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Guide to the Mark Bloch Postal Art Network (PAN) Archive MSS.170

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Collection processed by Rachel Greer and Sana Masood, 2015. Data entry by Sana Masood, 2015.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 02, 2022

 Record updated by Weatherly Stephan to reflect rehousing of Series III: Objects  , November 2020

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bloch, Mark, 1956-
Title: Mark Bloch Postal Art Network (PAN) Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1978-2009
Abstract: Mark Bloch (born 1956) is an American artist and writer who uses visuals and text to explore ideas of long-distance communication. In 1978 he founded the Postal Art Network (PAN) and began to use international postal services to distribute and receive art and connect with artists, art groups, institutions, and cultural workers from all over the world. The bulk of this collection, which spans from 1971 to 2009, consists of mail art sent to Bloch by correspondents in all fifty American states and dozens of countries. Examples of mail art in this collection include objects, postcards, enclosures, xerox prints, and collages, as well as serials and announcements documenting avant-garde cultural activities in various media. Additionally, this collection also includes books, personal materials that document Bloch's life, and what was deemed "junk mail" by Bloch.
Quantity: 46 Linear Feet in 91 boxes, 8 box-binders, and 5 flat file folders.
Language: Materials are primarily in English, with items in Arabic, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian, Romanian, Scottish, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Welsh.
Call Phrase: MSS.170