Using the Alex Katz Archive

Please note that books in the Katz Archive are catalogued and their records are available in the Colby Library catalogue. To find all books in the archive, use keyword search and terms “Katz Foundation.”

Name of Collection:
Alex Katz Archive

Physical Ownership and Custodianship
The Archive is owned by the Museum of Art via a Deed(s) of Gift signed by the Alex Katz Foundation. Special Collections is the custodian of the Archives, working in collaboration with Museum staff. Standard archival procedures and supplies will be used to preserve and make the materials accessible.

Name and Location of Repository
Name: Colby College Museum of Art and Colby Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.
Contact: Patricia Burdick, Special Collections Librarian or (207) 859-5151.
Hours: Open year round Monday - Friday, 10 am - noon and 1 - 4:30 pm. Appointments encouraged.

Permission to Publish
For permission to publish archive materials, contact Diana Tuite, Katz Curator.
Phone: 207-859-5618; Fax: 859-5606.
Mailing Address:
Diana Tuite
5600 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8856

Extent of Collection
Approximately 27.5 linear feet with accruals expected.

Descriptive Summary
The collection consists of articles and books about Katz, book and show reviews, Katz's correspondence and writing, examples of Katz’s book design and illustrations, as well as films, interviews, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to his art career.

Biographical Note
Alex Katz’s connections with Maine began in 1949, when he received a Cooper Union scholarship to study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The school’s co-founder, Colby Museum benefactor Willard Cummings, introduced the artist to Colby in the 1950s, and Katz continued his relationship with the College as a long-time summer resident of Lincolnville, Maine. Katz received an honorary doctorate from the College in 1984, has served on several museum committees, and currently sits on the Colby Museum’s Board of Governors. Katz is known for work that displays a shallow visual space highlighting the two-dimensional nature of paintings. Though many of his paintings are portraits, he does not aspire to reproduce authentic physical features or personalities. Rather, these figures are treated as symbols and serve as vehicles for exploring the formal aspects of picture-making.

Language of Material
Primarily English, but also includes other European and Asian languages.

Administrative Information
The Archive will be accessible at the Museum during regular hours of operation. Appointments are required. No part of the Archive is restricted from research use. The primary finding aid for the Archive will be posted on the Museum Web site and maintained collaboratively by the Museum and Special Collections.

Arrangement and Access information
Click on series title to see description and contents list:

Series 1. Articles about Katz
Series 2. Articles written by Katz
Series 3. Awards and Benefits including Katz
Series 4. Books about Katz
Series 5. Books designed or illustrated by Katz
Series 6. Books including Katz
Series 7. Clippings with Katz Images
Series 8. Donations to causes
Series 9. Group Show catalogues
Series 10. Group Show Invitations
Series 11. Katz Cards
Series 12. Katz Correspondence
Series 13. Katz Films
Series 14. Katz Interviews
Series 15 Katz Miscellaneous
Series 16. Katz Photographs
Series 17. Katz Posters and Calendars
Series 18. Katz Publicity
Series 19 Katz Solo Show Catalogues
Series 20. Katz Solo Show Invitations, Announcements, Brochures
Series 21. Miscellaneous Drawings and Prints
Series 22. Reviews of Books about Katz
Series 23. Reviews of Katz Shows