Save Outdoor Sculpture! Inventory Forms, 1990-1995

Colorful wooden sculptures on the outside of a house.
Sculptures by John Abduljami at 3217 Ettie Street in Oakland. Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Center.

The Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) project was a nationwide inventory of outdoor sculptures. From 1990-1995, volunteers across the United States collected information on the history and condition of outdoor sculpture in their local communities. The information collected is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's online Inventory of American Sculpture database. SOS! was jointly sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Heritage Preservation, Inc. This collection includes documents created by the Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) project in Alameda County, California, chiefly inventory forms containing written descriptions of sculptures and usually accompanied by photographs or slides of the sculptures. Includes information on works by prominent, lesser-known, and unidentified artists, as well as some architects.

(OHC COLL 2022-4)

21 folders in 2 boxes (.8 linear feet)

Go here for a more detailed list of this collection's contents. 

Available at Oakland History Center, Main Library.