Sonya Rapoport created much of her artwork via what would today be called a “research-based practice.” It is therefore appropriate that a primary goal of the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust is to encourage scholarship & research.
The Trust facilitates the use of Rapoport’s archives at the Bancroft Library. We have also made available on this website scans of primary source documents, including announcements, reviews, notes, and images (see below).
Sonya Rapoport Archives at The Bancroft Library
Sonya Rapoport’s papers and other archival materials are preserved and made available at Western American Collection at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
The papers are available to any member of the public. You must first register for an Aeon account. All materials are stored off-site and must be requested online at least three days prior to any visit. The materials are non-circulating and can only be accessed at the Heller Reading Room in the Bancroft Library – plan your visit.
The archive consists of a primary collection of papers, and a smaller collection of pictorial materials, each of which has a finding aid (index) available via the Online Archive of California:
The Sonya Rapoport papers document the life and work of this American conceptual/ digital artist. Included in the collection are artworks, research for artworks, exhibition announcements, correspondence and other materials documenting Rapoport’s work over the course of five decades.
Chiefly photographs pertaining to Rapoport’s various conceptual art projects. Some portraits and snapshot photographs of the artist are included throughout files. Also includes selections of Rapoport’s artist’s books and a small number of early drawings.
Sonya Rapoport Primary Source Document Collections
This collection of pdfs of scanned announcements, reviews, articles, notes, images, and ephemera is mostly sourced from the three ring binders in which Rapoport displayed records of the history of her practice. Scanned slides and documents from her hard drives are also included.
The scans are organized into pdf folios by period or project. Sources are visible in most images, but there are some which are unknown or unconfirmed. The folios are not annotated.
We are making these public as scan projects are completed. Folios may be updated – each is given a version number and date. Other folios are forthcoming.
All of the scanned documents are copyright their original owners. They are being provided here for educational and cultural purposes only. All images of artwork are copyright Sonya Rapoport. The SRLT is happy to arrange for publication of these and other images of Sonya’s work. Higher resolution images may be available.
Click on file to view or download pdf:
Folio 2 1960s v4 Legion of Honor and 1960s, Version 04: 10/11/2019. 12MB.
Folio 3 Survey v4 Survey Chart & Nu Shu Paintings – 1970s, Version 04: 10/11/2019. 14.2 MB.
Folio 4 Yarn v4 Yarn & Computer Printout Drawings – late 1970s, Version 04: 10/11/2019. 22.5MB.
Folio 5 Objects v4 Objects On My Dresser 1979 – 2015, Version 04: 10/11/2019. 36.1 MB.
Folio 6 Biorhythm v4 Biorhythm: 1980 – 1985, Version 04: 10/11/19. 16.7 MB.
Folio 7 Shoe v4 Shoe-Field, Version 04: 10/11/2019. 25.2 MB.
Please contact us with any questions.