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Harry Smith papers, 1888-2010, bulk 1987-1990

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Smith (Harry) papers
Series II. Writings, research and artwork, circa 1920-1991, undated 9.75 Linear Feet (17 boxes)
Consisting of Smith's research materials regarding string figures in various cultures of the world; inventories of his book, record and audio cassette collections; and a sampling of his writings and artwork on paper.
Arrangement
Arranged by category of material.
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6-10 String figure studies, undated
Mostly original material comprised of Smith's anthropological studies of string figures in various cultures. Arranged in a numerical system devised by Smith, the study appears in the form of a card catalog, with more lengthy descriptions featured on similarly arranged sheets of paper. One box contains extra string. A mounted string figure is also in Series IV. Collections.
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11 Assorted writings, 1942-1991, undated
Writing by Smith, including several letters of historic significance, such as those to Hilla Rebay at the Guggenheim Museum from 1950 to 1951. Also of interest is a copy of a notebook in a black binder found in 1991, the original of which is in a private collection; a copy of Smith's manuscript on alchemy, the original of which is with William Breeze, executor of the Aleister Crowley estate; and a copy of a poetry manuscript, the original of which is at the Anthology Film Archives.
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12 Assorted artwork, undated
Includes examples of Smith's Border Art, specifically made for Darrin Daniel's chapbook Alchemical Coffeehouse; typewriter drawings; collages on paper; Tarot drawings; and miscellaneous designs. These files include examples of Smith's use of the photocopy machine as a medium, sometimes with felt pen additions. Included also are the Harry Smith Archive's laminates of assorted Smith photographs and artwork.
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13 Assorted notes and materials, undated
Includes several notebooks with scant entries, egg brochures, jellies used in films, and Smith's freshman year high school yearbook.
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17-20 Library catalog and reading notes, undated
Card catalog of books in Harry Smith's library, along with his reading notes pulled from specific books. Bill Morgan of the Harry Smith Archives made the listing of all the books and cited the annotations found in the books.
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21-23 Record covers, circa 1920-1950, undated
Photocopies of the covers of records in Smith's collection. Arranged in numerical order according to a numbering system devised by the Harry Smith Archives.
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24 Audio cassette labels, notes, and ephemera, 1988, undated
Photocopies of audio cassette labels, along with material with recording notes and ephemera found in the cassette boxes.
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25 Vintage box, undated
Cardboard box with vintage design motif, formerly used to house string figure study notecards.


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