Contents and Arrangement

Series 7: Education and Early Career, 1937-1964

3.0 linear feet

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series contains material related to Segal's formative years as a student and an educator at a number of New York and New Jersey institutions. Materials include assignments, syllabi, projects, lesson plans, transcripts and ephemera accumulated over the course of Segal's primary, secondary, college-level and post-graduate studies as well as his experiences teaching from 1958 to 1964.

Segal's education as a fine artist was important not only for his training, but because he attended art school in New York City at a signifcant time in the Avant-Garde art world. In interviews Segal points to the time and place of his education as fundamental inspiration for the rest of his career. The history of Segal's education and how it later determined his early career as an art teacher is also integral to the development of his particular plaster-cast technique, since without those particular circumstances he would not have been exposed to the materials and thereafter establish his distinct style.

Researchers should note that some of the material located in this series relates directly to the artworks present in Series 1: Artwork. In many cases those artworks are the direct result of courses of study and assignments recorded in this series; the two series can be considered in tandem for the most comprehensive examination of Segal's early creative life.


This series is arranged chronologically into three subseries.

Collection History

Custodial History

Files, photographs, and artwork were gathered from the Segal home, office, and studio.


Personal family photographs were returned to the Segal family.

Processing Information

The contents of Series 1: Artwork underwent sterilization via ozone to address mildew and bacterial concerns. The materials were then flattened, sleeved, enclosed, and/or matted as appropriate for their medium and/or format.

This collection was processed by Valerie Addonizio in January-July 2009 and January 2010, with assistance from Ayse Gursoy and Christine Call. Finding aid written by Valerie Addonizio in 2009; updated with new material in 2010 and 2012.

The 2019 accession was processed and added to the finding aid by Kelly Bolding in November 2019. Materials in this accession were intellectually integrated into the existing arrangement of the collection, namely into Series 3: Business Files and Subseries 9A: Catalogs. At this time, materials from the 2012 accession (formerly Series 11: Additional Material) were also intellectually integrated into Series 3: Business Files.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Works of art rendered in any medium (including ink, pencil, and crayon) and on any support (including sketchbooks, paper, board) and in any form (including doodles and illustrated assignments), as well as photographs by George Segal and any art works by George Segal depicted in photographs are copyright The George and Helen Segal Foundation. Photoduplication for personal scholarly use is permitted. Reproductions for the purpose of publication, whether in print or electronic media, must be authorized in writing by The George and Helen Segal Foundation or its licensing VAGA (Visual Artists and Galleries Association), New York City.

Rights and permissions of the Donald Lokuta photographs are retained by the creator. Photoduplication is permitted for personal scholarly use only. Reproductions for the purpose of publication, whether in print or electronic media, must be authorized in writing by Donald Lokuta or his licensing agent VAGA (Visual Artists and Galleries Association), New York City.

Beyond Segal and Lokuta, the library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 7: Education and Early Career; George Segal Papers, C1303, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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