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Guide to the Group Material Archive
1976-2009 (bulk 1979-1996)

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Collection processed by Tara Hart, 2011.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 14, 2020
Description is in English.

Administrative Information


Julie Ault assembled the Group Material Archive by compiling her own material, which included some that was previously integrated from Mundy McLaughlin and Tim Rollins, and combining it with material from Doug Ashford and from other group members. NYU Libararies acquired the Group Material Archive in 2008.

Ault outlines her archiving process in greater detail in the book Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material:

"The group's material traces had been dispersed since 1983 when the collaborative decided it would no longer maintain an exhibition space or headquarters and instead function nomadically, working from members' homes and aided by the temporary infrastructural support of art institutions that invited GM to make projects. Decentralized, members kept their own paper trails or not. While no single person had the official responsibility of keeping up documentation of GM's process and projects, former member Mundy McLaughlin did so for the most part until 1986, at which point I took over the informal role, as well as the files. Founding member Tim Rollins gave me his files soon after. Others who left did not turn their collected material over to those who continued. What remains tangible for the archive, thirty years after GM's founding, is a mixture of several individuals' saving habits stimulated by idiosyncratic, conceptual, and practical factors. Some of what was saved is of ambiguous value and much that should have been kept was not. Things got lost and thrown out early on because as barely solvent young New Yorkers we had space constraints and moved frequently."

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Group Material Archive; MSS 215; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Separated Materials

Many books that were part of the archive have been removed, and will be cataloged as part of the Fales Downtown Book Collection.

Processing Information

In April of 2019, accession 2008.215 boxes 7,8,9, and 11 were prepared for offsite stoarage and rehoused into acid free folders following their orginal order in their boxes. Boxes 62, 63, 64, and 65 replaced original box numbers of accession 2008.215.