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

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Finding aid for the Bern Porter mail art collection, 1953-1992 (bulk 1978-1992)

Scope and Content of Collection

Five collections of mail art are gathered in this archive 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 of the collection are the original contributions sent 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 notices and invitations to participate in mail art exhibitions and projects filed chronologically at the end. Many of the corresponding 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.

Arrangement note

The collection is organized in six series:
Series I. Bern Porter collection, 1973-1992;
Series II. Carlo Pittore collection, 1969-1992;
Series III. John Pyros collection, 1953-1992;
Series IV. Robert Saunders collection, 1976-1991;
Series V. Jay Yager collection, 1982;
Series VI. Unidentified addressee, 1969-1992

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