Abstract

Materials collected by Robert Butts consisting primarily of diverse works by and regarding the popular New York artist and writer Joe Brainard (1942-1994). Brainard was the author of fifteen books of writing, the illustrator of numerous other books produced by members of the New York School, and a celebrated graphic artist whose work covered a broad range of sizes, styles and media. The Joe Brainard Archive consists of numerous examples of Brainard's graphic work dating from 1962 to 1979, most of the books illustrated by Brainard, all of Brainard's manuscripts and published writings, notebooks for Brainard's I Remember series and several other books, Brainard's correspondence with members of the Butts family and correspondence to Brainard from Ned Rorem and Virgil Thomson, checklists of Brainard's artistic production constructed by Robert Butts, and a selection of articles devoted to Brainard's career. In addition to the Brainard materials, the Joe Brainard Archive also includes several lithographs by Alex Katz (b. 1927), an oil painting by Tom Clark, and a few ink sketches by poets Ron Padgett and Allen Ginsberg. There are also manuscripts of Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark and Rudy Kikel, in addition to broadsides and books written by New York School writers such as John Ashbery, Edwin Denby, and Kenneth Koch. The accessions processed in 1991 contain primarily original artworks by Joe Brainard in collaborations with Bill Berkson and Kenward Elmslie, including The Baby Book (1965). Also included are correspondence, manuscript materials and photographs. The accession processed in 1993 comprises 16 letters and postcards from Joe Brainard to Robert Butts and one print by Andy Warhol.

Biography

Born in Arkansas in 1942 and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brainard moved to New York City in 1961. There, he quickly developed friendships with Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Bill Berkson, Barbara Guest, and other participants in the New York School. The large number of collaborative works in the collection, as well as the many illustrations Brainard did for books by others, reflect the sense of community shared by these artists.

Brainard's achievement, however, is remarkable quite aside from his many associations. Brainard harmonized linguistic and visual materials in extraordinary ways. His graphic work is notably literary, often incorporating words and sentences into non-literary designs. Such qualities prompted Frank O'Hara to say that Brainard's work had "nothing to do with philosophy, it's all art." Both the art work and writing is full of information and frequently takes erotic and semiotic risks. In one of his more scandalous serial works, Brainard subjected Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy to every imaginable erotic and high art situation.

A prolific artist, Brainard's work has been exhibited extensively in the New York City area since the early 1960s. His first retrospective show, consisting of work from 1960-1970, took place at the Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago in 1970. In the mid-1970s he created over 3,000 miniature collages, paintings, and drawings for a major show at the Fischbach Gallery in Manhattan. The materials gathered in the Joe Brainard Archive were first exhibited at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 1980. In 1986 they were again exhibited at UCSD.

Like Joe Brainard, Alex Katz is a New York City artist. He has given numerous solo shows since the early 1960s, and many of his works have been added to numerous public art collections throughout the country. Unlike Brainard, Katz has created a depthless, planar art which strips the visual image of its narrative, literary aura. The result, as one critic has noted, is an image of a reality that is of no consequence.

Scope and Content of Collection

Accession Processed in 1987

The Joe Brainard Archive contains approximately 300 examples of Brainard's art work as well as book and cover illustrations, manuscripts, and published writings, all dating from ca. 1960 to 1979. Primarily a study collection, the importance of the Joe Brainard Archive is in documenting the wide range, topical as well as technical, of Joe Brainard's artistic production over a twenty year period, ca. 1960-1979. The collection also includes several art works and many books by other notable artists and writers. These materials have been arranged in five series: 1) ARTWORK, 2) MANUSCRIPTS, 3) CORRESPONDENCE, 4) CATALOGS, and 5) BIBLIOGRAPHIES.

SERIES 1: ARTWORK

This series comprises 161 pieces of Brainard's graphic art and another 20 pieces, most by Alex Katz. Reflecting the many styles, dimensions, and media with which Brainard experimented during his career, these works include collages (including many of the miniatures Brainard constructed for a show of his in work in 1975), oil and watercolor abstractions, graphite portraits of several well known writers, original cover art for books by Ted Berrigan and John Ashbery, and the original art work for numerous "comic strips" done in collaboration with various writers.

SERIES 2: MANUSCRIPTS

The MANUSCRIPTS series, arranged chronologically, includes the notebooks and original manuscripts for nine books of writing by Brainard. Several manuscripts by Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark, Philip Gambone, and Rudy Kikel are also included.

SERIES 3: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series consists primarily of letters from Joe Brainard to Robert Butts. In addition, there are letters from Ned Rorem and Virgil Thomson to Brainard, and letters from Ron Padgett, John Giorno, Larry Fagin, and others to Robert Butts.

SERIES 4: CATALOGS

Catalogs for Brainard and Alex Katz exhibitions comprise the CATALOGS series. Also included are numerous reviews of Katz's work.

SERIES 5: BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Various checklists constructed by Robert Butts and documenting Brainard's production since 1961 are contained in series five, BIBLIOGRAPHIES.

SEPARATION NOTE

Books and journals received in the 1984 accession of the Joe Brainard Archive have been separated from the collection and added elsewhere to the library's holdings. To identify and list these items, conduct an author search in ROGER on the term "Butts, Robert, 1952- former owner."

Accessions Processed in 1991

The accessions to the Joe Brainard Archive processed in 1991 contain originals of artwork by Joe Brainard for collaborations with Bill Berkson and Kenward Elmslie, and correspondence related to Robert Butts' projects. The materials are arranged in four series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) ARTWORK, 3) MANUSCRIPTS, and 4) PHOTOGRAPHS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series includes letters from Bill Berkson to Robert Butts concerning publication of his book "Serenade" and correspondence from Joe Brainard. The materials date between 1986 and 1987 and are organized alphabetically by correspondent.

SERIES 2: ARTWORK

The ARTWORK series contains original drawings by Joe Brainard for three collaborative works with Bill Berkson and The Baby Book with Kenward Elmslie. Also included are original art by Brainard for miscellaneous poetry readings and flyers. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

SERIES 3: MANUSCRIPTS

The MANUSCRIPTS series contains photocopies of proofs for Bill Berkson's "Cnidus, August 4th."

SERIES 4: PHOTOGRAPHS

An excellent portrait of Joe Brainard by photographer Elizabeth Hathon is located in the PHOTOGRAPHS series. Also included are color transparencies of an eight-piece exhibit entitled "The Gang of Eight."

Accession Processed in 1993

The 1993 accession of the Joe Brainard Archive comprises 16 letters and postcards from Joe Brainard to Robert Butts, most of which are birthday or holiday greetings. Also included is a print by Andy Warhol.

Related Materials

For additional material related to Joe Brainard, see MSS 703, the Joe Brainard Letters, at the University of California, San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Accession Processed in 1987

Box Folder Oversize
1 1 AB-002-B If - Ink and gouache, three panels, 10 x 7 images, all unsigned, ca. 1975.
1 2 AB-010-C Ultra-New Realism - Self-portrait, graphite on paper and collage, 13 x 10 1/2, 1972.
1 3 AB-010-C Untitled - Graphite on paper and collage, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972.
1 4 AB-010-A Moon and Reflection - Collage, 8 x 6 1/8, unsigned, 1978.
1 5 AB-010-A Tulips and Daffodils - Watercolor, 14 x 11, 1967.
1 6 AB-010-A Human Pear - Collage, 6 x 4, 1977.
1 7 AB-010-B Cherry - Oil on canvas, unmounted, 3 5/8 x 6 1/8, 1973.
1 8 AB-010-A Letters - Watercolor, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2, unsigned, 1978.
1 9 AB-010-B Post-Card Landscape - Collage, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4, 1979.
1 10 MC-066-01 Carte Postal - Collage, 7 5/8 x 5 5/16, 1978.
1 11 AB-003-E People of the World: Relax - Ink on paper, 8 panels, (see 1.134), 1966.
1 12 AB-005-D Butterfly Madonna - Collage, 14 x 11, 1966.
1 13 AB-001-F Hampton Beach Construction #1 - Construction, 24 x 1 1/2, 1970.
1 14 AB-001-E Hampton Beach Construction #2 - Construction, 23 1/2 x 5, 1970.
1 15 AB-008-C Ada Poster - (Alex Katz) offset lithograph, 19 1/2 x 27 1/2, 1971.
1 16 AB-005-D Beach House - (Alex Katz) screenprint, 49/50, 5 1/2 x 7 1/4, 1968.
1 17 AB-002-A Day Lily #1 - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 2/90, 21 x 27 1/2.
1 18 AB-002-A Day Lily #2 - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 49/90, 21 x 27 1/2.
1 19 AB-002-B Head of Vincent - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 30/120, 15 x 21, 1972.
1 20 AB-003-F William Dumas: Homage to Frank O'Hara - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 22/90, 33 5/6 x 25 7/16, 1972.
1 21 AB-006-B Late July #1 - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 75/120, 22 x 28.
1 22 AB-006-B Late July #2 - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 102/120, 22x 28.
Additional copy located in ANP MC NE2312.K38 A6 1962 MSS 5.
1 23 AB-002-B Portrait of a Poet: Kenneth Koch - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 8/200, 28 1/8 x 22 1/2.
1 24 AB-009-B Window - (Alex Katz) oil on masonite, 14 7/8 x 13, 1962.
1 25 AB-003-D Swamp Maple #1 - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 67/84, 41 1/16 x 27 1/2, 1970.
1 26 AB-003-D Swamp Maple #2 - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 74/90, 41 1/16 x 27 1/2, 1970.
1 27 AB-008-C Self-Portrait - (With poem by Ted Berrigan) collage, 24 3/4 x 11 1/2, 1963.
1 28 MC-066-01 Fleishmann's - (Collaboration with Frank O'Hara) collage, 13 3/4 x 10 3/4, signed by O'Hara and Brainard, 1965.
Cigarette Butts by Joe Brainard - Oil on canvas board, all 12 x 9, unsigned, 1974.
1 29 AB-009-D 2 of 5 from set of 6; sixth in Ron Padgett collection.
1 30 AB-009-E 3 of 5 from set of 6.
1 31 AB-005-C Night-View from the Artist's Loft - Oil on canvas, 16 x 12, unsigned, (see 1.81), 1971.
1 32 AB-005-C Day-View from the Artist's Loft - Oil on canvas, 16 x 12, unsigned, (see 1.81), 1971.
1 33 AB-005-D Poet's Corner: Calais, VT. - Gouache on paper, 6 x 7 1/2, 1973.
1 34 AB-004-A J. J. Mitchell - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972.
1 35 AB-004-A Ada Katz - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972.
1 36 AB-004-B Larry Fagin - Graphite on paper, 14 1/4 x 11 1/2, 1971.
1 37 AB-004-B Bill Elliot - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972.
1 38 AB-004-B Ron Padgett - Graphite on paper, 14 1/4 x 11 1/4, 1971.
1 39 AB-004-C Bill Berkson - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1971.
1 40 AB-004-C James Schuyler - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1971.
1 41 AB-004-C Ted Berrigan - Graphite on paper, 14 1/4 x 11 1/4, 1971.
1 42 AB-004-D Covers for two Boke Press books - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2 each, 1968.
(See A. Waldman, On the Wing and L. Warsh, Highjacking).
1 43 AB-004-D C Magazine Cover #3 - Ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 14, 1963.
1 44 AB-004-D C Magazine Cover #13 - Ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 14, 1966.
1 45 AB-004-D Wild Flowers - Oil on masonite, 16 1/8 x 12 1/4, 1970.
1 46 AB-005-C If Nancy Was a Painting by de Kooning - Colored pencil, 9 5/8 x 7 3/4, 1975.
1 47 AB-004-E Tennis Shoes - Gouache, 13 1/2 x 11, unsigned, ca. 1973.
1 48 AB-004-E If Nancy Was an Acid Freak - Ink and collage, 7 3/4 x 6, 1975.
1 49 AB-004-E I've Got to Find My Other Self... - (Ron Padgett) collage, 3 7/8 x 2 1/4, 1968.
1 50 MC-137-02 Untitled - (Tom Clark) oil on canvas, 27 x 46 1/2.
1 51 AB-004-F Pansies - (Three of four rejected drawings for Paris Review, no. 61; for the fourth see 1.114) ink on paper, 7 1/4 x 5, 6 3/4 x 5 1/2, 5 1/2 x 5, all unsigned, 1975.
1 52 AB-004-F Seaweed - Collage, 13 1/2 x 11, 1970.
1 53 AB-005-A Dancing Tulips - Collage and gouache, 13 3/4 x 10 1/2, 1978.
1 54 AB-005-A Goldfish - Collage, 10 3/4 x 10 1/4, 1977.
1 55 AB-005-A Untitled - Collage, 3 3/4 x 3 1/2, ca. 1975.
1 56 AB-005-A If Nancy Was Black - Collage and colored pencil on postcard, 6 x 3 1/2, 1973.
1 57 AB-005-B The Wavey Dress; The Rare Tree Walked Up the Hill; The Intu; The Dog Being Attacked - (Wayne Padgett) ink on paper 3 3/16 x 4 1/2 (Intu), 11 x 8 1/2 (other three), unsigned, ca. 1974.
1 58 MC-065-03 Sketch of Robert Butts - Graphite on paper, 23 3/4 x 18, unsigned, 1977.
1 59 MC-071-01 Birthday Card for Ted Berrigan - Watercolor, ink, and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 7/16, ca. 1964.
1 60 MC-065-06 Pansy - Serigraph, 25 1/2 x 25 1/2, 1971.
1 61 MC-065-04 Medicine Show - Serigraph, 27 x 19 3/4, 1977.
1 62 MC-065-01 Naomi - (Alex Katz) etching with aquatint, 49/50, 5 1/8 x 8 3/4, 1972.
1 63 MC-137-01 Skowhegan Ball Poster - (Alex Katz) lithograph, 6/75, 31 x 21 1/2, 1969.
1 64 AB-003-D Untitled #5 - (Don West) colored pencil on sculptured paper, 13 x 13 1/8, ca. 1980.
1 65 MC-065-05 Four illustrations from Best and Company - (Mushrooms, Felix the Cat, Glove, and Hurdler) ink on paper, 10 x 7, unsigned, 1969.
1 66 AB-012-C Homage to Marilyn Monroe - Collage, 7 x 4 3/4, 1979.
1 67-69 MC-071-01 Illustration for An Anthology of New York Poets, 1969.
Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2.
1 70 MC-065-07 Illustrations for White Noise - (Collaboration with Anne Waldman) ink on paper, 6 leaves, 12 x 9, ca. 1975.
1 71 MC-065-08 Illustrations for The Great Explosion Mystery - (Collaboration with John Ashbery) ink on paper, six panels, 13 x 10, 1966.
1 72 MC-066-01 Cover for Ted Berrigan's The Sonnets - Gouache, 13 x 10, 1964.
1 73 MC-066-01 Rejected cover for Ted Berrigan's The Sonnets - Collage, 7 1/4 x 4 1/8, 1966.
1 74 MC-066-01 Some Trees - Gouache of original cover for 1970 reprint of John Ashbery's Some Trees, 13 1/1 x 10 1/2, 1970.
1 75 MC-066-01 C Magazine Cover #10 - Ink wash, 14 1/4 x 8 3/4, 1966.
1 76 MC-066-01 If Nancy Were a DaVinci Drawing - Ink on off-set of DaVinci sketch, 14 x 10 1/4, 1972.
1 77 MC-066-01 Skowhegan Ball Costume - Watercolor and ink, 6 x 4, 1977.
1 78 MC-066-01 December 21, 1966 - Gouache and ink, 13 x 10.
1 79 MC-066-01 Mushroom - Gouache and ink wash, 13 1/2 x 10 9/16, 1972.
1 80 MC-066-01 Joseph - Ink on paper, 13 x 10, 1966.
1 81 MC-066-01 View from Artist's Loft - Graphite on paper, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1972.
1 82 MC-066-01 Chocolate Donut Mona Lisa - (Includes envelope sent to Robert Butts) ink and collage, 4 x 6, (Joe Brainard postcard), printed signature, 1976.
1 83 MC-066-01 Tom Clark - Graphite on paper, 14 1/2 x 10 1/2, (signed by Tom Clark), 1971.
1 84 MC-066-01 Cinzano Ashtray Etching - Etching, 1/15, 18 x 15, 1972.
1 85 MC-066-01 Cigarette Butts Etching - Etching, 6/15, 15 x 12, 1972.
1 86 MC-066-01 de Kooning Nancy Etching - Etching, 6/15, 15 x 12, 1972.
1 87 MC-066-01 Blue Pear - Gouache and ink, 9 x 7, 1979.
1 88 MC-066-01 Sun and Clouds - Pencil and collage, 4 1/2 x 3, 1979.
1 89 MC-066-01 Down Through the Ages - (Collaboration with Kenneth Koch) ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, unsigned by both, 1963.
1 90 MC-066-01 Christmas Card (Christmas Tree) - Ink and colored pencil, 6 7/8 x 4 7/8, (cf. 1.100 & 5.2), 1972.
1 91 MC-066-01 Donut with Blood - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink on board, 14 x 8 1/2, 1967.
1 92 MC-066-01 Cezanne - (Collaboration with Ron Padgett) ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, 1967.
1 93 MC-066-02 Flyer for Lorenzo Thomas Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971.
1 94 MC-066-02 Cover for Adventures in Poetry, No. 2 - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, 1968.
1 95 MC-066-02 Flyer for Anne Waldman and Joe Brainard Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1970.
1 96 MC-066-02 Flyer for Ted Berrigan Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1970.
1 97 MC-066-02 Personal Nancy Love - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, four sheets, 15 3/8 x 11 1/2, (cf. 1.128), 1963.
1 98 MC-066-02 Flyer for Michael Brownstein and James Tate Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971.
1 99 MC-066-02 Cover for Landau-Alan Show - Ink on paper, 7 x 9 3/4, (see 8.2 & 8.3), 1969.
1 100 MC-066-02 Christmas Card (Window) - Ink, 9 1/8 x 7 5/8, (see 1.90 & 5.12), 1973.
1 101 MC-066-02 Swamp Vodka - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) watercolor, ink, and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 102 MC-066-02 Miles - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) gouache and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 103 MC-066-02 Air Blue - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) gouache and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 104 MC-066-02 Blue Movie - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) gouache and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 105 MC-066-02 It's a Blue World - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 106 MC-066-02 There's No Now - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) watercolor wash and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 107 MC-066-02 Babe Rainbow - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975.
1 108 MC-066-02 Long Time No See - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975.
1 109 MC-066-02 Grandmother - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975.
1 110 MC-066-02 As Usual - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975.
1 111 MC-067-01 Next to Last Cigarette - Ink on canvas board and collage, 5 x 4, 1970.
1 112 MC-067-01 Rejected drawing for cover of Some Trees - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 1.74), 1970.
1 113 MC-067-01 Pansies - (Fourth of four rejected drawings for Paris Review, no. 61) ink on paper, 5 1/2 x 5, unsigned, 1975.
1 114 MC-067-01 Ted Berrigan - Ink and photograph, 12 3/4 x 9 5/8, unsigned, 1963.
1 115 MC-067-01 Bobbie Creeley - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 116 MC-067-01 Alex Katz - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1972.
1 117 MC-067-01 Anne Waldman - Graphite on paper, 10 5/8 x 13 5/8, 1972.
1 118 MC-067-01 Dick Gallup - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 119 MC-067-01 For Robert, with Love - Collage and gouache, 8 x 10, 1977.
1 120 MC-067-01 Blades of Grass - Watercolor and collage, 9 1/2 x 7, ca. 1972.
1 121 MC-067-01 Broadsheet - Text by Ron Padgett, designed by Joe Brainard, 1 leaf, 1959.
1 122 MC-067-02 Flyer for Larry Fagin, David Shapiro, and Charles Levendosky Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971.
1 123 MC-067-02 Nude in Pink and Gray - Gouache and collage, 3 1/8 x 1 7/8, 1970.
1 124 MC-067-02 Sailor Pissing - Ink on paper, 2 x 1 1/2, 1976.
1 125 MC-067-02 Sailor's Jumper Postcard - Ink and collage, 6 x 4, 1976.
1 126 MC-067-02 John Henry - Gouache, 4 x 3, 1971.
1 127 MC-067-02 Fragments of a Self-Portrait - (Four of five pieces) colored pencil, 10 x 8, 1969.
1 128 MC-067-02 Personal Nancy Love - Two hand-colored sheets of printed comic strip, 14 5/8 x 5 7/16, (cf. 1.97), 1963.
1 129 MC-067-02 Illustration for Recent Visitors - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink on paper, 1 leaf, 12 x 9, 1971.
1 130 MC-067-02 Michael Brownstein - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971.
1 131 MC-067-02 Hockey Player, cover for C Magazine, #7, - 14 x 8 1/2, 1964.
1 132 MC-067-02 Guillaume Apollinaire - Gouache and ink, 13 1/8 x 10, 1967.
1 133 MC-067-02 Now the Planet's Face Has Stopped - (Collaboration with Dick Gallup) ink and watercolor, 13 1/8 x 10 1/8, signed only by Dick Gallup, 1963.
1 134 MC-068-01 Original Artwork for Pat - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 7 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966.
1 135 MC-068-02 Original Artwork for The Earth Machine - (Collaboration with Kenneth Koch) ink on paper, 9 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966.
1 136 MC-069-01 Original Artwork for Betty Sue's Biplane - (Collaboration with Dick Gallup) ink on paper, 5 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966.
1 137 MC-069-02 Original Artwork for I Love You deKooning - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink on paper, 11 matted panels, 13 x 10, ca. 1969.
1 138 MC-070-01 Illustrations for Mechanical Ride - (Collaboration with Kenward Elmslie) ink on paper, 11 panels, 11 x 8 1/2 (title and publisher's pages), 12 x 9, 1972.
1 139 MC-070-02 Original Artwork for Foreheads - (Collaboration with Barbara Guest) ink on paper, 6 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966.
2 1 Chinese Vase Postcard - Ink, 6 x 4, 1972.
Also includes Pussycat Playing Card - Collage and gouache, 5 1/2 x 4
2 2 Some Blue Gay Porn - Construction (four collages and one ink drawing on 4 1/2 x 3 paper stuffed in envelope with blue ink lettering and wash on front and blue-checked contact paper on back; placed in blue-bordered handkerchief; placed in blue-jean pocket mounted on plywood), 10 x 7 3/4 oval, 1975.
2 3 Nancy - Ink on board, 10 x 7 1/2, unsigned, ca. 1969.
2 4 Anniversary Card to Ted and Sandy Berrigan - Collage on contact paper, 3 3/8 x 10, 1966.
2 5 Scrap Book - Ink drawing and collage, 16 pages enclosed in paper folder titled and signed which is enclosed in a gas mask canvas envelope, 4 1/8 x 5 1/4, 1977.
2 6 FB-187-01 I Love You Marilyn Monroe - Collage, 10 1/2 x 17, signed, 1962.
2 7 Hand and Flower - (Marisol) rubber- stamp print, 9 1/2 x 6 7/16, 1967.
2 8 Untitled - (C. Marvin) oil on postcard, 2 x 1 1/2, 1975.
2 9 Healthies - (Artist unknown) ink on paper, comic strip, (8 panels), 14 x 8 1/2, undated.
2 10 Untitled - (Ron Padgett) watercolor, 6 x 7 3/4, 1975.
2 11 Glub - (Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 9 1/4 x 7 3/8, signed by Berrigan, sticker attributing to JB, 1965.
2 12 FB-187-02 Tear Fell - (Brigid Polk) watercolor on poster board, 13 5/16 x 10 5/8, undated.
2 13 C Comics, No. 2 - ("People of the World: Relax" has been excerpted and framed; "Hard Times," a collaboration with Frank O'Hara, and two advertisements are missing) ink drawings, 58 leaves, 13 x 10, 1966.
2 14 Rejected cover for Adventures in Poetry, No. 2 - Ink on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 3/8, (cf. 1.94), 1968.
2 15 Rejected drawing for cover of Brain Damage - Collage, 11 x 8 1/2, 1970.
2 16 Flyer for Ted Berrigan and Jim Dine Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1970.
2 17 Flyer for Clark Coolidge and Larry Fagin Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971.
2 18 13 rejected drawings for Bean Spasms for Ted by Joe - (11 of 13 in folder signed by Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 10 1/16 x 7 5/8, 1967.
2 19 Sketch for an Assemblage - Pentel on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, unsigned, 1962.
2 20 Advertisement for C Comics, #1 - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963.
2 21 Paris Review t-shirt ad ( Nancy Leaning Against Tree) - (Published in issues 54, 55, and 56) ink on paper, 10 x 7 1/4, 1972.
2 22 Larry Fagin - Ink on paper, 8 x 6 1/2, ca. 1966.
2 23 Illustration for Recent Visitors - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink on paper, 9 leaves, 12 x 9, 1971.
3 1 Illustrations for Shiny Ride - (Collaboration with Kenward Elmslie) ink on paper, 11 leaves, 11 x 8 1/2 (title and publisher's page), 12 x 9, 1972.
3 2 Nancy Stamps - (Block of 6) pentel on postage stamps, 3 x 3 1/8, unsigned, 1977.
3 3 Pansy Cut-Out - Cut-out, 1 1/2 x 1, unsigned, ca. 1972.
3 4 West Hampton Beach Collage - Collage, 2 x 2, signed and titled on separate sheet, 1969.
3 5 Wednesday, March 18, 1975 - Collage, 6 3/8 x 4 3/16.
3 6 Soup - Ink and collage, 4 3/4 x 80 3/4, 1963.
3 7 TV Set Key-Ring - Collage, 5 1/8 x 1 7/8, unsigned, 1977.
3 8 Tareyton Cigarettes by Larry Rivers - Collage, and pen and ink, 3 5/8 x 2 1/2, 1972.
3 9 Still-Life with TV - Collage and colored pencil, 5 1/4 x 3 1/2, unsigned, 1976.
3 10 Smoking Cigarette Matchbook - Gouache and collage, 3 3/4 x 1 1/2, unsigned, 1977.
3 11 Parisian - Gouache and collage, 3 x 2, unsigned, 1977.
3 12 All-American Night - Collage, 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in plastic box, unsigned, 1976.
3 13 Flowers Matchbook - Collage and pentel, 3 5/8 x 1 1/2, unsigned, 1977.
3 14 Egyptian Night Matchbook - Collage, 3 3/4 x 2, unsigned, 1977.
3 15 Comet - Gouache and collage, 2 3/4 x 1 7/8, unsigned, 1977.
3 16 Autumn Tree Matchbook - Gouache and watercolor, 3 3/4 x 1 1/2, unsigned, 1977.
3 17 Muy Malo - Ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 7 1/2, 1976.
3 18 Jenny Jump - (Illustration for a children's book Brainard and Ron Padgett planned to do) sepia ink, 4 3/4 x 3 3/8, 1966.
3 19 Original artwork for Twenty-Four Pictures and Some Words - 21 of original ink and collage illustrations with title page, 5 5/16 x 4 1/8, 1979.
3 20 Amazing but True - Eight ink drawings appeared in Paris Review, no. 53, 11 x 7, 1972.
3 21 Seven rejected drawings for Dick Gallup's Bingo - (Only five are contained in folder) all pen and ink, 8 x 6 1/2, 1966.
3 22 Rejected cover for Columbia Review (Fall 1963) - Ink and rubber stamp, 9 1/8 x 6 1/8, 1963.
3 23 Rejected cover for Kenward Elmslie's Barbie and Ken - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963.
4 1 Rejected cover for Ted Berrigan's From Living with Chris - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963.
4 2 Rejected cover for Tom Veitch's The Louis Armed Story - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963.
4 3 Rejected cover for William Burroughs' St. Louis Return - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963.
4 4 One Love Book for Ted and Sandy by Joe - Multi-media, 24 leaves, 10 x 8 1/4, 1963.
4 5 Illustrations for Living with Chris - Ink on paper, 20 leaves, 11 1/8 x 8 1/2, ca. 1968.
4 6 Five covers for one issue of C Magazine, #7 - Multi-media, #1--Star Spangled Stories, #2--Control, #3--Fetus, #4--Hairy, #5--Child and hand, 14 x 8 1/2, 1964.
4 7 FB-187-03 Cover for C Magazine, #5 - Ink, 15 x 9 1/2, 1963.
4 8 FB-187-04 Christmas Book for Ted by Joe - Multi-media, 11 leaves, 13 1/4 x 10 1/4, 1966.
4 9 Rameses II - Collage, 2 7/8 x 2 3/8, 1971.
4 10 Illustrations for Living with Chris - (Camera-ready art-work) ink on graph paper, 6 leaves, 11 x 8 1/2, ca. 1967.
4 11 Illustrations and text for The Drunken Boat - (Text by Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, 1971.
4 12 Joe Brainard with Coke Bottle - Black and white photograph, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2, 1964.
4 13 Joe Brainard with Cigarette - Black and white photograph, 5 x 4, 1972.
4 14 Joe Brainard Remembering - Black and white photograph, 9 3/4 x 8, ca. 1977.
4 15 James Schuyler - Black and white photograph, 4 1/4 x 3 1/2, ca. 1969.
4 16 Nude Torso of Joe Brainard (reputed?) - (Artist: John Button) graphite and watercolor on paper, pasted on board, 4 1/4 x 11, 1972.
4 17 FB-187-05 Photo offsets for covers and flyers - 4 leaves, ca. 1964-1969.
4 18 FB-187-06 Grass Harp - (Painted Smiles Records), 1967.
4 19 Exhibition etchings and lithographs, 1973 - By Whistler (includes ink drawing by Bill Berkson inside from cover; signed by Berkson and addressed to Anjelica Clarke, 1974).
4 20 Five inch audio tape of Joe Brainard reading Alice and of Kenward Elmslie reading The Champ. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1968.
5 1 Ex-Lax V. Feenamint Vs. Ex-Lax Vs. Feen - (Collaboration with T. Berrigan, Dick Gallup, and Ron Padgett) multi-media notebook, 53 leaves, 10 3/8 x 7 7/8, 1963.
5 2 Inside Gordon's House - Nine ink drawings in spiral notebook, 11 x 8 1/2, unsigned, 1971.
5 3 Vermont - 62 pen and ink drawings in notebook, 10 1/4 x 7 3/4, 1977.
5 4 My Favorite Quotations - 48 leaves, 1971.
5 5 We Still Don't Know - 12 leaves, 1975.
5 6 8 Mini-Essays - 9 leaves, 1975.
5 7 Some Vermont Nature Notes - 7 leaves, 1970.
5 8 Artist's Postcards - (Joe Brainard is # 77-78E 3-4) 39 leaves in card board envelope with Christopher Street review, 1977.
5 9 Postcards by Joe Brainard - 4 images, 6 leaves, 1976.
5 10 Postcard by Joe Brainard for St. Mark's Poetry Project, undated - 1 leaf.
5 11 Twelve Postcards by Joe Brainard - 3 sets, 12 leaves in group envelope, 1975.
5 12 Two Christmas Cards - 2 leaves, (see 1.90 and 1.100), 1968 and 1973.
5 13 Poster and Program notes for New Dance Works - (Included was a dance based on JB's I Remember), 2 leaves, 1977.
5 14 Various Flyers for poetry readings designed by JB - 36 leaves, most done in 1970s.
5 15 Bibliographic descriptions of poetry flyers above, done by Robert Butts - 33 leaves, ca. 1983.
5 16 Poster of memorial reading for Ted Berrigan, designed by JB - 1 leaf, 1983.
5 17 Cover for The Grass Harp LP - (Painted Smiles Records) 2 leaves, ca. 1967.
5 18 Book marker designed by JB - (Signed to Robert Butts), 1 leaf, 1977.
5 19 Envelope only for "10 Original Joe Brainard Brown Postcards" - For Robert with love / From Joe, 1975.
5 20 FB-186-01 Twenty-five print plates for Twenty-Four Pictures and Some Words.
5 21 Bean Spasms buttons.

MANUSCRIPTS

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Manuscripts by Joe Brainard.
6 1 I Remember - 90 leaves, manuscript, 1968.
6 2 I Remember #2 - 83 leaves (includes packing envelope on which is written " 'I REMEMBER' No. 2 (First Version Hand-written)." Manuscript, 1968.
Original notes for I Remember More, 1971.
6 3 34 leaves (include packing envelope on which is written "Original Notes for 'I Remember More' Additions"). Manuscript.
6 4 44 leaves, (a bound composition book titled "I Remember", vol. 3.) Manuscript.
6 5 I Remember More - 84 leaves, (includes packing envelope on which is written "I Remember More" Manuscript) (Plus late minute additions). Typescript, 1-39; Xerox, 38-49; Typescript, 54; Carbon, 55-62; Manuscript, 63-84, 1971.
More I Remember More, 1973.
6 6 82 leaves, manuscript.
6 7 81 leaves, (includes packing envelope on which is written "More I. R. M. Final Manuscript [Before Being Typed] "). Manuscript: 1-2, 8, 17-21, 26-33, 38-41, 49-53, 55-58, 64-67, 72, 75-79. Typescript: 3-7, 9-16, 22-25, 34-37, 42-48, 54, 59-63, 68-71, 73-74, 80-81.
6 8 44 leaves, (first carbon copy of typescript), typescript.
6 9 Last I Remember - 85 leaves, (includes packing envelope on which is written "The Last I Remember [First Version Plus Un-used Notes]"). Manuscript.
6 10 California - 85 leaves. Manuscript, 1971.
6 11 Bolinas Journal - 67 leaves. Manuscript, 1971.
6 12 Nothing to Write Home About - 17 leaves. Manuscript, 1978.
6 13 Out in the Hamptons - 28 leaves. Manuscript, with letter to Robert Butts, 1978.
6 14 Outer Banks - 4 leaves. Typescript, 1-3, Manuscript, 4, 1978.
Manuscripts by Other Authors.
7 1 Ted Berrigan, "Introduction" to Show - 2 leaves. Typescript with corrections, 1965.
7 2 Ted Berrigan, "About my Work" - (Includes references to Joe Brainard and annotated by TB), 4 leaves. Typescript, ca. 1963.
7 3 Tom Clark, "Gang of 8" - 3 leaves, with 24 unmounted slides of the 8 book illustrations. Also includes 1 TLs, 1 ALs, and 4 APCs. Typescript, 1981.
7 4 Tom Clark, "Brainards" and "To Destiny," - 1 leaf. ("Brainards" is a manuscript, "To Destiny" is a typescript and collaboration with Lewis MacAdams), ca. 1968.
7 5 Philip Gambone, The Ordinary World of Joe Brainard - 50 leaves with 1 page cover letter addressed to Robert Butts. Typescript copy, 1-26; Manuscript notes, 27-50, 1977.
7 6 Rudy Kikel, Everybody's Joe Brainard and Mine - 7 leaves. Typescript, ca. 1982.
7 7 Rudy Kikel, Selfish Desires - 71 leaves with 3 page cover letter addressed to Robert Butts, (Published in 1985). Typescript copy, 1982.

CORRESPONDENCE

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7 8 6 ALs (16 leaves), 1974.
7 9 13 ALs, 2 E (44 leaves), 1975.
7 10 5 ALs, 1 APCs (21 leaves), 1976.
7 11 10 ALs (30 leaves), 1977.
7 12 14 ALs, 1 APCs (45 leaves), 1978.
7 13 10 ALs, 1 APCs (45 leaves), 1979.
7 14 7 ALs, 4 E (22 leaves), 1980.
Brainard, Joe to Helen Butts.
7 15 4 ALs, 13 E (24 leaves), 1976.
7 16 4 ALs, 16 E (27 leaves), 1978.
7 17 Brainard, Joe to John Martin - 2 APCs, 3 E (6 leaves).
7 18 Fagin, Larry to Robert Butts - 1 ALs, 2 TLs, Tsc of JB's, 3 E (12 leaves).
7 19 Giorno, John - 1 TLs, 1 E (2 leaves).
7 20 Miles, Robert and Elaine - 2 ALs, 3 TLs (10 leaves).
7 21 Miller, High to Robert Butts - 20 TLs, 1 TPCs (37 leaves).
7 22 Padgett, Ron to Robert Butts - 3 TLs, 3 APcs, 1 TSc of interview between RP and J. Brainard (11 leaves).
7 23 Rorem, Ned to Joe Brainard - 1 APCs (1 leaf).
7 24 Thomson, Virgil - 1 TLs, 1 TPCs (2 leaves).
7 25 Waldman, Frances - 1 TLs, 1 TPCs (2 leaves).
7 26 Winkfield, Trevor - 1 TLs, 2 E (3 leaves).
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8 1 Materials related to Long Beach exhibit of Joe Brainard (1980) work.
Includes exhibit catalogs, announcements, and one review.
8 2-3 Reviews and exhibit catalogs of Joe Brainard's work.
8 4-5 Exhibit catalogs of Alex Katz's work.
8 6-8 Reviews of Alex Katz's work.
8 9 Ephemera received from Joe Brainard.

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9 1-2 Bibliography of Joe Brainard - Mss. by Robert Butts, undated.
9 3 List of writings and illustrations by Joe, (Xeroxed from Joe's original notebooks) - Mss. by Robert Butts, undated.
9 4-5 Catalog of Joe Brainard Materials by Robert Butts.

Accessions Processed in 1991

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9 6 Berkson, Bill, 1986 - 1987.
9 7 Brainard, Joe, 1986 - 1987.
9 8 Greenwald, Ted, 1986 - 1987.
9 9 Rodefer, Stephen, 1987.
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9 10 FB-187-07 Baby Book by Kenward Elmslie and Joe Brainard.
9 11 FB-187-08 Life Begins at Zero by Bill Berkson and Joe Brainard.
9 12 FB-187-09 My Dream of Life by Bill Berkson and Joe Brainard.
9 13 Original art for poetry readings and flyers.
9 14 Serenade, by Bill Berkson and Joe Brainard.
Includes text and watercolors.

MANUSCRIPTS

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9 15 Cnidus, August 4th by Bill Berkson - Photocopies of proofs.

PHOTOGRAPHS

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9 16 AB-009-B Portraits of Joe Brainard by Elizabeth Hathon - Contact sheets and framed print, 1985.
9 17 Portrait of Joe Brainard by Duncan Hannah, spring 1992.
9 18 Gang of Eight - 2 1/4 color transparencies [located in the Archives Negative File].

Accession Processed in 1993

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9 19 Joe Brainard to Robert Butts, 1987-1992 - 7 APCs, 9 ALSs, encs. (20 leaves).
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9 20 MC-065-02 Tom Royal from Andy Warhol - Print, 20.25 x 16 inches.


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