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Annette Michelson papers, 1861-2018 (bulk 1958-2004)

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Michelson (Annette) papers, 1861-2014 (bulk 1969-2002)

Scope and Content of Collection

The Annette Michelson papers represent her dynamic career as an art historian and film critic. Work in the collection comprises correspondence, research, writings by Michelson and others, and papers related to various conferences that she attended and participated in. Series I contains the bulk of Michelson's correspondence. This series contains letters spanning Michelson's early career in Paris in the 1960s to her later career in New York, including correspondence until 2014. Correspondents of note include Yvonne Rainer, Susan Sontag, Maurice Tuchman, and Harald Szeemann.

Series II. contains Michelson's professional papers. It covers her broad range of interests in avant-garde production in both contemporary art and experimental cinema. Her professional papers contain writing, ranging from her early work in Paris and then for Artforum to her later work for October and her contributions to a variety of other publications over the years. Also present are extensive writings by others either as submissions to October, student papers, or research. Michelson's research files on Maya Deren, Sergei Eisenstein, Hollis Frampton, Robert Morris, and Dziga Vertov are especially rich. In addition to Michelson's writing for the journal, the October files also represent her leadership and editorial work as co-founder of the publication.


This collection is arranged in two series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1943-2014;
Series II. Professional papers, 1861-2014.

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