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Jean Brown papers, 1916-1995 (bulk 1958-1985)

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Brown (Jean) papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Jean Brown papers (1916-1995, bulk 1958-1995) form a significant ensemble of original works and printed matter, and document Brown's intent to build a study collection of avant-garde materials. Dada and Surrealism provided the core inspiration for Brown's acquisitions, as well as for the later artists whose work she collected. In-depth holdings by artists participating in Fluxus, happenings, concrete, sound and visual poetry, new music, mail art, copy art, rubber stamp printing, and video and performance art underscore her range of interests. The collection's broad scope presents a comprehensive account of alternative movements, distribution networks and exhibition venues of the 1960s and 1970s.

A significant portion of the archive consists of approximately 500 objects created by Fluxus artists and other contemporaries. Another large component documents Brown's interaction with the international network of mail artists and those distributing their work via post. Considerable printed matter records the exhibition and performance activities of artists and the alternative artists' spaces which sponsored them. Also included are bibliographic notes written by Brown, audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, and films. Publications received with the archive have been separated to the Getty Research Library.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in 8 series: , , , , ,
Series I. Artists' files, 1916-1995, bulk 1958-1985
Series II. Announcements and invitations, ca. 1960-1989, bulk 1970-1985
Series III. Topical ephemera, 1917-1989, bulk 1965-1989
Series IV. Miscellaneous clippings, 1957-1987, bulk 1980-1985
Series V. Notes and personal, 1993, undated
Series VI. Art objects, 1958-1986, undated,
Series VII. Audiovisual materials, 1965-1987, undated.
Series VIII. Additional correspondence and notes, 1958-1973, undated.

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