Guide to the John T. Banks Collection

Special Collections & Archives
University Library
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8326


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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: John T. Banks Collection
Creator: Banks, John T.
Identifier/Call Number: UAC.JTB
Extent: 1.08 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1974-2008
Date (bulk): 1974-1975
Abstract: The John T. Banks Collection consists of a scrapbook of the design, construction, and dedication of the CSUN "spaghetti letters" sculpture located on the corner of Nordhoff St. and Zelzah Ave., and a single unlabeled video. Please note that several of the images can also be found in the University Archives Photograph Collection and that the numbering system used for these slides is an older system that is no longer in use by Special Collections and Archives.
Language of Material: English

Biographical Information:

John T. Banks is or has been a California State University, Northridge (CSUN) student/alumni, iron worker, sculptor, firefighter, hazardous material technician, emergency medical technician, and more. As an art major at CSUN in 1973, he won the design contest for what he called an environmental sculpture to be constructed on the CSUN campus. Construction was completed in 1975. This was his first of several monumental public art works commissioned and/or completed.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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Processing Information:

April Feldman, 2017