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About the Collection

Yellow and black mail art depicting different symbols and labels in six different rectangles..
Mail art with red, green, and blue stamps; writing; and illustrations.

The Oberlin College Mail Art Collection includes two archives: the Reid Wood "State of Being" Mail Art Archive and the Harley "Terra Candella" Mail Art Archive. 

Together they contain over 20,000 pieces by over 1,800 artists from 70 countries created over a period of 45 years. Of the 1,800+ artists included in our collection, 300 artist files are processed and available for viewing by individuals or classes. The Mail Art Imagebase contains images for about 60% of the artists.

The Oberlin collection reflects the unexpected, eccentric nature of the Mail Art Movement – focused on turning ordinary mail into art – and their inventive use of materials and methods of communication. Mail artists have mailed dried squid, shoes, industrial tomato cans, license plates, and foam bricks, often adorned with rubber stamps, stickers, metal, confetti, foil, and their unique "artistamps” (non-government stamps produced by artists).

In addition to personal letters, prints, collage, and textiles, communication includes elaborate parodies of real-world organizations and people, like the International Council of Independent States a "United Nations" for imaginary mail art countries (a.k.a The Fifth World). 


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Colorful mail art.Mail art depicting a half-man, half-animal hybrid with yellow swirls in the background and a red circle overhead.
Mail art with various abstract features and type saying Crack! Crack!

Learn more about our Mail Artists

Remembering Harley: Oberlin Review obituary of Harley

Harley: the Portfolio: Online portfolio of Harley's work and works available for sale

An interview with Reid Wood and his State of Being Mail Art Archive conducted by Barbara Prior, Clarence Ward Art Librarian, edited by Josh Blankfield (OC '18)

Dogfish (aka Robert Rudine), of Tui Tui, speaking the Tui Tui language translated by his wife, Janet Yoder at the opening of the Museum of Artists Stamps

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Altemus, Reed
Altschul, Darlene
Anderson, Michael
Araya, Maria Esther Marcela Ruiz
Arnold, Anna
Arte Correo y Poesia
Ashbaugh, John
Baccelli, Vittorio
Balbat, Made
Banana, Anna
Baptiste Chirot, Dave
Barbot Family
Barbot, Claudine
Barbot, Fernand
Barbot, Gerard
Baroni, Vittore
Barth, Ramona
Bates, Keith
Bauwens, Ria
Beilman, Patrick
Bellini, Lancillotto
Bennett, C. Mehrl
Bennett, C. Mehrl & John M.
Bennett, John M.
Bericat, Pedro
Berry, Carolyn
Bertola, Carla
Bidner, Michael
Biron, Lionel A.
Blaine, Julien
Bleus, Guy
Bloch, Mark
Bogdanovic, Nenad
Bondioli, Guido
Boschi, Anna
Bowsa, Keith
Boyle, Mick
Brandao, Antonio Cesar
Braumueller, Hans
Broi, Gianni
Brown, Jean
Bruscky, Paulo
Buckwheat Tornado
Burch, Charlton
Busta, William
Butler, Russell
Byrd, Greg
Caldera, Leslie
Camu, Carl
Capatti, Bruno
Caraballo, Jorge
Carrion, Ulises
Cassidy, Tom
Catriel, Luis
Cavellini, Guglielmo Achille
Charistos-Ansari
Cheek, Alex
Chew, Carl T.
Chiarlone, Bruno
Chiaromonte, John
Cleveland, Buster
Cohen, Joel
Cohen, Ryosuke
Cole, David
Cook, Geoffrey
Corfu, Michel
Corroto, Mark
Crowcroft, Ron
Crozier, Robin
Daligand, Daniel
de Boever, Jan
De Groot, Jenny
de Jonge, Ko
Deisler, Guillermo
del Rio, Claudia
Dellafiora, David
Dencker Klaus, Peter
Dickie, Reid
Diotallevi, Marcello
Dittborn, Eugenio
Drake, Luigi Bob
Dreva, Jerry
Dudek Durer, Andrzej
Duquette, Mike
Dussuel, Daniela Lewin
Eckmeyer, Martin Raul
Edwards, J.
Edwards, Jesse
Ehrenberg, Felipe
Elder, Gene Wesley
Espinosa, Cesar
Evans, Donald
Evans, John
Everaers, Johan
Fallico, Arturo
Felter, James Warren
Ferguson, Sirq
Ferri, Gio
Fierens, Luc
Fine, A M
Fish, Pat
Fluxus
Fluxus Indian Museum
Focardi, Franco Piri
Fornari, C.L.
Fox, Michael
Framelius, Kimmo
Francis, Harley
Francois, Charles
Franklin Furnace
Franzen, Piet
Fricker, H. R. (Hans-Ruedi)
Fricker, H. R. (Hans-Ruedi); Held, John, 1947-; Maggi, Ruggero
Fricker, H.R. (Hans-Reudi)
Frisch, Francois
Furnival, John
Gaglione, Bill
Gagnon, Jean-Claude
Gahlinger-Beaune, Rosemary
Gajewski, Henryk
Galantai, Gyorgy
Garcia Delgado, Fernando
Garcia, Daniel Horacio
Garnica, Jorge
Gemin, Mario Daniel
Gini, Gino
Glas, Martin
Glaw, Joh. W.
Gobbo, Dino
Gögös, Ferenc
Goulart, Claudio
Greenfield, Mark
Groh, Klaus
Hacker, Karl-Friedrich
Hagan-Bloch, Julie
Hamann, Volker
Hambleton, Richard
Hamilton, I. G.
Handa, Mayumi
Harris, Dorothy
Hedges, Linda
Held, John, 1947-
Helms, Scott
Hendricks, Geoff
Hess, Hans-Jurgen
Higgins, Dick
Higgins, Edward F., III
Hill, Crag
Hirsch, Miriam
Hoffberg, Judith
Horobin, Pete
Hosszu, Michel
Hubaut, Joel
Hunter, David
Huttinger, Peter
Inter-Dada 80
Jackson, Leavenworth
Jacob, John
Janssen, Ruud
Jesgarz, Paula
Johns, Dominique
Johnson, Dale
Johnson, Ray
Jupitter-Larsen, Gerald Xe
Juri, Gik
Kamperelic, Dobrica
Kato, Kowa
Kaufmann, Peter
Kennet, Bjorne
Kierspel, Jurgen
Kiraly, Iosif
Kitselman, Alice
Klaffki, Josef
Kolo, Slawomir
Kosice, Gyula
Kover, Jonas
Kruusamae, Ilmar
Kustermann, Peter
Lara, Mario
Larter, Pat
Laszlo, Jean-Noel
Leigh, Michael
Leigh, Michael and Hazel Jones
Lenoir, Pascal
Lipman, Joel
Löbach-HinWeiser, Bernd
Luigetti, Serse
Lukats, Maria
Lumb, Michael
Maggi, Ruggero
Malcolm, Patricia L.
Marlowe, Willie
Marx, Graciela Gutierrez
Marx, Graciela Guttirrez and Edgardo Antonio Vigo
Massa, Jacques
Mauderli, Alfredo
Meade, Richard
Medio Oficio
Mew, Tommy
Meyer, Peter R
Mittendorf, Angela and Henning
Mittendorf, Henning
Moore, Barbara and Peter
Morandi, Emilio
Muñoz, Patricia
Nakamura, Keiichi
Nero, Eddie
Nielsen, Mogens Otto
Nikonova, Rea & Serge Segay
Nyman, Kjell
Ogaz, Damaso
Okwabi, Ayah
Olbrich, Jürgen O.
Oliveira, José
Ore, Tim
Orta, Jorge
P-Orridge, Genesis
Paci, Fausto
Padin, Clemente
Partum, Andrzej
Pawson, Mark
Pelati, Linda
Penard, Remy
Perneczky, Geza
Pescador, Pedro
Peshke, Janice
Pessin, Marc
Petasz, Pawel
Philpot, Clive
Pilcher, Barry Edgar
Plunkett, Edward M.
Polkinhorn, Harry
Pollacci, Bruno
Porcel, Otilia
Porter, Bern
Prior, Barbara
Pyros, John
Rainbow Banner Peace Project
Random, Steve
Rastorfer, Jean-Marc
Rebsch, Debby
Redwood, Dawn
Rehfeldt, Ruth And Robert
Richey, Forrest A.
Robic, Jean-François
Rocola, Robert
Romeo, Claudio
Rose, Mark
Rosenberg, Marilyn
Rudine, Robert
Rupocinski, Robert
Rutovsky, Paul
Rypson, Piotr
Salmonson, Jessica Amanda
Sassu, Antonio
Schulz, Friedhelm
Sedlák, Josef
Segay, Serge
Seifried, E
Seifried, E.
Shimamoto, Shozo
Simon, Baudhuin
Simonson
Sládek, Ivan
Smith, Joel
Somtaro, Susanna
Sousa, Pere
Souza, Al
Spaces Gallery (1981 Exibition)
Spence, Pete
Spiegelman, Lon
Spoerri, Daniel
Stafford, David-Lawrence
Stagnaro, Umberto
Stake, Chuck
Stangroom, Jonathan
Stanley, Charles
Starbuck, Honoria
Stetser, Carol
Stirneman, M. Vänçi
Strada, Giovanni
Stüssi, Marcel
Summers, Craig W.
Summers, Paul
Summers, Rod
Supek, Jaroslav
Szombathy, Bálint
Sztuka Fabryka
Takeishi-Tateno, Kazuyoshi
Tammam, Laurent Nicholas
Tavenner, Patricia
Thompson, Daniel
Thompson, Michael
Tisma, Andrej
Todorovic, Miroljub
Tostada, Johnny
Tregnaghi, Antonio
Trott, Lothor
Tuur, Reiu
Ulrichs, Timm
van Geluwe, Johan
van Maele, Francis
Varney, Edwin
Vega, Ricardo
Vermeulen, Guido
Vigo, Edgardo Antonio
Watts, Robert
Weigelt, Achim
Welch, Chuck
Whorrall, Bill
Wilson, Jokie K.
Wilson, May
Wood, Reid
Young, DeWitt
Young, Karl