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Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies

in The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Museum of Modern Art Archives
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
© 2007
The Museum of Modern Art Museum Archives
Finding aid prepared by Janis Ekdahl, July 1983.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Margolies, John
Title: Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies
Inclusive Dates: 1968-1974
Quantity: 5 Linear Feet
1 binder

Biographical Note

John Margolies (5/16/1940), a writer, critic and photographer, was the Assistant Editor of Architectural Record (1964-1968) before becoming associated with the American Federation of Arts (NY) as Coordinator of Experimental Programs.

In 1970 Margolies moved to Los Angeles, became a consultant to AFA, and served as guest editor of Design Quarterly, issue no. 78/79.

Scope and Content Note

Ephemera and correspondence collected by John Margolies between 1968 and 1974 relating to the activities of the following groups/artists: New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver, Image Bank (Vancouver, B.C.) (and 1971 Postcard Show), Ace Space, Fat City School of Finds Arts, Decca Dance (Feb. 1974), Haus-Rucker-Co., Ray Johnson, Ant Farm (large number of letters, postcards, circulars, articles, 1970-1973), Electronyx and Onyx.


Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.

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:
Margolies, John

Administrative Information


These documents were acquired by The Museum of Modern art Library in 1978 along with a great many books, exhibition catalogs and magazines. Some of the emphemeral material was organized into the John Margolies notebook, other material was incorporated into the Museum Library's artist and subject files (see attached accounting).

Preferred Citation

Miscellaneous Documents from John Margolies, [folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Additional Descriptive Data

Explanation of Abbreviations

JM stands for John Margolies.
MoMA is The Museum of Modern Art.
n.d. stands for no date.
re: stands for regarding.

Container List

Folder List

Folder Title
[1] New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver, Image Bank, Ace Space Co.

Miscellaneous sheets

plus one letter (undated) from Michael (Morris?) to JM

One card from Michael (Morris?) to John

[2] Haus-Rucker-Co.

Miscellaneous sheets (into Subject File)

Plus one letter, 3/28/1969, from Gerda Oswald to JM

[3] Ray Johnson

One letter, 6/3/1968, from Ray Johnson to JM (in Spec. Coll. Notebook)

[4] Ant Farm (?)

Eleven letters in envelopes, frequently unsigned and undated

Six postcards, frequently unsigned and undated

Miscellaneous printed sheets with occasional notes or comments

Also: Inflatocookbook

Card and collage, unsigned, bearing stamp: "City Market - W. Glickman"

Captain Art Breath, photocopy bearing note, inside card with collaged photo, drawings, rubber stamps and patch, (1972?)

Edsel: envelope, letter, collage, photocopies re "Vacancy M"

Caroll Michels: envelope, letter, photocopies re Ant Farm

Letter (undated) from Edsel to John

Letter, 4/23/1970, from Caroll Michels to JM

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