Scope and Contents of Collection
Title: inSite Archive
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 707
Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Language of Material:
83.2 Linear feet
(205 binder boxes, 103 archives boxes, and 1 flat box)
Date (inclusive): ca. 1992-2006
The archive of inSite, an organization that produced collaborative contemporary public art projects in the San Diego-Tijuana
region. The materials range in date from 1992 to 2006, and include publications, administrative files, audio and video materials,
and digital materials which document the numerous projects created by inSite artists, as well as the daily functions of the
InSite. -- Archives
Master copies of media located in Series 3: PROJECT MEDIA, as well as Series 4: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, and Series 5: IMAGE
FILES, are not available for use. In most cases, copies of the masters, produced by inSite and located in Series 3, Subseries
A: Viewer Copies, are available for use. In some cases, user versions will need to be produced upon the researcher's request.
Scope and Contents of Collection
The inSite Archive contains materials documenting the inSite organization and the projects of its artists. The collection
contains 205 binder boxes, produced by inSite staff, which document project installations from the five inSite versions: inSITE92,
inSITE94, inSITE97, inSITE2000, and inSite_05. The collection also includes photographs, slides, transparencies, working files,
audio and video material, and a variety of digital files.
The inSite Archive is arranged in five series: 1) PROJECT BOXES, 2) WORKING FILES, 3) PROJECT MEDIA, 4) ADMINISTRATIVE FILES,
and 5) IMAGE FILES.
SERIES ONE: PROJECT BOXES
The PROJECT BOXES series contains 205 binder boxes, created by inSite staff, that document the activities of the artists and
the organization through all five inSite versions. Boxes were created for each artist or project and are arranged by year.
Materials found in these boxes include project information, description, and documentation; artist resumes and statements;
correspondence; and marketing materials, including flyers, postcards, and ephemera. Materials in these carefully curated and
edited boxes are often duplicates of items found in Series 2: WORKING FILES.
SERIES TWO: WORKING FILES
The WORKING FILES series is comprised of inSite's office files, documenting the organization, its artists and their projects,
as well as their educational and promotional work during each exhibition. Files include correspondence, project information
and documentation, marketing materials, news clippings, meeting minutes, and ephemera. These files have not been edited and
in many cases contain additional information not found in Series 1: PROJECT BOXES. This series may be useful for those researchers
doing in depth research on the organization and its projects. The series is arranged in seven subseries: A) 1992, B) 1994,
C) 1997, D) 2000, E) 2005, F) Post 2005, and G) Images & Artifacts.
A) The 1992 subseries includes project files and press files from inSITE92. The materials include project materials, project
descriptions, and promotional material. Items in this subseries are arranged in alphabetical order.
B) The 1994 subseries contains project files, press files, and education files from inSITE94. These files include correspondence,
project descriptions, press material, meeting minutes, and news clippings. This subseries also includes biographies regarding
many of the inSITE94 artists, as well as artists' statements of purpose regarding their projects.
C) The 1997 subseries includes project files, press files, and education files from inSITE97. These files include correspondence,
project descriptions, project outlines, press material, marketing material, and exhibit material. This subseries also includes
biographies regarding many of the inSITE97 artists, as well as artists' statements regarding many of the projects and installations.
D) The 2000 subseries contains project files, press files, and education files from inSITE2000. The materials include correspondence,
project descriptions, project outlines, press materials, marketing materials, and forum information. This subseries also includes
biographies regarding many of the inSITE2000 artists, as well as artists' statements of purpose.
E) The 2005 subseries includes project files and press files from inSite_05. These files include project descriptions, project
outlines, press materials, marketing materials, version files, and news clippings. This subseries also includes artists' statements
and biographies of many of the inSite_05 artists.
F) The Post 2005 subseries contains program files, which include general programming from inSite post 2005. This subseries
also includes the inSite Archive Master Plan, which outlines the archival plan and storage options developed by inSite.
G) The Images & Artifacts subseries primarily includes photographs, transparencies, and negatives. The material in this subseries
is arranged in chronological order by inSite project.
SERIES THREE: PROJECT MEDIA
The PROJECT MEDIA series is arranged in two subseries: A) Viewer Copies and B) Master Copies.
A) The Viewer Copies subseries contains compact discs and DVDs, mainly reformatted from media in the Master Copies subseries.
The subseries is arranged by format, then by inSite version. Items include both sound and video recordings, documenting projects,
lectures, and various events from inSITE94, inSITE97, inSITE2000, and inSite_05.
B) The Master Copies subseries contains a number of formats: Betacam, VHS, cassettes, compact discs, DVDs, Hi8 metal-P cassettes,
microcassettes, mini digital video cassettes (DVM), and removable hard disk cartridges. Copies in this subseries include documentation
of projects, press conferences, tv spots, lectures, and events from inSITE94, inSITE97, inSITE2000, and inSite_05. Each individual
item was assigned a specific project number by inSite staff. Items are arranged by format, then by item number. Items in this
subseries are restricted and permission must be gained from the Mandeville Special Collections Library department head before
viewing. However, many of the items in this subseries have been reformatted and are available in the Viewer Copies subseries.
SERIES FOUR: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES
The ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, contained on compact discs and DVDs, include the working files for inSite. Discs contain correspondence
and email, artist and staff biographies, digital images, presentations, proposals, and grant information. Discs containing
the working files for the inSite_05 book,
Público (Situacional) : Interventions - Scenarios, can also be found in this series. Discs are arranged by inSite version. Items in this series are restricted and permission
must be obtained from the Mandeville Special Collections Library department head before viewing.
SERIES FIVE: IMAGE FILES
The IMAGE FILES series, contained on compact discs and DVDs and arranged by inSite version, include images of events, projects,
artists, and book illustrations. Items in this series are restricted and permission must be obtained from the Mandeville Special
Collections Library department head before viewing.
In 1980, Installation Gallery was opened in San Diego with a goal to present local and regional artists. In 1992, inSite was
formed, replacing Installation Gallery. Created as a network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects among
non-profit and public institutions, inSite explored public or contextual art practice in the specific context of the San Diego-Tijuana
For more than thirteen years inSite focused on the San Diego-Tijuana corridor as a background of unexpected political and
cultural development. During that time, inSite had five major versions: inSITE92, inSITE94, inSITE97, inSITE2000, and inSite_05.
The projects were made up of a wide variety of manifestations, ranging from the written word to performance art. Artists who
contributed to inSite include: Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Roman de Salvo, Diego Gutiérrez, Louis Hock, Allan Kaprow, Jean Lowe, Ulf
Rollof, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, and Lorna Simpson.
inSite Archive, MSS 707. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Community arts projects--California--San Diego--Exhibitions
Community arts projects--Mexico--Tijuana (Baja California)--Exhibitions