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Bern Porter mail art collection, 1953-1992 (bulk 1978-1992).

Porter, Bern, 1911-2004.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (900270** ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Bern Porter mail art collection, 1953-1992 (bulk 1978-1992).
  • Author/Creator: Porter, Bern, 1911-2004.
  • Creation Date: 1953-1992 (bulk 1978-1992).
  • Biographical/Historical Note: American physicist, poet, publisher, editor of artists' books, illustrator and mail artist.
  • Arrangement: Organized in six series: Series I. Bern Porter collection (boxes 1-6, **folder 1); Series II. Carlo Pittore collection (boxes 7-18, *box 39, *box 40); Series III. John Pyros collection (boxes 19-22); Series IV. Robert Saunders collection (boxes 23-30); Series V. Jay Yager collection (boxes 31-32); Series VI. Unidentified addressee (boxes 33-38).
  • Physical Desc.: ca. 19.25 linear ft. (40 boxes, 1 flat file folder).
  • Summary: Five collections of mail art gathered by Bern Porter from his own collection (sometimes sent c/o his Institute for Advanced Thinking) and those of fellow mail artists John Pyros (c/o the Epistolary Stud Farm), Carlo Pittore (né Charles Stanley), Robert Saunders and Jay Yager. Highlights are the original contributions submitted to Pryos, Saunders and Yager for inclusion in mail art exhibitions they curated. Also noteworthy are letters sent to Pittore, Pyros and Saunders, which often mention the mail art network and the work and personal life of the corresponding artist.
    Each series is arranged alphabetically by artist with folders of announcements and invitations to participate in mail art exhibitions and projects filed chronologically at the end. Many of the artists, who hail from countries throughout the world, are located in more than one series. Artists represented include Reed Altemus, Vittore Baroni, Mark Bloch, Monte Cantsin, David Cole, Peter M. Craigie, Eric Finlay, John Held, Jürgen Olbrich, Steve Random, Lon Spiegelman, Michael VooDoo, Chuck Welch and Chris Winkler.
    There is very little of Porter's own work within this archive. More of his mail art collection dated from 1978 to 1984 can be found in the Jean Brown papers (Special Collections accn. no. 890164).
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Holographs, signed; printed matter; graphics; photocopies.
  • Form/Genre: Mail art
    Postcards
    Announcements
    Copy art
    Alternative publications
    Rubber stamp art
  • Subjects: Mail art Copy art
  • Contributors: Pyros, John. Pittore, Carlo. Saunders, Robert, 1940- Yager, Jay. Altemus, Reed. Baroni, Vittore. Bloch, Mark. Cantsin, Monty. Cole, David, 1939- Craigie, Peter M. Finlay, Eric. Held, John, 1947- Olbrich, Jürgen O. Random, S. (Steven), 1954- Spiegelman, Lon. VooDoo, Michael. Welch, Chuck, 1948- Winkler, Chris.
  • ID/Accession Number: 90-A223
    900270
    900270*
    900270**
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 84098703

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