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Nam June Paik Papers Preliminary Finding Aid

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center, 2012

PO Box 37012, MRC970
Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202-633-8339

Restrictions on Access

Access to original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership and Literary Rights

Copyright restrictions may apply.


Gift of the Nam June Paik Estate, 2009.

Processing Note

This collection was processed by Kathleen Brown with support from the Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund.

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Summary Information

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
Creator - Artist
Paik, Nam June, 1932-2006
Nam June Paik Papers
Date [bulk]
bulk 1960-2000
Date [inclusive]
55 Linear feet
Multiple languages
Language of Materials
Nineteen different languages are represented in the collection. The bulk of the materials are in English, but there is also a significant amount of materials in French, German, Japanese and Korean.
The papers of Nam June Paik measure approximately 55 linear feet and date from 1832 to 2008, with the bulk of materials dating from 1960 to 2000. The papers document the artist's global career in video and multimedia art. The collection includes the artist's early writings on art, history and technology, performance scores, production notes for videotape and television products, plans for video installations, and documentation of large-scale television projects such as Guadalcanal Requiem (1977/79) and The More the Better (1988). Letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and notes from friends and business associates reflect Paik's association with a wide international circle of artists, including many of those associated with Fluxus. Biographical materials include vintage photographs, an early affidavit of support from Jonas Mekas for Paik's temporary entry into the United States and the transcript of a 1977 interview conducted by Dick Higgins. Additional materials that provide insight into Paik's career include documentation of early Fluxus performances both before and after Paik's move to New York City in 1964 and printed announcements and programs for exhibitions, festivals, and performances. Also included in the papers are over 400 books and magazines.

Preferred Citation note

Nam June Paik Papers, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Biographical note

Nam June Paik (1932-2006), internationally recognized as the "Father of Video Art," created a large body of work, including video sculptures, installations, performances, videotapes and television productions. His art and ideas embodied a radical new vision for an art form that changed global visual culture.

Born in 1932 in Seoul, Korea, to a wealthy industrial family, Paik and his family fled Korea in 1950 at the outset of the Korean War, first to Hong Kong, then to Japan. Paik graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1956, and then traveled to Germany to pursue his interest in avant-garde music, composition and performance. There he met John Cage and George Maciunas and became a member of the neo-dada Fluxus movement. In 1963, Paik had his legendary one-artist exhibition at the Galerie Parnass in Wuppertal, Germany, that featured his prepared television sets, which radically altered the look and content of television.

After immigrating to the United States in 1964, he settled in New York City, where he expanded his engagement with video and television, and had exhibitions of his work at the New School, Galerie Bonino, and the Howard Wise Gallery. In 1965, Paik was one of the first artists to use a portable video camcorder. In 1969, he worked with Japanese engineer Shuya Abe to construct an early video-synthesizer that allowed Paik to combine and manipulate images from different sources. The Paik-Abe video synthesizer transformed electronic moving-image making. Paik invented a new artistic medium with television and video, creating an astonishing array of artworks, from his seminal video Global Groove (1973), to his sculptures TV Buddha (1974) and TV Cello (1971); to installations such as TV Garden (1974), Video Fish (1975) and Fin de Siecle II (1989); videotapes Living with Living Theatre (1989) and Guadalcanal Requiem (1977/1979); and global satellite television productions such as Good Morning Mr. Orwell, which broadcast from the Centre Pompidou in Paris and a WNET-TV studio in New York City January 1, 1984.

Paik has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including the major retrospectives: Nam June Paik, organized by Tate Liverpool and museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf (2011); The Worlds of Nam June Paik organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City (2000); and Nam June Paik, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art (1982). He has been featured in major international art exhibitions including Documenta, the Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Biennial.

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The collection is arranged into fourteen series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1957-1999 (Box 1; 10 folders; .20 linear feet)
  2. Series 2. Correspondence, 1959-2002 (Boxes 1-4 and oversize box 51; 74 folders, 1.5 linear feet)
  3. Series 3. Financial and Legal Records,1965-2002 (Boxes 5-6; 27 folders; .8 linear feet)
  4. Series 4. Project Files, ca. 1965-1998 (Boxes 7-10 and oversize boxes 52-53, 66 folders; 2 linear feet)
  5. Series 5: Exhibition Files, 1974-2002 (Box 10 and oversize box 53; 19 folders; .3 linear feet)
  6. Series 6: Notes and Writings, ca. 1960-2000 (Boxes 11-15 and oversize box 54; 112 folders; 2.1 linear feet)
  7. Series 7: Sketchbooks and Sketches, 1974-1979 and undated (Box 16 and oversize box 54; 9 folders; .1 linear feet)
  8. Series 8: Photographs, ca. 1940-2001 (Boxes 16-17 and oversize boxes 55 and 57; 36 folders; .9 linear feet)
  9. Series 9: Artifacts and Ephemera, ca. 1960-2000 (Box 18 and oversize box 55; 17 folders; .5 linear feet)
  10. Series 10: Printed Materials, 1832-2004 (Boxes 19-25 and oversize boxes 56-63; 121 folders; 10 linear feet)
  11. Series 11: Books, 1839-2003 (Boxes 25-40 and oversize box 66; 17 linear feet)
  12. Series 12: Magazines and Newsletters, ca. 1900-2000 (Boxes 41-46; 6 linear feet)
  13. Series 13: Product Manuals, Trade Catalogs and Directories, ca. 1970-2000 (Boxes 47-50; 4 linear feet)
  14. Series 14: Newspapers, 1867-2008 (Oversize boxes 62-65; 9.5 linear feet)

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Related Materials

Related Archive Materials

In 2009, the Nam June Paik archive was received as a gift from the Nam June Paik estate. The archive is comprised of the papers of the artist (his writings, notes, scores, plans and designs, photographs and assorted print ephemera), his library (books, magazines, trade catalogs, etc.), as well as three dimensional artifacts from his studio (objects, toys, televisions, radios, the artist's desk, etc.) and over 200 videotapes (the artist's single-channel videotapes, installation videotapes, and videotape records of performances and interviews). The three dimensional artifacts from his studio, the videotapes and selected oversized print materials (posters and bound newspapers) are stored offsite from the papers and library materials and are not covered in this finding aid.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Books
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sketches


  • Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States
  • Fluxus (Group of artists)
  • Video art

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1957-1999, 0.2 Linear feet

Found in this series are biographical sketches, documentation of fellowships, teaching assignments and awards received, including the New York State Council of the Arts Governor's Award (1986) and the Inamori Foundation Kyoto Prize (1988), business cards, lists of address and phone numbers, pamphlets from institutions that list Paik as an associate or member. Also included is a typed affidavit of support from Jonas Mekas for Paik’s temporary entry into the United States and several interviews with the artist, including a transcript of an unpublished 1977 interview with Dick Higgins, and photocopies of a published interview with Paul Schimmel from Arts Magazine, Dec. 1974, pg. 52-54.

Arrangement note

Folders are arranged alphabetically by type or format of document.

Box Folder

Addresses and Phone Numbers, undated, 2 Folders

1 1-2

Affidavit of Support for Nam June Paik, 1957, 1963

1 3

Awards, 1965-1999

1 4

Bibliography: Texte über Nam June Paik, circa 1976

1 5

Biographical Sketches & Questionnaires, circa 1960s-1992

1 6

Business Cards, undated

1 7

Interviews, 1974, 1977

1 8

Memberships and Associations, 1970-1994

1 9

Stationary, undated

1 10

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-2006, 1.5 Linear feet

This series contains incoming and outgoing correspondence including letters, cards, postcards, notes, and faxes from Paik's friends and associates as well as business correspondence from curators, gallery directors, editors, and institutions and organizations, such as WNET/TV Lab with whom he collaborated. Envelopes and enclosures, such as clippings, photographs, and photocopies of articles, have been retained alongside the letters they were sent with. The series also consists of drafts and copies of Nam June Paik's outgoing correspondence (the intended recipient not always identified) and includes the artist's notes and instructions for his studio assistants. Correspondence is described in more detail at the subseries level.

Series Arrangement:

The Correspondence series has been arranged into two subseries:

  1. 2.1: General and Personal Correspondence, 1959-2006
  2. 2.2: Asian Language Correspondence, 1960-2002

Subseries 2.1: General and Personal Correspondence, circa 1959-2006

The subseries, General and Personal Correspondence, makes up the bulk of the Correspondence series. This subseries reflects Paik’s associations with a wide international circle of artists, including many of those associated with Fluxus. Notable artist correspondents include Mary Bauermeister, John Cage, Karl Otto Götz, Dick Higgins, Ben Vautier, and Wolf Vostell. The art critic Gregory Battcock, wrote while he was collaborating on Paik’s single channel video You Can’t Lick Stamps in China, signing his letters “Professor G.” In addition to ordinary letters, Paik received collages and other forms of mail art from George Brecht, Ken Friedman, Ray Johnson, and Jim McWilliams. Also included is a card from James Tenney that includes one of Tenney's performance scores.

Business correspondence includes letters and faxes from corporations, foundations and publishers, documenting the artist's association with art festivals such as Biennale di Venezia, Documenta 5 (Harald Szeemann) and museums and galleries, including Galeria Bonino and the Carl Solway Gallery. Paik's correspondence includes letters to Howard Klein (Rockefeller Foundation), David Loxton (WNET), Peter Hoenisch (Sony, Germany) and Arthur Køpke, as well as a letter to Grace Glueck, an art critic for the New York Times, concerning the death of Charlotte Moorman.


Folders are arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the individual or the name of the institution, with single correspondent folders following the group folders of the appropriate letter. Folders containing letters from unidentified correspondents and third-party correspondents are placed at the end of the subseries.

Box Folder

A Correspondence, 1968-1997

Includes letters from: Michael Ambrosino, Erik Andersch, Wayne Anderson, Oliver Andrews, and David Atwood.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: A. B. Galleries, Across Below, Allgemeine Ortskankenkasse Düsseldorf, American Museum of the Moving Image, Anthology Film Archive, Archive Sohm, Art Intermedia, Artes Visuales, Artforum, Artist Tenants Association, Artpool Foundation and Art Research Center, Arts Four Corp., Asian Cine-Vision, Inc., Aspen Travel and Association of Artist-Run Galleries.

1 11

B to BE Correspondence, 1965-1997

Includes letters from: Vyt Bakaitis, Norman Ballard, Gregory Battcock, Mary Bauermeister, Horst Baumann, Julian Beck and Carol Bergé.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta, Canada), Barrett Kendall Publishing, Bell Telephone Laboratories, and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem, Israel).

1 12

BI to BU Correspondence, 1966-1993

Includes letters from: Steve Birchall, Liselotte Hae-Jin Birkmose, Dany Bloch, René Block, Joseph Bohorquez, Don Boyd, Jane Brakhage, George Brecht, Robert Breer, K. P. Brehmer, Bill Brooks, Ernst Brücher, Lowry Burgess, and Jody Burn.

Also includes letters from the following organization: La Biennale di Venezia.

1 13

C to CI Correspondence, 1965-1997

Includes letters from: Corinne Cantrill, Curtis L. Carter, Arthur Caspari, N. Chatterji, F. Chevallier, and Dorothy Chiesa.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: C. T. L. Electronics, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Centro de Arte y Communicación (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Château d'Oiron.

1 14

CO to CU Correspondence, 1967-1999

Includes letters from: Alice Collins, Betty Connors, Stephanie Coyer, Jennifer Crosson, Peter Crown, George Cubberly, Calvin I. Cuff, Paul Cummings, Alvin Curran and Jed Curtis.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and The Cunningham Dance Foundation (Jean Rigg).

1 15

Cage, John, 1965, 1968, and 1978

1 16

Carl Soloway Gallery, 1991-1997

1 17

Crozier, Robin, 1974

1 18

D Correspondence, 1972-1997 and undated

Includes letters from: Curtis W. Davis, Edith Decker-Phillips, Tjeerd Deelstra, Jeffrey Deitch, Ivo Dekovich, Luise DeMarco (for Norman DeMarco), Bernard Demiaux (and Ana Richardson) and Susan Dowling (WGBH, Boston, MA).

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Documenta 5th (Kassel, Germany (Marlis Gürterich and Harald Szeemann).

1 19

Davis, Douglas, 1972 and undated

1 20

E to F Correspondence, 1959-1996 and undated, 2 Folders

Includes letters from: Herbert Eimert, Yale Evelev (Icon Records), John Farbish, Don Foresta, Wolfgang Fortner, Milton Fox, Ken Friedman and Martin Friedman.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Editions Lebeer Hossmann and Fratelli Babbri Editori.

Mail art from Ken Friedman, a postcard collage with puzzle pieces, is located in Oversize Box 51, sub-box 1.

1 21 OV 51 1

G Correspondence, 1963-1997

Includes letters from: Ray Gallon, Sidney Gelber, Hubert Gertis, Claudia Gianetti, Jürgen Glaesemer (Kunst Museum Bern), Judy Glick, Cynthia Goodman, Karl Otto Götz.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Galeria Bonino, Galerie An Fairna, Galerie Christine et Isy Barchot, Galerie Esperanza, George Braziller, Inc., Gianetti, Goethe Institut (Munich, Germany) and Gowanus Memorial Artyard.

2 1

H to HEN Correspondence, 1974-2000

Includes letters from: Ken Hakuta, Hallock, Richard Hamilton, Susan Hapgood, Ernest Hasselbach (and Gijs de Swarte), James Heddle, Geoff Hendricks.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Hamlyn Group, HarmoniColor System, Hasenkamp, Heibonsha Limited Publishing, and Hellmuth, Obata and Kassacaum, Inc. (HO+K Sport).

2 2

HER to HU Correspondence, 1974-2000

Includes letters from: Wulf Herzogenrath, Ra Young Hong, Pontus Hultén, and Armin Hundertmark.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Heute Kunst and Holly Solomon Gallery.

2 3

Higgins, Dick, 1961-1971 and undated

2 4

I Correspondence, 1959-1996

Includes letter from: Marc Israel.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Institute of Contemporary Art (London), International Contemporary Art Fair (Japan), Internationale Ausstellung Köln, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and International Network for the Arts.

2 5

J Correspondence, 1962-1995, 2 Folders

Includes letters from: Joseph D. Jachna, Rolf Jährling, Charles Jevremovie (and Lisa Monrose), and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Also includes correspondence from the following organizations: Baird Jones and Co Weis Jun (National China Art Gallery, Bejing).

Mail art from Rolf Jährling, printed material with inscriptions, is located in Oversize Box 51, Folder 2.

2 6 OV 51 2

Johnson, Ray, 1964-1977 and undated , 3 Folders

Mail art from Ray Johnson, including collages and a decomposed lint drawing, are located in Oversize Box 51, Folders 3-4.

2 7 OV 51 3-4

K Correspondence, 1964-1997 and undated

Includes letters from: Jeremy Paul Kagan, Allan Kaprow, Yoichi Kawakita, S. Joon Kim, Ute Klophaus, Gustav Knauer, Alison Knowles, Armin Köhler, Peter Kolb, Michael J. Kondrat, Norbert Kricke, Petra Kurse, and Udo Kultermann.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Kunstahalle Basel, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln and Kunstmseum Düsseldorf.

2 8

L Correspondence, 1962-2000

Includes letters from: Bella Landau, Francis Lee, Catherine Lemière, Manfred Leve, György Ligeti, Norman Lloyd, Jodie H. Lowe, Alvin Lucier, and Jessica Ludwig.

Also includes correspondence from the following organization: Ligature, Inc.

2 9

MA - ME Correspondence, 1963-1996

Includes letters from: Marika Malacorda, Steven Malkus, Richard Mande, Jan van der Marck, Florian Matzner, Jonas Mekas, and Ed Mellnik.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Film, Video Section); Media Alliance, Mediale (Hamburg), and Media Study (Buffalo).

2 10

MO - MORG Correspondence, 1973-2000 and undated

Includes letters from: Meredith Monk, Barbara Moore, Peter Moore, Charlotte Moorman and Bill Morgan; and an illustrated note card from A. Moretti.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Modern Image Makers Association and Mönchehaus Museum für Moderne Kunst.

2 11

MORT - MY Correspondence, 1961-1993 and undated

Includes letters from: Phil Morton, John Bernard Myers, and Grete Myhregaard.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Musées de la Ville de Nice, Museum am Ostawall Dortmund, Museum Folkwang Essen, Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Museum Ludwig, Museum of Holography, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

2 12

Maciunas, George, 1962-1977

Existence and Location of Originals note

This folder contains vintage and modern photocopies of postcards; location of originals is unknown.

2 13

Mallander, Jan Olof, 1968-1983

2 14

McWilliams, Jim, 1965 and undated

Mail art from Jim McWilliams is located in Oversize Box 51, Folder 5.

OV 51 5

N Correspondence, 1977-1999

Includes letters from: John Hallmark Neff.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: National Endowment for the Arts, Newark Mediaworks, New Jersey Channel, New York State Council on the Arts, Nordrhein-Westfalen, State Office of Salary and Benefits (Düsseldorf, Germany), Northern Illinois University and North Texas State University.

2 15

O Correspondence, 1979-1994

Includes letters from: Jerald Ordover, Kazuko Oshima, Hans Otte (Radio Bremen), Ulrike Ottinger, and Gerald O'Grady.

2 16

P Correspondence, 1970-1977

Includes letters from: Michael Phillips, David Piscitelli, John Plant, Richard Pleuger, Tomas Pospiszyl, Alan Powell, and Paul Primus.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Pacific Film Archive (University of California, Berkeley), Planned Facilities, Portiku, Praeger Publishers, Purchase College (formerly College at Purchase, State University of New York).

2 17

Paik, Nam June, 1967-1996 and undated, 5 Folders

2 18-22

Q-R Correspondence, 1966-1995 and undated

Includes letters from: George Quasha, Wolfgang Ramsbott, Jasia Reichardt, Willem de Ridder, Dale Riehl, Ron Robboy, Howard Robinson, Carol Rubenstein, Jeffery Holmes Rudell, Paul Ryan, and Phillipa L. Ryan.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: ROSC International Art Exhibition (Dublin, Ireland) and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

3 1

Rockefeller Foundation, 1970-1980

3 2

SA - SC Correspondence, 1966-1997

Includes letters from: Kurt Schwert, Jörg Schellmann, Cornelia Schenk, Friedolf Schiek, Tomsa Schmidt, Barbara Schmidt-Heins, I. Schneider and Dieter Schwarz.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: San Francisco International Video Festivals and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

3 3

SE - SO Correspondence, 1988-1992

Includes letters from: Peter Sempel, Carvien Shiu, Richard Simmons, and Nina Sobell.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Slowscan Editions (Jan Van Toorn) and Smith/Greenland, Inc. Advertising.

3 4

SO - SY Correspondence, 1971-1997

Includes letters from: Gabriel Soucheyre, Dirk Standen and Clive Stewart.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Solomon Islands (Ministry of Culture and Education), Sony Electronics, Inc., Staatliche Kunstakadmie Düsseldorf, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturebesitz Berlin, State University of New York at Albany (Patricia S. Kerr), State University of New York, Purchase (Tal Streeter), Stadt Goslar (Dr. Paul and Primus), Stedelijk Museum, Stichting Sonsebeek, Syracuse University (SYNAPSE), and The South Bank Centre.

3 5

T-U Correspondence, 1966-2000

Includes letters from: Rino Tacchella, Elsa Tambellini, James Tenney, Jean Toche, Nancy Tong, Andre Tot, Andreas Troeger and Paul Tschinkel. The James Tenney note card, addressed to Shigeko and Nam June, features a performance score by Tenney.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Troisiéme Biennale Européene du Film sur L'Environment and University of Illinois, School of Music.

3 6

V Correspondence, 1997-1997 and undated

Includes letters from: Johanna VanDerBeek, Ben Vautier, Stephen Vitiello (Electronic Arts Intermix), and Ralph Vituccio.

Also includes correspondence from the following organizations: Verein zur Förderung der Kunst-und Kulturraumes and Video Study Center of Global Village (New York City).

3 7

Vostell, Wolf, 1967, 1989 and undated

3 8

WA - WIE Correspondence, 1973-1995 and undated

Includes letters from: Ken W., Yoshimas Wada, William Wasserstrom, Robin Weber, Howard Weinberg, Ursula Wevers, Christophe van de Weyl, Joyce Wieland, and Wolfgang Wiesemes.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Walker Art Center, Weisses Haus, Wesleyan University Press, WGBH (Boston, MA), Whitney Museum of American Art (John Hanhardt, Barbara Haskell).

3 9

WIL - WIS Correspondence, 1963-1997 and undated

Includes letters from: Jean-Pierre Wilhelm, Nik Williams and Howard Wise.

Also includes correspondence from the following organizations: Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum (Duisburg, Germany) and William Patterson College (Wayne, New Jersey).

3 10

WNET/Thirteen (including the Television Laboratory), 1972-1987 and undated

3 11

Y - Z Correspondence, 1980-1997

Includes letters from: Jud Yalkut, Don Yannacito, and Gene Youngblood.

Also includes letters from the following organization: ZDF/Arte (Mainz, Germany).

3 12

Unidentified (First Name Only) Correspondence, 1972-1997 and undated, 2 Folders

Mail art piece -- small inscribed envelope with puzzle piece inside -- possibly by Joe Jones (last name illegible), located in Oversize Box 51, Folder 6.

3 13 OV51 6

Unidentified (Illegible or Unsigned) Correspondence, 1962-2002 and undated, 2 Folders

Mail Art piece, dated 1967, with envelope stamped "Snow/box 199 Church St. Sta., New York, N.Y. 10008" and containing artificial snow, located in Oversize Box 51, Folder 7.

3 14 OV51 7

Faxes and Notes [from studio assistants?], 1976-2002

3 15

Third Party Correspondence, 1965-1994 and undated

3 16

Envelopes, 1964-2000, 5 Folders

Processing Information note

Folders contain loose envelopes, the bulk of which had already been separated from the original correspondence and/or enclosures prior to their arrival to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The location of the missing original letters is unknown.

4 1-5

Subseries 2.2: Asian Language Correspondence, circa 1960-2002

This subseries contains incoming and outgoing correspondence in Japanese and Korean that had been separated from the collection for translation of correspondents’ names and to enable future, more detailed, translation efforts. Correspondents in this series include Shuya Abe, Shigeko Kubota, as well as business correspondence with Sony and Samsung and museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Seibu Museum of Art, among others.


Folders are arranged by language (Japanese followed by Korean), then alphabetically by correspondent, with those for a single correspondent following the group folders of the appropriate letter; ending with unidentified correspondents.

Box Folder

Abe, Shuya (Japanese Correspondence), 1971-1972

4 6

A to F (Japanese Correspondence), 1965-1996 and undated

Includes letters from: Fujio Akai, Jae-Eun Choi, and Etsuko.

Also includes correspondence from the following organizations: Bank of Tokyo (Shibuya branch); Fukuoka Art Museum, and Fukuoka Jisho Co., Ltd.

4 7

G to KO (Japanese Correspondence), 1983-1999 and undated

Includes letters from: Kunio Gie, Shin Hara (Kyodo News), Konishi, and Kotaro.

Also includes letters from the following organization: Galerie Watari.

4 8

Kuboto, Shigeko (Japanese Correspondence), 1983 and undated

4 9

KU TO O (Japanese Correspondence), 1969-2000 and undated

Includes letters from: Shunichi Kurahashi, Tokitomo Matsuzaka, Setsuko Miura, Akira Moriguchi, Tokuzo Okabe and Moyao.

Also includes letters from the following organization: Nagoyo City Art Museum (Kazuo Yamawaki).

4 10

Paik, Nam June (Japanese Correspondence), 1988, 1993 and undated

4 11

P to SE (Japanese Correspondence), 1984-1986 and undated

Includes letters from: Sakane.

Also includes letters from the following organizations: Parco (Pub.) Fuki Nakamura and Seibu Museum of Art (Sawako Hagihare).

4 12

Sony Corporation (Japanese Correspondence), 1983-1997 and undated

4 13

T to Y (Japanese Correspondence), 1960-1993

Includes letters from: Hideo Uchida, Seigo Yamamoto and Yuriko.

Also includes letters from the following organization: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tsuguo Tominaga).

4 14

Unidentified (Japanese Correspondence), 1981, 1992 and undated

4 15

K - R and Unidentified (Korean Correspondence), 1969-1997

Includes letters from: Sukhi Kang, Soongi Kim, Kuynghee, Kyong Hee Lee, Ye Sook Rhee, and Lee Chan Yong.

Also includes correspondence from the following organization: Tong-A-Ilbo.

4 16

Paik, Nam June (Korean Correspondence), 1984-circa 1992 and undated

4 17

Samsung Electronics Company (Korean Correspondence), 1988-1992 and undated

4 18

Series 3: Financial and Legal Records, circa 1966 - 2002, 0.8 Linear feet

Items in this series include photocopies of court transcripts from the 1967 trial - the People of the State of New York v. Charlotte Moorman, licensing agreements and contracts for Paik’s work, real estate documentation for his co-op, as well as telephone bills and miscellaneous invoices. There are two folders containing copies of newspaper clippings and correspondence related to the 1993 fire at the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, which destroyed a video installation by Paik. Contracts and agreements distribution and publication contracts, including copies of a 1983 agreement between Paik and WNET/EBC (Educational Broadcasting Corporation) for the co-production of “Good Morning Mr. Orwell.”

Arrangement note

Folders are arranged alphabetically by type.

Box Folder

Budgets & Price Lists, 1972 and undated

Includes two budgets - one, undated, for an electronic video studio; and a budget dated Sept. 22, 1972 for the second stage of the Paik-Abe synthesizer.

5 1

Contracts and License Agreements, 1966-1996

5 2

Court Transcripts: People of the State of New York v. Charlotte Moorman, 1967, 4 Folders

5 3-6

Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf Fire, 1993, 2 Folders

5 7-8

Invoices and Receipts, circa 1970-2002 and undated, 3 Folders

5 9-11

Invoices - Outgoing (N.J. Paik Video Design), 1996 and undated

5 12

Invoices - Royalty Statements - Works of Art/Performances, 1965-1994

5 13

Invoices - Shipping and Transport, 1965-2001

5 14

Real Estate, 1966, 1993-1996,1998-2002, 2 Folders

5 15-16

Con Edison Bills, 1969, 1984-1990, 3 Folders

6 1-3

Telephone Bills, 1969, 1985-1990, 1993-1995, 8 Folders

6 4-11

Series 4: Project Files, circa 1965-1998, 2 Linear feet

This series includes project files (artificially created) and the artist's own "source files." The project files, artificially created by the archivist processing the collection, consist primarily of documentation in the form of proposals, budgets, correspondence, and printed material from several of Paik’s single channel video works such as Bye-Bye Kipling, Don’t Lick Stamps for China and Suite 212. There are also files on video productions related to Seoul Olympics; unrealized projects such as the Brandenburg Concerto with Joseph Beuys; and folders containing punch cards, computer printouts, and reference manuals related to Paik’s work at Bell Telephone Laboratories in the mid-1960s.

Source files are a small group of files that maintain the original order created by the artist. They contain a mixture of photographs, correspondence, writings, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Some folders are titled (among them “Charlotte” and “Time-Life”); others are untitled. Although it is not certain, Paik may have collected, arranged, and retained these items as potential source material for realized or unrealized projects.


Project files are arranged chronologically by the creation date of the project. They are followed by project files related to Paik performance pieces, projects by others, and the artist's own source files.

Box Folder

Bell Laboratories - Job Information Cards - Unidentified Project, circa 1965-1966

7 1

Bell Telephone Laboratories - Punch Cards - Unidentified Project, circa 1965, 2 Folders

7 2-3

Bell Telephone Laboratories -- Computer Printouts -- Unidentified Project, 1965, 2 Folders

7 4 OV52

Programmers' Reference Manual for S-C 4020 [Related to Bell Laboratories Project?], 1965

7 5

Fortran IV Reference Manuals [Related to Bell Laboratories Project?], 1965-1966

7 6

Bell Telephone Laboratories Memo and Conference Reprint, 1964-1967

This file contains a Bell Telephone Laboratories memo on computer graphics in acoustics research; and a reprint of a conference paper by Kenneth C. Knowlton, titled: A Computer technique used for the production of animated movies.

7 7

Bell Telephone Laboratories - Miscellaneous diagrams, Reference Cards and Indexes of Subroutes, 1967-1968 and undated

7 8

Tribute to John Cage, 1971-1972

File includes notes from the WBGH project, including script, budget and related correspondence.

7 9

Suite 212, circa 1975, 3 Folders

7 10-11 OV55 6

Guadalcanal Requiem, 1977-1980

7 12

You Can't Lick Stamps in China - Announcements and Press Release, 1979

7 13

You Can't Lick Stamps in China - Budget and Proposal, ca. 1978

7 14

You Can't Lick Stamps in China - Computer Printouts, 1978

7 15

You Can't Lick Stamps in China - Scripts, circa 1978

7 16

You Can't Lick Stamps in China - WNET Post Production Correspondence, 1979?

7 17

Brandenburg Concerto No. 7, 1981 and undated, 1981 and undated

8 1

Good Morning Mr. Orwell - Announcements and Press Releases, circa 1983-1984

8 2

Good Morning Mr. Orwell - Budgets, 1982-1983

8 3

Good Morning Mr. Orwell - Contract (Letter of Agreement), 1983

8 4

Good Morning Mr. Orwell - Correspondence, 1983 and undated, 2 Folders

8 5-6

Good Morning Mr. Orwell - Scripts, circa 1983

8 7

Good Morning Mr. Orwell - Scripts - By Frame, circa 1983

8 8

Good Morning Mr. Orwell - Publicity and Press Clippings, 1983-1984, 2 Folders

8 9 OV53 1

Bye-Bye Kipling - Announcement and Press Release, 1986

8 10

Bye-Bye Kipling - Budgets, 1986 and undated

8 11

Bye-Bye Kipling - Contract (Letter of Agreement), 1986

8 12

Bye-Bye Kipling - Correspondence, 1986-1987

8 13

Bye-Bye Kipling - Proposals, 1984-1986

8 14

Bye-Bye Kipling - Scripts, 1986 and undated

8 15

Bye-Bye Kipling - Publicity and Press Clippings, 1986-1987, 3 Folders

8 16-18

CHIP Olympics [Related to Wrap Around the World?], 1988

9 1

Icarus, 1988

9 2

Sync 21 [Related to Wrap Around the World], 1987-1988

9 3

Wrap Around the World - Announcements and Press Release, 1988

9 4

Wrap Around the World - Correspondence, Notes and Floorplans, circa 1988

9 5

Wrap Around the World -Oversize Floor Plan and Interior Drawing, One (1) blue line floor plan and two (2) blue line section drawings.

OV53 2

Wrap Around the World - Scripts, 1988

9 6

Wrap Around the World - Script Revision #3, 1988, 2 Folders

9 7-8

Living with the Living Theater, 1983, 1989

9 9

Brandenburg Gate: Matrix, 1992

9 10

Performance - Seoul NYMAX, circa 1997

9 11

Modulation in Sync: Sweet and Sublime, 1997-1998 and undated

9 12

Unidentified Projects and Music Scores, circa 1991 and undated, 3 Folders

9 13-15 OV53 3

Unidentified Project with Circuitry, 3 Folders

9 16 53 1-2

Projects by Others: Interiors, for Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble (Robert Moran), 1964, Diazo print diagram (19" x 25")

OV53 4

Projects by Others: Vietnam: Picking up the Pieces Dossier, 1978, 2 Folders

9 17-18

Projects by Others: Between Dreams and History (Shimon Attie and Norman Ballard), 1998

9 19

Source File ("Charlotte"), undated

10 1

Source File ("Time - Life"), 1965-1967

10 2

Source File ("Paik 9"), 1966 - 1977 and undated

10 3

Source File [untitled folders, includes excerpts for Videa 'n' Videology catalog], 1918 and undated, 3 Folders

10 4-6

Source File (Empty Annotated Folders)

Processing Information note

Although empty, these folders were kept because they were annotated, presumably by Nam June Paik.

10 7

Series 5: Exhibition Files, circa 1981-2002, 0.3 Linear feet

This series consists of correspondence, floor plans, lists, exhibition announcements and programs from a small number of exhibitions and installations of Paik’s work, including retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul; Transmissions, a temporary installation at Rockefeller Center sponsored by Public Art Fund, and the permanent installation of  Niche in T at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.

Correspondence related to exhibitions may also be found with the correspondence series (usually filed by institution or festival, for example Documenta or Guggenheim Museum). Additional exhibition announcements, booklets, or posters may be found in the appropriate sub-series within the printed material series. Exhibition catalogs can also be found amongst the books from Paik's library.

Arrangement note

Files are arranged chronologically by the date of the exhibition or installation.

Box Folder

Projekt '74 (1974: Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany), circa 1974

10 8

Neue Bildhauertechniken (1981: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (N.B.K.), 1981

10 9

Nam June Paik (1982: Whitney Museum, New York, NY), 1981-1982

10 10

Content: A Contemporary Focus, 1974-1984 (1984: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC), 1984

10 11

American Museum of Moving Image - Equipment Plan, 1987

10 12

Nam June Paik Retrospective (1992: Seoul, South Korea), circa 1992

General note

Identification for this exhibition material provided by John Hanhardt.

10 13

Niche in TV (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan), circa 1993-1994

10 14

The Worlds of Nam June Paik (2000: Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY), circa 2000, 2 Folders

10 15-16

Transmission at Rockefeller Center (2002: New York, NY), 2002 and undated, 2 Folders

10 17 OV53 5

Miscellaneous Exhibition Records, 1995 and undated

10 18

Miscellaneous Exhibition/Installation Plans and Renderings, 1993-2002 and undated, 2 Folders

10 19 OV53 6

Series 6: Notes and Writings, circa 1960-2000, 2.1 Linear feet

Found in this series are notebooks and notes, lists, video logs, performance scores, and partial and complete typescripts and manuscripts of published and unpublished articles, both original and vintage photocopies. While the bulk of the writings are by Nam June Paik, there are some writings by other authors. A more complete description is provided at the subseries level.

Arrangement note

This series is arranged into four subseries:

  1. 6.1: Notes and Notebooks, circa 1960-2000
  2. 6.2: Performance Scores, circa 1960-1970
  3. 6.3: Writings by Nam June Paik, circa 1960-2000
  4. 6.4: Writings by Others, circa 1960-1995

Subseries 6.1: Notebooks and Notes, circa 1960-2000

Among the Notebooks and Notes there are folders that consist of a mixture of originals and photocopies of typescripts, manuscripts, performance scores, correspondence and press clippings that may have been gathered together by Paik as source materials for an unrealized writing project. To preserve a possible relationship, the items in these folders remain in the original order with Paik's folder titles.

Scrapbook materials have been removed from binders and housed in archival folders. The original order has been maintained.

Among the notes are handwritten, typed and clipped excerpts from various sources, ranging from Marcus Aurelius to Kepler to Freud.

Box Folder

"11/28 Edit" Notebook, undated

11 1

"Case Study - Chinese Capsule" (Two notebooks), 1977 and undated

11 2

"Global Groove" Notebook, circa 1973?

11 3

"Video Girls and Video Songs in Navajo Sky" Titled Notebook, undated

11 4

Japanese Notebook, undated

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Broken binding with some detached sheets.

11 5

Miscellaneous Notebooks and Writing Tablets, undated, 6 Folders

11 6-11

Notepads [Norman Ballard's?], undated

12 1

"Archaeology" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 2

"Fluxus Diplomacy" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 3

[Unidentified title, two Asian characters] [folder from brown binder], undated

12 4

"Think Tank" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 5

"Loyalty and Stupidly" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 6

"Empress, Queens, Concubines" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 7

"Revenge" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 8

"God in China" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 9

[Unidentified title, two Asian characters] [folder from brown binder], undated

12 10

"China with Ad-Lib" [folder from brown binder], undated

12 11

[Unidentified Asian title] [folder from brown binder], undated

12 12

Miscellaneous Notes and Typescripts [from brown binder], 1989 and undated

12 13

[Source Materials for Unidentified Writing Project?], 1962 - 1973 and undated, 6 Folders

12 14-15

Quotes from various sources [handwritten or typed], undated, 4 Folders

12 16-19

Quotes from various sources (typed), undated, 2 Folders

13 1-2

Videotape Inventories and Related Lists, undated, 2 Folders

13 3-4

Video Log [unidentified video], undated

13 5

Video Log: Allan 'n' Allen's Complaint, circa 1982

13 6

The Television Show "Script", undated

13 7

Handwritten and Typed Notes [performance scores and notes?], undated

13 8

Handwritten Notes and Lists - General, undated, 4 Folders

13 9-12

Notes, Illustrated, undated

13 13

Notes and Lists, Asian Language, undated

13 14

Subseries 6.2: Performance Scores, circa 1960-1970

This subseries consists of Paik's performance scores, also known as event scores, instructions for actions that constitute a performance. Although small in scope, these works, which consist of typed and handwritten sheets, include titled scores such as Omnibus Music No. 1, Symphonie No. 5, and Moving Theater No. 3.

Arrangement note

Single title multi-page works are arranged chronologically followed by files of miscellaneous, undated, scores and a single score in Japanese.

Box Folder

Omnibus Music No. 1, 1961

13 15

Symphonie No. 5, circa 1965, vintage copy on thermo fax paper (and modern copy on permanent bond paper)

13 16

Moving Theater No. 3, undated

folder 1 includes handwritten score for Moving Theater No. 3

13 17

Miscellaneous Performance Scores and Notes, circa 1960-1979, 3 Foldersvintage photocopies

Processing Information note

These items seemed to have been copied and placed together, perhaps for an unidentified writing project. To retain original context, therfore, these items have been kept in the same folders.

13 18-20

Untitled Performance Score in Japanese, undated

13 21

Subseries 6.3: Writings by Nam June Paik, circa 1960-2000

Included in this subseries are Nam June Paik's writings on technology, lasers, cybernetics, art history and philosophy. The writings reflect the artist's interests in new developments in technology, as well as current events. There are extensive writings on the potential of television, including texts addressed to the Public Broadcasting System and opinion pieces for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Whenever possible manuscripts are identified and arranged by title, but most of the manuscripts and typescripts in the series do not appear to have been published and do not have a specific title listed.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box Folder

Avant Garde on Trial, undated

14 1

Beuys Vox, undated, 2 Folders

14 2 OV54 1

Culture Communication-Vanity or Greta Garbo's Eyes, 1995

14 3

Electronic Opera, 1967

14 4

Expanded Education for the Paperless Society, 1968

14 5

Expanded Education for the Paperless Society - Duplicate Copies, 1968, 2 Folders

14 6-7

Expanded Education for the Paperless Society (published in Magazine of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK: no. 6, 1968), 1968, printed material (journal) includes published article.

14 8

First World War/Oil Embargo Typescript and Manuscript Drafts, circa 1979?, 2 Folders

14 9-10

The First Oil War (1941-1945) - First Draft, circa 1979?, 2 Folders

14 11-12

The First Oil War (1941-1945) - Second Draft, 1979 and undated

14 13

The First Oil War (1941-1945)- Copies of Unidentified Drafts, circa 1979?

14 14

Future Program - Electronic Television, ca. 1965

This may be first draft for Projects for Electronic Television, ca. 1965.

14 15

Global Groove and Video Common Market, 1970-1973

14 16

How to Keep Experimental Video on PBS Programming, 1979

14 17

How to Make Oil Obsolete, 1980

14 18

A Music History, undated

14 19

No. 1 in No. 2 (Francis Lee), undated

14 20

Postmusic: The Monthly Review of the University for Avant-garde Hinduism Fluxus a. publication--an essay for the new ontology of music, 1963

14 21

Rendez-Vous Celeste, 1984-1988

14 22

2 x Mini-Giants, 1991

14 23

Untitled (China Writings), undated, 2 Folders

OV54 2 14 24

Paik's Miscellaneous Articles, 1963 - 1983 and undated

14 25

Paik's Unidentified Manuscripts (French and German), undated

14 26

Paik's Unidentified Typescripts, undated

14 27

Paik's Manuscript Fragments/Notes, undated, 2 Folders

14 28 OV54 3

Paik's Typescripts and Writing Fragments, 1966-1967, 1992 and undated, 3 Folders

15 1-3

Analytical Conversations with Beuys, 1982 or 1992

15 4

Green Revolution, Ecology, and Arts, undated

15 5

Miscellaneous Japanese language Manuscripts and Fragments, undated

15 6

Miscellaneous Korean language Manuscripts, 1991 and undated

15 7

Rockefeller Foundation Proposals and excerpts from the foundation's published annual reports, circa 1973

15 8

Paik's Unidentified Proposals, undated

15 9

Subseries 6.4: Writings by Others, circa 1960-1995

This subseries consists of typed manuscripts and photocopies of writings by friends of the artist and others, that were presumably of interest to the artist. Included is a chronology by Wolf Vostell and Tomas Schmit; a photocopy of John Cage's 36 Acostics re and not re Duchamp (1970) and a text by Dick Higgins titled Three Things.

Box Folder

Caspari [Arthus C.]. The Interview, circa 1977

15 10

Cage, John. 36 Acostics re and not re Duchamp, 1970

15 11

Flynt, Henry. Philosophical Aspects of Walking Through Walls, 1973

15 12

Gronemeyer, Grisela. Amerikanische Celliistin Charlotte Moorman, 1992

15 13

Higgins, Dick. Three Things and [Daragur], 1965-1968

15 14

Miller, Stephen Paul and Mary Stutton. Stephen Paul Miller's Sunnyside [typescript], undated

15 15

Roe, Jae-Ryung. Interpretation of the Video Installation, "The More the Better: Application of Formalist and Sociological Approaches", 1991

15 16

Stern, Gerd. Experimental Television and the Universities: The National Center for Experiments in Television Project, an Evaluation and Recommendations for the Rockefeller Foundation [typescript, 19 pages], 1974

15 17

Tenny, James. Computer Music Experiences, 1961-1964 [typescript, 34 pages], circa 1964

15 18

[Ultra Violet] The Last Supper: Preliminary Shooting Script [script, 4 pages], circa 1972

15 19

VanDerBeek, Stan. "Culture Intercom" and Expanded Cinema: A Proposal and Manifesto [pamphlet, 4 pages], 1965

15 20

Vostell, Wolf and Tomas Schmit. Was in Europa Passierte..., 1964, original on brittle paper, vintage copies and preservation copies.

15 21

Wheeler, Jim (Ampex Corporation). Brief Recommendations for Proper Care and Handling of Videotape, 1981

15 22

Yalkut, Jud. Evolution of the New York Avant Garde Festival [typescript, 4 pages], undated

15 23

Unidentified Author, writing on Nam June Paik [transcript, 21 pages], undated

15 24

Various Authors. Miscellaneous Papers and Abstracts, 1968 - 1977 and undated

15 25

Various Authors. Grant and Fellowship Applications, circa 1967-1974

15 26

Series 7: Sketchbooks and Sketches, 1974-1979 and undated, 0.1 Linear feet

Found in this series are the artist's sketchbooks, primarily notebooks that were used for quick sketches and notes. There are also loose sheets (originals and photocopies) with sketches and diagrams, not all of which are by Paik. Included, for example are works by a W. Fri (signature illegible) and photocopies of Beryl Korot's videotape notations.

Arrangement note

Items in this series are arranged by format.

Box Folder

Graph Paper Notebook with Ink Sketches and Collages, undated

16 1

Sketchbook Pads with Sketches, undated, 2 Folders

16 2 OV54 4

Loose Drawings and Sketches - Pencil and Ink, undated

16 3

Loose Sketches [Color Reproductions], undated

16 4

Loose Sketches [Photocopies and Ink?], undated

16 5

Diagrams, undated, 2 FoldersIncludes works by Paik and others, including sketches on napkins, diagrams, original ink drawings, faxes and other forms of reproduction. Some materials oversized. Includes photocopies of Beryl Korot's videotape notation Dachau 74 and her textile weaving.

16 6 OV54 5

24 Hour Clock by W. Fri[..?], 1974

16 7

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1940s - 2001, 0.9 Linear feet

These visual documents include black and white and color photographic prints, Polaroids, slides, contact sheets, color transparencies, and negatives. There are copy prints showing Paik as a small child and with his family (dating from the 1940s) and Paik as a young man (1950s). The bulk of the images date from the 1960s through the 1990s and document Nam June Paik, his works, and installations of his art in galleries and museums. Of particular note in the works of art folder is a photograph of Robot K-456 taken by Peter Moore, which seems to be the image used for the flyer advertising Nam June Paik's exhibition at the New School for Social Research in 1965.

Arrangement note

This series is arranged by subject matter and format.

Box Folder Box Folder

Photographs of Nam June Paik, circa 1940s - 2001, 4 Folders

16 8-10 OV55 1

Photographs of Nam June Paik with Others, circa 1960 - 2000, 2 Folders

16 11-12

Photographs of Nam June Paik's studio[?], undated

16 13

Photographs of Nam June Paik - In Performance and With Installations, circa 1967 - 1982, 2 Folders

16 14-15

Photographs of Nam June Paik, unidentified gallery exhibition [photographs by Manfred Leve], circa 1960s

16 16

Photographs of Nam June Paik, Documenta [1968: Kassel, Germany], 1968

16 17

Photographs from A Tribute to John Cage, circa 1973

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Stills and press release photographs

16 18

Photographs, Paik exhibition, Foto Stedeijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1977

16 19

Photographs, Paik exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, 1982

16 20

Photographs, Paik exhibition, V-Matrix, Chicago International Art Expo, 1983

16 21

Photographs, Paik installation, The More, The Better, 1988

16 22

Photographs, Paik exhibition, Il Novecento di Nam June Paik (1992: Rome, Palazzo delle Exposizioni)`, 1992

16 23

Photographs, Miscellaneous Paik Works, circa 1962-1989

Includes vintage print by Peter Moore of robot used in the Nam June Paik exhibition/performance at the New School for Social Research, New York, 1965.

16 24

Photographs, Miscellaneous Paik Installations, 1976 - 1989 and undated

16 25

Video Screenshots, undated, 3 Folders

17 1-3

Contact Sheets - Paik Performances, Installations, and Works of Art, circa 1963-1993

17 4

Photographs, Other People [most unidentified], 1961 and undated

17 5

Photographs, Unidentified subjects, circa 1960 - 2000, 2 Folders

17 6 OV57 1

Slides, undated

17 7

Negatives, undated

17 8

Color Transparencies (Paik Video Screenshots), undated

17 9

Miscellaneous Transparencies, undated

17 10

Series 9: Artifacts and Ephemera, circa 1960-2000, 0.5 Linear feet

This series consists of ephemera and artifacts, including calendars, cards and postcards, maps, menus, sheet music and stamps, some of which may have served as source materials for the artist's works. Also included are cards and postcards for various Nam June Paik exhibitions and videos.

Box Folder

Calendar, AT&T Children Around the World, 1992

OV55 2

Calendar, Nam June Paik Videotime Video Space, 1992-1993

18 1

Cards and Postcards for Nam June Paik Exhibitions and Videos, circa 1978 - 2000

18 2

Cards and Postcards, French, undated

18 3

Cards and Postcards, Japanese Robot Cards, undated

18 4

Cards and Postcards, Miscellaneous, 1987, 1992 and undated

18 5

Maps (United States and regional), 1969 and dated

18 6

Menus and Paper Placemats, undated

18 7

Sheet Music & Related Music Ephemera, undated, 3 Folders

18 8-9 OV55 3

Stamps (postage) from Tri-colour Video Exhibition at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1982 and undated, 2 Folders

18 10 OV55 4

Travel Brochures, 1977 - 1978 and undated

18 11

Miscellaneous Asian and Egyptian Prints and Booklet, undated

18 12

Miscellaneous Ephemera, undated

18 13

Miscellaneous Brochures and Pamphlets, 1967 - 2004

18 14

Series 10: Printed Materials, circa 1832-2004 (bulk 1960-2000), 10 Linear feet

This series includes Fluxus and small artist publications; exhibition, film and program announcements, invitations and pamphlets, flyers and playbills. It also includes brochures and reports; press releases and voluminous clippings. More detailed descriptive information can be found under each subseries.

Arrangement note

This series is arranged into five subseries:

  1. 10.1: Fluxus and Small Publications
  2. 10.2: Announcements, Booklets, Flyers
  3. 10.3: Miscellaneous Brochures, Reports, Directories
  4. 10.4: Press Releases
  5. 10.5: Clippings

Subseries 10.1: Fluxus and Small Publications, 1961-1997

Box Folder

Visiting card designed by George Maciunas, circa 1963 -1965

Contains Nam June Paik name card and Fluxus mailing list card.

19 1

Cards for ONCE Festival, 1965

19 2

Fluxus and Random Access/Paper TV Ephemera, undated

19 3

Fluxus Scrolls, circa 1961-1963

Consists of three (3) scrolls; Fluxus Review (1963), Emmett Williams, An Opera, and unidentified.

OV56 1

Paik Fluxus Performance Index Cards?, undated

19 4

An Anthology (ed. by Lamonte Young with layout by George Maciunas), 1963

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Incomplete edition; most pages missing.

19 5

Décoll|age, Fluxus Review and an issue of the Something Else Newsletter, 1962-1967, 2 Folders

Contains fragments of Fluxus Review, loose sheets of Décoll|age and an issue of The Something Else Newsletter.

19 6 OV57 2

Issues of CCVTRE, VDRSVPVDRSVP, and Expanded Arts, 1964-1969, 2 Folders

OV57 3-4

FluxFest Kit 2, circa 1970

19 7

Fluxus Newspaper, No. 9; John, Yoko, and Flux [misnumbered no. 8], 1970

19 8

Small Artists Publications, 1962-1997, 2 Folders

Arrangement note

  1. Tuli Kupferberg: The Christine Keeler Colouring Book and Cautionary Tale (New York, NY: Birthpress, 1963).
  2. Stanley Brouwn: Brouwntoys 4000 AD (artist book, self published) ca. 1964
  3. John Cage / David Tudor (Sogetsu Contemporary Series 17), 1962 (booklet)
  4. Gerhard Ruhm. Lehrfatze uber das Weltall. Germany, Berlin: Verlag Volker Magdalinski, 1965.
  5. Constance de Jong. The Complete Works of Constance de Jong: Book 1 (New York, TVRT, 1975.
  6. Gunter Demnig. Transatlantic Flaschenpost, 1983.
  7. Jonas Mekas. Zefiro Torna, or, Scenes from the life of George Maciunas (Fluxus), New York, NY: Arthouse Books, 1997.
  8. Robert Fillou, Max Imdahl & Ernesto de Sousa (in memorium), Germany, Koln: Internationales Kunstler Gremium, 1989.
19 9-10

Cartoon Drawings by Tuli Kupferberg, undated

OV55 5

Subseries 10.2: Announcements, Booklets, Flyers, circa 1964 - 2004

This subseries consists announcements and programs for exhibitions, festivals, performances, public television programming, as well as institutional brochures, such as calendars or bulletins that include information about exhibitions or programs. The bulk of the items in this subseries reference exhibitions, performances, video works, installations, that feature Paik (either as a solo exhibition/performer or as a featured artist/performer in a group exhibition or event). They also include program announcements for performances and screenings of Paik’s single channel videos on public television and at repertory theaters such as Anthology Film Archive.

Examples of items found in this series include the announcement for Robot Opera; announcements for Paik’s single channel videos Merce by Merce, Suite 212, and Tribute to John Cage on WNET (New York PBS station channel 13); and flyers for several New York Avant Garde Festivals (from 1964-1968) by Charlotte Moorman. Performance announcements include those for 1960s performances with Charlotte Moorman, including one flyer for Opera Sextronique. There is also a post-card size announcement for Paik and Joseph Beuys’s 1978 tribute to Fluxus founder, In Memoriam George Maciunas and, of note, an unopened box of video cards for Piano duet by Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik in Memoriam George Maciunas, produced by Watarai Gallery, Tokyo, 1981.

There are also announcements, booklets, flyers and programs for exhibitions, performances and installations by numerous others artists, including Shigeko Kubota, Joseph Beuys, Robert Filliou, and Yoko Ono.

Arrangement note

Folders for events, exhibitions, installations or performances are arranged in chronological order. Those featuring Nam June Paik appear first, followed by other artist's solo or group exhibitions, programs, festivals and performances.

Box Folder

Nam June Paik: Robot Opera, 1964

19 11

Second Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, 1964

19 12

New School Presents Nam June Paik: Cybernetics, Art and Music (1965: New School of Social Research, New York, NY), 1965

19 13

Electronic Art (1965: Galerie Bonino, New York, NY), 1965

19 14

Nam June Paik: Electronic Video Recorder (Cafe au Go Go, New York, NY), 1965

19 15

New Cinema Festival 1, Film-Makers Cinematheque, 1965

19 16

Third Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, 1965-1966

19 17

Fourth and Fifth Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, 1966-1967

19 18

Opera Sextronique, 1967

19 19

"World First Video-Tape Monthly Magazine by Nam June Paik", 1967

19 20

Sixth and Eighth Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, 1968-1970

19 21

Electronic Art II (1968: Galeria Bonino, New York, NY), 1968

19 22

Electronic Arts III: Paik Abe Video Synthesizer with Charlotte Moorman (1971: Galeria Bonino, New York, NY) and Electronic Arts IV (Bonino, 1975), 1971-1975

19 23

Nam June Paik Single Channel Videos - WNET - TV Lab (announcement and envelopes), circa 1975-1980, 3 Folders

20 1-3

Nam June Paik, Werke 1946-1976, Musik, Fluxus, Video, 1976

20 4

Nam June Paik - Camera 3 (CBS TV), 1976

20 5

Nam June Paik - Single Channel Video Works - Artists Video Tapes - Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc., 1976 and undated

20 6

Jail to Jungle (1977: Carnegie Hall, New York), 1977

20 7

In Memoriam George Maciunas - Klavier Duett - Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik, 1978, 2 Folders

In addition to the postcard memoriam announcement, there is also a unopened boxed set of video cards for Piano duet by Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik in Memoriam George Maciunas, Watari Gallery, Tokyo, 1981.

20 8 OV56 2

Tricolor Video of Nam June Paik (1982: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), 1982

20 9

The Color of Time (1984: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA), 1984

20 10

Nam June Paik (1990: Galerie Beauborg, Paris), 1990

20 11

Nam June Paik - Solo Exhibitions, 1973 - 2000 and undated, 2 Folders

20 12-13

Nam June Paik - Group Exhibitions, 1968-1996

20 14

Nam June Paik - Group Performances/Video Screenings, 1964 -1986 and undated, 3 Folders

20 15-17

Nam June Paik - Group Exhibitions -Taejon Exposition 1993, 2 Folders

21 1-2

Video Releases - Nam June Paik and Others, circa 1980s?

21 3

Advertisement Brochure (for Paik for Absolut and Swatch), 1996 and undated

21 4

Other Artists - Shigeko Kubota - Solo and Group Exhibitions, 1972-1982

21 5

Other Artists - Solo Exhibitions, circa 1960 - 2000, 2 Folders

21 6-7

Other Artists - Robert Filliou - Solo Exhibition - Postcards from "Ample Food for Stupid Thought", circa 1965?

21 8

Other Artists - Group Exhibitions, 2 Folders

21 11-12

Other Artists - Dance Programs, 1966 - 1994 and undated

22 1

Other Artists - Film Video Festivals and Catalogs, 1966 - 1997 and undated

22 2

Other Artists - Music Performances, circa 1962 - 1994

22 3

Other Artists - Performances, Installations, and Events, circa 1960 - 2000

22 4

Other Artists - Miscellaneous Announcements and Conference Programs, 1966-1995

22 5

Oversized Nam June Paik Announcements and Booklets, 1976 - 1978

Includes oversize announcements for Nam June Paik single channel video "You Can't Lick Stamps in China" and WNET/René Block/Bonino triangular joint announcement for Paik exhibitions and single channel videos.

OV57 5

Oversized Poster - Beuys Vox, circa 1986, Poster mounted on Foam-Core.

OV57 6

Oversized Posters and Flyers for Nam June Paik and Others, 1965-1998

OV57 7

Subseries 10.3: Miscellaneous Brochures, Reports and Directories, circa 1964 - 2004

Box Folder

Museum and Art Related Brochures, 1968 - 2004 and updated

22 6

Educational Institutions and Programs Brochures, 1964-1989

22 7

Experiments in Art and Technology, Los Angeles, 1970

22 8

Video Directories and Catalogs, 1967 - 1977 and undated, 2 Folders

22 9 OV66

New York State Council on the Arts - Annual Report, 1971-1972

23 1

New York State Council on the Arts - Funding Report, 1980-1981

23 2

The WGBH Music Image Workshop; Report of Activities (June 1972-June 1974), 1974

23 3

WGBH and WNET Program Guides and Brochures, 1971 - 1990

23 4

Subseries 10.4: Press Releases, 1975-1993

Box Folder

WNET Press Releases for Paik Single Channel Videos, 1976 - 1979

23 5

RCA Press Releases, 1979

23 6

Miscellaneous Press Releases, 1975 - 1993 and undated

23 7

Subseries 10.5: Clippings, circa 1871 - 2001 (bulk 1963-2001)

The subseries includes clippings from newspapers, books and magazines that pertain to Nam June Paik and his career. Included are published reviews of solo and group exhibitions in which he was a participant. There are also clippings that appear to have been compiled by the artist as possible source materials for his writings or artistic creations.

In addition, there are clippings about the arts in general (visual arts, media arts, music, film and literature); clippings on current and historic world news events, and articles related to technology, computers and television, and other specific topics. Much like newspaper clippings, magazine clippings can be broken down into similar subject areas, but there are also clippings from various sources including fashion magazines such as Vogue (both French and American) that may have served as visual source materials for the artist.

There are also a number of clippings that were sleeved in loose scrapbook pages and these have been retained in their original order to retain context. The sleeved scrapbook materials include newspaper and magazine clippings; as well as exhibition and performance announcements and fliers, and a typescript performance score.

Clippings about Paik and Charlotte Moorman from two German language newspapers are particularly fragile with large tears. There is also a scrapbook (made from a wire bound sketchbook) that contains clippings from Asian language newspapers from the early 1980s.

Unfortunately there were two folders of magazine and newspaper clippings that were too damaged to photocopy. They consisted of pages from Variety, February 26, 1975 (pages 21-22, 29-30, 35-36, and 43-44), the New York Times, March 2, 1975, Section 2, and Westside News, 1967 (Vol. XIII, no. 30).

Arrangement note

The voluminous files of clippings are generally arranged by subject and then sorted by date, language or publication title. Folders for events, installations or performances featuring Nam June Paik appear first. These are followed by folders of clippings featuring other artists or the arts in general (including dance recitals, concerts, and film festivals) not (apparently) featuring Paik; and then by general news and or topic such as articles on science, television and technology and images of women. Clippings that may have served as source materials for Nam June Paik (including folders of cartoons and nineteenth century color plates) are arranged at the end of the subseries.

In addition to the loose clippings found in this series, entire newspapers or sections of newspapers can be found in Series 14 of this collection.

Box Folder

Nam June Paik Reviews - Whitney Museum of American Art booklet, 1982-1983, 2 Folders

These booklets of photocopied reviews were presumably compiled in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition of the artist's work in 1982/83.

23 8-9

Nam June Paik Reviews - Casino Knokke, Belgium, 1992

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Vintage photocopies.

23 10

Nam June Paik Reviews -Donaueschinger Musiktage, 1993-1994, Collated reprints of articles.

23 11

Nam June Paik Reviews - Assorted, 1965-2000, 8 Folders

24 1-3 OV58 1-5

Nam June Paik Reviews (Asian Language), 1959-2002, 5 Folders

24 4-6 OV58 6-7

Scrapbook with Asian Language Clippings, 1983-1984

24 7

Nam June Paik Reviews (French), circa 1968 - 1994, 2 Folders

24 8-9

Nam June Paik Reviews (German), circa 1959 - 2001, 2 Folders

Although it doesn't specifically reference Paik, included in this folder is a German newspaper clipping that includes a photograph of Joseph Beuys, signed by Beuys.

24 10 OV58 8

Obituaries - Other Artists, 1978-1986, 2 Folders

25 1 OV59 1

General Arts - Ralph Ginzburg Erotica Case, 1966

25 2

General Arts - Newspaper Clippings (Vostell and Warhol), 1964, 1967

OV59 2

General Arts - Newspaper Clippings (oversize), 1964-2001

OV59 3

General Arts - Magazine Clippings, 1963 - 1996 and undated

25 3

General News - Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1961-1996 and undated, 3 Folders

25 4 OV59 4-5

General Arts and News (German), 1966, 1968

OV59 6

Clippings by Topic - Science and Technology, 1966 - 1987 and undated

25 5

Clippings by Topic - Images of Women, ca. 1960-1991

OV59 7

Clippings by Topic - Television and Technology, 1960-1996 and undated, 2 Folders

25 6 OV59 8

Clippings (French), 1895-1941

OV61 1

Studio and Scrapbook Clippings, 1960-1992, The full page clippings from New York Times (Feb. 11, 1990, pages 37-38) were found tacked on Paik's Soho Studio wall. Also found in the studio was a scrapbook, comprised mostly of clippings, but also brochures, announcements, correspondences and photographs. These scrapbook items were kept together to retain any possible context.

OV60 1-2

Cartoons, 1969 - 1971 and undated, 2 Folders

25 7 OV61 2

Loose Color Plates from late 19th/early 20th Century French Journals, undated

25 8

Series 11: Books, 1839-2003, 17 Linear feet

This series contains nearly 400 paperback and hardbound books and exhibition catalogs. These publications reflect the artist's interest in art, film, media and technology, music, philosophy and religion, science and mathematics, and history. There are also books on travel and tourism, on health (diabetes and nutrition books), and a few reference publications (including dictionaries and quotation books). Most of the books are in English, but there are also books in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Thai. The earliest book in the collection is a Picture History Portfolio from 1923.

Also found in this series are library call slips, presumably from Nam June Paik, requesting books from the New York Public Library and the Rockefeller Foundation library; book publisher catalogs and advertisements; and book jackets for which corresponding books could not be found in Paik's library. In addition, there are a few photocopied articles and chapters from books and journals, such as Harper's Weekly and Scientific American, and reprints of articles concerning the arts, literature, science and technology.

Oversized materials are housed in box 64.

A complete detailed list of all books in the collection is available in a separate spreadsheet.


Library Call Slips


Publisher catalogs and advertisements, undated


Book Jackets, 1980 - 1984 and undated


Reprints and Excerpts, 1839-1991 (bulk 1960-1991)

Box Folder Box Folder

A Book of Curves (photogcopy), 1961, 2 Folders

25 13 OV66 1

Comparative Anatomy (PL LXI - LXVIII) - Book Section, undated

25 14

An Elementary Treatise on Curve Tracing (photocopy, chapter excerpt), undated

25 15

Verlag Kalendar Publications (photocopy), 1963-1969

25 16

Unidentified Asian Language Publication Excerpts (photocopies), undated, 2 Folders

25 17-18

Skulptur Projects in Munster, 1987

OV66 2

Harper's Weekly and Scientific American, circa 1890s - 1930s, 2 Folders

OV66 3-4

Reprints - Arts and Literature, 1964

25 19

Reprints - Science and Technology, 1964 - 1967, 1991

25 20

Reprints - R.S. Khare, Concept of Time

25 21

Assorted Book and Magazine Excerpts, 1910-1996, 2 Folders

OV66 9 25 9

Series 12: Magazines and Newsletters, ca. 1900-2000, 6 Linear feet

This series includes journals, magazines, periodicals and newsletters, many of which reference Nam June Paik and his work. Art, film and photography journals found in the collection, include: Art and Artists, Art in America, Artforum, Art News, Domus, DQ (Design Quarterly), Flash Art, Afterimage, American Film, The Animator, AV Communication Review, Cahiers du Cinema, Cantrills Filmnotes, Cinema Now, Fotoptica, Image, Image Roche, Mediagram, Popular Photography, Video, Video Publisher, Video Review, Video Salon, Videography, Vision News and The Vision.

Current event and popular culture magazines in the holdings include: Atlantic Monthly, Cosmopolitan, Economist, Esquire, Home Economics, Life, McCall's, McClure's, Newsweek, New York, Time, Toy and Hobby World, TV Guide and Variety.

Foreign journals found in the collection include: Ameryka, Art: Art Post, Artery, Artists and Galleries (Korea), Art: Das Kunstmagazine, Bijutsu Techno, Der Spiegel, Kultur Spiegel, Le Haut-Parleur, Leikhusmal, Le Samaine, L'Express, L'Illustration, Paris Match, Ongaku Geijutsu, Paris Match, PELSCH, Sesamstrasse, Sonderdruck aus Licht, Sputnik and Stern Magazin.

Science and technology journals include: Biomedical Communications, Consumer Reports, Radical Software, Radio-Electronics, Radio Television Pratique, Popular Electronics, Popular Mechanics, Radical Software, Radio-Electronics, Radio Television Pratique, Recording Engineer/Producer, Science News, Scientific American, Sounds Magazine, Television Laboratory at WNET/13.

Newsletters include: E.A.T. news, ETV Newsletter (the biweekly news report of educational and instructional television); ICI (Independent Curators Incorporated), and RF Illustrated (Rockefeller Foundation Newsletter).

A complete detailed list of all magazine and newsletter holdings from the collection is available in a separate spreadsheet.

Arrangement note

Materials are arranged first alphabetically by title, then chronologically.


Magazines, A to B Titles


Magazines, C to K Titles


Magazines, L Titles


Magzines, M to Q Titles


Magazines, R to S Titles


Magazines, T to Z Titles and Newsletters, A to Z Titles


Series 13: Product Manuals, Trade Catalogs and Directories, ca. 1970-2000, 4 Linear feet

Found in this series are technical manuals, product sheets, product catalogs, price sheets, warranties, and other related print materials.

Arrangement note

Materials are arranged by name of manufacturer/product.


Product Manuals, A to L Titles


Product Manuals, M to Z Titles


Trade Catalogs


Telephone Directories

Seven telephone directories. New York Verizon telephone directories for Chelsea, Greenwich Village & Vicinity; for Harlem; Morningside Heights, and Manhattan (2003/2004); the Manhattan Yellows Pages (Consumer and Business Edition, Ambassador Publishing, 2003), and the NYNEX White Pages (1994) and Business to Business Directory (April 1994-March 1995) for the New York Metropolitan Area.


Series 14: Newspapers, 1867-2008, 9.5 Linear feet

Found in the collection are bound and unbound issues of assorted current and historic newspapers. Some issues are complete; some are section excerpts only. Among the newspapers: Feuilleton (Sept. 6, 1968, containing Von Marion Rotharmel's article: "Nam June Paik - ein Mann mit Phantasie"); and issues of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Dec. 1976); International Herald Tribune (Sept. 10, 1976), Miami Herald (Dec. 3, 1989); New York Beat (Dec. 3, 1983); New York Daily News (Nov. 19, 2002); New York Post (August 10, 1988 and June 3, 2008); New York Times (scattered issues from 1933, 1938, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1995, and 2000); Village Voice (scattered issues from 2002 and 2004), Wall Street Journal (March 17, 1997) and the Washington Times (Dec. 8, 1983).

A complete detailed list of newspaper titles found in the collection is available as a separate spreadsheet.

Separated Materials note

Oversized bound issues of the New York (Daily) Tribune (scattered issues dating from July through December 1867 and July through December 1870) and oversized unbound issues of the Korean newspaper Joong-ang Daily (scattered issues dating from November 1994 to March 1995) are housed off-site with other Paik Archive Objects.

Box Folder

Newspaper Sections, assorted, 5 Folders

OV62 1-5

Newspapers, A to N Titles, 1969-2008, 8 Folders

OV63 1-8

Newspapers - New York Times, 1975-1978, 1995-2004, 8 Folders

OV64 1-8

Newspapers, O to Z Titles and Foreign Press, 14 Folders

OV65 1-14