The Private Affairs of Artists: Researching Private Archives

Francesca Baseby

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When an artist’s papers remain in private hands, how do you go about accessing them? What state will they be in once you have gained access? This paper explores the importance of relationship building and networking for researchers wishing to access private archives for the first time. Such collections present their own challenges in comparison to publicly held archives, such as the uncatalogued and unlisted nature of private correspondence, but exploring them can be beneficial to both researcher and owner. Private collections of papers often hold the key to filling in the gaps that exist in public archives, particularly for correspondence. The examples used in this paper include the complex relationship between the individuals involved in the post-war reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral, and the family papers of Sax Shaw, a celebrated tapestry and stained glass artist in Edinburgh.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-36
JournalScottish Archives
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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