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Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly, circa 1900-2018

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Burns, Sarah, 1946-  Search this
Harnly, Perkins  Search this
Paxton, Bill  Search this
Sound recordings
Video recordings
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Physical Description:
1.9 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as 5 series. Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1900-2004 (0.7 linear feet; Box 1, OV 4) Series 2: Correspondence, 1932-2018 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1) Series 3: Writings, circa 1941-circa 1980 (0.4 linear feet; Boxes 1-2) Series 4: Printed Materials, 1932-1984 (0.2 linear feet; Boxes 2-3) Series 5: Photographic Materials, circa 1900-1981 (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
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The Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly measures 1.9 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 2018. The material was compiled by Burns for her book about Harnly titled, The Emphatically Queer Career of Artist Perkins Harnly , published in 2021. The collection comprises Harnly's biographical materials that include documentary material on three video recordings, audio and video recordings of interviews with Harnly by Bill Paxton and others, and scrapbooks and miscellaneous materials containing a mixture of printed materials, drawings by Harnly, and photographs; Harnly's personal and professional correspondence with Bill Paxton and others; writings by Harnly and others on various subjects; postcards collected by Harnly while traveling, and announcements and catalogs for Harly's exhibitions in printed materials; and photographic materials of Harnly, his travel snapshots, works of art, and a few miscellaneous photographs.
Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly, circa 1900-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Perkins Harnly papers, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan resarch material on Perkins Harnly, and a 1981 oral history interview with Perkins Harnly.
Biography Note:
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.
Language Note:
English .
The Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly was donated in 2022 by Sarah Burns.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
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Archives of American Art