Collection ASM0227 - Ruth and Richard Shack papers

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Ruth and Richard Shack papers


  • 1948-2014 (Creation)


8 Boxes

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The Ruth Shack Papers archive the life of a remarkable woman who was elected to her first of three terms as a Dade County Commissioner in 1976. She had an unsuccessful campaign for Dade County Mayor which led to her taking over as the President of the Dade Community Foundation in 1984. She led the Dade Community Foundation with great distinction for 25 years until her retirement in 2009. As president she expanded the Foundation's finances exponentially and was able to positively affect the community of Miami Dade County. She received the Susan B. Anthony Award in 1975 and the Sojourner Truth Award in 1977, she has been recognized as the Citizen of the Year, honored with the Spirit of Excellence Award and countless other recognitions for her service. Known as the “Kissing Commissioner” for her affectionate demeanor, she was proud to sponsor the Human Rights Ordinance and admired by the Gay Community for her dedication to fighting discrimination.

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The collection is open for research.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Gift of Ruth Shack, 2013.

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Anita Bryant Books

1. Bryant, Anita. Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory. Old Tappan, N.J.: Revell, 1970.

2. Bryant, Anita. Amazing Grace, Old Tappan, N.J.: Revell, 1971.

3. Bryant, Anita. Fishers of Men, Old Tappan, N.J.: Revell, 1973.

4. Bryant, Anita & Green, Bob. Light My Candle, Old Tappan, N.J.: Revell, 1974.

5. Bryant Anita. Bless This Food: The Anita Bryant Family Cookbook, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975.

Ruth Shack: Donated Books and Art

6. Abrams, Michael and Rosemary Grillo. Michael Abrams New York, NY: THE Gallery, Three Zero, 1991.

7. Belichick, Meg. Wire Book. [sculpture] [no date]

8. “Members 3 Exhibition.” Loch Haven Art Center Exhibition, August 26, 1980 – September 14, 1980. Loch Haven Park, Orlando, 1980. [includes information on Eitharon Ummarid]

9. Management by Objectives (1999) by Robert [T?] [carved gun-shaped book housed in Museum of Contemporary Art box]

10. Lacy, Suzanne. Rape Is. Los Angeles, CA: Suzanne Lacy, 1976.

11. Michelson, Alan. The Conspiracy of Pontiac (Autobiography)Philadelphia, PA: Alan Michelson and Pyramid Atlantic, 1994.

12. Zimmermann, Philip. High Tension : Montage ’93 Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1993.

13. Hollo, Anselm. High Beam. Riverdale, MD: Anselm Hollo and Pyramid Atlantic, [1993?].

14. Borges, Jorge Luis and Rolando Estevez Jordan. Cristo en la Cruz y Otros Poemas Matanzas, Cuba: Ediciones Vigia, 1996.

15. Alatalo, Sally and Anne Wilson. Imperfect Sutures Chicago, IL: Sara Ranchouse Publishing, 1995.

16. Benaim, Ricardo. [17 cards of artwork and timeline biography (in Spanish) in red folded box] (with accompanying information about the artist)

17. Reiner, Karen. Forgeries. Chicago, IL: Sara Ranchouse Publishing, 1996. [18 loose postcards]

18. Holzer, Jenny. Laments New York, NY: Dia Art Foundation, 1989

19. Harman, Barbara. Some Mountains. Washington, D.C.: Pyramid Atlantic, 1988.

20. King, Susan E. Support Living Artists!  [series]. Santa Monica, CA: Paradise Press, [1989].

21. Downs, Buck, et al. Signature Series Number One: Washington DC [Riverdale, MD}: Pyramid Atlantic, 1987.

22. Gelfman, Lynne Golob. 17 Paintings with Details and Text New York, NY: Joyce Goldstein Gallery, 1997.

23. Kahn, Robin. Reveries of a Spinster. New York?]: Mis Dias Press, 1997

24. King, Susan E. Treading the Maze: An Artist’s Book of Daze  Rochester, NY:  Montage 93, International Film Festival, 1993.

25. Rosenberg, Barry. In the lineage of Eva Hesse :[exhibition] January 23-May 1, 1994. Ridgefield, CT: Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 1994.

26. Frazier, Ian and Saul Steinberg. Canal Street New York: Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1990.

27. Your Lovely Wedding Kit [box of items].

28. O’Doherty, Brian (Editor). Aspen 5+6 – The Minimalist Issues Fall – Winter 1967. New York, NY: Roaring Fork Press, 1967. [mixed media: film reel, printed works, sculpture, records]

29. Bontecou, Lee, Louise Bourgeois, et al. True Grit. March 9-6, 2000. New York, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Galler, 2000.

30. Nordstrom, Alison (Curator). Voyages (per)Formed: Photography and Travel in the Gilded Age [Daytona Beach, FL]: Daytona Beach Community College, 2000.

31. MacLise, Angus and Hetty (Editors). Dreamweapon. Aspen, number 9. New York, NY: Roaring Fork Press, 1970.

32. Presser, Elena. Red Sonata. [framed art]

33. Elena Presser: Transpositions: From the Goldberg Variations and Anna Magdalena Bach Notebooks January 15 – February 20, 1988. Philadelphia, PA: Goldie Paley Gallery Moore College of Art, 1988.

34. Warhol, Andy and David Dalton (Designers). Fab Issue Aspen, number 3. New York, NY: Roaring Fork Press, 1966.

35. Flore, Quentin. [Marshall McLuhan issue]. Aspen, number 1. New York, NY: Roaring Fork Press, 1967.

36. Kirk, Frank (designer). Aspen, number 2. New York, NY: Roaring Fork Press, 1966.

37. Johnson, Phyllis (Editor). Aspen, number 1. New York, NY: Roaring Fork Press, 1965.

38. Rubio, Lydia. Shack in a Box. [Florida]: Lydia Rubio, 1994.

39. Rhymer, Eve. Legendary, Lexical, Loquacious Love. Chicago: Sara Ranchouse Publishing, 1996.

40. Alatalo, Sally. A Rearranged Affair Chicago: Sara Ranchouse Publishing, 1996.

41. Baker, Bridget. World Healer/Traveller. [embroidery, photograph on pillow]. [Easter Cape, South Africa]: Bridget Baker, 1998. [includes description and artist’s CV]

42. Ranchouse, Sara. Sara Ranchouse Publishing Catalog 1998. [Chicago, IL]: Sara Ranchouse Publishing, 1998.

43. Schmitt, Tom. [3 Paintings] (no frame). Tom Schmitt: It Still Works, Paintings 1958 – 1971.

44. Colp, Norman B. A Primer on Art Criticism. [New York, NY]: Hand and Mind Books, 1983.

45. Tunga. Assalto. [Brasilia: Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, 2001].

46. Ambrosino, Genero, Susan Feliciano, and Chris Ingalls. A.K.A. Miami, FL: Ambrosino Gallery, 1998.

47. Jepetra. La Historia de las Historias.14 plates. Havana, Cuba: 1997.

48. Paulot, Bruno. If This Book has Nothing to do with Art  [no publisher place]: B. Paulot, [1980?].

49. Oldenburg, Claes. Claes Oldenburg: Sculptures and Lithographs at Gemini, 1988-91. Los Angeles, CA: Gemini G.E.L., 1991.

50. Nel, Luan. Paper: An Installation by Luan Nel at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet. Cape Town, South Africa: Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, [1997].

51. Kahn, Julie Lara. [Box of Artists Trading Cards]. [Aztec, NM: D. Bara, 2002].

52. Johnson, Philip, et al. Zelo: Florida Zealous Interviews. Vol. 2, Issue 2. Miami, FL, 1985.

53. Belichick, Meg. Miss Gowanus. [New York, NY]: M. Belichick, 1996.

54. Smith, Champe. Culture: Context Featuring the Artist Meg Belichick, Part I. [VHS]. Champe Smith, 2002.

55. Roper, Craig. Six Landscapes. [6 in box, including 1 external and larger format bundle] 1996. (Artist packet information, letter to R. Shack, and description of works included].

56. Puls, Lucy. Imperfectus, Rubra: (Funk and Wagnall, Incomplete, Red).1994. [2 pieces, with accompanying description of artist].

57.[Framed wall art: 2 separate images in singular frame].

58. Eitharong, Ummarid. [Framed art, pencil and alphabet]. Orlando, FL: [197-?].

59. [House made from library catalog cards and wooden toothpicks]

60. [39 cut portions of books] Is it: Anasazi, Maria. Untitled, 1997. “made from old books and book covers laid on the floor”

61. [Minnes?], Marie. [2 Framed sections of books with stitching covering text], 2000.

62. [3 wooden rings]. Amasazi, Maria. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 of 18. 1999.

63. [Tied bundle of materials]

64. Ferre, Christina [Nina]. 5 prints. 1993 – 1996. [includes accompanying CV]

65. Scroll of paper with ink text and drawings

66. William Cullen? 1999, 2 index cards with art and 1 postcard “no reference to baseball” on postcard”1 metal base? With tape edge on one side

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