- Majority of material found in 1950-2009, undated
Scope and Content Note
13 cubic feet (6 large flat boxes (23 x 31.5 x 3”), 2 large flat boxes (18 x 24 x 3”), 2 large flat boxes (19.5 x 25 x 2.5”), 1 large flat box (23 x 29 x 1.5”), 1 map case drawer and 6 framed prints)
Language of Materials
Six of the prints have been framed and are on display, eight in Alexander Library and one in the Library Annex.
An overview of series and the boxes in which they are to be found follows:
Abstractions (Box 1)
Drawings (Box 2)
Early Works (Box 6)
Foreign Vistas (Box 3)
Imaginary Cities and Town Scenes (Box 4)
Southwestern (Box 6)
Venice (Box 5)
Uncategorized (Box 6)
Collage Plates and Woodblocks (Box 7-12)
Each drawing, print or painting has been given an individual Rutgers identification number. With the general exception of framed, displayed artwork, numbers were written in pencil on the upper right hand corner of the verso, or the nearest clear surface that would not interfere with the artwork, carving or any notations. The identifiers indicate location, folder and item. Works that are on display, collage plates and woodblocks carry only an item number. Examples and explanations of these identifying numbers follows:
Ross 1/2 - 4
This work is in Box 1, Folder 2, with the unique item number 4.
Ross D1 - 7e
This work is an oversized work located in a Drawer, Folder 1, with the unique item number 7e.
This is a collage plate. Plate numbers are listed on the label of each box.
Pieces that were matted on acidic paper were removed from the mat to stop further deterioration of the paper. If possible without damaging the paper, the corrosive tape used to attach the piece to the mat was also removed. Where necessary, repairs were made to torn sheets. Any repairs have been noted in the item descriptions. Many of the works have tape, tape damage, or pinholes from earlier mountings. Unframed prints have been placed in acid free or acid free mildew-resistant microchamber folders. Prints are further separated by acid free tissue.
Artworks used a variety of papers, with most collagraphs printed on heavy cream-colored paper and many woodcuts on Japanese paper. The paper used is noted in each item description.
Measurements are of the frame size, unless otherwise noted, and are height x width in centimeters.
- Guide to the John Ross Collection
- Edited Full Draft
- Elizabeth M. Phillips and Michael Joseph
- February 2016
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.
- March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS
- September 2009: revised coding to add encoding analogs to some elements per the EAD report card