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Rapoport (Sonya) Papers
BANC MSS 2014/220  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Accruals
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Separated Materials
  • Separated Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Sonya Rapoport papers
    creator: Rapoport, Sonya
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2014/220
    Physical Description: 30 linear feet (18 cartons, 6 boxes, 7 oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1937-2014
    Abstract: The Sonya Rapoport papers document the life and work of this American conceptual/ digital artist. Included in the collection are artworks, research for artworks, exhibition announcements, correspondence and other materials documenting Rapoport's work over the course of five decades.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Sonya Rapoport papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Sonya Rapoport in 2014.

    Arrangement

    Arranged as received.

    Biographical Note

    Sonya Rapoport was an American conceptual/ digital artist. Rapoport was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 6, 1923. She studied at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston University and New York University, where she earned a B.A. in Labor Economics in 1946. She and her husband Henry Rapoport moved to Berkeley, California in 1947. She then continued her education, earning a masters in art practice in 1949 from the University of California. In the 1970s Rapoport turned her artistic focus to electronic media, a medium in which she worked until her death in 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sonya Rapoport Papers, BANC MSS 2014/220, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library staff in 2015.

    Scope and Content

    The Sonya Rapoport papers document the life and work of this American conceptual/ digital artist. Included in the collection are artworks, research for artworks, exhibition announcements, correspondence and other materials documenting Rapoport's work over the course of five decades.
    The papers were organized by Rapoport and an assistant prior to their being donated to the Bancroft Library. The series structure and organization imposed by Rapoport and her assistant have been retained.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
    Digital material transferred to the Digital Collections of the Bancroft Library.

    Separated Materials

    In 2019, the following materials were separated from the collection and transferred permanently to the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive:
    Carton 8, folder 46: Objects on my Dresser: Phase 11 - Remainder 1981 (only the one hand-colored artist book, not rest of contents in folder); 8.75 x 11.25 inches
    Carton 8, folder 51: Objects on my Dresser: Phase 11 - Surface Materials 1981 (only hand-colored artist book, not rest of contents in folder); 8.75 x 11.25 inches
    Box 5: Anasazi Series: Panel 1-B 1977 (Note that this folio, and three following were all considered one art object by Sonya); 12 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Anasazi Series: Panel 1-C 1977 14 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Anasazi Series: Panel 4 1977 15 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Anasazi Series: Panel 5 1977 14 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Doors of My House Drawings 1978; 37 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Doors of My House: Data Drawings 1978 – 1979; 40 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Original Cobalt Drawing 1977; 7 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Kiva Studio Drawing 1/2 1978 - 1980( Note that this folio, and the one following were all considered one art object by Sonya); 43 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 5: Kiva Studio Drawing 2/2 1978 – 1980; 41 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 6: Shoe Field Book: Original Full Copy 1986; 28 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches
    Box 6: The Book of Genesis Drawing 1976; 57 pages; 11 x 14.875 inches

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women artists -- California
    Conceptual art
    Rapoport, Sonya