The Charles B. and Janice M. Rosenak Collection is comprised of photography of folk artists and their artwork, as well as oral history interviews with some of these artists. The photographs were primarily taken by Charles Rosenak, and many of the photographs show Janice and Charles with the artists and looking at artwork. The material spans roughly from 1967 to 1988, but the bulk of it is from 1983 to 1988.
Some of the artist files have a small amount of research material, such as news clippings and drafts of articles for the Rosenak’s books. This material is filed with the photographs because there is not enough of it for it to be filed separately.
The material is primarily dated according to information on the negative pouch from the photo developing store, or stamps on the verso of the photograph or the slide, which makes it possible that these dates are not accurate as to when the photographs were taken. They should, however, be close approximations. Because not every photograph in the collection is dated, it should be assumed that there is undated material in every folder.
A small amount of material was filed into the Rosenak collection by an American Folk Art Museum staff member after it was given to the museum. This material consists primarily of obituaries or other articles about a particular artist who is represented in the Rosenak material. When this finding aid was written, it was decided to keep this material in the collection; however, note that any material dated after 1988 is not original to the collection. These dates were not indicated on the folders.
When the collection was donated, a card catalog was created for every artist, which contains an item level inventory for each artist. These records were not duplicated in this finding aid, but they may be accessed on site.