Estera Milman Collection on Contemporary Art

MsC 815

Bulk Dates: 1980 -- 2000
33 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries


Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Scope and Contents: Primarily ATCA administrative files containing a vast amount of information on the sources of the ATCA collections and detailed records regarding grants won by and exhibitions curated by ATCA staff prior to 2000.

Related Materials: See the web page for Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Art.

Acquisition and Processing Information: Administrative files for the ATCA project, founded by Estera Milman in 1982, absorbed by the Libraries on her departure from the University in 2000.


Photos:  boxes 8 and 9

Audio:  box 8

Elec. Computer disks: box 8


Box 1:

Misc. Correspondence and Administrative Docs.

Copies of publications related to Fluxus

Milman publications related to ATCA

Material related to the Dada Archive

Misc. correspondence between Milman and various institutions and individuals

Artists’ correspondence

ATCA loan agreements and related correspondence

Loewenburg correspondence

Mailing lists

ATCA letters of support and solicitations

ATCA rhetoric and related material

ATCA catalogue system

ATCA acquisitions committee

Equipment requests 1989-1990

ATCA publicity

Charles Henry Hill docs.

Libraries Newsletter-ATCA Issue

 Museum of Temporary Art docs.

ATCA gifts

ATCA gifts: A guide to gifts

Library gifts

ATCA gifts summer 1993

ATCA gifts summer 1991-1992

ATCA gifts 1987

Notes 1994-1995

Inventory of ATCA little magazines

Picard missing works

Bibliography for OZ books

E.F. Higgins III documents



Box 2:

Ken Friedman Gift Lists and Correspondence

Gift lists and appraisals 1988-1999

Friedman correspondence 1980-1999

Misc. Friedman correspondence

Friedman collection

Friedman fellowship

Friedman works and photos of works

Publications by and about Friedman

Friedman flyers

Friedman resume


Box 3:

Misc. Docs. Related to ATCA Events


“The Mid-America College Art Conference,” “The Second Intermedia Festival,” and “The Artist and Television”: All three events were held Oct. 20-23, 1982, in Iowa City by the School of Art and Art History.


“Dada: the Art of Anti-art”: Exhibited Feb. 1983, at California State University.  One folder includes checklist and misc. correspondence.  Stephen C. Foster and Estera Milman contributed.


“The Book Project”: Exhibition and conference planned for 1984-1985.  Project Coordinator Estera Milman.

“Fluxus: A Workshop Series”: Held Nov, 1984-May, 1985 in Iowa City.  Directed by Stephen C. Foster and Coordinated by Estera Milman.



Kleinschmidt Project: a study of the Kleinschmidt collection, also known as Artistic Convergence in the Avant-Garde, 1910-1959. 



“Portrait of the Western Avant-garde Book Project”: Stephen Foster, Directer and Estera Milman, Program Coordinator.



“Lunapark”: Interactive teleconference between Amsterdam and Iowa City.  Coordinated by Estera Milman.


Landmark Arts Project



“Fluxus and Friends”: Exhibited Jan. 23-March 13, 1988, at the University of Iowa Art Museum.  Curated by Estera Milman. 

“The Avant-garde and the Text”: Opened at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, 1988. Co-Curated by Estera Milman, Traveled to various locations including the University of Iowa Museum, Nov. 12-Jan. 8, 1989.


Box 4:

----. “The Avant-garde and the Text”.

“Media Consortium”: Held in 1988. Directed by Estera Milman and Kathy Rae Huffman.


“The World According to Dada”:  Opened June 4, 1988 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.  Curated by Stephen C. Foster.  A conference on the exhibition was held at the Taipei in July 1987.


Box 5:

“Art Networks and Information Systems Planning Conference” (also under “Contemporary Consortium”): Held April 13-15, 1989, at the University of Iowa.  Folders include misc. correspondence and schedules.


“Fluxus Closing In”: Exhibited Oct. 6-Nov. 3, 1990 at Salvatore Ala.  One folder includes checklist and slides of the show.


“Program for Modern Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference”: Held Oct. 6-7, 1990 at the University of Iowa.


“Metamorphoses of the Avant-garde Artist and Author, 1908-1939: Social Roles and Cultural Consequences”: Held Sept. 27-29, 1990, at the University of Puget Sound.  Organized by Stephen C. Foster, Estera Milman, Rainer Rumold, and Kent Hooper.

“Program for Modern Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference”: Held Nov. 2-3, 1991 at the University of Iowa.

“Fluxus: The Making of an Avant-garde Community”: Exhibited fall 1991, [at the Franklin Furnace?].  Curated by Estera Milman.

“Ten Years on Broadway: Fluxus 1982-1992”: Exhibited [1992?] at the Emily Harvey Gallery.  One folder includes checklists and misc. correspondence.


Box 6:

“Fluxus: A Conceptual Country:” Exhibited March 27-May 23, 1993, at the University of Iowa Museum.  Also traveled to several other locations.  Folders include misc. info. On show, check lists from various collections, misc. correspondence with various institutions, lists of articles and reviews, and responses to the show.

“In and Around Fluxus” Film Festival: Shown Feb. 19-21, 1993, at the Institute for Cinema and Culture, Communications Study Building.  Folders include list of the films and various correspondence.


“In the Spirit of Fluxus”: Exhibited Feb. 14-June 6, 1993 at the Walker Art Center.  Also traveled to several other locations.  One folder includes several descriptions of the show.

“Program for Modern Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference”: Held April 16-17, 1994 at the University of Iowa.

Box 7:

----. "Program for Modern Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference."

Misc. Docs.

Letterism Photo Documents

Artists’ Files

Copies of Manuscripts by Various Authors

Interview with Alison Knowles


Box 8:

Floppy Disks, Audio Tapes, Photos

Misc. photos and slides

Floppy disks of various manuscripts

Audio tapes of Art Networks and Information Systems conference


Box 9:

Slides and Photos of Shows

5 binders containing slides and photos of various shows and artists


Box 10:

ATCA Administrative Documents

ATCA inventory lists

Artifacts of the Eternal Network

Artists Poster Committee’s Collection

Artists Television Network

Artwords and Bookworks

Artwords and Bookworks show catalogs

Brown, Jean Collection

CAYC Listing of artists’ works

CIAO (Conceptual and Intermedia Arts Project)

Cleveland, Buster

Conceptual Country

Conz, Francesco


Courtney, R. K.


Box 11:

Display/Flat file inventory

Durland, Steven

Fine, A. M.

Fluxus Checklists

Fluxus West

Friedman, Ken

Gaglione, Bill

Hogan Appraisal of Friedman 1993 donation


Box 12:

Hutchins, Alice

Images from South Africa Show

Knowles, Alison

Lopes, Jose

McElroy Papers

Miscellaneous Files

Mitinet and Dbase Meetings

Nevai and Pyramid Show

Networker Databank Congress

NYCS Weekly Breeder

Perkins, Steven

Something Else Press

Truck, Fred

Vostel, Wolf

Welch, Chuck

Zagreb Folios



Box 1:

Records for CIAO - a grant-funded consortium of several institutions including Iowa -- that worked to develop cataloging standards for conceptual art materials similar to those that compose the bulk of the ATCA collections.

Box 2:

Documentation for the Artists Television Network collection and the Artists Television Project during the time these were administered by the ATCA program.