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
More material of this nature is included in Series 11: Additional Material.
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 the collection).
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.