Series 1: Artwork

17.0 linear feet

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Segal, George, 1924-2000..

Dates: 1940s-2000.

Extent: 17.0 linear feet

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


This series contains works of art created by George Segal in a variety of mediums (ink, watercolor, tempera, pencil, charcoal, conté crayon) and on a variety of supports (paper, board, cloth) dating principally from the time of his education in the 1940s, but including works rendered over the course of his entire life until his death in 2000. Artwork is comprised mainly of loose, single sheets of paper, bound sketchbooks, or compiled illustrated assignments. There are also multiple prints produced from single, original engravings. The bulk of the work dates from Segal's time as a student at Cooper Union, Rutgers University, Pratt Institute, and New York University, from 1941 to 1949.

Chronology was considered particularly important for the development of the artist's style and his influences. However, very few dates exist. Inclusive dates were assigned on the file-level based on a variety of factors, including content, style and context. The vast majority of all work broadly dated from the 1940s to the 1960s is in fact only from the 1940s, as the direct result of Segal's college-level art studies from 1941 to 1949. Some sketchbooks have been individually labeled with approximate (but more specific) dates.

Researchers can reference the Education Chronology in order to help date artworks known or thought to have been produced for certain classes or institutions. Additional files, notebooks and documents in Series 7: Education and Early Career are directly related to these materials, and can be referenced for more information.

Finally, due to the creative nature of any artist it should be noted that, despite specific folder titles, doodles, sketches, and works of art are rendered in multiple mediums and are found everywhere throughout the series and — for the most comprehensive consideration — everywhere in the collection. Segal doodled in the margins of notebooks, on the back of napkins, and even on some correspondence and other documents. He also kept the doodles and sketches of friends and colleagues. Moreover, Segal would create more than one artwork in more than one medium on the same support. An effort has been made to separate and organize these materials, but the arrangement is inherently limited in scope.


Arranged chronologically into three subseries.

Preferred Citation

Series 1: Artwork; 1940s-2000; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Subseries 1A: Student Work 1940s Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 1B: Student and Early Work 1940s-1960s Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 1C: Mature and Later Work 1950s-2000 Explore Multiple Containers

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