure in the art world of the late 1960s and early 1970s, his extensive note-taking and deliberate documentation of his involvement in various projects provide invaluable context for and insight into key thought processes of the conceptual art movement. Siegelaub maintained long-standing personal and business relationships with Conceptual artists such as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, and Lawrence Weiner; as such, researchers may be interested in the records detailing these relationships, which include correspondence, artist files, installation photographs and diagrams, exhibition posters, and notes. Siegelaub's collaboration with lawyer Robert Projansky in drafting and publishing the influential Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement also is extensively documented in the collection with numerous notes, drafts, mock-ups, and related correspondence. Also of particular interest are the early mock-ups and assorted drafts of the famous Xerox Book, as well as the records related to the January 5-31, 1969 exhibition (also known as the January Show), which include correspondence, installation photographs, notes, and numerous mock-ups of the exhibition catalogue.

Series I: Exhibitions, Catalogues, and Projects is divided into four subseries. Subseries I.A: General comprises the bulk of the series and dates from 1964 to 2001. The records document the various activities Siegelaub was involved in throughout his career. Although Siegelaub formally left the art world in 1972 when he moved to France, he nevertheless remained tangentially involved by giving interviews and frequently corresponding with artists, scholars, galleries, and museums; the later records of this series reveal this involvement through correspondence, notes, research files, and copies and drafts of publications. Subseries I.B: Artist Files contains notes, photographs, exhibition announcements and posters, clippings, and some correspondence detailing general artist information as well as work on specific projects of a select number of artists. Subseries I.C: Financial and Business Papers include a small amount of documentation of Siegelaub's business activities mostly with his art gallery and publishing business, International General Editions, Incorporated. Subseries I.D: Correspondence and Notes is a small subseries containing some notes and various letters between Siegelaub and artists, art collectors, museums, and others, mostly regarding exhibition planning in the late 1960s.

Series II: Personal, is a small series dating from 1945 to 2003. The series is arranged chronologically and contains correspondence, notes, photographs, and ephemera detailing some of Siegelaub's early education and childhood, his relationships with his family and his artist friends (including Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, and Douglas Huebler), and some personal writing and poetry. Researchers should note that much of the personal correspondence found in this series may relate to the artist files, correspondence, and business papers found in Series I.

Series III: Other Related Materials is a small series divided into three subseries. Subseries III.A: Oriental Rug Business includes receipts, notes, ephemera, and correspondence documenting Siegelaub's involvement in the purchase and sale of oriental rugs while he owned his art gallery. The records date from 1964 to 1972 and are arranged in chronological order. Subseries III.B: Alexander Alberro Papers contains research files, correspondence, and drafts relating to Alexander Alberro's research and publication of dissertation on Siegelaub and Conceptual art. The records date from 1991 to 2000 and are arranged chronologically. Subseries III.C: Art Collection is a small series documenting Siegelaub's efforts to evaluate and research the sale of his art collection and archives. The materials date from 1980s to 2011. Researchers should note that this subseries is restricted until 2030.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The records are open for research and contain some restricted materials. In particular, researchers should note that Subseries III.C: Art Collection 1980-2011 is restricted to the public until 2030.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Seth Siegelaub Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons and Organizations:
Andre, Carl, 1935- --Archives.
Barry, Robert, 1936- --Archives.
Buren, Daniel--Archives.
Dibbets, Jan, 1941- --Archives.
Huebler, Douglas--Archives.
Kosuth, Joseph--Archives.
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007--Archives.
Long, Richard, 1945- --Archives.
N.E. Thing Company--Archives.
Projansky, Robert--Archives.
Siegelaub, Seth, 1941- --Archives.
Weiner, Lawrence--Archives.
Subjects:
Art dealers--New York (State)--New York--History--20th century--Archives.
Conceptual art--Europe--Exhibitions--Sources.
Conceptual art--United States--Exhibitions--Sources.
Document Types:
Artist files.
Artists' books.
Business records.
Catalogs.
Correspondence.
Manuscripts (Document genre).
Personal papers.
Photographic prints.
Posters.


Related Material

For complementary exhibition-related materials, please consult the MoMA's Exhibition Files. Similarly, the Department of Circulating Exhibitions (C/E) Records include information regarding MoMA exhibitions that toured domestically, and the International Program Records include documentation regarding its International Circulating Exhibitions (ICE).

The Herman and Nicole Daled Papers at MoMA contain information on several of the same artists documented in the Siegelaub Papers, especially concerning the Xerox Book and correspondence between Siegelaub and Herman and Nicole Daled.

The MoMA PS1 Archives housed at MoMA also contain photographs and other records pertaining to related exhibitions involving some similar and overlapping artists found in the Siegelaub Papers.

Additionally, the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Archives at the MoMA may contain correspondence and artist materials related to some artists documented in the Siegelaub Papers.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Long version: The Seth Siegelaub Papers. Gift of Seth Siegelaub and the Stichting Egress Foundation, Amsterdam, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Short version: Siegelaub, [series.folder]. MoMA Archives, NY.

Provenance

The Seth Siegelaub Papers were a gift to the Museum Archives by Seth Siegelaub and the Stichting Egress Foundation in 2011.

Processing and Condition Information

While the bulk of the materials date from the 1960s to 1970s and were in generally good condition, some materials showed signs of water damage, resulting in numerous rusted staples and paper clips which have been removed and replaced with archival clips as necessary. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders. Acidic materials such as newspaper clippings have been encapsulated or isolated by acid-free paper or Mylar as occasion warranted. Photographs were flattened and encapsulated in Mylar polyester protective sleeves. Degrading adhesives such as mailing labels, envelopes, pressure sensitive tape (masking, clear, packing), gallery labels, rubber bands, and glue were cleaned, removed and/or isolated with buffer paper inserted as necessary. Oversize posters and other materials were flattened and rehoused in appropriately sized acid-free containers.

Folder titles used by Siegelaub or created as part of the "Siegelaub Archives" inventory done by Alexander Alberro were maintained where appropriate, although some were changed, augmented, and added for the sake of consistency and clarity.


Container List

 

Series I: Exhibitions, Catalogues, and Projects 1964-2001

The bulk of the collection is housed in Series I, which contains photographs, notes, correspondence, exhibition materials, and some business papers that provide a fairly detailed overview of Siegelaub's professional (and some personal) activities related to the Conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The series also reveals Siegelaub's sustained peripheral involvement with Conceptual artists, gallery owners, scholars, and museums even after he officially left the art world in 1972.

 

Subseries I.A: General 1964-2001

Subseries I.A: General, comprising the bulk of Series I, contains numerous notes, photographs, gallery posters, exhibition announcements, catalogues, and correspondence documenting the various art-related activities Siegelaub was involved in throughout his career. Although Siegelaub formally left the art world in 1972 when he moved to France, he nevertheless remained tangentially involved by giving interviews and frequently communicating with artists, scholars, galleries, and museums; the later records of this subseries reveal this involvement through correspondence, notes, research files, some audio/visual materials, and copies and drafts of publications. Especially well-documented projects found in this subseries include the Xerox Book, the January 5-31, 1969 exhibition (or The January Show), and the Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement. Also of interest are the records related to Siegelaub's involvement with the Public Press + News Network, an "alternate New York daily newspaper;" the records, which include correspondence and mock-ups of newsletters, reveal more explicitly Siegelaub's interests in radical media and alternative information dissemination, which shaped the impetus for his activities with the Conceptual art movement. The subseries is arranged chronologically by project, with a small amount of assorted photographs housed at the end of the subseries. Researchers interested in photographs and negatives of installations, artworks, and artists associated with Siegelaub's projects should also review these photographs in addition to the individual folders detailing the specific projects. Researchers should note that there is very little documentation, other than some exhibition posters or mailings, of Siegelaub's early years of owning his gallery, Seth Siegelaub Fine Arts, from 1964 to 1966.

Folder Title Date
I.A.1 Group Show

Exhibition catalogues.

9/1964-10/1964
I.A.2 Pierre Clerk

Exhibition catalogues.

10/1964-11/1964
I.A.3* Pierre Clerk

Poster mock-up.

10/1964-11/1964
I.A.4 Lawrence Weiner

Exhibition catalogues and installation photograph.

11/1964-12/1964
I.A.5 Seth Siegelaub Fine Arts visitors book

One bound guestbook containing signatures and addresses of gallery visitors.

6/1964-5/1966
I.A.6 E.F.Hebner

Exhibition catalogues.

9/1964-10/1964
I.A.7 Arni Hendin

Press release mock-up, correspondence, exhibition announcements, lists of addresses, clippings of reviews, contract between Arni Hendin and Siegelaub.

12/1964
I.A.8 Arni Hendin

Exhibition mailer.

12/1964
I.A.9 Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art

Brochures, correspondence, notes, and photographs of works by Ruth Vodicka, Nathan Raisen, and others.

12/1964
I.A.10 Herbert Livesey

Exhibition catalogues and review of exhibition.

5/1965-6/1965
I.A.11 Lawrence Weiner

Exhibition posters and photographic negatives.

11/1965
I.A.12 Edward Whiteman

Exhibition posters.

12/1966
I.A.13 The "25" Show: Painting and Sculpture

Poster, exhibition announcements, loan forms, price lists for artworks, notes, and a small amount of correspondence relating to a show involving John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Lawrence Weiner, and others. Also includes installation photographs, negatives, and contact sheets, as well as purchase receipt for Ad Reinhardt's Timeless Painting (1960 - 1961).

2/1966-3/1966
I.A.14* The "25" Show: Painting and Sculpture

Poster mock-up.

3/1966
I.A.15 Pierre Clerk

Exhibition posters.

4/1966
I.A.16* Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art

Gallery sign and poster for "Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art, 3rd Floor / Seth Siegelaub - Robert Gaile Oriental Rugs."

circa 1966
I.A.17 The Louis Kellner Foundation

Photographs, contact sheets, and negatives, as well as notes, floor plans, expense estimates, loan forms, brochures, and correspondence about planning and developing the Louis Kellner Foundation.

4/1967-2/1968
I.A.18 Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Bradford Junior College

Catalogues, installation photographs and slides, and partial transcript of symposium discussion moderated by Siegelaub.

1968
I.A.19 Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Bradford Junior College

Exhibition announcement and mock-up, layouts and mock-ups of exhibition catalogue, insurance valuations, lists of expenses incurred and materials needed, receipts, photographs of gallery space, and correspondence between Siegelaub and Michael Fried, Rosalind Krauss, and others.

2/1968
I.A.20 Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Windham College

Posters, transcript from symposium, black and white installation photographs, color transparency, photographic slides, negatives and contact sheets, photocopy of Robert Barry drawing, and project stickers by Lawrence Weiner.

5/1968
I.A.21 Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Windham College

Map of Windham College, transcription of the first thirty minutes of the symposium, and lists of materials needed, planning activities, and people to whom exhibition announcements were sent.

5/1968
I.A.22 Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Windham College

Photographs, contact sheets, and negatives of Windham College and the works exhibited.

5/1968
I.A.23* Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner: Windham College

Exhibition announcement with mock-up and gallery layout mock-up.

5/1968
I.A.24 Edward Koch Congressional election campaign benefit

Form letter from Siegelaub regarding loan of artwork for exhibition.

9/1968
I.A.25 Douglas Huebler

Exhibition catalogues and advertisements.

11/1968
I.A.26 Lawrence Weiner: Statements

One copy of book.

11/1968
I.A.27 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Copy of book and color transparency of title page.

circa 12/1968
I.A.28 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

One copy of book.

circa 12/1968
I.A.29 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Mock-up of book.

circa 12/1968
I.A.30 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Mock-up of book that includes pre-xeroxed works by Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner.

circa 12/1968
I.A.31 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Artwork for book, including Carl Andre's one inch square cardboard elements and Robert Barry's "One Million Dots."

circa 12/1968
I.A.32 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Notes on particpating artists, business arrangements, planning, and layout.

circa 12/1968
I.A.33 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Copyright certificate and financial calculations of planning for project and expected returns.

circa 12/1968
I.A.34 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Artists' contract and draft of contract.

circa 12/1968
I.A.35 The Xerox Book [Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner]

Advertisements, flyers, invitations to opening of the Xerox Book at Jack Wendler's gallery, and their mock-ups.

circa 12/1968
I.A.36 Pulsa

"Pulsa" article from Arts Canada by Lucy Lippard, "Pulsa Boston Demonstration Report, October 8 to 27, 1968," and Pulsa promotional packet containing articles, writings, and illustrations.

1968-1969
I.A.37 Articles and magazines

Assorted copies of art magazines, clippings, and articles written about Siegelaub and his work.

1968-1991
I.A.38 Articles and magazines

Assorted copies of art magazines, clippings, and articles written about Siegelaub and his work.

1968-19991
I.A.39 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Various letters and notes regarding distribution of ownership of paintings included in show.

circa 1/1969
I.A.40 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Correspondence, planning notes, typescript of Arthur R. Rose interviews as well as photographs, negatives, and contact sheets of participating artists, McClendon entrance, inside gallery, Topol's house, and Adrian Piper in the office.

circa 1/1969
I.A.41 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Catalogue mock-up on cardboard.

circa 1/1969
I.A.42 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Catalogue mock-up on paper.

circa 1/1969
I.A.43 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Exhibition announcements and mock-up.

circa 1/1969
I.A.44 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Correspondence, guestbook pages and follow-up notes, receipts, and notes about artists, works, and gallery floor plan.

circa 1/1969
I.A.45 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Press releases and clippings.

circa 1/1969
I.A.46 January 5-31, 1969 [The January Show]

Mademoiselle magazine containing article "The Siegelaub Idea" by Leo Lerman (pages 114-117) reviewing the exhibition.

circa 1/1969
I.A.47 Art & Language Press

Three letters from Terry Atkinson to Siegelaub regarding various publications, one pamphlet of "An Introduction to Art & Language Press," and two typescripts of unpublished works.

2/1969-5/1969
I.A.48 March 1969 [One Month]

Catalogues and photocopies of catalogue for exhibition, color transparency of catalogue title page, and photographs of N.E. Thing Co.'s and Robert Barry's projects.

circa 3/1969
I.A.49 March 1969 [One Month]

Preparatory notes by Siegelaub, forms inviting artists to participate, and correspondence to and from artists and clients.

circa 3/1969
I.A.50 March 1969 [One Month]

Exhibition catalogue mock-up.

circa 3/1969
I.A.51 Joseph Kosuth and Robert Morris: Bradford Junior College

Exhibition catalogue and mock-ups, photographs of Bradford Junior College, correspondence, clippings, notes on planning and expenses, review of the show written by Carolyn Kite in The Quill, and Robert Morris' proposal for "There are two temperatures" as well as works by Joseph Kosuth published in The Quill and The Haverhill Gazette.

3/1969
I.A.52 Joseph Kosuth and Robert Morris: Bradford Junior College

Exhibition catalogues.

3/1969
I.A.53 Robert Barry: Inert Gas Series

Exhibition posters and installation photographs.

4/1969
I.A.54* Robert Barry: Inert Gas Series

Exhibition posters with mock-ups.

4/1969
I.A.55 Jan Dibbets

Postcards.

5/1969
I.A.56 Catalogue for the Exhibition: Simon Fraser University

Exhibition catalogue and catalogue mock-ups, notes, plans for symposium, Simon Fraser University newsletters and brochures, articles, and correspondence to or from Robert Barry, Jan Dibbets, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, and others.

5/1969-6/1969
I.A.57 Catalogue for the Exhibition: Simon Fraser University

Exhibition catalogues.

5/1969-6/1969
I.A.58 Art Workers' Coalition

Petition against MoMA's "The New American Painting and Sculpture: The First Generation," "The Demands of the Art Workers Coalition," "An Open Letter to Artists," "AWC General Meeting," "13 Demands" submitted to Bates Lowry, invitations to events, and some correspondence.

6/1969
I.A.59* July, August, September 1969. Juillet, Août, Septembre 1969. Juli, August, September 1969

Photographs and layout for piece by Lawrence Weiner, blueprints and layout for piece by Carl Andre, and layout of map in piece by Richard Long.

7/1969-9/1969
I.A.60* July, August, September 1969. Juillet, Août, Septembre 1969. Juli, August, September 1969

Maps of Los Angeles and Holland as well as photographs and layouts of works by Douglas Huebler, Daniel Buren, N.E. Thing Co., Joseph Kosuth, Richard Long, and Sol LeWitt.

7/1969-9/1969
I.A.61 July, August, September 1969. Juillet, Août, Septembre 1969. Juli, August, September 1969

Exhibition catalogues and lists of catalogue distributors.

7/1969-9/1969
I.A.62 July, August, September 1969. Juillet, Août, Septembre 1969. Juli, August, September 1969

Exhibition catalogue and catalogue mock-ups. Catalogue text translations into German and French.

7/1969-9/1969
I.A.63 July, August, September 1969. Juillet, Août, Septembre 1969. Juli, August, September 1969

List of catalogue sale sites, notes, letter announcing the exhibition, form letters inviting artists to participate, and correspondence to or from Konrad Fischer, Daniel Buren, Richard Long, Peter Townsend, and Iain Baxter.

7/1969-9/1969
I.A.64 Prospekt '69

Drafts and mock-ups of interview typescripts and some correspondence.

9/1969
I.A.65 Joseph Kosuth

Some correspondence, drawings, various notes regarding artworks, and assorted related clippings and pamphlets.

9/1969-10/1969
I.A.66 Carl Andre: Seven Books of Poetry

Various to-do lists concerning printing and binding, lists of expenses and costs, invoices and receipts, budget estimates, and some correspondence.

10/1969
I.A.67 Jan Dibbets: Roodborst territorium/Sculptuur 1969. Robin Redbreast's Territory/Sculpture 1969. Domaine d'un rouge-gorge/Sculpture 1969. Rotkehlchenterritorium/Skulptur 1969

Copy of book.

1/1970
I.A.68 Jan Dibbets: Roodborst territorium/Sculptuur 1969. Robin Redbreast's Territory/Sculpture 1969. Domaine d'un rouge-gorge/Sculpture 1969. Rotkehlchenterritorium/Skulptur 1969

Layout diagrams and mock-up of book, as well as lists of cost estimates, bills, and some receipts.

1/1970
I.A.69 Vancouver 955,000 and Seattle 557,000

Notes, estimates of expenses, lists of works in show and money owed to each artist, receipts, and correspondence with Doris Shadbolt and others.

1/1970-2/1970
I.A.70 Seattle 557,000

Layouts for gallery space and artwork, as well as black and white photographs of Edward Ruscha, Dennis Oppenheim, Bob Kinmont, Daniel Buren, and others.

2/1970
I.A.71 18 PARIS IV.70

Exhibition catalogues, posters and color transparency of poster, and black and white installation photographs.

4/1970-5/1970
I.A.72 18 PARIS IV.70

Notes on preparations for exhibition, projected costs and estimates, lists of participants and artworks, poster, list of institutions purchasing the catalogue, notes regarding schedules and appointments, receipts, mock-ups of catalogues, and correspondence to and from Michel Claura, Alan Power, Stanley Grinstein, and others.

4/1970-5/1970
I.A.73 Public Press + News Network

Mock-ups, paste-ups, and printings of Public Press + News Network newsletters, some clippings, correspondence, receipts and bills, proposed budgets, classifieds advertisements, printing information, production and content development information, and numerous related notes. Also includes "Radical Publications and Organizations List" by Liberation News Service containing addresses and names of various radical organizations, media, and political groups.

5/1970-2/1972
I.A.74 Public Press + News Network

Mock-ups of Public Press + News Network posters, mailings, and advertisements with numerous notes mostly regarding production and distribution.

12/1970-2/1972
I.A.75 Public Press + News Network

Mock-ups of advertisements, newsletters, and distributed newspapers, including issue of "Why an Alternate NY Daily Newspaper?"

6/1971-8/1971
I.A.76 Public Press + News Network

Multiple copies of newsletters.

7/1971-1/1972
I.A.77 Public Press + News Network

Correspondence to and from individuals interested in radical media as well as various readers and recipients of Public Press + News Network or New York Daily Rider publications; also includes a few collected publicity articles and mailings regarding the Public Press + News Network and various related notes.

8/1971-3/1972
I.A.78 Public Press + News Network

Various receipts for business expenses and list of petty cash spent.

1971
I.A.79* Public Press + News Network

Mock-up of poster.

1971
I.A.80 Public Press + News Network

Assorted brochures for printing and production equipment and services.

2/1972
I.A.81 July/August Exhibition Book. Juillet/Août Exposition Livre. Juli/August Ausstellung Buch.

One hardcover book and one copy of Studio International July/August issue book supplement.

7/1970-8/1970
I.A.82 July/August Exhibition Book. Juillet/Août Exposition Livre. Juli/August Ausstellung Buch.

Mock-up of catalogue, form letter inviting artists to participate, notes regarding plans for the exhibition, lists of expenses and artists invited to participate in exhibition, and correspondence to and from Peter Townsend, Michel Claura, Hanne Darboven, David Antin, Hans Strelow, Charles Harrison, Germano Celant, Lucy Lippard, Harald Szeemann, and others.

7/1970-8/1970
I.A.83 Unpublished book manuscript by Seth Siegelaub

Various typed and handwritten drafts of undated book manuscript with some notes. The manuscript contains a fictional account of the author / narrator describing everyday activities of Siegelaub written in the first person.

9/1970-11/1970
I.A.84 Unpublished book manuscript by Seth Siegelaub

Notes, spiral bound notebooks, and some publication rejection letters from McCall Publishing and E.P. Dutton & Company. The manuscript contains a fictional account of the author / narrator describing everyday activities of Siegelaub written in the first person.

9/1970-11/1970
I.A.85 The Halifax Conference

Notebook and various notes regarding planning the conference, schedules, lists, expenses, travel arrangements for participating artists, conference agendas, list of artists invited to participate, clippings of reviews in local Halifax press and others such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, press release from sponsor Benson and Hedges, artists' statements and biographies used for conference, and correspondence to or from Robert Rauschenberg, Gerald Ferguson, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, Jerald Ordover, TE Sisterhood, and others.

7/1970-10/1970
I.A.86 The Halifax Conference

Mailer announcements.

10/1970
I.A.87 Film

Minutes of planning meetings, some correspondence from Ted Castle to Siegelaub, and notes on initial thoughts for film, including listing potential participants such as Lucy Lippard, Lawrence Weiner, Robert Barry, Seth Siegelaub, Ted Castle, Rick Barthelme, Lee Lozano, and Douglas Huebler.

11/1970
I.A.88 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Various drafts and mock-ups of contract with numerous preparatory notes; also includes research files regarding legal clauses pertaining to artists' rights as well as articles and pamphlets such as "Art Proceeds Act" by Diane Schulder and "Government Policy and Economic Security for Artists" by Monroe Price.

12/1970, undated
I.A.89 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Various drafts and mock-ups of contract with numerous preparatory notes; also includes research files regarding legal clauses pertaining to artists' rights as well as articles and pamphlets such as "Art Proceeds Act" by Diane Schulder and "Government Policy and Economic Security for Artists" by Monroe Price.

12/1970, undated
I.A.90 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Notes taken during the first and final draft of contract and various drafts and early mock-up of contract.

12/1970-3/1971
I.A.91 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Notes, receipts, expenses and bills for printing costs of contract. Also includes full mock-up of contract and records regarding the "Open Art Dealers Meeting" in response to contract.

1970-1971
I.A.92 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Notes, articles, correspondence, and research regarding promotion of contract in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, and Italy.

1970-1971
I.A.93 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Notes, articles, correspondence, and research regarding promotion of contract in Europe.

1970-1971
I.A.94 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Notes, articles, correspondence, various drafts and proposals, some translations of contract, and research.

1970-1971, undated
I.A.95 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Notes, articles, correspondence, various drafts and proposals, some translations of contract, and research.

1970-1971, undated
I.A.96* Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Paste-up of contract.

circa 1971
I.A.97 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Correspondence containing mostly reactions to or requests for copies of "Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement;" also includes completed artist questionnaires.

1971-1975
I.A.98 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Correspondence containing mostly reactions to or requests for copies of "Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement;" also includes completed artist questionnaires.

1971-1975
I.A.99 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Correspondence containing mostly reactions to or requests for copies of "Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement;" also includes completed artist questionnaires.

1971-1975
I.A.100 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Copies in English.

circa 1971
I.A.101 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Copies in French.

circa 1971
I.A.102 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Copies in Italian.

circa 1971
I.A.103 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Various copies of translated editions of contracts, transcripts and cassette tape recording of a talk by Siegelaub, interview transcripts, and research materials from a related exhibition organized by Maria Eichhorn in Salzburg (1998).

1971, 1998
I.A.104 Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement

Correspondence, notes, clippings, some photographic slides, and other assorted materials from a related exhibition organized by Maria Eichhorn in Salzburg (1998).

1971, 1998
I.A.105 United States Servicemen's Fund (USSF) art collection

Collection catalogues.

7/1971
I.A.106 United States Servicemen's Fund (USSF) art collection

Correspondence and newsletters.

7/1971
I.A.107 "Werkstatt Berlin für experimental Kunst" conference

Notes, pamphlets, and press clippings.

10/1973
I.A.108 Texts and interviews

Assorted art-political texts and publications collected by Siegelaub, as well as Siegelaub's personal notes and ideas concerning writing a political book on the visual arts.

1970s-1980s
I.A.109 L'art Conceptuel, Une Perspective [The Context of Art / The Art of Context]

Annotated interview transcripts (in English and French) as well as notes and correspondence concerning travel arrangements and exhibition planning between Siegealaub and Juliette Laffon.

1989
I.A.110 L'art Conceptuel, Une Perspective [The Context of Art / The Art of Context]

Catalogue proofs (in French and English) and addenda, related notes, and museum pamphlets.

1989
I.A.111 L'art Conceptuel, Une Perspective [The Context of Art / The Art of Context]

Press kits (in Spanish, German) containing clippings, press releases, and fact sheets.

1989
I.A.112 L'art Conceptuel, Une Perspective [The Context of Art / The Art of Context]

First edition of the catalogue.

1989
I.A.113 L'art Conceptuel, Une Perspective [The Context of Art / The Art of Context]

Second edition of the catalogue.

1989
I.A.114 RESTRICTED: L'art Conceptuel, Une Perspective [The Context of Art / The Art of Context]

RESTRICTED: Notes and loan forms (includes objects' conditions, insurance valuations) along with related correspondence.

1989
I.A.115 Texts and interviews

Assorted writings and interviews by or with Siegelaub, including two unpublished essays.

1989-2001
I.A.116 Texts and interviews

Assorted writings and interviews by or with Siegelaub, including two unpublished essays.

1989-2001
I.A.117 Assorted photographs

Photographs and negatives of artworks, installations, and artists from various projects and events.

circa 1960s-1970s
I.A.118 Assorted photographs

Photographs and negatives of artworks, installations, and artists from various projects and events.

circa 1960s-1970s
I.A.119 Assorted photographs

Photographs and negatives of artworks, installations, and artists from various projects and events.

circa 1960s-1970s
I.A.120 Assorted photographs

Photographs and negatives of artworks, installations, and artists from various projects and events.

circa 1960s-1970s
I.A.121 Assorted photographs

Photographs and negatives of artworks, installations, and artists from various projects and events.

circa 1960s-1970s
 

Subseries I.B: Artist Files 1964-2001

Subseries I.B: Artist Files contains notes, photographs, exhibition announcements and posters, clippings, and some correspondence detailing general artist information as well as work on specific projects. While the records do not comprehensively represent all artists Siegelaub worked or communicated with, they do include helpful contextual documentation regarding the artists Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, and Lawrence Weiner in particular. Researchers should note that this subseries may overlap with records and topics found in Subseries I.A and Subseries I.C. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by artist's last name.

Folder Title Date
I.B.1 Andre, Carl

Includes black-and-white photographs and negatives of Rock Pile artwork by Carl Andre, layout diagram for Untitled (1966) brick artwork by Carl Andre, exhibition announcements and pamphlets, notes by Siegelaub, various articles about Carl Andre and conceptual art, as well as transcript of interview by Dan Graham (conducted 4/10/1968-4/11/1968).

1966-1968, undated
I.B.2 Barry, Robert

One photograph of Robert Barry and one installation photograph.

circa 1968
I.B.3 Barry, Robert

Exhibition announcements and gallery posters from the Waverly Gallery and various group shows.

circa 1968
I.B.4 Barry, Robert

Biographical information and catalogue proofs.

circa 1968
I.B.5 Barry, Robert

Notes and instructions for works (including Inert Gas series, Psychometric Work, and 88 mc carrier wave, and photocopies of installation drawings.

circa 1968
I.B.6 Barthelme, Rick

Two small black-and-white installation photographs, some writings by Rick Barthelme, related correspondence, and diagrams and photocopies of artworks.

9/1968-12/1969, undated
I.B.7 Bongard, Willi

Correspondence, pamphlets, and newsletters related to Willi Bongard's project Art Aktuell.

12/1972-1/1973
I.B.8 Dibbets, Jan

Correspondence, notes, mock-ups and photographs of artworks (including Jan Dibbets' Postcard piece), and some pamphlets.

1967-1969, undated
I.B.9 Huebler, Douglas

Artist's biographical information, exhibition announcements, loan receipts and gallery records, clippings and pamphlets, assorted correspondence, mock-up for 1968 catalogue, numerous notes by Siegelaub, and instructions for artworks.

1968, undated
I.B.10 Huebler, Douglas

Numerous photocopies of related records as well as various black and white photographs of installations and artworks by Douglas Huebler.

1968, undated
I.B.11 Kosuth, Joseph

Photographs, clippings, correspondence between Joseph Kosuth and Siegelaub, catalogue mock-up for 1969 Joseph Kosuth and Robert Morris exhibition, various notes by Joseph Kosuth and Siegelaub, College Diploma to Seth Siegelaub from University of Normal Art.

1969, undated
I.B.12 Lippard, Lucy

Several photocopies of various manuscripts and correspondence by and from Lucy Lippard.

1980s, undated
I.B.13 Lippard, Lucy

Several photocopies of various manuscripts by and correspondence from Lucy Lippard.

1980s, undated
I.B.14 Lippard, Lucy

Several photocopies of various manuscripts and correspondence by and from Lucy Lippard.

1980s, undated
I.B.15 Lippard, Lucy

Several photocopies of various manuscripts and correspondence by and from Lucy Lippard.

1980s, undated
I.B.16 N.E. Thing Co.

One photograph of Siegelaub by Iain Baxter of N.E. Thing Co., photographs of works by N.E. Thing Co., business cards, sample works of art of N.E. Thing Co. Act certificate (1968) and N.E. Thing Co. Art certificate (1968), work of A Portfolio of Piles, 1968 (with introduction by Kurt Von Meier), some correspondence, advertisement flyers, exhibition poster, exhibition catalogues, and clipping from Star Weekly Canadian magazine.

1968-1969
I.B.17 Staniszewski, Mary Anne

Photocopies of eight texts by Mary Anne Staniszewski.

1970s-1990s
I.B.18 Umland, James

Installation photographs, photographic slides, contact sheets and negatives, exhibition announcements and invitations, press releases, and artist's biography.

1966
I.B.19 Weiner, Lawrence

Numerous black-and-white photographs of installations and artwork.

circa 1968
I.B.20 Weiner, Lawrence

Numerous photograph contact sheets and negatives.

circa 1968
I.B.21 Weiner, Lawrence

Notes, correspondence, drafts, and other records related to Lawrence Weiner's book Terminal Boundaries.

8/1969-12/1969
I.B.22 Weiner, Lawrence

Notes and mock-ups related to Lawrence Weiner's book Statements.

circa 1969
I.B.23 Weiner, Lawrence

Biographical information, catalogue mock-ups, correspondence, notes, clipping, photographs, and gallery records for artworks.

1964-1968, undated
I.B.24 "Artists in General"

Photographs (mostly of artworks by Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner), artist's posters (including Robert Barry and Edward Ruscha), interviews from Prospekt '69 catalogue, exhibition announcements for Gilbert and George, some writings by various artists, and notes.

circa 1966-1969
 

Subseries I.C: Financial and Business Papers 1964-2006

This subseries provides brief documentation of Siegelaub's business activities, mostly with his art gallery and publishing business, International General Editions, Incorporated; materials include receipts, financial ledgers, paid bills, publication distribution and sales lists, and some general research files of collected pamphlets, articles, and clippings on contemporary art.

Folder Title Date
I.C.1 Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art

Various unsorted cancelled checks.

1963-1966
I.C.2 Limited partnership papers

Drafts of contract to establish Limited Partnership of "Contemporary Art Associates" under Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art; also includes notes, financial estimates, and receipts.

1963-1966
I.C.3 Catalogues and announcements

Various pamphlets and brochures, notes, photostats, and mock-ups of business cards, stationary, general catalogues, and gallery announcements for Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art.

1964-1966
I.C.4 Ledgers 1964-1966
I.C.5 Unpaid bills

Receipts, invoices, ledger and balance sheet, accounting of payments owed by Siegelaub, and some related correspondence, mostly documenting outstanding payments and related court summons and civil actions against Siegelaub.

1964-1967
I.C.6 Paid bills

Receipts, invoices, notes, and some related correspondence regarding various business expenses such as deliveries, advertising, and publicity.

1965-1966
I.C.7 Mailing lists of potential collectors

Lists of museums, individuals, and critics (all with accompanying addresses); includes mailing labels.

1965-1966
I.C.8 Paid bills

Invoices, receipts, notes, and correspondence regarding paid bills, mostly for catalogue printings, photographs, art shipments, travel expenses, telephone bills, and various other business expenses.

6/1968-9/1969
I.C.9 Paid bills

Invoices, receipts, notes, and correspondence regarding paid bills, mostly for catalogue printings, photographs, art shipments, travel expenses, telephone bills, and various other business expenses.

6/1968-9/1969
I.C.10 Exhibition planning and artwork loans

Correspondence to Larry Aldrich, Henry Crosby, Richard Gale, and Douglas Williams, along with some proposals, receipts, copyright notice information, and notes regarding exhibition planning for various projects such as Time, Specific Space, and The Traveling Show.

7/1968-9/1968, undated
I.C.11 Credit Bureau of Greater New York

Correspondence, forms, and notes concerning settlement of overdue payment of Siegelaub's bank account.

10/1968-5/1969
I.C.12 All books: Production and general copyright information

Various receipts, estimates, expense balance sheets information on copyright laws, and some correspondence, as well as lists of involved artists, sales of books, book prices, and printing companies documenting book productions for various projects, including the Xerox Book, 18 Paris IV 70 exhibition, the Summer Show, and Lawrence Weiner's Statements.

12/1968-1/1970
I.C.13 Paid bills

Various receipts and invoices for personal and business transactions with some related correspondence.

9/1969-12/1969
I.C.14 Bank accounts

Monthly statements, deposit slips, used checks, blank check book from Siegelaub's accounts at Chemical Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

1969
I.C.15 Artist payments

Notes regarding calculations of payment owed to and from Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner.

circa 1969
I.C.16 International General Editions, Incorporated: Ledger 1969-1970
I.C.17 Unpaid bills

Ledger, correspondence, and receipts.

1969-1972
I.C.18 International General Editions, Incorporated

Numerous business records including lists of accounts paid, price lists of available books, receipts and invoices, and related correspondence.

1969-1972
I.C.19 International General Editions, Incorporated

Numerous business records including lists of accounts paid, price lists of available books, receipts and invoices, and related correspondence.

1969-1972
I.C.20 International General Editions, Incorporated

Shipping order forms and order forms for books available.

1969-1972
I.C.21 International General Editions, Incorporated

Stationary and mock-up of catalogue listing available books for sale.

1969-1972
I.C.22 International General Editions, Incorporated

Receipts, tax forms, notes, some correspondence, and catalogue of books for sale.

1970-1971
I.C.23 International General Editions, Incorporated: Correspondence

General letters to bookstores and clients, as well as several letters to and from Edward Ruscha.

1970-1972
I.C.24 International General Editions, Incorporated: Mailing lists 1970-1972
I.C.25 International General Editions, Incorporated: Bills

Cancelled checks, receipts, numerous notes, and some correspondence.

1970-1972
I.C.26 Checkbooks and bank receipts 1970-1972
I.C.27 International General Editions, Incorporated: Standing orders, backorders, books not in stock

Correspondence and invoices.

1971
I.C.28 International General Editions, Incorporated: Bank records

Checks, receipts, tax information.

1971
I.C.29 International General Editions, Incorporated: Research files

Domus, 497; Studio International, 181; New York Element, 2:5.

1971
I.C.30 International General Editions, Incorporated: Mailings

Pamphlets and mailings lists with addresses.

1971-1972
I.C.31 International General Editions, Incorporated: Bills

Various bills, receipts, notes, and checkbooks.

1972-1974
I.C.32 International General Editions, Incorporated: Disney and How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialistic Ideology in the Disney Comic customs lawsuit

Correspondence, invoices and receipts, various notes, customs bond, and information about customs and copyright.

9/1975-10/1977
I.C.33 International General Editions, Incorporated: Bills

Various bills, receipts, notes, and checkbooks.

1975-1976
I.C.34 Paid bills and receipts

Bills, receipts, invoices.

1975-1978
I.C.35 Paid bills and receipts

Bills, receipts, invoices.

1978-1980
I.C.36 Paid bills and receipts

Bills, receipts, invoices.

1978-1980
I.C.37 Research articles and magazines

Numerous pamphlets, magazines, and some related correspondence concerning contemporary art.

1998-2006
I.C.38 Research articles and magazines

Numerous pamphlets, magazines, and some related correspondence concerning contemporary art.

1998-2006
I.C.39 Research articles and magazines

Numerous pamphlets, magazines, and some related correspondence concerning contemporary art.

1998-2006
 

Subseries I.D: Correspondence and Notes 1964-2001

This small subseries contains some personal notes along with various letters between Siegelaub and artists, art collectors, museums, and other correspondents, mostly regarding exhibition planning in the late 1960s. Researchers should note that this subseries is not exhaustive and that, following Siegelaub's filing system, many additional notes and items of correspondence can be found interspersed throughout the rest of the collection. The records are arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last name, with a few files of notes arranged chronologically and housed at the end of the subseries.

Folder Title Date
I.D.1 The American Federation of Arts

Three letters from The American Federation of Arts to Siegelaub regarding The Square in Painting exhibition and loan of artworks; includes loan agreement forms and notes.

6/1968-9/1968
I.D.2 Burnham, Jack

One letter from Siegelaub to Jack Burnham of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology concerning protest against São Paulo Bienal; includes protest and boycott statements, copies of clippings about Governor Rockefeller's visit to Brazil, and notes.

7/1969
I.D.3 Celant, Germano

Nine letters between Siegelaub and Germano Celant to Siegelaub, including some notes, regarding possible exhibitions involving Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, and Douglas Huebler.

1/1969-8/1969
I.D.4 Davis, Douglas

Four letters from Douglas Davis to Siegelaub and one letter (copy) from Siegelaub to Douglas Davis concerning Siegelaub's lecture at Smithsonian Institute event "Happenings, Objects, Process, Events, Non-Events: The Art of Participation;" includes mailed poster advertising the lecture.

6/1969-12/1969
I.D.5 Davis, Sylvia

Two letters from Sylvia Davis to Siegelaub and one letter from Siegelaub to Sylvia Davis regarding Siegelaub's lecture at Memorial Art Gallery; includes copy of schedule for Women's Council of Memorial Art Gallery's "The Arts of the 20th Century" lecture series.

12/1969-1/1970
I.D.6 Dirks, Ray

Six letters from Siegelaub to Ray Dirks mostly concerning sales and loans of paintings and artwork. Also includes clipping of Ad Reinhardt obituary; negatives, contact sheet, black-and-white photograph of Ad Reinhart's Timeless Painting 1960-1965; loan forms for works in Ray Dirks' possession included in Siegelaub's exhibitions; to-do lists; various publicity items of Dirks Brothers Limited regarding investments and insurance.

10/1967-9/1969, undated
I.D.7 Eugenia Butler Gallery

Five letters from Eugenia Butler to Siegelaub regarding planning exhibitions using Joseph Kosuth's work; includes diagrams of San Francisco Art Institute gallery space. One letter from Oliver Andres to Siegelaub regarding catalogue materials needed and includes notes and car accident report by Siegelaub.

1/1968-2/1969, undated
I.D.8 Fischer, Konrad

Two letters from Konrad Fischer to Siegelaub, three letters from Siegelaub to Konrad Fischer, two letters from Rolf Wedewer to Siegelaub, all regarding Kunsthalle Düsseldorf's exhibition Prospect 69 and Städtisches Museum Leverkusen Schloss Morsbroich's exhibition concept art - no objects involving Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner, Sol Lewitt.

4/1969-7/1969
I.D.9 Friedrich, Heiner

One letter with notes from Siegelaub to Heiner Friedrich regarding upcoming exhibitions and catalogues; one letter from Heiner Friedrich to Siegelaub that includes gallery poster of Walter de Maria exhibition.

1/1969
I.D.10 Giani, Carlo

Two letters, with notes containing invoice, from Carlo Giani to Siegelaub regarding sale of Bruce Nauman drawing.

5/1969-7/1969
I.D.11 Ginnever, Chuck

One letter, including sketches and photograph of artwork, from Chuck Ginnever to Siegelaub regarding proposed sculpture. One letter from Siegelaub to M. Gittler [Milgo Industrial, Inc.] regarding specifications for construction of Chuck Ginnever's sculpture.

2/1968-3/1968
I.D.12 Harrison, Charles

Three letters from Charles Harrison to Siegelaub and one letter from Siegelaub to Charles Harrison, all regarding an exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Arts involving Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner. Also mention of Harald Szeemann and Konrad Fischer.

7/1969-8/1969
I.D.13 Lippard, Lucy

Two letters from Lucy Lippard to Siegelaub mentioning Gyorgy Kepes and the 1969 São Paolo Bienal and Vietnam protest, as well as three postcards and one telegram from Lucy Lippard to Siegelaub.

9/1969-7/1969, undated
I.D.14 Mayhall, Dorothy [Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art]

Three letters from Siegelaub to Dorothy Mayhall, two letters from Dorothy Mayhall to Siegelaub, and two letters from Dorothy Mayhall to Douglas Huebler regarding his participation in an exhibition.

4/1967-5/1968
I.D.15 Power, Alan

One letter from Siegelaub to Alan Power and one letter from Alan Power to Siegelaub.

4/1969
I.D.16 Ordover, Jerry

Several photocopies of correspondence and notes between Jerry Ordover and Siegelaub from 1967 to 1969 regarding the "Image" corporation run by Siegelaub.

7/1983
I.D.17 Rans, Geoffrey

One letter from Geoffrey Rans to Siegelaub regarding a 20/20 Gallery exhibition and one letter from Siegelaub to Geoffrey Rans regarding a proposal for exhibition in Canada.

5/1969
I.D.18 Riese, Barbara

Seven letters and cards from Barbara Reise to Siegelaub, two letters from Siegelaub to Barbara Reise, and one letter from Terry Atkinson to Siegelaub, all regarding various art projects and exhibitions.

1/1968-8/1969
I.D.19 Sauerwein, Laurent

One letter with handwritten draft from Siegelaub to Laurent Sauerwein regarding information for article written by Laurent Sauerwein and one card from Laurent Sauerwein to Siegelaub requesting information for article on conceptual art.

4/1969-5/1969
I.D.20 Stedelijk Museum

Three letters, including shipping forms, from the Stedelijk Museum to Siegelaub regarding lending artworks for an exhibition; two letters from Siegelaub to Stedelijk Museum regarding exhibitions.

2/1969-9/1969
I.D.21 Szeemann, Harald

Six letters and one telegram from Harald Szeemann to Siegelaub and seven letters from Siegelaub to Harald Szeemann, all regarding exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern (particularly When Attitudes Become Form) and artwork by Douglas Huebler, Robert Barry, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner. Includes various notes by Siegelaub, copies of artist listings for catalogue, and instructions for catalogue photographs.

1/1969-7/1969
I.D.22 Varian, Elayne

Three letters from Elayne Varian to Siegelaub photographs for Art in America magazine article; one letter with to-do list from Siegelaub to Elayne Varian regarding article photographs and Windham College symposium; one letter with photocopy of "shadow-portrait" of Siegelaub from Sigrid Byers to Siegelaub regarding photograph for Art in America magazine article.

6/1969-10/1969
I.D.23 Walker, Aldo

One letter from Aldo Walker to Siegelaub regarding art project proposal and includes sample art cards and artist resume.

8/1969
I.D.24 Wendler, John W.

One letter from John W. Wendler to Siegelaub regarding invoice for sale of Carl Andre's "brick" piece and one letter from Siegelaub to John W. Wendler regarding clarification of sale of Carl Andre's "brick" piece.

7/1969, undated
I.D.25 Correspondence: A-F

Correspondence to or from William Agee, Lawrence Alloway, Carl Andre, David Antin, Dore Ashton, John Baldessari, Alfred Barr, Robert Barry, Gregory Battcock, Yves Alain Bois, Gordon Brown, Daniel Buren, Jack Burnham, Jose Castillejo, Germano Celant, Michel Claura, Jerry D'Amato, Douglas Davis, Enno Develing, Jan Dibbets, Christos Dikeakos, James Fetty, Barry Flanagan, Peter Frank, and others.

1965-1971
I.D.26 Correspondence: G-M

Correspondence to or from Henry Geldzahler, Anne Gerber, Eugene Goosen, Grace Glueck, Manuel Greer, Stanley Grinstein, Charles Harrison, (estate of) Hans Hoffmann, Klaus Honnef, Nico Houweling, Douglas Huebler, Sam Hunter, Robert Huot, David Katzive, Max Kozloff, Yvon Lambert, David Lamelas, Patrick Lannen, Jean Lipman, Lucy Lippard, Sol LeWitt, J.O. Mallander, Mario Merz, Thomas Messer, Bruce McLean, Dorothy Miller, Dale Minor, Lester Morse, and others.

1965-1971
I.D.27 Correspondence: N-W

Correspondence to or from National Gallery of Canada, Giuseppi Panza, Jean Pfaff, Robert Projansky, Waldo Rasmussen, Nan Rosenthal, Lynn Schafran, William Seitz, David Shirey, Eli Shub, GianEnzo Sperone, Hans Strelow, John Taylor, Pierre Theberge, Adriaan Van Ravesteijn, Barbara Reise, Dorothea Rockburne, Barbara Smith, Elayne Varian, Aldo Walker, John Weber, Ian Wilson, Helene Winer, and others.

1965-1971
I.D.28 Daily notes

Numerous notes by Siegelaub regarding various appointments, phone numbers, messages, and itineraries.

1968-1969
I.D.29 Daily notes

Numerous notes by Siegelaub regarding various appointments, phone numbers, messages, and itineraries.

1968-1969

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Series II: Personal 1945-2003

This small series is arranged chronologically and contains correspondence, notes, photographs, and ephemera detailing some of Siegelaub's early education and childhood, his relationships with his family and his artist friends (including Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, and Douglas Huebler), and some personal writing and poetry. Researchers should note that much of the personal correspondence found in this series may relate to the artist files, correspondence, and business papers found in Series I.

Folder Title Date
II.1 Youth and school

Elementary and high school report cards, drawings, some correspondence (mostly regarding college admissions processes).

1945-1959
II.2 Youth and school

Diplomas (from Stuyvesant High School, Henry Hudson Junior High School), high school yearbook, junior high school yearbook, various photographs, holiday cards, and notes from music camp.

1955-1958, undated
II.3 Memoirs and writings

A few pencil drawings as well as two notebooks and various typed and autograph notes, mostly containing poetry written by Siegelaub.

1960-1963
II.4 Europe trips

Various coins, receipts, blank postcards, brochures, tickets, maps, and a list of people (with their addresses) to visit.

1969
II.5 Correspondence

A very small amount of letters between Siegelaub and his family.

1969-1970
II.6 Correspondence

Correspondence to or from Rosalind Boehlinger, Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, Alice Weiner, Douglas Huebler, Peter Townsend, Germano Celant, Harald Szeemann, John Weber, Daniel Buren, John Wendler, and others.

1971-1972
II.7 Correspondence

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and his parents, mostly about family matters as well as some references to International General Editions, Incorporated.

1970s-1980s
II.8 Correspondence: Lucy Lippard

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and Lucy Lippard. Also includes a manuscript of essay written by Lucy Lippard.

1990-1999
II.9 Correspondence: Carl Andre

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and Carl Andre.

1990-2001
II.10 Correspondence: Robert Barry

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and Robert Barry and Julie Barry.

1990-2002
II.11 Correspondence: Lawrence Weiner

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and Lawrence Weiner and Alice Weiner.

1991-2001
II.12 Correspondence: Hanne Darboven

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and Hanne Darboven.

1991-2001
II.13 Correspondence: Daniel Buren

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and Daniel Buren.

1991-2003
II.14 Correspondence: Douglas Huebler

Numerous items of correspondence between Siegelaub and Douglas Huebler.

1994-2002

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Series III: Other Related Materials 1964-2011

This small series includes records not immediately related to Siegelaub's art career as well as restricted materials concerning Siegelaub's persual of selling his art collection.

 

Subseries III.A: Oriental Rug Business 1964-1977, undated

Subseries III.A: Oriental Rug Business includes a small number of receipts, notes, ephemera, and correspondence documenting Siegelaub's involvement in the purchase and sale of oriental rugs while he owned his art gallery. While these materials are not comprehensive, they do reveal Siegelaub's early interest in textile history. The records date from 1964 to 1977 and are arranged in chronological order.

Folder Title Date
III.A.1 Partnership records

Business certificate for partners Siegelaub and Robert Gaile.

1964
III.A.2 Rug cleaning

Receipts.

1964-1965
III.A.3 Advertisements

Receipts, estimates, layouts, some correspondence, clippings, bus maps, invitations, mock-ups of advertisements.

1964-1965
III.A.4 Purchases and sales

Receipts.

1964-1965
III.A.5 Bank accounts

Checks, ledger, receipts, and information about partnership and bank account with Robert Gaile.

1964-1965
III.A.6 General business records

Insurance receipts, pricelist of rugs, list of books on rugs, advertisement clippings, Asia Society Calendar clippings, correspondence with the Asia House Gallery and others.

1964-1977, undated
III.A.7 Financial records

Memoranda, correspondence, and price lists.

1965
III.A.8 Publicity materials

Various publicity materials, including invitations, notes, expense estimates, clippings, and correspondence.

1965
 

Subseries III.B: Alexander Alberro Papers 1991-2000

Subseries III.B: Alexander Alberro Papers contains research files, correspondence, and drafts related to Alexander Alberro's research and publication of dissertation on Siegelaub and Conceptual art. Alberro worked with Siegelaub during the early 1990s to organize the "Siegelaub Archives" that eventually were donated to The Museum of Modern Art. The records date from 1991 to 2000 and are arranged chronologically. Researchers should note that the notes and papers located in this subseries reference the contents of the "Siegelaub Archives" before its transfer to The MoMA.

Folder Title Date
III.B.1 Dissertation and "Siegelaub Archives Project"

Dissertation proposal, numerous items of correspondence from Siegelaub to Alexander Alberro concerning dissertation research, and notes by Siegelaub. Also contains preliminary folder list inventory of the "Siegelaub Archives."

1993-1995
III.B.2 Dissertation research

Correspondence and photocopies from the Archives of Nova Scotia used for dissertation research.

1995
III.B.3 Dissertation and work

Draft of Alexander Alberro's dissertation with Siegelaub's comments and edits, copy of essay by Alexander Alberro, notes by Siegelaub, correspondence from Siegelaub to Alexander Alberro, and copy of Alexander Alberro's curriculum vitae.

1996-2000
 

Subseries III.C: Art Collection 1980-2011

Subseries III.C: Art Collection is a small series containing mostly correspondence, notes, and art valuations that help document Siegelaub's efforts to evaluate and research the sale of his art collection and archives. The materials date from 1980s to 2011 and are arranged in chronological order. Researchers should note that this subseries is restricted until 2030.

Folder Title Date
III.C.1 Loans and works of art

Correspondence, notes, insurance valuations, loan forms, and pamphlets related to the loan and use of works of art for various exhibitions and publications.

1980-1992
III.C.2 Loans and works of art

Correspondence, notes, valuations, loan forms, event invitations regarding personal friendships, Tate Modern collection, an unrealized Sol LeWitt festschrift, the sale of early works of Sol LeWitt, and more.

1992-1999
III.C.3 Loans and works of art

Correspondence, notes, valuations, loan forms, event invitations regarding personal friendships, Tate Modern collection, an unrealized Sol LeWitt festschrift, the sale of early works of Sol LeWitt, and more.

1992-1999
III.C.4 Works of art and loans

Correspondence, notes, pamphlets, and valuations concerning the loan of works of art for various exhibitions and events.

1992-2000
III.C.5 Works of art and events

Correspondence, notes, pamphlets, and valuations concerning loans of works of art to various exhibitions and Siegelaub's participation in assorted art events.

1992-2001
III.C.6 "Siegelaub Collection and Archives"

Notes, correspondence, valuations, gallery annual reports, and pamphlets regarding Siegelaub's pursuing the joint sale of his art collection and donation of his archives to potential repositories.

1994-2000
III.C.7 Loans and works of art

Correspondence, notes, pamphlets, faxes, and valuations regarding various exhibitions, interviews, events, and loan requests for works of art.

1995-2000
III.C.8 Loans and works of art

Correspondence, notes, pamphlets, faxes, and valuations regarding various exhibitions, interviews, events, and loan requests for works of art.

1995-2000
III.C.9 Loans and works of art

Loan forms, valuations, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, exhibition announcements, mostly related to loans of works by Lawrence Weiner and Robert Barry.

1999-2008
III.C.10 Loans

Loan forms, correspondence, valuations, notes, exhibition catalogues, and pamphlets related to loans of works of art for various international exhibitions.

2001-2003
III.C.11 Works of art and events

Correspondence, notes, pamphlets, exhibition flyers, and valuations regarding various exhibitions, interviews, events, and loan requests for works of art.

2002-2009
III.C.12 Loans and works of art

Loan forms, valuations, correspondence, pamphlets, and notes related to the loan of works by Lawrence Weiner for The Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition A Minimal Future? Art as Object 1958-1968 in Los Angeles, California.

2004
III.C.13 Works of art and events

Pamphlets, correspondence, exhibition invitations, and clippings related to loaned works of art.

2005-2011
III.C.14 Loans and works of art

Correspondence, valuations, loan forms, shipping information, pamphlets, and notes related to loan of works by Lawrence Weiner for the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE.

2007-2009
III.C.15 Works of art and events

Pamphlets, interview audio recording, notes, and correpondence regarding loaned works of art and related events.

2008

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Box and Folder List

File numbers marked by an asterisk (*) indicate oversize material that has been separated to the end of the collection.
Researchers should include the asterisk when issuing a request for such material.
Series Folder Range Box
I.A 1-2, 4-13, 15, 17-19 1
I.A 20-22, 24-28 2
I.A 29-38 3
I.A 39-48 4
I.A 49-53, 55-58, 61-62 5
I.A 63-72 6
I.A 73-77 7
I.A 78, 80-84 8
I.A 85-90 9
I.A 91-95 10
I.A 97-103 11
I.A 104-110 12
I.A 111-113, 115-116 13
I.A 117-121 14
I.B 1-13 15
I.B 14-21 16
I.B 22-24 17
I.C 1-5 17
I.C 6-18 18
I.C 19-26 19
I.C 27-36 20
I.C 37-40 21
I.C 41-43 22
I.D 1-10 22
I.D 11-29 23
II 1-7 24
II 8-15 25
III.A 1-8 26
III.B 1-3 26
III.C 1-5 27
III.C 6-10 28
III.C 11-15 29
I.A 3*, 14*, 16*, 23*, 54*, 59*, 60*, 79*, 96* 30


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