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Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly

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Burns, Sarah  Search this
Harnly, Perkins, 1901-1986  Search this
1.6 Linear feet
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
circa 1932-1985
Scope and Contents:
Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly measures 1.7 linear feet and dates from circa 1932-1985. Included are letters from Perkins Harnly to Bill Paxton; personal and professional correspondence; printed material and source material; writings by Perkins and others; a photograph album; photographs, negatives, transparencies and slides of works of art by Harnly; photographs of Harnly, his family, friends, colleagues and his travels; 3 VHS videos and 3 audio cassettes of interviews with Perkins conducted by Bill Paxton and Tom Huckabee and 1 VHS video "Perkins Harnly" by Alan Warshaw, 1969; lists of works of art by Harnly; and postcards from Harnly's travels.
Biographical / Historical:
Sarah Burns is professor Emeritus of art history at Indiana University. Burns studied the career of artist Perkins Harnly (1901-1986) and wrote the book The Emphatically Queer Career of Artist Perkins Harnly and His Bohemian Friends, 2021.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Perkins Harnly papers, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan resarch material on Perknis Harnly, and a 1981 oral history interview with Perkins Harnly.
Donated in 2022 by Sarah Burns.
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Archival Repository:
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