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Helen E. Hughes collection on Betye Saar M307

Title:
Helen E. Hughes collection on Betye Saar
Creator - Collector:
Hughes, H.E., (Helen E.)
ID:
M307
Date:
1966-2012, undated
Extent:
1.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Helen E. Hughes's collection of materials relating to Betye Saar including digital copies of Saar's artwork, printed materials (mainly exhibition catalogues), correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia.
Preferred Citation:

Helen E. Huges Collection on Betye Saar, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Betye Irene Saar was born July 30, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, was graduated from the University of California in 1949 with a degree in design, and continued her education with graduate studies at several California universities. An American artist, Saar is known for her multimedia collages, box assemblages, and altars, the bulk created with found materials. Through her art Saar expresses family nostalgia as well as gender, political, racial, and religious concerns. Betye Saar has received numerous awards and honors for her work, which has been included in many solo exhibitions and museum of art collections.

Helen E. Hughes and Betye Saar met and became friends in the 1960s at Long Beach State University in California where they both took courses at Long Beach State University.

Helen E. Hughes's collection of materials relating to Betye Saar including digital copies of Saar's artwork, printed materials (mainly exhibition catalogues), correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia.

Series Description:

Digital copies of artwork on compact discs and magazines by or relating to Betye Saar.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type, then by title.

Separated Materials:

Artist's books by Saar, exhibition catalogues, and books have been removed from the manuscript collection and cataloged separately.

Artists' Books: Hand Book, 1967

Box 1 Folder 1

Artists' Books: Sanctified, 1990 (removed and catalogued separately)

Box 1 Folder 2

CDs: "Betye Saar Slides," display quality, 800 px wide, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

CDs: "Betye Saar Slides," full resolution, 3000 px, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

CDs: "Digital Griot," Betye Saar, 1998

Box 1 Folder 5

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: African Americans in Art, Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1999 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 6

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: "Betye Saar: Collages," National Urban League, Inc., Gallery 62, 1979 May 7-Jun 15 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 7

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: "Betye Saar: Resurrection: Sight Installations, 1977-1987," California State University, Fullerton, 1988 Feb 6-Mar 6 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 8

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: "Betye Saar: Secret Heart," Fresno Art Museum, 1993 Sep 7-1994 Jan 9 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 9

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: "Betye Saar: Workers + Warriors: The Return of Aunt Jemima," New York, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 1998 Sep 10-Oct 31 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 10

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: Creative Fire, Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1994 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 11

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: "David Driskell: Painting Across the Decade, 1996-2006," New York, DC Moore Gallery, 2006 Oct 11-Nov 11 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 12

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: "The Negro in American Art," UCLA Galleries, 1966-1967 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 13

Exhibition Catalogues and Books: "Towards a Society for All Ages: World Artists at the Millennium," New York, United Nations Visitor's Lobby, 1999 Sep 11-Oct 18 (removed and cataloged separately)

Box 1 Folder 14

Magazines: The Creative Woman Quarterly, v.2, no.1, Summer 1978

Box 1 Folder 15

Magazines: The Creative Woman Quarterly, v.6, no.2, Winter 1983 (cover only with enclosed miscellaneous letters to "Helen," notes, newspaper clippings about Betye Saar exhibits, and written exchanges about lectures given by Betye Saar)

Box 1 Folder 16

Series Description:

Greeting cards, letters, postcards, and photographs, the bulk sent to Helen Hughes by Betye Saar, with enclosed gallery announcements, invitations, clippings, and flyers.

Arrangement:

Loose letters, photographs, and postcards arranged alphabetically; letters, photographs and postcards in plastic sleeves and envelope packages arranged chronologically.

Birthday card to "Helen," 1999 Apr

Box 1 Folder 17

Blue hand-painted envelope with a pink flower, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 18

Card in the shape of a fan, Monday, 2003 Feb 24

Box 1 Folder 19

Christmas card from Tracye to Helen, 2006

Box 1 Folder 20

Christmas card from Tracye to Helen, 2007

Box 1 Folder 21

Envelope containing: "Betye Saar exhibition schedule" announcing Betye Saar exhibitions in 2005 and 2006 in Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, California, Connecticut, England, and Paris; greeting card from 2004 and a photo of a tree in a gallery; Valentine's Day card from 1991 to "Helen"

Box 1 Folder 22

Envelope containing: invitation to Helen from Betye for "An Artful Evening at California African American Museum, 2011 Oct 15

Box 1 Folder 23

Greeting card, purple, with "BETYE" on the front, 2006

Box 1 Folder 24

Painted envelope from Betye Saar to Helen Hughes, postmarked from Van Nuys, California, 1991 Aug 13

Box 1 Folder 25

Valentine's Day card from Betye to Helen, 2002

Box 1 Folder 26

Photograph: "Belfast, August 15, 2006, Spencer, Helen, Betye, & Megan"

Box 1 Folder 27

Photograph: Black and white photograph of a woman: "To Helen, from Betye, 1967"

Box 1 Folder 28

Photograph: "Holiday Happiness," printed copy of family picture with family members identified, Christmas, 1997

Box 1 Folder 29

Photograph: House wih a mailbox numbered "8074," n.d.

Box 1 Folder 30.

Photograph: Inside of a room, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 31

Photograph: "Mrs. Mojo, Spencer, Tracye, and Megan, Cadillac Mt., Maine, 2006 Aug"

Box 1 Folder 32

Photograph: "Old friends, Helen and Betye, Belfast, Maine, 2006 Aug 15"

Box 1 Folder 33

Photograph: Plant: back "upper patio, Willow Glen Gardens, 1991 Jul"

Box 1 Folder 34

Photograph: "Saar sisters, Lesley, Alison, and Tracye, Thanksgiving, 1973"

Box 1 Folder 35

Photograph: Wedding, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 36

Photograph: Wedding, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 37

Postcard: "Blow Top Blues, The Fire Next Time," by Betye Saar, ca. 1997

Box 1 Folder 38

Postcard: Crosses: back "Epiphany," written to Helen from Betye, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 39

Plastic Sleeves: 1970, 2001, n.d., Photograph: back "May 23rd, 1970, Pleasure Fair;" letter to Helen with a collage called "Coffee," 2001; family picture with Sola, Kyle, Geneva, Maddy, Spencer, and Mega, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 40

Plastic Sleeves: 1970-2010, Three postcards, 1990, 1994, 2010; and one letter, 1970 Aug 25

Box 1 Folder 41

Plastic Sleeves: 1989, 1995, Valentine's Day card, New Zealand, 1989; and postcard from Betye to Helen from South Africa, 1995 Mar 8

Box 1 Folder 42

Plastic Sleeves: 1992, n.d., Two Valentine's Day cards from Betye to Helen

Box 1 Folder 43

Plastic Sleeves: 1995, n.d., Two postcards from Betye to Helen

Box 1 Folder 44

Plastic Sleeves: 2001, "Happy Valentine's Day 2001," from Betye

Box 1 Folder 45

Plastic Sleeves: 2002, Two photographs and a postcard

Box 1 Folder 46

Envelope Packages: 1977 Dec 27, Manila envelope addressed from 8074 Willow Glen Rd., Hollywood, California 90046 to Dr. Helen E. Hughes, 808 Pin Oak Lane, Park Forest, So. Illinois 60466 containing multiple postcards, letters, photographs, gallery announcements, and invitations

Box 2 Folder 1

Envelope Packages: 1992 Jul 15, Off-white envelope to Helen containing several photos, letter to Helen from 1999 and letter from 1967

Box 2 Folder 2

Envelope Packages: 1996 Dec 26, Gray envelope containing photo from Christmas, 1989, and a collage

Box 2 Folder 3

Envelope Packages: 1998 Jul 21, Gray envelope containing Betye Saar review journal, bumper sticker, invitations, newspaper clippings, etc.

Box 2 Folder 4

Envelope Packages: n.d., Manila file folder, "Betye Saar Program," containing articles, letters

Box 2 Folder 5

Envelope Packages: n.d., Manila file folder, "Saar Collection for Collage?" containing reviews of Betye's work, photos, letters, miscellaneous pamphlets, etc.

Box 2 Folder 6

Envelope Packages: n.d., Off-white envelope from Betye to Helen, "`Sheba' with slide (for TCW cover)" containing letters, postcards, flyers, and a magazine called "News Magazine" (School of the Art Institute)

Box 2 Folder 7

Envelope Packages: n.d., White envelope to Helen containing two gallery exhibition books: "Betye Saar in Service: A Version of Survival," New York: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2000 Mar 9-May 6 and "Betye Saar As Time Goes By," Savannah College of Art & Design, Pinnacle Gallery, 2000 Mar 24-May 30

Box 2 Folder 8

Series Description:

Mailings announcing exhibitions by Betye Saar and her daughters, Lezley and Alison Saar. Letters to Helen Hughes, photocopied photographs, and a lecture by Helen entitled "My Friend Betye Saar," are included with the mailings.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

1996, Announcement of exhibition called "Betye Saar: Personal Icons," Omaha, Nebraska: Joslyn Art Museum, 1996 Aug 31-Oct 13 with enclosed letters to "Helen" and photocopied photographs

Box 2 Folder 9

2000, "Art Insights," with enclosed lecture (2000 Feb 1, Department of Museum Education, Art Institute of Chicago) entitled "My Friend Betye Saar," by Helen E. Hughes; bibliography; list of slides

Box 2 Folder 10

2001, "Alison Saar (Post)terior," New York: Phyllis Kind Gallery, 2001 Oct 27-Nov 30

Box 2 Folder 11

2002, "Lezley Saar: Paintings from the Rap Series," New York: Lehman College Art Gallery, 2001 Oct 16-2002 Jan 4

Box 2 Folder 12

2005 Dec-2006 Mar, "Family Legacies: The Art of Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar," Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Ackland Art Museum, 2005 Dec 18-2006 Mar 26

Box 2 Folder 13

2011, Two gallery cards: "Betye Saar: Red Time," Culver City, California: Roberts & Tilton, 2011 Sep 10-Dec 17 (One card is red and blank on the back, the other is red and has a letter to Helen from Betye dated 2011 Oct 17 on back)

Box 2 Folder 14

Series Description:

Various printed materials including lecture invitations, newspaper clippings, and a calendar and program with art work by Betye Saar.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

1983, "LA Energy," mural by Betye Saar card, wall celebration, 1983 Sep 11

Box 2 Folder 15

1984, "Contemporary Women Artists," calendar which contains art work by Betye Saar

Box 2 Folder 16

1998, 1999, Reviews of work by Alison and Betye Saar (photocopies)

Box 2 Folder 17

1999, ArtNews articles re: Kara Walker piece (photocopies)

Box 2 Folder 18

2000, Manila envelope containing clippings from the New York Times and  Los Angeles Times Magazine, a letter and photos

Box 2 Folder 19

2002, "Crossing Boundaries: Stories from Biracial America," Chicago: Field Museum, 2002 Feb 1 (program with cover art by Betye Saar)

Box 2 Folder 20

2011, "The 20 Artists who are Setting the Standard," Los Angeles Times 2011 Sep 18 (photocopy)

Box 2 Folder 21

2011, "Crimson Visions Stir the Psyche," Los Angeles Times, 2011 Oct 14 (photocopy)

Box 2 Folder 22

2011, Mini guest lecture invitation for "Red Time," Culver City, California: Roberts & Tilton, 2011 Sep 10-Dec 19

Box 2 Folder 23

2012, Guest lecture invitation for "Red Time," Culver City, California: Roberts & Tilton, 2011 Sep 10-Dec 19, with 2012 Jan 12 note from Betye to Helen on the back

Box 2 Folder 24

n.d., Bookmark from the Art Institute of Chicago

Box 2 Folder 25

n.d., Drawing of a hand and moon

Box 2 Folder 26
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