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Archive & Research


In keeping with The Jay DeFeo Foundation mission, The Jay DeFeo Foundation archive maintains a collection of original papers and materials pertaining to DeFeo’s life and work. The Jay DeFeo Foundation collects, preserves, manages, and provides access to its collection of artist’s papers and other documentation of historical value.

The Jay DeFeo Foundation accepts donations of papers related to Jay DeFeo, particularly correspondence or photographic materials, on a select basis. Questions regarding potential donations of papers related to Jay DeFeo can be sent to


In the interest of fostering a wider understanding of Jay DeFeo’s art and life as well as the historical context in which she worked, The Jay DeFeo Foundation serves as a resource for, supplies information to, and answers the questions of researchers, scholars, curators and educators. To this end, the Foundation encourages written inquiries from all qualified sources.

The use of any information provided by the Foundation requires proper credit and acknowledgment.

For further information, contact:
The Jay DeFeo Foundation
Leah Levy, Executive Director

Researchers should consider consulting the following research facilities when studying the art and life of Jay DeFeo:
— Jay DeFeo Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
— Jay DeFeo Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
— Prints and Drawings Library, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
— Documentation Centre, Archives of Women Artists Research & Exhibitions, Paris, France.