In 1998 the Jean Gaede and Fritzi Striebel Archive came to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art from the Center for Photography at Woodstock as part of a collection partnership that was developed between the two institutions in 1995. The Archive documents the utopian Maverick Art Colony of Woodstock founded 100 years ago in 1905 by Hervey White as a haven for artists, actors, writers, and musicians. In this centennial year of the the founding of the Maverick, the SDMA presents this on-line exhibition that focuses on the Maverick Festival, an annual Bohemian carnival founded by White that ran from 1915 to 1931. This Festival was distinct from the Sunday Maverick Concert Series founded by White in 1916, which continues to the present day. The 49 photographs in this on-line exhibition date from 1916 to 1930 and represent a selection out of some 130 vintage photographs that were assembled by Jean Gaede and Fritzi Striebel of Woodstock in order to chronicle the Maverick Art Colony.
Also included in the Jean Gaede and Fritzi Striebel Archive at the SDMA are numerous documents, several unpublished manuscripts, and 47 recorded oral histories by well-known Woodstock personalities such as Aileen Cramer, Eugene Ludins, Jane Jones, Arnold Blanch, Lucile Blanch, Grant Arnold, and others, who reminisce about the Maverick Art Colony. Material documenting the Woodstock Aquarian Music and Art Fair, otherwIse known as the Woodstock Festival of 1969, is represented in the Gaede/Striebel Archive as well.