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Lawrence Le Clair papers

Le Clair, Lawrence, 1936-  Search this
Baker, Gerald Lon, d. 1976  Search this
Fink, Laurence B., 1941-  Search this
Propper, Dan, 1937-  Search this
14.8 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on 1 reel))
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Scope and Contents:
Autobiographical sketches; correspondence; 3 scrapbooks/journals; original art work; photographs and slides; a catalog; and a typescript.
REEL 792: 3 scrapbooks/journals, 1957-1974, containing ideas, quotes, clippings, sketches, photographs; 6 letters from Laurence B. Fink and poet Danny Propper concerning a projected book based on the film "Les Beatniks"; an autobiographical sketch; a catalog which Le Clair made of his paintings, including photos, titles, years, medium, and measurements; 19 photographs from 3 films in which Le Clair acted ("Les Beatniks," "Senseless," and "The Gas Heart") and 2 photos of his painting "The Knower."
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence; art work for a poster; clippings; exhibition catalogs; an autobiography, 1983; a photo essay, "Rainbow Flag" by Le Clair, 1972; "Tales of the Taragoo" by Le Clair, 1975, concerning Gerald Lon Baker; a poem "The Ashes Blow into the Wind" by Gerald Lon Baker, undated; 3 poems by Dan Propper, 1968-1977; photographs, including 2 of Le Clair, 8 of his studio, 7 of Le Clair working on murals, 16 by Laurence Fink from the film "Les Beatniks" 1959, and 14 from the film "Don Peyote" 1960-1961; and 200 slides of Le Clair's work.
Letters; journals; sketchbooks; a photograph of Le Clair; three original prints, other artworks, including mailart; photographs of journal and travel book covers; a poem, 1977; newspaper articles and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, mural painter, and writer; Santa Rosa, Calif. Also known as "The Turk," Le Clair emerged out of N.Y. beat scene in late 50's. Acted in underground films. Died 2004.
Material on reel 792 lent for microfilming 1974 by Lawrence Le Cllair; remainder donated 1977-2000 by Le Clair.
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Painters -- California -- Santa Rosa  Search this
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