The collection is arranged as 7 series. Series 1: Correspondence, 1967-2005 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Interviews, 1977-circa 1989 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2) Series 3: Writings, circa 1980-circa 1989 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 2-3) Series 4: Research Files, circa 1971-2015 (0.5 linear feet; Box 3) Series 5: Howard Finster Files and Sound and Video Recordings, circa 1970-2001 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 3-5, OV 9, 11) Series 6: Printed Material, circa 1975-2010 (1.2 linear feet; Boxes 5-6, OV 10) Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1928-circa 2000 (1.4 linear feet; Boxes 6-8)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Use of archival visual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The John F. Turner collection of research material on visionary self-taught artist Howard Finster measures 6.9 linear feet and dates from circa 1928 to 2015, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1978 to 1990. John Turner is a California-based curator who compiled this collection in preparation for his book <em>Howard Finster: Man of Visions</em> (1989). Found within the collection are correspondence; numerous interviews with Finster and Finster family members, curators and historians, collectors, and artists; draft manuscripts and research notes; compiled research files on other topics; printed materials and commercial broadcast video recordings; and photographic material, including polaroids annotated by Finster. There is also one series of Howard Finster's papers that include writings by Finster, sound and video recordings of Finster exhibitions and talks by Finster related to those exhibitions, recordings of other speaking engagements, sermons, and other events, a scattering of personal business records that includes a ledger and price list of artwork, and artwork.
John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster, circa 1928-2015, bulk 1978-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
U-matic videocassette recording Howard Finster exhibition opening: Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication requires written permission from John Turner. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art also has the Barbara Shissler Nosanow materials relating to Howard Finster, circa 1981; an oral history interview with Howard Finster conducted on June 11, 1984 by Liza Kirwin; and an interview with Howard Finster conducted by James Arient and Howard Finster's own sound recordings of himself from 1981-1982.
John F. Turner is a writer and curator who lives in California. Turner has written books on photography and folk art and is an adjunct curator at the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum. He has also worked for NBC news and documented the lives of folk artists for many years.
Collection is in English.
The John F. Turner research material on Howard Finster was donated by John F. Turner in 1987 and 2016.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001