Mail Art Archives

Some Mail-Artists have been doing Mail-Art for a longer time and have saved all they get in, documented what they sent out, collected books, magazines and documentations, and before they knew it were the owner of a Mail Art Archive. Tell us more...

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Do you have a mail-art archive?

Started by Ruud Janssen Feb 4, 2017. 0 Replies

If you have a mail-art archive.please tell a bit about what is in it, how you store it, from which dates the materials are, and if possible show a photo.Continue

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on January 31, 2010 at 8:29am is a good source for some information of archives of Mail-Artists.

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Mail art collections are commonly referred to as "archives." Geographically dispersed and highly diffuse in scope, they constitute a critical aspect in understanding the medium's rather idiosyncratic history. In addition, they represent a curatorial method that proposes an alternative approach to the structure of the art museum.

Between June and October of 1999, I mailed a letter of inquiry, a questionaire, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 150 individuals and institutions who were said to hold significant collections of mail art. The initial source for this was Appendix 4 of Eternal Network: A Mail Art Anthology, edited by Chuck Welch and published by the University of Calgary Press. Other suggestions came from mail artists and interested scholars. Thirty one mail art archivists sent replies to my queries. Their responses are detailed in an artist book and on this site.

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