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Thomas Richard Wirth papers

Thomas Richard Wirth papers, 1958-1988

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8 record storage boxes, 8 cubic feet

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Biographical Note

Thomas Richard Wirth was part of the art scene in New York City starting in the early 1960s. He was friends with a number of artists, actors, and writers and took part in the "mail art" movement in the 1970s and 1980s, both as a sender and a recipient. Wirth was a native of Minnesota and died in 1987 at the age of 47.


Scope and Content

The Thomas Richard Wirth Papers include a 1982 drawing by Ira Joel Haber and an altered photo from the You Are Here series by Brian Buczak. There is also correspondence from writers and other artists including Carol Bergé, Stephen Sondheim, Michael Andre, David Rattray, Melvin Bernhardt, John Evans, May Wilson, and Lowell Nesbitt. The collection contains papers that Wirth wrote in college in Box 1 (Folders 1-6) and correspondence in Box 1 (Folders 7-38) and Boxes 2-7. Box 8 contains personal items, poetry written by Wirth, photographs, restricted correspondence, and calendars.


Series Descriptions:

Series 1: College papers: Box 1 Folders 1-6

Series 2: Correspondence: Boxes 1 Folders 7-38, Box 2-8

Series 3: Personal items: Box 8 Folders 1-13

Series 4: Poetry: Box 8 folders 14-23

Series 5: Catalogs and photographs: Box 8, folders 24-27

Series 6: Restricted correspondence: Box 8, folders 28-33

Series 7: Calendars: Box 8 Folders 34-48


Box 1

Folder -- Contents

Series 1: College papers
  1. College papers
  2. College papers
  3. College papers
  4. College papers
  5. College papers
  6. College papers

Series 2: Correspondence

  1. Aadalew, Dick and Sharon: 1959-60; 1972
  2. A.J. Wood Galleries
  3. Alain _____ : Jan. 15, 1981
  4. Allyn, June: 1978; 1982
  5. Alpine, Jess: 1961
  6. Alvarez, Jorge B.: 1980-1982
  7. Amundson, Allyn
  8. Amundson, Leone
  9. Anderson, Jess
  10. Anderson, Robyn: 1972
  11. Andre, Michael
  12. Andrew, _______
  13. Anelb, Barbara and Nancy: 1960-61
  14. Anthony, William
  15. Arndt, Elva ("Stub")
  16. Artemisia Gallery
  17. Artists' Space
  18. Artspeak
  19. Aubert, Francis (folder 1)
  20. Aubert, Francis (folder 2)
  21. Avelenda, Nardo
  22. Baccelli, Vittorio
  23. Backworks: 1981-82
  24. Banitt, Dean
  25. Banky, David
  26. Bardou, Rene: 1981
  27. Barker, Buddy: 1975
  28. Barnett, Vince: 1985
  29. Barr, Sally and Family: 1962-1972
  30. Barville, Jacques: 1974-1982
  31. Baum, Emmanuelle: 1973-1986
  32. Baumgardner, Lisa: 1981

Box 2

Folder -- Contents

  1. Bennett, Trevor
  2. Bellechasse, Jaime: 1982
  3. Belt, Mike: 1978
  4. Benson, Ann: 1972
  5. Berge, Carol
  6. Bernhardt, Melvin and Steve Durham: 1981-1986
  7. Berry, Jan: 1977-1978
  8. Betty Parsons Gallery: 1982
  9. Binet, Andre: 1969-1972
  10. Binitz, J.M.: 1980
  11. Blair, S.: 1986
  12. Bob ______: July 21, 1959
  13. Bobo, David: 1980-1981
  14. Bohdan, Orest
  15. Booksin, Adam L.: 1976-1977
  16. Borges, Jorge Luis: program
  17. Bouchard, Lois: 1975
  18. Bowen, Lester: 1971-1973
  19. Bowman, David
  20. Bowman, Gene: 1971-1974
  21. Boyd, Harvey: 1979-1980
  22. Brelly, Pascal: 1961
  23. Brierley, Peter: 1973-1986
  24. Brinda, John: 1969-1973
  25. Bronn, David: 1960-1982
  26. Brown, Jim: 1972-1973
  27. Browne, Eloise
  28. Buczak, Brian: 1979-1980
  29. Buecker, Bobby: 1977-1985
  30. Buerkel, Phil: 1973
  31. Burton, John
  32. Bushola, Gene
  33. Bussichio, Theresa and Charles Bayor: 1979
  34. Butterworth Farm: 1979-1982
  35. Byrd Hoffman Foundation
  36. C., Bob
  37. C., Donald: 1964-1965
  38. Callaway, Virginia S.: 1968
  39. Campbell, Chuck and Sally: 1967
  40. Carla and Helen
  41. Carlos, Jose
  42. Carmine ?
  43. Carnahan, Ansley: 1976-1977
  44. Chapman, Earl T.
  45. Chappez, Pierre: 1973
  46. Charlip, Remy
  47. Charriere, Gerard and Ted Cronin: 1977-1984
  48. Charrnyer, Max: 1976
  49. Chotiner, Robert: 1983
  50. City of New York: 1969-1985
  51. Clapes I Floque, Lluis
  52. Clapp, Christopher: 1978
  53. Claude ?
  54. Cleveland, Buster: 1978-1985
  55. Coed, Beverly: 1961
  56. Coleman, Frank: 1968
  57. Collective for Living Cinema: 1979
  58. Community Service Society: 1984
  59. Con Edison: 1976-1983
  60. Conrat, Alain
  61. Cordeil, Jean-Paul: 1972
  62. Cortes, Eliseo M.: 1971
  63. Cossa, Robert: 1977
  64. Cossette, Marie-Andree: 1962-1983
  65. Coster, Neil
  66. Creus, Alicia
  67. Cruz, Miguel: 1985
  68. D., Neil: 1976
  69. Damato, Tony
  70. Davey, Bob
  71. David _____?
  72. Davis, Lenny
  73. Davis, Martin: 1971; 1987
  74. Deane _____?
  75. Deasy, Mike: 1973
  76. Deem, George: 1981-1982
  77. Dela Causa, Alicia: 1973
  78. de la Torre Bueno, Laura: 1980-1987
  79. de Masi, Andrew
  80. De Niro, Robert: 1980
  81. Denis _____?
  82. Dia Art Foundation: 1982
  83. Dillon, Skip: 1980
  84. Dione, Denys: 1977
  85. Donnelly, Michael
  86. Dooda Postage Works: 1981
  87. Drexel, Joe
  88. du Bourg, Tony
  89. Duchin, Linda: 1983-1986
  90. Dunn, Robert: 1976
  91. Durham, Minerva: 1987

Box 3

Folder -- Contents

  1. Edwards, Frederick: 1981
  2. Eilleen and Ella: 1963
  3. Eisenberg, Michael: 1972
  4. Emilio _____ ?
  5. Engstrom, Sally: 1959-1961
  6. Escher, Daniel: 1974-1985
  7. Escobedo, Eddie: 1983-1987
  8. Ester Rand Gallery: 1985
  9. E.T. Cronin Design: 1982-1984
  10. Evans, Honor: 1985-1987
  11. Evans, India: 1986-1987
  12. Evans, John and Margaret: 1983-1986
  13. Evans, John and Margaret: 1982-1986
  14. Evans, John and Margaret: 1982-1987
  15. Farley, Tom: 1963-1965
  16. Farley, Tom: 1973-1984
  17. Fashion/Moda: 1981
  18. Faulkner, James Garrett: 1981
  19. Faye _____?
  20. Fernandez, Ernest: 1974
  21. Fiction Collective
  22. Filho, Homero: 1974
  23. Fine, A.M.: 1977
  24. Finstad, Evelyn: 1987
  25. Fitz Henry, D.W.: 1974
  26. Flanders, Rice: 1986
  27. Florio, Dennis: 1973
  28. Forum Gallery: 1986
  29. Fought, Larry
  30. Fran _____?
  31. Frank Kuenstler Archive
  32. Franklin Furnace
  33. Fredenthal, Ruth Ann: 1980
  34. Fregona, Paulo: 1973-1974
  35. Fuzzy, Bob
  36. Gary _____?: 1970
  37. Green, Bill
  38. Guggenheim, Isadora: 1984
  39. Haber, Ira Joel: 1977-1985
  40. Haggard, Moana: 1979-1987
  41. Hagglund, Gustav: 1980
  42. Hansen, Leif
  43. Hart, Dane: 1980-1981
  44. Haughwout, Peter: 1981
  45. Hauser, Don: 1970
  46. Heefner, David: 1970-1971
  47. Hegelman, Gena: 1983
  48. Heller Gallery
  49. Hendricks, Geoffrey: 1981-1983
  50. Henri _____?
  51. Herlin, Jean-Noel: 1981-1985
  52. Herman, Kenneth: 1980
  53. Herrick, Carlton: 1972
  54. Hertzberg, Alan
  55. Hestler, M.: 1964
  56. Hibbard, William: 1963-1964
  57. Higashiyama, Al: 1960
  58. Higgins, E.F., III
  59. Hill, Kenn: 1971
  60. Himmelstein, Shelley
  61. Hirka, Alexander J. and Kate Klammer: ("Alex Torridzone Igloo" and "Dislokate Klammer"): folder 1
  62. Hirka, Alexander J. and Kate Klammer: ("Alex Torridzone Igloo" and "Dislokate Klammer"): folder 2
  63. Hirka, Alexander J. and Kate Klammer: ("Alex Torridzone Igloo" and "Dislokate Klammer"): folder 3

Box 4

Folder -- Contents

  1. Hodges, Tom
  2. Holly Solomon Gallery: 1979
  3. Holtsapple, Mabel: 1975-1982
  4. Hopkins, John: 1959-1962
  5. Howard, Michael R.: 1964
  6. Hurley, Dan: 1970
  7. Hussey, Andrew V.: 1982-1987
  8. International Mail Art Exhibition: 1983
  9. Iozia, John: 1969-1971
  10. Ireland, Margaret: 1971
  11. Isaacson, Mark: 1981
  12. J.: 1966
  13. Jack _____?
  14. Jack _____?
  15. Jackson, Gina: 1975-1985
  16. Jocoby, Roger: 1980-1983
  17. Jaffe, Steven: 1974
  18. Jean ________?: 1960
  19. Jefferson, Pat: 1971
  20. Jennis, Stevan: 1981
  21. Jerry ______?
  22. Jessica Berwind Gallery
  23. Jim __________?
  24. Joan and Ted
  25. John _____?
  26. John-David _____?: 1973
  27. Johnson, David: 1973
  28. Johnson, Keith
  29. Johnson, Ray: 1977
  30. Joseph _____?
  31. Judson Poets Theater
  32. Julie _____?: 1985
  33. Karen _____?: 1978
  34. Kasselriis, Karl: 1979
  35. Katch, Michael: 1975
  36. Kaufman, David: 1969
  37. Keith _____?
  38. Kelley, Clay: 1972
  39. Kelly, Donald: 1968
  40. Kelly, Scott: 1970-1976
  41. Kempf, Gene and Marion: 1967
  42. Kerman, Bruce: 1972-1973
  43. Ketchum, Irene: 1959-1960
  44. Key Gallery: 1979-1982
  45. Kilik, Margaret: 1979-1987
  46. Kilgallen, Mike
  47. King, Kenny: 1974-1975
  48. Kingston Gallery: 1985
  49. Kirkhorn, Michael
  50. Klaich, Dolores: 1965-1967
  51. Koch, Edward: 1972
  52. Kopczick, Don: 1959-1960
  53. Krebschman, Mike
  54. Kurt _____?
  55. Landmark Gallery: 1982
  56. Langhein, Willi
  57. Lebar, Rene: 1977-1981
  58. Lecesne, James
  59. Lee ____?: 1963
  60. Lee Jackson Agency: 1977-1978
  61. Legee, Bert: 1962
  62. Leise, Leo Vincent: 1972
  63. Leonard, Ann
  64. Letters Gallery: 1980-1982
  65. Levisen, Beth Marie: 1977-1985
  66. Lewis, Frank: 1963-1964
  67. Liphte: 1979
  68. Lisa _____?
  69. Lohman, J. Frederic: 1977
  70. Long, Keith: 1981-1986
  71. Louis Falco Dance Company: 1976-1979
  72. Lower East Side Show
  73. Loy, Dennis
  74. Luc _____?: 1963
  75. Luette ____?
  76. Luizza, Anthony: 1982-1984
  77. M., John: 1973
  78. M-13 Gallery: 1985
  79. McBride, Robert W.: 1975-1978
  80. McCollester, Chuck
  81. McCrindley, Joseph
  82. McDermott, David: 1980
  83. McElya, Mitchell Robert: 1986
  84. McPherson and Company Publishers: 1983
  85. Mack ____?: 1979
  86. Magloff, Paul: 1964
  87. Mallman, Jerome: 1963-1977
  88. Mansion, Gracie: 1982-1983
  89. Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company: 1987
  90. Marcanio, Jerry and Bob Gravley: 1982-1984
  91. Marcos _____?
  92. Marko, Bob
  93. Marr, Allan: 1981-1987
  94. Martin _____?: 1975
  95. Martineau, Emile: 1984
  96. Martinsen, Skip: 1974
  97. Marty ____?: 1965
  98. Masur, Al: 1971
  99. Matsumoto, Renee: 1958-1961
  100. Mangeri, Alfio: 1982
  101. Maurice _____?: 1985
  102. Maxine: 1981
  103. Mehlman, Robert J.: 1970-1972
  104. Mekee, Andy: 1964
  105. Merritt, Jim: 1970-1986
  106. Meyerhof, Hans B.: 1982
  107. Miller, Brenda: 1987
  108. Miller, Carl: 1973-1987
  109. Miller, Maggie
  110. Miller, Zita: 1965
  111. Milo ____?: 1960
  112. Molinaro, Ursule: 1985
  113. Moore, E.: 1975-76
  114. Morris, Fred: 1981
  115. Mudd Club: 1982
  116. Murphy, Bill: 1980-1984
  117. Murphy, Patricia: 1986-1987

Box 5

Folder -- Contents

  1. Nation, Polly Esther: 1979-1981
  2. Nationwide Vending Services: 1984
  3. Naugle, Helene: 1979
  4. Nebraska, Joey: 1980
  5. Nedd ____?
  6. Nelson, Grant: 1962
  7. Nesbitt, Lowell: 1971
  8. Nevans, Ron: 1978
  9. Nevins, Russ: 1986
  10. Newspace: 1981
  11. Norton-Taillon, Robert: 1969
  12. Ochoa, David: 1974-1986
  13. Oisteanu, Valery: 1977-1982
  14. 199 East 3rd St. Tenants' Association: 1973-1983
  15. Other Publisher's Inc.: 1980
  16. Ouellet, Lionel: 1976-1983
  17. Our, Donna: 1987
  18. Pageau, Maurice: 1973
  19. Pam Adler Gallery: 1980
  20. Parker, Gilbert
  21. Patrick Fox Gallery
  22. Paull, Nina: 1978-1980
  23. Perez, Willie: 1972-1977
  24. Perreault, Rene: 1978-1979
  25. Peter _____?
  26. Peterson, Warren: 1978-1986
  27. Phil and Charles: 1984
  28. Philippe, Robert: 1982
  29. Phillips, Garry
  30. Philpot, Kirbe
  31. Phillis Kind Gallery
  32. Pierre _____?
  33. Piper, Lee: 1984-1986
  34. Pittore, Carlo (Charles Stanley): 1978-1982
  35. Plunkett, Edward M.
  36. Poetry Project: 1982-1983
  37. Price, Don: 1970-1988
  38. Printed Matter: 1984
  39. Probst, Siegelinde: 1958
  40. Prosser, Steven C.: 1979-1980
  41. Prudential Insurance Company: 1981
  42. Pucci, Carlos: 1984
  43. Quiding, Pearl: 1962-1987
  44. Rader, Dotson: 1971-1973
  45. Rager, Olaf: 1964
  46. Ramirez, Jorge: 1981-1985
  47. Rattray, David: 1978
  48. Raymond, Lilo: 1971
  49. "Red": 1971
  50. Red Wing High School: 1982
  51. ReFlux Editions: 1985-1987
  52. Richard, Yves: 1964-1969
  53. Robert ______?: 1974?
  54. Robert, Dennis: 1987
  55. Robert Samuel Gallery: 1980-1982
  56. Robertson Gallery: 1987
  57. Robertson, Lynda: 1977
  58. Rolon de Clet, Rachel: 1981
  59. Ron _____?: 1977
  60. Rosado, Maria C.: 1982
  61. Ross, Bruce: 1985-1986
  62. Rothenberg, Erika: 1981-1986
  63. Ruggiero, Anthony: 1982-1985
  64. S., DeWayne
  65. S., H.L.
  66. Sam ____?: 1973
  67. Sandaljian, Thierry: 1976-1979
  68. Sanders, Steven: 1984
  69. Santrocchia, Marie Pilar
  70. Sasaki, Toshio: 1982
  71. Sasson, Al: 1961-1970
  72. Sawyer, Mark: 1971
  73. Scheidt, Patricia: June 25, 1982
  74. Schiller, Lisa: 1985-1986
  75. Schinkel, Dave: 1973-1974
  76. Schlegelmilch, Elsie: 1980
  77. Schloss, Arleen

Box 6

Folder -- Contents

  1. Scott, Jack and Sidele: Ontological News Service: folder 1
  2. Scott, Jack and Sidele: Ontological News Service: folder 2
  3. Scott, Jack and Sidele: Ontological News Service: folder 3
  4. Scott, Jack and Sidele: Ontological News Service: folder 4
  5. Scott, Jack and Sidele: Ontological News Service: folder 5
  6. Screven, Tom: 1971-1984
  7. Selchov, Bruce: 1972-1973
  8. Sendak, Maurice: 1967
  9. Shanfa and Thomas
  10. Sherman, Ori: 1972-1975
  11. Shively, Charley: 1975
  12. Siprello, Diane: 1987
  13. Skinner, Chuck: 1974-1986
  14. Slayman, James: 1964
  15. Slot, G. John H.: 1977
  16. Small, Brad
  17. Snug Harbor
  18. Solomon, Cyrus: 1962
  19. Sondheim, Stephen: 1973
  20. Sosa, Pedro: 1982-1984
  21. Speezak, Judy ("Scarletina"): 1982
  22. Spofford, John: 1963-1964
  23. Sportiello, Joseph: 1984
  24. Stalker, Art: 1969
  25. State of New York. Division of Housing and Community Renewal: 1983
  26. Stetson, Ray: 1986-1987
  27. Steve _____?
  28. Steven Zeitlin Gallery: 1980
  29. Stevens, Mark: Aug. 4, 1973
  30. Stewart, Bob: May 8, 1968
  31. Stolzenberg, Mrs. J.: Oct. 4, 1973
  32. Straiber, Bill: 1984
  33. Streep, Jon Nicholas: Aug. 9, 1963
  34. Suggs, Stephen: 1973
  35. Susie ____?
  36. Susy _____?
  37. Sylvia ____?
  38. Tanner, Clovis: 1971-1985
  39. Taylor, Heather: 1979-1983
  40. Tedoff, Roy: 1987?
  41. Tiffany, David: 1976-1978
  42. Todd ____?: 1975
  43. Tomas ____?: July 12, 1987
  44. Torres, Gerado: 1986-1987
  45. Touchstone, T.: Oct. 12, 1974
  46. Transworld Art Corp.
  47. Trembby, Marcel: 1973-1984
  48. Turner, Ronnie: 1962-1963
  49. Two Tons of Fun: Sept. 24, n.y.
  50. Tyler, Dan
  51. Vance, Ronald: Mar. 11, 1981
  52. Van Lengen
  53. Van Martin, Robert: 1985
  54. Vassilatos, Makis: 1969-1985
  55. Vasta, Joseph: 1978-1985
  56. Vater, Horst: Aug. 26, 1971
  57. Vaughn, Valerie Chevrette: 1980-1983
  58. Vellela, Ellen and Sam: 1980-1982
  59. Vic ____?: 1978
  60. Vicente, Eluterio: 1975
  61. Vilar, Juan: 1974
  62. Villani, Diane: 1982
  63. Vincent ______?
  64. Vordtriede, Werner: 1970-1971

Box 7

Folder -- Contents

  1. Walter, David: 1980
  2. Warshell, Marc: 1970
  3. Weiss, Robert: Oct. 20, 1972
  4. Wendy, Sue: Fall 1982
  5. Willenbecher, John: 1980
  6. Wilson, May: 1974
  7. Window Box Gallery: June, n.y.
  8. Wirth, Clementine and Lloyd (folder 1): 1959-1983
  9. Wirth, Clementine and Lloyd (folder 2): 1959-1983
  10. Wirth, Clementine and Lloyd (folder 3): 1959-1983
  11. Wirth, Clementine and Lloyd (folder 4): 1959-1983
  12. Wirth, Clementine and Lloyd (folder 5): 1959-1983
  13. Wirth, Clementine and Lloyd (folder 6): 1959-1983
  14. Wirth, Clementine and Lloyd (folder 7): 1959-1983
  15. Wirth, Eva: Jan. 31, 1958
  16. Wirth, Jami: 1980-1981
  17. Wirth, Jay
  18. Wirth, Jerry: 1982-1986
  19. Wirth, Julie: 1973-1984
  20. Wirth, Syd: 1985
  21. W.L. Yee and Company: 1973-1986
  22. World Book Encyclopedia: 1985
  23. Wymryk, Steve: July 1, 1975
  24. Young, Allen (folder 1): 1973-1981
  25. Young, Allen (folder 2): 1973-1981
  26. Young, Allen (folder 3): 1973-1981
  27. Zafero, Mitzie
  28. Zang, Edward: 1970-1986
  29. Zanni, Guido
  30. Zaruba, Erven and Judy: 1969
  31. Zeisler, Claire: 1985
  32. Zemplel, Jerilea
  33. Zeydner, Paul
  34. Zwicker, Tony: 1980-1981
  35. Unidentified

Box 8

Folder -- Contents

Series 3: Personal items

  1. Address books
  2. Addresses and phone numbers
  3. Announcements and invitations
  4. Clippings
  5. Genealogy information
  6. Job applications
  7. Journal: 1976
  8. Medical records
  9. Receipts
  10. Tax records
  11. Unsent valentines
  12. Miscellaneous papers
  13. Ephemera (general) (one piece is oversize)

Series 4: Poetry

  1. "A Boy beautiful in profile ..."
  2. "Earful
  3. "For My One and Only"
  4. "Hail, O Thrice Blest"
  5. "I should like to be happy"
  6. "Living is useless without loving ..."
  7. "Poem for the Fourth of July"
  8. "Remembering My Fifth Grade Teacher"
  9. "Remembrance of Allyn Amundson"
  10. "Some thoughts for September 29, 1979"

Series 5: Catalogs and Photographs

  1. Catalogs: J.N. Herlin, Inc.
  2. Photograph: Malibran, Curt
  3. Photographs: Tom Wirth
  4. Photographs: unidentified

Series 6: Restricted Correspondence

  1. Correspondence: Ira Joel Haber
  2. Correspondence: Ira Joel Haber
  3. Correspondence: Ira Joel Haber
  4. Correspondence: Ira Joel Haber
  5. Correspondence: Ira Joel Haber
  6. Correspondence: Ira Joel Haber

Series 7: Calendars

  1. Calendar: 1971
  2. Calendar: 1973
  3. Calendar: 1974
  4. Calendar: 1975
  5. Calendar: 1975
  6. Calendar: 1976
  7. Calendar: 1977
  8. Calendar: 1978
  9. Calendar: 1980
  10. Calendar: 1981
  11. Calendar: 1982
  12. Calendar: 1983
  13. Calendar: 1984
  14. Calendar: 1985
  15. Calendar: 1986