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Henry Darger Papers, 1966-1971

Creator:
Darger, Henry, 1892-1972
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
1 linear foot (on 2 microfilm reels).
Arrangement:
I.Exhibition Catalog, 1977. II.Autobiography. III.Diaries, 1968-1971.
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Summary:
This collection contains an exhibition catalog entitled REALMS OF THE UNREAL - THE WORK OF HENRY DARGER (1977), two volumes of Darger's "My Life History," and two diaries. Diaries describe his reclusive life, March 1968-January 1971 (348 p.), including such activities as attending mass several times a day, going to confession and communion, tying cords together, and making balls. He also writes about his leg pain, walks, and his temper tantrums.
Citation:
Henry Darger Papers, 1966-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels [4181-4182] available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals returned to the lender, Nathan Lerner, after microfilming.
Loan:
Loan
Provenance:
Darger lived for forty years in a rented room in a building owned by Nathan Lerner. Lerner became Darger's friend, and by default, his caretaker. Darger gave Lerner the contents of his room when he moved in 1971.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9616
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211823
AAA_collcode_darghenr
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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