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Guide to the Martha Wilson Papers, 1950-2019 (bulk 1964-2006) MSS.175

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Collection processed by Lydia Brawner (2011); Finding aid completed by Rachel Greer (2012).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 07, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect the incorporation of 2017 accretion Updated by Jasmine Larkin to include materials from accession numbers 2010.175, 2011.175, 2013.175.001, 2013.175.002, and 2015.175. In addition, the finding aid was edited for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description. Updated by Anna McCormick to include bibliographic materials formerly separated from the collection. Updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2020 accretion  , April 2017 , May 2018 , August 2019 , February 2020

Scope and Contents

The Martha Wilson Papers consist of materials related to the life and career of Martha Wilson. The bulk of the collection is comprised of Wilson's journals from 1969 to 2017, correspondence from 1964 to 2013 and a large collection of flyers and invitations. Subject files related to Wilson's life, art, and work also comprise a significant part of the collection. These materials span the years from 1960-2011. Strengths of the collection include the large amount of correspondence between Wilson and her family, and materials related to art projects and intellectual collaborations. There collection also contains a few video recordings and one computer disc.

Materials date from 1950 to 2017 with the bulk of the materials covering 1964 to 2006.


Where possible original order was maintained, especially in the subject files. However, this collection had little original order; where the original arrangement was unclear, items were arranged in chronological or alphabetical order.

Journals are arranged in chronological order. Correspondence and subject files (where appropriate) are arranged alphabetically. Flyers and clippings are in chronological order.

The Collection has been arranged into eight series:

Series I: Journals
Series II: Correspondence
Series III: Subject Files
Series IV: Juvenilia
Series V: Medical and Financial Files (Restricted)
Series VI: Flyers, Invitations and Programs
Series VII: Clippings, Articles and Magazines
Series VIII: Objects
Series IX: Bibliographic Materials

Some items were removed to oversize boxes, and are listed at the end of the finding aid.