Mary Oppen Papers, 1913-1990 (MSS 0125)

Extent: 18 Linear feet (8 archives boxes, 16 flat boxes, 8 map case folders, and 14 art bin items)

Papers of Mary Oppen, writer, painter, and wife of poet George Oppen. The Mary Oppen Papers contain extensive photographic documentation of the Oppen family, along with artworks by George and Mary Oppen and a small file of papers. The artworks include wood carvings by George Oppen and paintings and collages by Mary. Included in the papers are drafts of Mary Oppen's autobiography Meaning A Life, journals (including a dream journal), and original writings by her and her husband.

The story of Mary Oppen's life is told in an autobiography entitled Meaning A Life. Born Mary Colby in Kalispell, Montana, Oppen was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She met George Oppen in 1928 while both were students at Oregon State University. Together they travelled extensively and finally took up residence in New York City. There they joined a circle of artists and writers, among whom were the poets Charles Reznikoff and Louis Zukofsky. During the 1930s the Oppens involved themselves in leftist political movements and joined the Communist Party U.S.A in 1935 after the seventh World Congress of the Communist Parties called for intellectuals to join in a united front against fascism and war. After the second World War, in which George Oppen was wounded while serving in the European theater, the Oppens were persecuted by the US government for their leftist activities during the depression. Rather than testify against friends and associates, the Oppens decided to flee to Mexico in 1950, where they found their way to Mexico City's United States emigre and refugee circle. In the late 1950s George Oppen began writing again after a 25 year hiatus and the Oppens soon relocated to New York City. In the later part of the 1960s, the Oppens took up residence in the San Francisco Bay area, which is where George's family was largely located. For a time, they summered at Deer Isle, Maine, where they entertained a number of east coast writers such as Ted Enslin, Rachel DuPlessis, and John Taggart. George Oppen died in 1984; Mary died six years later, on 14 May 1990. Both are survived by a daughter, Linda Oppen Morelatos.

Papers of Mary Oppen, writer, painter, and wife of poet George Oppen. The Mary Oppen Papers contain extensive photographic documentation of the Oppen family, along with artworks by George and Mary Oppen and a small file of papers. The artworks include wood carvings by George Oppen and paintings and collages by Mary. Included in the papers are drafts of Mary Oppen's autobiography Meaning A Life, journals (including a dream journal), and original writings by her and her husband.

Mary Oppen's papers have research value in that they reflect the life and career of her husband. However, Mary Oppen was an artist and a writer herself, though of a lesser distinction and fame than her spouse. In addition, she maintained a vital, animated role in the community of poets, painters, and activists. Notes on the collection made by Linda Oppen Mourelatos and Geoffrey Wexler are kept in a seperate acquisition folder.

Arranged in five series: 1) WRITINGS, 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, 3) CORRESPONDENCE, 4) ARTWORKS and 5) PHOTOGRAPHS.

Perhaps the most important series is the PHOTOGRAPHS. Several large family albums provide the record of a life shared, among writers and artists only now achieving recognition. The PHOTOGRAPHS series affords us glimpses into the world which George and Mary Oppen inhabited--one which was not officially recorded by the arbitrers of taste or by academics in a depoliticized postwar America.

Included at the end of the Artwork series are several wood carvings done by George Oppen.

Container List

WRITINGS

Prose

Box: 1 Folder: 1
Indices to the Poetry and Prose of Mary Oppen
Box: 1 Folder: 2
A-a-all Gone
Box: 1 Folder: 3
After a Conversation with George
Box: 1 Folder: 4
Andy's family
Box: 1 Folder: 5
At Home in the World
Box: 1 Folder: 6
Best of All
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Bond
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Chosen One [Maria]
Box: 1 Folder: 9
Counterpoint [Anne, Captain Frank, Josephine]
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Compulsion
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Daughter
Box: 1 Folder: 12
Deaths
Box: 1 Folder: 13
Declaration of Independence
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Depression
Box: 1 Folder: 15
Dilettante
Box: 1 Folder: 16
Does She Think She Is A Legend? [on Mary Oppen]
Box: 1 Folder: 17
Evolution
Box: 1 Folder: 18
Fame
Box: 1 Folder: 19
Frances [Margaret]
Box: 1 Folder: 20
Generations [Julian, Steve, Toby]
Box: 1 Folder: 21
Grandma Op as a Girl...
Box: 1 Folder: 22
Hana
Box: 1 Folder: 23
In dream sometimes...
Box: 1 Folder: 24
Islands
Box: 1 Folder: 25
Jill
Box: 1 Folder: 26
Jon
Box: 1 Folder: 27
Josephine [Captain Frank]
Box: 1 Folder: 28
Journal of trip to Israel, 1975 [Jerusalem Journal]
Box: 1 Folder: 29
Leni and George K.
Box: 1 Folder: 30
Libby
Box: 1 Folder: 31
Maine
Box: 1 Folder: 32
Mama
Box: 1 Folder: 33
Meaning [cont.][1978]
Box: 1 Folder: 34
Meeting with a Japanese Woman-Writer [1977]
Box: 1 Folder: 35
Naomi
Box: 1 Folder: 36
1930
Box: 1 Folder: 37
Our Very Own
Box: 1 Folder: 38
Overnight at Rosie's
Box: 1 Folder: 39
Paula
Box: 1 Folder: 40
Picasso's Women
Box: 1 Folder: 41
Possession
Box: 1 Folder: 42
Reporter
Box: 1 Folder: 43
San Francisco is my Mother
Box: 1 Folder: 44
Secure and powerful central government...
Box: 1 Folder: 45
Splurge
Box: 1 Folder: 46
Sucha
Box: 1 Folder: 47
Survivor [Daniel]
Box: 1 Folder: 48
Thanksgiving
Box: 1 Folder: 49
Venus of the Shell
Box: 1 Folder: 50
Walking with Charles Reznikoff
Box: 2 Folder: 1
Who is Lottie?
Box: 2 Folder: 2
Woman's Destiny
Box: 2 Folder: 3
Women
Box: 2 Folder: 4
On women
Box: 2 Folder: 5
On Robert Duncan and Oppenheimer
Box: 2 Folder: 6
Sketches: Pan and Andy (Paris, 1932); Paul, Mari
Box: 2 Folder: 7
David, Maria, Michael
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Unfinished sketches
Box: 2 Folder: 9
Notes
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Notes on reading
Box: 2 Folder: 11
Untitled prose piece
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Miscellaneous and unidentified prose

Poetry

Box: 2 Folder: 13
Dreams
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Infant (non-speaking)
Box: 2 Folder: 15
Letter from San Francisco, 1971
Box: 2 Folder: 16
Pearl
Box: 2 Folder: 17
Printed poems
Box: 2 Folder: 18
Poems for OCCIDENT
Box: 2 Folder: 19
Miscellaneous poetry
Box: 2 Folder: 20
Miscellaneous poetry
Box: 2 Folder: 21
Poems read May 12, 1979 ["Grand Piano Reading"]
Box: 2 Folder: 22
Poems read at Intersection, May 13, 1980
Box: 2 Folder: 23
Poetry worksheets
Box: 2 Folder: 24
Translations
Box: 2 Folder: 25
Translation worksheets and notes

Notebooks

Box: 3 Folder: 1
Memoirs, 1959 - 1960, 1981
Box: 3 Folder: 2
Notebook
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Notebook pages
Box: 3 Folder: 4
Journal [1979]
Box: 3 Folder: 5
Journal, 1982 - 1983
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Journal pages, 1988 - 1989
Box: 3 Folder: 7
Dreams, 1970 - 1970
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Dream journal, 1970 - 1970

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Documents concerning George Oppen

Box: 4 Folder: 1
George Oppen's passport
Box: 4 Folder: 2
Mary Oppen's passport
Box: 4 Folder: 3
George Oppen's birth certificate
Box: 4 Folder: 4
Materials concerning George Oppen - Awards
Box: 4 Folder: 5
Materials concerning George Oppen - Decree changing name
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Materials concerning George Oppen - Social security cards
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Materials concerning George Oppen - Draft registration certificate
Box: 4 Folder: 8
Materials concerning George Oppen - Non-commissioned Officers' School material
Box: 4 Folder: 9
Materials concerning George Oppen - US Army Separation Qualification Record
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Materials concerning George Oppen - Enlisted Record and Report of Separation

Honorable discharge

Box: 4 Folder: 11
Materials concerning George Oppen - Veteran affairs material
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Materials concerning George Oppen - Death certificate
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Materials concerning George Oppen - NEA Senior Fellowship announcement
Box: 4 Folder: 14
Materials concerning George Oppen - George Oppen on Libby [his sister]
Box: 4 Folder: 15
Materials concerning George Oppen - George Oppen, "A Narrative" [poem]

Academy of American Poets, reading program

Documents concerning George and Mary Oppen

Box: 4 Folder: 16
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - George and Mary Oppen: a chronology

By Rachel Blau Duplessis.

Box: 4 Folder: 17
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - Mary Oppen: death certificate
Box: 4 Folder: 18
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - Marriage license
Box: 4 Folder: 19
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - Address books
Box: 4 Folder: 20
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - Address books

1960s-1970s

Box: 4 Folder: 21
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - Address books

Mexico years through Brooklyn and San Francisco, 1950s-1960s.

Box: 4 Folder: 22
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - Mary Oppen: etching plate [0wl]
Box: 4 Folder: 23
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen - Obituary of Mary Oppen's mother

Alice Carey Conklin

Box: 4 Folder: 24
Materials concerning George and Mary Oppen -

"Materials taped to the wall, some by George Oppen, others by Mary Oppen," 1974-1982.

Writings by Others

Box: 4 Folder: 25
Writings by others - Chana Black, poems
Box: 4 Folder: 26
Writings by others - Jeff Peterson, writings
Box: 4 Folder: 27
Writings and paintings by others - Unidentified ms., "Warring Sentiments"
Box: 4 Folder: 28
Writings and paintings by others - Unidentified ms., [poems]
Box: 4 Folder: 29
Writings and paintings by others - Catalogues pertaining to painting and prints

Publications

Box: 4 Folder: 30
Publications - Mary Oppen: publication list
Box: 4 Folder: 31
Publications - Cover for "St. John" (photocopy of sketch)
Box: 4 Folder: 32
Publications - Mss. for MONTEMORA
Box: 4 Folder: 33
Publications - Mss. for PAIDEUMA
Box: 4 Folder: 34
Publications - Magazine page proofs
Box: 4 Folder: 35
Publications - MEANING A LIFE: publication notice in CHOICE magazine
Box: 4 Folder: 36
Publications - NATION issues, with poems by Mary Oppen
Box: 4 Folder: 37
Publications - "Conversation with George and Mary Oppen,"

In SATURDAY MORNING 3

Box: 4 Folder: 38
Publications - Jack Mathew, "Children of the Blacklist," LOS ANGELES TIMES

October 15, 1988; "Growing up blacklisted: a memoir by Crawford Kilian."

Texts about the Oppens

Box: 5 Folder: 1
Miscellaneous texts on the Oppens - George Oppen on Mary Oppen
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Miscellaneous texts on the Oppens - Janet Rodney on MEANING A LIFE
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Miscellaneous texts on the Oppens - Reviews of George and Mary Oppen's work

CORRESPONDENCE

Box: 5 Folder: 4
Baker, Tony, 1987 - 1987
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Berl, Christine, 1988 - 1988
Box: 5 Folder: 6
[Mary Oppen and J. H Prynne to] Blau-Duplessis, Rachel, 1984 - 1988
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Booth, Philip, 1979 - 1987
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Bronk, William, 1978 - 1988
Box: 5 Folder: 9
Corman, Cid, 1983 - 1987
Box: 5 Folder: 10
Cuddihy, Michael, to George Oppen with poems, 1983 - 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 11
Cuddihy, Michael, to George Oppen with poems, 1983 - 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 12
Dembo, Larry, 1983 - 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 13
DiManno, Yves, 1985 - 1985
Box: 5 Folder: 14
Enslin, Theodore
Box: 5 Folder: 15
Fauchereau, Serge, 1982 - 1984
Box: 5 Folder: 16
Finlay, Alec
Box: 5 Folder: 17
Gattey, Stephen, 1982 - 1982
Box: 5 Folder: 18
Gerber, Dan, 1987 - 1987
Box: 5 Folder: 19
Griffin, Jonathan, 1982 - 1989
Box: 5 Folder: 20
Guedella, Roger, 1984 - 1984
Box: 5 Folder: 21
Hatlen, Burt, 1989 - 1989
Box: 5 Folder: 22
Hindus, Milton, 1982 - 1982
Box: 5 Folder: 23
Hix, Harvey, to Linda Mourelatos, 1987 - 1987
Box: 5 Folder: 24
Jaffer, Frances, 1983 - 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 25
Laughlin, James, 1985 - 1985
Box: 5 Folder: 26
Longville, Tim, 1980 - 1980
Box: 5 Folder: 27
Martin, John [Black Sparrow Press]
Box: 5 Folder: 28
Middleton, Christopher, 1979 - 1979
Box: 5 Folder: 29
Mottram, Eric, 1979 - 1979
Box: 5 Folder: 30
Mourelatos, Alex, 1989
Box: 5 Folder: 31
[Mary Oppen to] Mourelatos, Linda, 1978 - 1984
Box: 5 Folder: 32
O'Gorman, Kathleen, to George Oppen , re. Charles Tomlinson, 1982 - 1982
Box: 5 Folder: 33
Oppen, George, Sr., to George Oppen, 1953 - 1953
Box: 5 Folder: 34
Oppenheimer, Elsie, to George Oppen, Sr., originals, with Mary's transcript, 1913 - 1913
Box: 5 Folder: 35
Oppenheimer, Elsie, to George Oppen, Sr., originals, with Mary's transcript, 1913
Box: 5 Folder: 36
Ozleworth, Charles, 1986 - 1986
Box: 5 Folder: 37
Royet-Journaud, Claude, 1988 - 1988
Box: 5 Folder: 38
Santos Henry, Mary
Box: 5 Folder: 39
Shapiro, Harvey, 1981 - 1981
Box: 5 Folder: 40
Syrkin, Marie, 1978 - 1978
Box: 5 Folder: 41
Taggart, John, 1978 - 1978

With mss.

Box: 5 Folder: 42
Taggart, John, 1978 - 1978
Box: 5 Folder: 43
Terrell, Carroll F. [PAIDEUMA], 1981 - 1981
Box: 5 Folder: 44
Tomlinson, Charles, 1990 - 1990
Box: 5 Folder: 45
Tomlinson, Charles, 1990 - 1990
Box: 5 Folder: 46
Weinberger, Eliot, 1981 - 1981
Box: 5 Folder: 47
Wellman, John, to George Oppen, 1982 - 1982
Box: 5 Folder: 48
Wilson, John
Box: 5 Folder: 49
Young, Dennis, 1987 - 1987
Box: 5 Folder: 50
Miscellaneous and unidentified correspondence

ARTWORK

Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) ARTWORK: Mary Oppen was a prolific artist, producing hundreds of sizeable paintings and collages and competent etchings and sketches. Her work conveniently divides itself among decades and their matching media: the oils of the 1950s, the etchings of the 1960s, the mixed-media collages of the 1970s, and the water-color collages of the 1980s. Several of her works have been exhibited.

Miscellaneous

Box: 5 Folder: 51
Catalogue of paintings loaned
Box: 5 Folder: 52
Artwork by Naomi Replanski, gift to Mary Oppen
Box: 6 Folder: 1
Thirteen small sketchbooks
Oversize: FB-087 Folder: 1
Miscellaneous - Charles Tomlinson, "Landscape with Bathers for George and Mary"

Collotype print, signed, 11" x 20"

Artwork of the 1920s-1940s

Box: 7 Folder: 1
Buildings and smokestacks, pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", circa 1920-1929
Oversize: FB-087 Folder: 2
Buildings, oil on particle board, 15" x 17", circa 1920-1929
Box: 7 Folder: 2
Canyon, gouache on wood, 9" x 12", circa 1920-1929
Oversize: FB-087 Folder: 3
Church and houses on hillside, oil on particle board, 18" x 24", undated
Oversize: FB-087 Folder: 4
Cityscape with train, watercolor on paper, 12" x 10", circa 1920-1929
Oversize: FB-087 Folder: 5
Cityscape, oil on particle board, 12" x 16", circa 1920-1939
Oversize: FB-087 Folder: 6
Clothesline on rooftop, watercolor on paper, 10.5" x 12", circa 1930-1939
Oversize: FB-087 Folder: 7
Flowers, gouache, signed, 7.5" x 10", undated
Box: 7 Folder: 3
Orient, pencil on paper, 8" x 9.5", circa 1920-1929
Box: 7 Folder: 4
Picket fence through doorway, oil on cardboard, signed, 4.5" x 6.5", circa 1920-1929
Box: 7 Folder: 5
Port scene, watercolor on paper, 9" x 11", circa 1930-1939
Box: 7 Folder: 6
Port scene, watercolor on paper, c. 1930s, 5" x 6" [heart shaped]
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Portrait of a woman, "Oppen copy of Louvre painting", circa 1920-2929

See Oppen library art books -- original is shown, oil on wood block, c. 1920s, 4.5" x 6"

Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 1
Rooftop and brick building, oil on heavy cardboard, 12" x 16", circa 1930-1939
Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 2
Sketch of face and upper body, charcoal on paper, 11.5" x 16", circa 1930-1939
Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 3
Sketch of face and upper body in repose, charcoal on paper, circa 1930-1939

11.5" x 16"

Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 4
Sketch of torso and legs, charcoal on paper, 11" x 16", circa 1930-1939
Box: 7 Folder: 8
Tree through window, gouache on cardboard, signed, 4.5" x 6.5", circa 1920-1929
Box: 7 Folder: 9
Trees, watercolor on paper, 7.5" x 11", circa 1920-1929

Artwork of the 1950s

Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 5
Bundled branches, ink on paper, 8.5" x 11", undated
Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 6
Butterfly-cloth covered folder

Contains 10 sketches of birds, watercolor on paper, and one head in profile, pencil on paper, c. 1950s, 11" x 14"

Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 7
Dog, charcoal on paper, 11" x 16.5", undated
Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 8
Flowers, acrylic on paper, 13" x 15.5", undated
Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 9
Flowers, collage and acrylic on paper, signed, undated

10" x 24"

Box: 7 Folder: 10
Flowers in teapot, acrylic on paper, signed, 10" x 13", circa 1950-1959
Box: 7 Folder: 11
Flowers in vase, oil on paper, signed, 6.5" x 10", circa 1950-1959
Oversize: MC-056-01
Flowers, oil on paper and canvas (assorted sizes), circa 1950-1959
Oversize: FB-090 Folder: 10
Flowers, oil on paper, circa 1950-1959

20" X 24"

Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 1-2
Human figure, reclining figure on reverse, ink on paper

c. 1950s, 13" x 20"

Oversize: MC-056-01
Landscape, oil on paper, signed, 22" x 30", 1953
Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 3
Paul Hoffman in the 1950s, double pencil sketches, on tissue and paper

c. 1950s, 19" x 24"

Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 4
Portrait of a woman, pencil on heavy cardboard, 12" x 18", undated
Box: 7 Folder: 12
Seven girls dancing in a circle, ink and pastel on tissue, undated

8" x 10"

Box: 7 Folder: 13
Seven girls dancing in a circle, ink and watercolor on paper, 5" x 8", undated
Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 5
Still life with fruits and vegetables, acrylic on paper, 19" x 24", circa 1950-1959
Box: 7 Folder: 14
Tree, stitching on burlap, undated

5" x 6.5"

Box: 7 Folder: 15
Trees and cliffs, watercolor on paper, 10" x 13", circa 1950-1959
Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 6
Trees, acrylic on paper, circa 1950-1959

19" x 24"

Oversize: MC-056-01
Trees, oil on paper, 20" x 26", circa 1950-1959
Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 7
Trees, oil on paper, signed, 20" x 24", circa 1953
Box: 7 Folder: 16
Trees, watercolor on paper, signed, 10" x 13", circa 1950-1959
Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 8
Unidentified subject, with painting on reverse, oil on paper

Signed, c. 1950s, 9" x 17"

Oversize: FB-092 Folder: 9
Woman with geometric background, acrylic on particle board

c. 1950s, 19.5" x 23.5"

Artwork of the 1960s-1970s

Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 1
Abstract landscape, watercolor and collage, circa 1970-1989

8" x 7"

Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 2
Abstract subject, colored etching, 9" x 12", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 3
Abstract subject, signed etching, 9" x 12", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 4
Abstract subject, signed etching, 4" x 5", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 5
Barn Owl, etching, 9" x 9", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 6
Biggest Frog, etching, signed artist's proof, 14" x 20", circa 1963
Box: 7 Folder: 17
Bird on branch (two etchings) and bird with glass (one), 2" x 2.5", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 18
Bird, etching, 2.5" x 2.5", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 19
Bird flapping wings, 2 etchings, 2" x 2", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 20
Four birds, etching, 2.5" x 2.5", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 7
Black fish, etching [two colors], 14" x 17", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 21
Bullrushes, pen and ink wash, 8" x 10", circa 1970-1979
Box: 7 Folder: 22
Cityscape, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 6" x 9", circa 1970-1979
Box: 7 Folder: 23
Cockroach, etching, signed artist's proof, 2.5" x 4.5", 1962
Box: 7 Folder: 24
Conch shell, ink and charcoal on paper, 5" x 7", circa 1970-1979
Oversize: MC-056-02
Cordillera, signed etching, 18" x 24" and 18 x 22", 1963
Box: 7 Folder: 25
Cottage, etching, 2.5" x 2.5", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 8
Forest, oil and collage, circa 1970-1979

24" x 20"

Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 9
Forest, watercolor and ink on paper, signed, 10.5" x 14.5", circa 1970-1979
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 10
Girl with bird, etching, signed artist's proof, 11.5" x 18", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 11
Greek Goat, etching, signed artist's proof, 12" x 17.5", circa 1960-1969

Includes photocopied clipping featuring the etching as used in James B. Hall's Us He Devours.

Box: 7 Folder: 26
Horse, etching, 3" x 4", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 27
Kitchen, ink on paper, 6" x 9", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 12
Landscape with cows, signed etching [2nd. proof], 9.5" x 18", 1961
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 13
Landscape with grasses, signed etching, 5" x 7.5", 1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 14
Landscape, etching, 9" x 7", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 15
Landscape, signed etching, 9" x 12", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-093 Folder: 16
Landscape, pencil and ink on orange construction paper, signed

c. 1960s, 5" x 7"

Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 1
Landscape, watercolor and pastel, 14.5" x 6.5", circa 1970-1979
Box: 7 Folder: 28
Landscape, watercolor, 12" x 9", circa 1970-1979
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 2
Landscape, watercolor, 14.5" x 10.5", circa 1970-1979
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 3
Landscape, watercolor, 23" x 16", circa 1970-1979
Box: 7 Folder: 29
Male figure reclining, signed etching, 3" x 5", 1961
Box: 7 Folder: 30
Marine creature and shell, ink on paper, 10" x 6", circa 1970-1979
Box: 7 Folder: 31
Mountainous landscape, signed etching, 4" x 5", 1969
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 4
Other House, signed etching, 14" x 17", 1964
Box: 7 Folder: 32
Owl, etching, 5" x 5", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 5
Owl, etching, 6" x 9", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: MC-056-02
Owl, signed etching, 9" x 12", 1962
Box: 7 Folder: 33
Owl, signed etching, 3" x 5" (two copies), circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 6
Owl, signed etching, 9" x 12", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 34
Owl, ink and paint, 5" x 6", circa 1970-1979
Box: 7 Folder: 35
Owl, pencil on paper, 3" x 5" [ 7 sketches on 7 sheets], circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 36
Owl, pencil on paper, 5.5" x 5.5", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 7
Pinniped, etching, 4" x 5", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 8
Plant, pencil on paper, 19" x 24", circa 1960-1979
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 9
Plants, etching, 9" x 11.5", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 10
Poppies, etching, signed artist's proof, 14" x 14", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: AB-002-D
Portrait of George Oppen, collage, circa 1976-1979

18" x 19.5"

Oversize: MC-056-02
Portrait of a woman, signed etching, 16" x 19", circa 1960-1969
Oversize: MC-056-02
Room, oil on paper, 22" x 30", circa 1960-1964
Oversize: MC-056-02
Room, with charcoal sketch of seated woman on reverse

Oil on cardboard, c. early 1960s, 20" x 30"

Box: 7 Folder: 37
Sand dollar, ink on paper, signed, 4" x 5"
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 11
Scorpion, etching, signed artist's proof, circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 38
Seeds Flowing, signed etching, 3" x 4", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 39
Seven girls dancing in a circle no. 1, etching, 6" x 7", circa 1960-1964
Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 12
Seven girls dancing in a circle no. 2, etching, 6" x 7", circa 1960-1964

2 prints, one brown ink & one black ink

Oversize: FB-095 Folder: 13
Tree, watercolor, 12.5" x 19", undated
Box: 7 Folder: 40
Trees, signed etching, 7" x 9.5", 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 41
Trees, etching with dark grey background, 7" x 9.5", circa 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 42
Trees, etching with light grey background, 7" x 9.5", circa 1969
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 1
Trees, watercolor and collage, signed, 13" x 10", circa 1960-1979
Box: 7 Folder: 43
Two birds, etching, 2.5" x 4.5", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 44
Two birds, etching with backing, 2.5" x 4.5", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 45
Two birds, rough pencil and wash, 7" x 10", circa 1960-1969
Box: 7 Folder: 46
Two chickens, etching, 4" x 11" [panel], circa 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 47
Two goats gamboling, etching, 1/25, 4" x 3.5", circa 1960-1964
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 2
Wasp, signed etching, 9" x 12", 1963
Box: 7 Folder: 48
Young Owl, etching, 3.5" x 4.5" [trapezoidal], circa 1960-1964

Artwork of the 1980s

Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 3
Abstract subject, watercolor, 11" x 14"
Box: 7 Folder: 49
Animal head, crayon cartoon, 8.5" x 11.5"
Box: 7 Folder: 50
Cityscape, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 6" x 4.5"
Oversize: MC-057-01
Coastal scene, collage and water color, 20" x 26", 1984
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 4
Coastal scene, watercolor and collage, signed, 15.25" x 8", 1983
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 5
Coastal scene, watercolor and collage, signed, 15" x 11", 1985
Box: 7 Folder: 51
Coastal scene, watercolor, 12" x 9"
Box: 7 Folder: 52
Coastal scene, watercolor, 8.5" x 5.5"
Box: 7 Folder: 53
Coastal scene, watercolor, signed, 8" x 3.5", 1983
Box: 7 Folder: 54
Flowers, 2 sketches, charcoal on paper, 4.5" x 4.5"
Oversize: MC-057-01
Flowers, collage and watercolor, signed, 22" x 28", 1985
Oversize: MC-057-01
Flowers, collage and watercolor, 22" x 28", circa 1980-1989
Oversize: MC-057-01
Flowers, collage and watercolor, 22" x 28" [unfinished], circa 1980-1989
Oversize: MC-057-02
Flowers, collage and watercolor, 24" x 32", circa 1980-1989
Oversize: MC-057-02
Flowers, collage and watercolor, signed, 1983-1985

24" x 30"

Oversize: MC-057-02
Flowers, collage and watercolor, signed, 20" x 26" (water fowl on reverse)
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 6
Flowers, ink on paper, signed, 11" x 14", 1986
Box: 7 Folder: 55
Flowers, pencil sketch, signed, 3" x 4"
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 7
Flowers, watercolor and collage, 14" x 15"
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 8
Flowers, watercolor and collage with dried flowers

11" x 15"

Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 9
Flowers, watercolor and collage with dried flowers

Signed, 1985, 16" x 20"

Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 10
Flowers, watercolor and collage, signed, 1983

With collaged still life on reverse, 18" x 24"

Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 11
Flowers, watercolor and collage, signed, 15" x 20, 1983
Box: 7 Folder: 56
Flowers, watercolor and ink on paper, 5.5" x 7", 1983
Box: 7 Folder: 57
Flowers, watercolor and ink on paper, signed, 6" x 9", 1983
Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 12
Flowers, watercolor and ink on paper, signed, circa 1980-1984

11.5" x 8.5"

Oversize: FB-096 Folder: 13
Flowers, watercolor and ink on paper, 9" x 12"
Box: 7 Folder: 58
Flowers, watercolor, 4" x 6"
Box: 7 Folder: 59
Flowers, watercolor, 4.5" x 6"
Box: 7 Folder: 60
Flowers, watercolor, 7.5" x 10"
Box: 8 Folder: 1
Flowers, watercolor, 9" x 12"
Box: 8 Folder: 2
Flowers, watercolor, signed, 6" x 9", 1983
Oversize: FB-097 Folder: 1
Four vases with flowers, watercolor and collage, 19" x 4"
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Human figure, ink wash, 12" x 9.5"
Oversize: MC-045-11
Landscape with train trestle, collage and water color

c. 1980s, 32" x 40"

Oversize: MC-058-01
Landscape, collage and water color, 22" x 28", circa 1980-1989
Oversize: MC-045-11
Landscape, collage and water color, 32" x 40", circa 1980-1989
Box: 8 Folder: 4
Landscape, ink and charcoal on paper, 5" x 8"
Box: 8 Folder: 5
Landscape, pencil sketch, 3" x 4"
Box: 8 Folder: 6
Landscape, watercolor, 12" x 6"
Box: 8 Folder: 7
Landscape, watercolor, Initialed, 2" x 8"
Oversize: FB-097 Folder: 2
Landscape, watercolor, signed, 11" x 5", 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 8
Landscape, watercolor, signed, 11" x 7.5", 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 9
My Birch Tree, ink on paper, signed, 6.5" x 7.5", 1986
Oversize: MC-058-01
Portrait of a woman, collage and watercolor with dried flowers

c. 1980s, 22" x 28"

Oversize: AB-002-C
Portrait of a woman, collage, 1983

14" x 19.5"

Oversize: FB-097 Folder: 3
Portrait of a woman, watercolor and collage, signed, 16" x 20", 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 10
Portrait of a woman, watercolor, signed, 9" x 12"
Oversize: FB-097 Folder: 4
Portrait of woman ("For Frances"), watercolor and ink on paper

Signed, 1982, 9" x 12"

Oversize: MC-045-11
Portrait of woman, collage and watercolor, 24" x 32", circa 1980-1989
Oversize: MC-058-01
Portrait of woman, collage on industrial cardboard, 23" x 30"
Box: 8 Folder: 11
Room with a view, paint and ink, 4.5" x 6"
Box: 8 Folder: 12
Room, watercolor and ink on paper, 6" x 5"
Oversize: MC-058-01
Seascape, collage and watercolor, 22" x 30", circa 1980-1989
Oversize: FB-097 Folder: 5
Sketch with branch, ink on paper, 11" x 14"
Box: 8 Folder: 13
Stencil with swan, ink on cut paper, 6" x 6", 1986
Oversize: FB-097 Folder: 6
Still life with bottle and mug, collage and watercolor, 19.5" x 10"
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 1
Still life with ocean in background, watercolor and collage

14" x 18"

Oversize: MC-058-02
Still life with scenic background, collage and watercolor

c. 1980s, 22" x 28"

Oversize: MC-058-02
Still life with scenic background, watercolor, 22" x 30"
Oversize: MC-058-02
Still life with vases, collage and water color, signed, 1985

22" x 28"

Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 2
Still life, watercolor and collage, signed, 20" x 16"
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 3
Still life, watercolor, 11" x 14"
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 4
Swan vase with flowers, ink sketch, 14" x 11"
Oversize: MC-058-02
Tree, collage and watercolor, signed, 20" x 80", 1983
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 5
Tree, ink on paper, signed, 6.5" x 7.5", 1986
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 6
Tree, watercolor on paper, 11" x 14" (flowers in vase on reverse)
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 7
Tree, watercolor and ink on paper, 11" x 14" (flowers on reverse)
Box: 8 Folder: 14
Trees, watercolor and ink on paper, signed, 9" x 6", 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 15
Trees, watercolor, 12" x 9"
Box: 8 Folder: 16
Trees with orange sky, watercolor, 6" x 4.5"
Oversize: MC-058-02
Two women, collage and watercolor, signed, 20" x 30", 1983
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 8
Vase with plant, watercolor, 11" x 14"
Oversize: FB-102 Folder: 9
Woman with dog, watercolor and collage on canvas board

20" x 24"

Sketchbooks and unfinished artwork

Oversize: FB-103 Folder: 1
Sketchbooks and unfinished artworks
Oversize: FB-104 Folder: 1
Unfinished artworks (cont.)

Framed art

Oversize: AB-006-C
Flowers, watercolor and collage with dried flowers, signed

n.d., 13" x 10"

Oversize: AB-006-C
Flowers, watercolor and collage with dried flowers, signed

1985, 13.5" x 10.5"

Oversize: AB-006-C
Flowers, watercolor and collage, signed, 11.5" x 15", undated

Woodcarvings by George Oppen

Oversize: AB-002-F
Bust of a woman
Oversize: AB-006-D
Couple, 13" x 16"
Oversize: AB-006-C
Death, 8" x 7"
Oversize: AB-006-D
Head, 12" x 17"
Oversize: AB-006-D
Industrial scene with workers, 18" x 22.5"
Oversize: AB-006-C
Landscape, preparatory sketch for carving, 20 " x 9.5"
Oversize: AB-002-F
Two figures beside tree, 22.5" x 27"

PHOTOGRAPHS

Albums

Oversize: FB-094 Folder: 1
Family Album, 1900 - 1943
Oversize: FB-105 Folder: 1
Family Album, 1946 - 1951
Oversize: FB-106 Folder: 1
Mexico Album, 1951 - 1953
Oversize: FB-107 Folder: 1
Mexico Album, 1952 - 1958
Oversize: FB-108 Folder: 1
Mexico Album, 1958

Miscellaneous Prints

Oversize: AB-008-F
George Oppen, San Francisco, 1977

Stephen Johnson, photographer, signed print, 10.5" x 13".

Oversize: AB-008-F
George and Mary Oppen, 1976 - 1976

Stephen Johnson, photographer, silver print, 12" x 10.25".

Oversize: MC-056-03
George and Mary Oppen with Charles Reznikoff, 1974

14.5" x 20.5"

Oversize: FB-109 Folder: 2
Photographs of furniture and wood relief carvings from Mexico
Oversize: FB-109 Folder: 1
Portrait of George Oppen with cigar