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Robert Watts papers, 1883-1989 (bulk 1940-1988)

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Watts (Robert) papers
Series V. Photographs and slides, 1937-1988 12 Linear Feet
A unique record of Watts' work and life assembled by the artist. Note that although materials have been removed from their original enclosures, care has been taken to retain the artist's sequencing and juxtapositions in archival albums. His arrangement is more thematic than chronological. Each binder includes about 60 sheets of slides.
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20-25 Slides, 1937-1966 3,080 items
Including slides of sculpture, events, friends, and installations, with Watts' handwritten labels.
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26 Photo Binder A, circa 1900-1988 42 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: Vol I. 1. Relatives, 2. Watts and Brothers; Family, 3. Bonaparte, 4. Photos of B. Watts Navy, 5. Houses lived in.
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27 Photo Binder B "Sales Book," 1984 circa 60 two-sided mylar pages
Curriculum Vita followed by photographs of work and/or installations, interspersed with pertinent announcements and reviews, arranged in rough chronological order.
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28 Binder 1, circa 1930-1970 58 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: My Work, Vol 1: Begins High School; Dwgs, Ptgs., Sculp., Constructions, Objects, Films, Gallery shows, Silverman.
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29 Binder 2, circa 1956-1964 65 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: B&W, 1956-64, Painting, Sculpture, Objects, Environments, Film, Chrome, Cakes.
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30 Binder 3, circa 1963-1968 42 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: B&W, 1963-68, Yam Day, Dresses, Neon, Tables, Sandwiches, T.V. Dinner, Implosions, Tattoos.
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31 Binder 4, 1969-1984 37 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: B&W, 1969-1984, Rutgers, Earth Day, Automation House, Monster Candidate, Phono Records, Pea on Nipple, Variations on Creek Movie, Peddie School, Inge Baecker Show, Flux Year Gem.. Cloud Music, Chrome, African New Light on, Flux Year Gem., Cavriago, Hat Show, (Hat Cake Germany).
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32 Binder 5, 1970-circa 1988 42 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: My Work, Vol. 1A, Begins 1970, Objects, Auto Series, Phono records, Neon Signs and Tables, African Show, New Flux Kits, Tree ptgs., Gallery Shows, Silverman.
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33 Binder 6, 1963-1978 65 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: My Work, Vol. 2, Performance and related events in Europe and exhibitions: Yam Day, 1963; Scissor Bros. Warehouse 1963; Experimental Workshop and Fur Family 1968-69; Automation House 1970; "Luxus & Happenings" events Köln 1970; Flux-Wedding 1978.
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34 Binder 7, 1967-1968 23 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: B&W, 1967-68, Rutgers Wk.shp., Performances, Bond St. Loft, Mad Tea Party, Movie ( )?, Balloons at Umbrecht's.
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35 Binder 8, 1968 30 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' handwritten label illegible. Black and white photographs of workshops at UC Santa Cruz and elsewhere.
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36 Binder 9, circa 1967-1987 52 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' handwritten label mostly illegible. Labeled "Work Photos, Vol.3," it comprises color and black and white photographs of a number of women, clothed and nude, including Letty, Pamela, Clair, Bridget, and Carol Nagle. A series of portraits of Pamela Kraft grimacing, frowning and otherwise distorting her features to comic effect. A series of landscape polaroids of Watts' farm. A number of TV shots. A series of Frog Hats from 1985-1986.
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37 Binder 10, 1967-1975 33 two-sided mylar pages
Watts' handwritten partly illegible label reads: People and places, Vol. 1, 1967-75, 80 Wooster Loft, Laura, Sheila, Ricke, Rosenquist, Simmons wife, Umbreit, Cindy, Studio, Sheldon? and band, Santa Cruz: Dea?, Carol, Patrick, Juliette, Indian Dance, Byars, Carol, Class, G.M., Baja Trip, Laura, Key West, House, Sara, Larry, Easton, Stony Pt. 1971, Schooner Trip 72, Fromentara?, Ibiza, Willie, Charles, Band, Pam-Jim, Valerie, Ann, Tardos, Jasmine, Rosanna.
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38 Binder 11, circa 1981- ca.1985 25 two-sided mylar pages
Photos are mostly nature views in Polaroid, with some holographic landscape views, and some Polaroid TV. shots of Oliver North.
Watts' handwritten mostly illegible label reads: My Photos, Vol. 4, Mexico, Monhegan, Moon, 38 colt, Sea & Sand, Lanscape, Rivers, Sky, Couds, Baja?, Stones? Jill?, Gardens?, Creek?, Fireplace Logs, Flowers, Pond, #-D Photos.
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39 Binder 12, circa 1985 52 two-sided mylar pages.
Watts' hand-written label on spine reads: People and Places, Vol. 2, Sara and Larry, Xmas, Thnkgiv., Valerie, Monhegan, Gino, Viviana, Zoo Milan, Leah in Milan, Palermo, Jasmine, 1976-4th July, Rita-Max, Suzanne Delahanty, Wilkes, Sweet Corn, Tony, Fred, Leah,m Friends, Auto Crash, Monhegan, Leah, San Blas Mexico, Juliette, Baby, Jack, kids, Geldersma, Sara, Larry, Various here, River House, DeMenil's, L.I., Woman in Pond, Umbreit, Ann, My cars, Jon Hendricks, Germany-Brecht, Morra-Naples, Resort, Video Students, Franco-Verona, Autos, Carla, ____?people, Canola Museum, Jeff-Brian.
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40 Automation House, 1970 86 slides
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41 Red binder, undated
1 empty red plastic binder showing original housing of photo albums.
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42 1-19 Photographs of Watts' works, 1958-1969
Including events, sculpture, festivals, installations. Interspersed are photographs taken by photographer Peter Moore.
42 1 Sculptures from Delacorte Gallery, circa 1958 10 items
Watts' metal sculptures.
42 2 Untitled event work, 1961 1 item
Photograph of an event work by Watts that dispensed soap.
42 3 Artwork, 1961-1962 5 items
1 print of Fluxstamps and photocopies of other pieces. [H-3#12]
42 4-5 Yam festival, 1963 2 items
42 6 Scissor Brothers, 1963 1 item
42 7 Artwork, 1963-1965 22 items
Three prints and 19 photocopies of photographs of work. [H-3#11]
42 8 Fluxus Performance, 1964 1 item
With George Maciunas.
42 9 Fluxus Performance, 1964 1 item
42 10 Cafe au go go, 1964 1 item
42 11 Dorothy Lichtenstein with Watts, 1966 1 item
42 12 Banquet, Rutgers University, 1967 1 item
42 13 Experimental Workshop, 1967 4 items
Mounted black and white prints by Mike Singer.
42 14 Experimental workshop, Rutgers, 1967 11 items
Three prints and 8 photocopies. [H-3#10]
42 15-17 Central Park Be-In, 1967 9 items
42 18 Mad Tea party, 1968 13 items
Photographs of Watts' tea party piece and of preparations such as the sewing of costumes. [H-3#9] and [H-3#19]
42 19 Hot Air Balloon, 1968 1 item
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43 1 University of California, Santa Cruz classes, 1968-1969 19 items
Black and white prints and photocopies of photographs. [H-3#8]
43 2 University of California, Santa Cruz classes, 1968-1969 11 items
Black and white prints. [H-3#2]
43 3 Experimental Workshop, 1968-1969 9 items
Nine small photographs of the Fur Family in various poses. [H-2#1]
43 4 Experimental Workshop, 1968-1969 12 items
Black and white prints and photocopies of photographs. [H-3#7] See also Color prints in Box 48
43 5 Experimental Workshop, 1968-1969 16 items
Black and white prints. [H-3#7]
43 6 Monster candidate, 1971, 3 items
Black and white prints of the piece. [H-3#5]
43 7-11 Fluxyear/Gemini, 1974 5 item
43 12 Fluxyear/Gemini 74, 1974 9 items
Two prints and 5 contact sheets by Peter Moore; 2 photocopies. [H-3#77]
43 13 Fluxyear/Gemini 74, 1974 19 items
[H-3#17]
43 14 Cloud music, 1976 6 items
Views of the installation, equipment and video monitor image. [H-3#3]
43 15 Carriago/Flux/Year/Gemini, 1978 10 items
Black and white prints and photocopies of photographs. [H-3#2]
43 16 Cloud music, 1979 2 items
Photocopies of photographs of an installation. [H-3#1]
43 17 Life Span Dada, 1987 1 item
[L-6#55]
43 18 Haigs Show, undated 11 items
Prints by Bill Umbreit.
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44 1-7 Photography by Watts, of landscapes, body parts, or other subjects.
44 1 Various, 1969 4 items
[H-3#6]
44 2 Body part photographs, undated 2 items
One of an eye, the other of a naval. Model Pamela Kraft?
44 3 Woman wrapped in blanket, undated 1 item
44 4 Inside a mover's truck, undated 1 item
44 5 Racing car, undated 1 item
44 6 Body parts, undated 11 items
Prints of female pubic area and naval. [H-3#20]
44 7 Body parts, undated 11 items
Photographs equating breasts, navals and other body parts with landscape features. [H-3#20] See also color Box 48
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45 1-16 Photographs of places
45 1-2 Air Show, Watsonville, CA., undated 16 items
[H-3#38]
45 3 Baja California Trip, undated 2 items
H-3#39
45 4 People's Park, Berkeley, Calif., 1968-1969 9 items
[H-3#41]
45 5 Beach at Santa Cruz, Calif., 1968-1969 7 items
[H-3#42]
45 6 Landscapes, Santa Cruz, Calif., 1968-1969 10 items
45 7 Christmas at Ahern's with Cindy, 1969 10 items
[H-3#44]
45 8 New Jersey, undated, 18 items
See also color images in Box 48 [H-3#45]
45 9 80 Wooster Street, undated 3 items
Color images in Box 48 [H-3#46]
45 10-11 New York City, undated 22 items
H-3#47
45 12-13 Pennsylvania house and farm, undated 29 items
[H-3#35]
45 14 Easton, Pennsylvania, undated 6 items
[H-3#36]
45 15 Eaton, Pennsylvania, undated 3 items
[H-3#18]
45 16 Manhattan buildings, undated 3 items
3 copies of same image.
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46 1-7 Personal photographs
Including pages from a non-archival photo album and loose photographs held within it. Occasional personal notations on verso.
46 1 Original photo album
46 2 Photographs from album, 1923-1947 59 items
Portrays Watts' life from infancy through college and military service.
46 3 Photographs from album, 1955, undated 43 items
Portrays Watts' New York City life in the early fifties, Monhegan Island vacations, and early associates at Rutgers, including Allan Kaprow.
46 4-5 Various, post-1965 26 items
46 6 Watts with friends on farm, undated 6 items
46 7 Watts in Italy, 1978 24 items
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47 1-10 Personal photographs of friends
47 1 Lucas Samaras, 1964 4 items
[H-3#22]
47 2 Summer at Umbreits', 1968 8 items
Photographs of friends, one with view of Watts' hot air balloon. [H-3#19]
47 3 Party at Stoney Point, New Jersey, 1971 9 items
[H-3#37]
47 4 Pamela Kraft, undated 11 items
[H-3#24]
47 5 Hazelle and Earl Watts, undated 1 item
[H-3#23]
47 6 Valerie, undated, 12 items
[H-3#26]
47 7 Sara, undated, 2 items
[H-3#28]
47 8 Juliette, undated 8 items
[H-3#31]
47 9 Sheila, undated, 4 items
[H-3#34]
47 10 Al Hansen, undated 1 item
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48 1-19 Color photographs, transparencies, negatives, film, 1960-1971, undated
Pulled from files in Series V. Photographs.
48 1 Unidentified, 1960 1 item
48 2 Watts Towers, 1960-1963 22 items
48 3 Tattoo transparencies, 1967 5 items
[H-3#21]
48 4 Santa Cruz, 1968-1969 24 items
48 5 University of California, Santa Cruz Experimental Workshop, 1968-1969 3 items
48 6 James Lee Byers and Carol, 1969 6 items
48 7 Unidentified, circa 1970 2 items
48 8 Stoney Point Party, 1970 25 items
48 9 Friends and associates, 1970-1987 16 items
48 10 Happenings and Fluxus, Koln, 1971 22 items
48 11 Unidentified, 1981 3 items
48 12 New Jersey house, undated 3 items
[H-3#45]
48 13 80 Wooster Street, undated 2 items
[H-3#47]
48 14 Body/landscape, undated 1 item
[H-3#20]
48 15 John Wilkes publicity photograph, undated 1 item
48 16 Negatives found in album
48 17 View of nature, undated 3 items
48 18 Film from Plux-X NDT test, undated 3 Sheets
From Box 19, f. 12.
48 19 Film from Box 19, f. 6, undated 3 Sheets
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49-55 Glass-mounted slides
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49 22 images of masks and other objects from Native Pacific peoples
Related to research papers in Box 5.
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50 7 images of masks and other objects from Native Pacific peoples
Related to research papers in Box 5.
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51-52 Slides Watts used for teaching art and art history of Mexico
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53 Slides Watts used for teaching art and art history of Mexico and Europe
Also views of New England, Africa, and assorted objects.
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54 Slides Watts used for teaching art and art history
Includes views of nature and work by major European artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
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55 Slides Watts used for teaching 20th century art
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60 Film strips of Mexico
Related to research papers in Box 5.


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