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Visual Arts Network Inc. Records (MS-693)

Identifier: MS-693

Content Description

The collection consists of general (paper) files and audiovisual materials.

The general files include articles of incorporation, by-laws, minutes, reports, membership lists, financial information, correspondence, newsletters, grant application files, workshops and programming files, group travel files, and files about a reunion of Living Arts Center participants. A listing of the electronic files present in the collection is also included in this section, both electronically and as a paper printout. The general files date between 1983 and 1997, with the bulk being from 1988 to 1995.

The audiovisual materials consist of 14 U-matic videocassette recordings of "Visual Arts Network News" from 1990 to 1996. The program was broadcast on DATV (public broadcast television).


  • Creation: 1983 - 1997
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1988 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

There are no donor-imposed restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Magnetic media: Due to preservation concerns, original audio and video materials cannot be played in the reading room. Patrons may have access to digitized reference copies. Items without existing reference copies can be digitized at the patron’s request for the cost of creating a digital copy. Please contact us at least two (2) weeks in advance if you would like to request an audio or video reference copy.

Electronic records: Access to electronic records (indicated by an e-number, e.g., ms693_e0001) in this collection is restricted until they are fully processed. Requests for unprocessed electronic records can be submitted for consideration by contacting us at least two (2) weeks in advance. Archives staff reserve the right to restrict access to files with privacy or confidentiality concerns or to deny requests in which the review period is insufficient, given the volume of records requested and the desired access date. Access to original electronic media is restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Visual Arts Network (or "VAN") was a 501(c)3 non-profit organization started in the mid-1980s with purposes that included (per its articles of incorporation): to act as an advocate for visual arts organizations and visual artists in matters concerning visual arts needs, policy, and programs in the greater Dayton community; to promote visual arts and artists in the community and raise the level of appreciation through interaction with other visual arts and performing arts groups and the public media; and to create and fund projects that aid the visual arts and artists. Its governing board included no less than 15 and no more than 25 trustees simultaneously.

According to a letter from the VAN president Margaret Yoko to the Dayton City Commission in January 1990: "VAN...represents individual area artists as well as the membership of visual arts member organizations such as the Dayton Art Institute, Western Ohio Watercolor Society, Rosewood Art center, and Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, to name a few. We...[develop] meaningful programs to serve the artist and the community as a whole. We publish a quarterly newsletter with the news of all the visual arts events. We sponsor a monthly video program on Access TV that highlights the visual arts and individual area artists. We network with other arts organizations and universities to bring nationally known visual artists to the Dayton area for lectures and workshops." The group also planned and embarked on travel trips to other cities to visit art museums and exhibits as a group.

Some of the artists involved in this group, as demonstrated in this collection, include Bing Davis, Virginia Hess, David Smith, and Susan Zurcher.

The group seems to have dissolved about 1997.


3.1 linear feet (5 Hollinger boxes + 1 record center box)

1.44 Megabytes (ms693_e0001)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in two series, according to the order in which it was received:

  1. General Files
  2. Audiovisual Materials

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Electronic files require the use of appropriate computer hardware and software. File formats in this collection consist primarily of *.WPD files (word processing files created using Corel Word Perfect).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Visual Arts Network Records were donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by the Dayton Art Institute in March 2022.

Processing Information

The collection was already processed in archival boxes and folders upon receipt from Dayton Art Institute. This arrangement and housing was retained with minor adjustments, such as occasionally splitting one folder into two folders for reasons of preservation and/or content clarity.

To expedite description and access, some metal fasteners and newsprint remain within the folders.

Guide to the Visual Arts Network Inc. Records (MS-693)
Lisa Rickey
2022 April 12
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA