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Samuel Adams Green papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 973

Scope and Contents

The Samuel Adams Green papers consist of correspondence, photographs, printed materials, audiocassette recordings, artwork, and other papers by or relating to curator, socialite, and celebrity assistant Samuel Adams Green. The bulk of the archive is organized into binders that document with correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other papers Green's relationships with notable figures including Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and many other artists and celebrities. The collection also includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other papers documenting Green's work as an art curator and preservationist, including the 1965 Andy Warhol retrospective he organized while director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Additional personal papers include journals, day planners, a guest book from Green's home in Cartagena, Colombia, correspondence, photographs, and clippings. Additional photographs include slides from Green's travels. Audiovisual materials include audiocassettes containing demo recordings from Yoko Ono and John Lennon, as well as answering machine recordings of Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton, and others.


  • 1943 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Box 42 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 43 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Samuel Adams Green Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Box 42 (audiovisual materials): Use of audio recordings is limited to the Beinecke Library Reading Room. Consult the appropriate curator for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2012.


Organized into five series: I. Binders, 1943-2009. II. Personal papers, 1960-2009. III. Photographs, 1970-1989. IV. Audiovisual materials, 1971-1993. V. Electonic media, undated.


27.69 Linear Feet ((42 boxes) + 1 broadside)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Samuel Adams Green

Samuel Adams Green (1940-2011) was an American art curator closely associated with the pop art movement, especially Andy Warhol, whose first retrospective was hosted by Green at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, in 1965. Green's active role in the art world ended by 1970, after which time he cultivated a career as a socialite, befriending and occasionally serving as an assistant to celebrities including Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Samuel Adams Green Papers
by Beinecke staff
June 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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