Dore Ashton papers, 1969-2014
Scope and Contents
The Dore Ashton papers primarily consists of correspondence to or from Dore Ashton, primarily in relation to her activities as Professor of Art History at The Cooper Union, where she was employed from 1969-2014. The collection also contains show cards and exhibition pamphlets, numbered scrapbook pages with notes, and essay drafts. Highlights of this collection include a wide array of correspondence with galleries, museums, and fellow art critics and historians; drafts of essays including "In My Neighborhood" about the East Village; and pedagogical tools including printed handouts and color slides.
- Creation: 1969 - 2014
- Ashton, Dore (Person)
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Open to researchers without restriction.
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Biographical / Historical
Dore Ashton (1928–2017) was a professor of art history in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at the Cooper Union from 1969-2014. She was also head of the School of Art from 1972 to 1976. Ashton was a prolific art critic, historian, and personal witness to the emergence of post-WWII American art. She covered the scene for the New York Times in the 1950s and went on to produce more than 30 books about the personalities and works that would become part of the art history canon, including The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning (1972) and About Rothko (1983). [Source:"Dore Ashton Remembered"; The Cooper Union, 2017]
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Language of Materials
The Dore Ashton papers primarily consists of correspondence to or from Dore Ashton, primarily in relation to her activities at The Cooper Union. The collection also contains show cards and exhibition pamphlets, numbered scrapbook pages with notes, and essay drafts.
This collection has been arranged by subject and then by date.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was compiled from unprocessed material in the Archives. We believe this material was donated by the office of Dore Ashton.
- Mary Mann
- March 2023
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