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..

Dates: 1940s-2006.

Extent: 15.0 linear feet

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

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 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.

Preferred Citation

Series 3: Business Files; 1940s-2006; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Subseries 3A: Sculpture and Artwork 1975-2006 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 3B: Business Correspondence by Year 1950s-2006 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 3C: Business Correspondence by Subject 1973-2001 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 3D: Exhibitions 1976-2000 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 3E: Oversize Plans 1957-1998 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 3F: Miscellaneous 1940s-2001 Explore Multiple Containers

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