Series 3: Business Files
15.0 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..
Extent: 15.0 linear feet
The collection is open for research.
This series consists of correspondence, invoices, contracts, receipts,
photographs, clippings, and sketches relating to the commissioning of
sculpture and artwork, production of sculpture and artwork, arrangement of
exhibitions, and participation in organizations and events.
More material of this nature is included in Series 11: Additional
The creators of the files, both George and Helen Segal, established two
distinct ways of record-keeping over the course of Segal's lifetime: Segal
organized files dating between the 1950s and 1976 by year, no matter the
content, subjects, or correspondence contained therein; while material that
dates from 1977 to 2006 was organized both by year and by subject. This
shift in organization may have resulted from Segal's first public
commissions in the late 1970s, as new materials such as contracts,
commission proposals, and accounting information necessitated a different
approach to record keeping.
A true reading of the series will require perusal of multiple subseries,
since Segal's correspondence usually related to a variety of topics and was
addressed to many parties, including family, friends, and business contacts
with whom Segal developed personal relationships. Very few of the files were
strictly managed: exhibition correspondence is included in Subseries 3B:
Business Correspondence by Year, personal correspondence is present across
the entire series, and subject-specific correspondence can exist outside its
subject file. Researchers are advised to consider the dates of the
information (when known or relevant) and reference all files corresponding
to those dates for the most comprehensive approach within the series (and
There is considerable correspondence with Gordon Hyatt, Pierre Restany,
Martin Friedman, Phyllis Tuchman, Jan van der Marck, Vaughn Kaprow (Vaughn
Rachel), Peter Putnam, Theodor Kollek, and Frederick R. Weisman.
Notable if less frequent correspondents include Marcel Duchamp, Walter De
Maria, Robert Whitman, Robert Scull, Jasper Johns, Billy Klüver, Mark di
Suvero, Ivan Boesky, Richard (Dick) Bellamy, Ileana Sonnabend, Sidney
Delevante, Charles Martin Simon (Charlie Nothing), Maximilian Schell, Peter
B. Lewis, Joan Mondale, and Jill Johnston.
Series is arranged into six subseries with additional subdivisions.
Series 3: Business Files; 1940s-2006; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.