Personal Papers

Ruth Asawa’s personal papers are housed at Stanford University Libraries. For information regarding access, please email your request to

Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA

Online Archive of California Finding Aid



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Bell, Tiffany and Robert Storr. Ruth Asawa. New York, NY: David Zwirner Books, 2018.

Chase, Marilyn. Everything She Touched, The life of Ruth Asawa. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2020.

Cornell, Daniel, et al. The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air.  San Francisco, CA: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and University of California Press. 2006.

D’Souza,Aruna, Helen Molesworth and Tamara H. Schenkenberg. Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work  St. Louis, MO: Pulitzer Arts Foundation and New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Available Apr 9, 2019.

Harris, Mary Emma. The Arts at Black Mountain College. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 1987.

Molesworth, Helen, with contributions by Makeda Best, Taylor Davis, Ruth Erickson, Briony Fer, Jennifer L. Roberts, and John Yau. Ruth Asawa: All Is Possible New York, NY: David Zwirner Books, 2022.

Molesworth, Helen and Ruth Erickson. Leap Before You Look. Boston, MA: Institute of Contemporary Art and New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 2016.

Ridgway, Emma, Salthe, Vibece, Åsebø, Sigrun, Blakinger,John R.,and Pringle,Emily. Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe New York, NY: Thames & Hudson. 2022

Storr, Robert and Jonathan Laib. Ruth Asawa: Line by Line. Exhibition catalogue. New York, NY: Christie’s, 2015.

Yau, John, Jonathan Laib and Nicholas F. Weber. Ruth Asawa: Objects & Apparitions.  New York, NY: Christie’s, 2013.


Art, Competence, and Citywide Cooperation for San Francisco. Bancroft Library Interview. 1980, 220 pp. Interview with Harriet Nathan.

Oral History Interview with Ruth Asawa and Albert Lanier. Archives of American Art. 2002 June 21-July 5. Interview with Mark Johnson and Paul Karlstrom.


Ruth Asawa: On Form and Growth, Dir. Robert Snyder. Masters and Masterworks Productions Inc., 1978.  Running time is 30 minutes, grades 7 and up. ISBN: 1-55974-530-4.


Fortini, Amanda “Why Are We Still Talking About Black Mountain College?” The New York Times T Magazine, July 7,2022.

Wilson-Goldie, Kaelen “Productive Tensions: Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on the art of Ruth Asawa” Artforum, May 2022.

La Force, Thessaly. “The Japanese-American Sculptor Who, Despite Persecution, Made Her Mark” The New York Times T Magazine, July 20, 2020.

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Cotter, Holland. “Are All-Women Shows Good or Bad for Art?” The New York Times, March 16, 2016.

Archer, Sarah. “Maker to Market: Ruth Asawa Reappraised.”  The Journal of American Craft, Vol. 8, Issue 2, July 2015, pp. 141-154.

Brooks, Katherine. “14 Women Who’ve Changed the Way We Think About Design.” The Huffington Post, June 25, 2015.

Martin, Douglas. “Ruth Asawa, an Artist Who Wove Wire, Dies at 87.The New York Times, August 17, 2013.

KQED. “SPARK Educator Guide: Ruth Asawa.” SPARK Program 314. Accessed 2016-03-08.


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