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Art Papers records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Art Papers, Inc..
Creator: Atlanta Art Papers, Inc..
Creator: Atlanta Art Workers Coalition.
Title: Art Papers records
Dates: 1980-1992
Quantity: 3.2 Linear feet (seven document cases, two audio tape boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS942

Biographical/Historical Note

Art Papers began in 1976 as the four-page, typewritten newsletter of the Atlanta Art Workers Coalition, distributed to its membership of sixty working Atlanta artists. The bi-monthly tabloid format was adopted in March 1978. As the Atlanta Artworkers Coalition newspaper, the publication was freely distributed to a 1,500 name mailing list and served as the information exchange for both Atlanta and Georgia visual artists. In March 1980, Atlanta Art Papers, Inc., an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, was established with the purpose of developing a critical forum for the visual arts in Atlanta and Georgia. From this corporation came a new arts magazine Atlanta Art Papers, which included color covers with its second issue. During its first year, Atlanta Art Papers, Inc. absorbed the regional arts journal, Contemporary Arts Southeast, founded in 1975. The publication's name was changed to Art Papers, and the effort toward regional expansion in terms of arts coverage, subscription sales, and distribution began. The founding editors left Art Papers in 1984. The publication has a board of directors composed of artists, critics, gallery owners, community leaders, and art patrons. The board provides fund-raising and institutional support but all editorial decisions are made separately by the editorial staff. in 1984, Friends of Art Papers was established as a financial support network and succeeded in raising $10,000. Since then, several benefits have raised funds for Art Papers. Each issue of Art Papersis distributed to paid subscribers as well as to potential new subscribers throughout the state and region. Art Papers is for sale in museum shops, bookstores, and newsstands throughout the Southeast as well as distribution points throughout the United States.


Scope and Content Note

The Art Papers records summarize the activities of this Atlanta-based art-related news periodical. The conception of the paper is included with the organizational information. Minutes from various board meetings date from the late 1970s. Original formation papers illuminate how the paper came to be and other materials chronicle the evolution of the paper up to the early 1990s. Although only one (microfiche) copy of Art Papers is included in this collection, an adequate sense of the publication can be attained from the records. Advertisements needed to be generated in order for the paper to subsist. Selected examples of advertisements as well as the activities that led to the placement of these ads are included in the advertising materials. Other fund-raising events such as parties and special exhibits are documented as well. There is large amount of correspondence addressing and illuminating nearly every possible aspect of such a publication. As a non-profit publication, Art Papers devoted a lot of activity to earning and acquiring money, from both advertisers and endowments. Art Papers succeeded in acquiring both types of funds. The Art Papers' payments to contributors is an indication that the publication achieved a certain level of success. As a result of fund-raising activities, there is a substantial amount of correspondence between granting agencies, the I. R. S., and Art Papers. In 1991, Art Papers released a call for readers to contribute Mail Art, resulting in a tremendous response. With Art Papers' success came recognition from other periodicals, documented through newspaper clippings and magazine articles dating from 1979 to 1988. Another form of opinion can be found in the undated readers surveys. Video/audio tapes document various events which Art Papers was either involved or interested.


Index Terms

Art Papers
Art Papers, Inc..
Art criticism
Art publishing
Artist-United States
Artists as reports
Arts in the press
Arts--Georgia--Atlanta
Atlanta Art Papers
Atlanta Art Papers, Inc..
Atlanta Art Workers Coalition.
Journalism
News agencies

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Art Papers records, MSS 942, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Container List

 

Box

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11Organizational information, 1980-1983
 
2Advertisements, volumes 13/1-13/6, undated
 
3Advertisements, volumes 14/1-14/6, undated
 
4Advertisement information, undated
 
5Artits directory, celebrity list, exhibit directory, t-shirt parties, 1990-1991
 
6Artspace Southeast records, 1983
 
6Artspace Southeast records, 1983
 
7Board minutes, 1980-1988
 
8Board of Directors minutes of meetings, 1989
 
9Board minutes, 1990-1991
 
10Consultants report, 1982
 
11Correspondence, 1980-1984
 
Correspondence, 1980-1984
 

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21Correspondence, 1987-1992
 
2Correspondence, 1987-1992
 
3Distribution agreement/subscriber records
 
4Example of Art Papers- microfiche, finance material, 1981-1985
 
5Income tax return form 900, 1981
 
6Financial information, 1982-1990
 
7Invoices, 1987-1989
 
8Audit, 1987
 
9Audit, 1989
 
10Audit, 1989
 
11Loan, 1989
 
12Tax/FUTA questions, correspondence, 1987,1990
 
13Georgia Business Community for the Arts, 1985
 
14Grant information, 1984-1990
 
15Grant information, 1984-1990
 

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31Bureau/Department of Cultural Affairs, 1982-1983
 
2Bureau of Cultural Affairs, 1982-1983
 
3Bureau of Cultural Affairs, 1982-1983
 
4Bureau of Cultural Affairs, 1982-1983
 
5Bureau of Cultural Affairs, 1982-1983
 
6Fulton County Arts Council recommendations to Board of Commissioners, 1983-1987
 
7Fulton County Arts Council, 1981-1982
 
8Fulton County Arts Council, 1983
 
9Fulton County Arts Council- Media Arts, 1983
 
10Fulton County Arts Council, 1984
 
11Fulton County Arts Council-audience development, 1984
 
12Fulton County Arts Council, 1985
 
13Fulton County Arts Council-ADP calender, 1985-1986
 
14Fulton County Arts Council-ADP, 1986
 
15Fulton County Arts Council-birthday, 1986
 
16Fulton County Arts Council-general support, 1987
 
17Georgia Council for the Arts, 1982-1983
 
18Georgia Council for the Arts-artists initiated programs, 1983
 
19Georgia Council for the Arts-technical assistance, 1983
 
20Georgia Council for the Arts, 1983-1984
 
21Georgia Council for the Arts-technical assistance, 1984
 

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41Georgia Council for the Arts, 1984-1987
 
2Georgia Council for the Arts, 1984-1987
 
3Georgia Council for the Arts, 1984-1987
 
4Georgia Council for the Arts, 1984-1987
 
5National Endowment for the Arts-regulations, 1984
 
6National Endowment for the Arts, 1982-1984
 
7National Endowment for the Arts, 1982-1984
 
8National Endowment for the Arts, 1982-1984
 
9National Endowment for the Arts-Inter-Arts, 1984-1985
 
10National Endowment for the Arts-visual arts forums, 1984-1988
 
11National Endowment for the Arts-visual arts forums, 1984-1988
 
12National Endowment for the Arts-visual arts forums, 1984-1988
 
13National Endowment for the Arts-visual arts forums, 1984-1988
 
14National Endowment for the Arts-visual arts forums, 1984-1988
 

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51North Carolina Arts Council, 1986-1987
 
2High Museum of Art, 1983
 
3Ingram Periodicals, 1989-1992
 
4 Mailed Art, 1991
 
5 Mailed Art, 1991
 
6 Mailed Art, 1991
 

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61 Mailed Art, 1991
 
2 Mailed Art, 1991
 
3 Mailed Art, 1991
 
4 Mailed Art, 1991
 
5 Mailed Art, 1991
 

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71 Mailed Art, 1991
 
2Marketing audit, 1982
 
3Press, 1979-1988
 
4Readers surveys, undated
 
5Readers surveys, undated
 
6Readers surveys, undated
 
7Southern Arts Federation information, 1988-1989
 
8Staff and contributors, undated
 
9A Video Gallery papers, 1983
 

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8Audio tapes, micro cassette tape, video tape, undated
 

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9Audio tapes, micro cassette tape, video tape, undated
 
Audio tapes, micro cassette tape, video tape, undated