Joe Brainard Archive, 1960 - 1992 (MSS 0005)

Extent: 32.2 Linear feet (8 archives boxes, 47 art bin items and 86 oversize folders)

Materials collected by Robert Butts, consisting primarily of diverse works by and regarding New York artist and writer Joe Brainard (1942-1994).

Born in Arkansas in 1942 and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brainard moved to New York City in 1961. There, he quickly developed friendships with Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Bill Berkson, Barbara Guest, and other participants in the New York School. The large number of collaborative works in the collection, as well as the many illustrations Brainard did for books by others, reflect the sense of community shared by these artists.

Brainard's achievement, however, is remarkable quite aside from his many associations. Brainard harmonized linguistic and visual materials in extraordinary ways. His graphic work is notably literary, often incorporating words and sentences into non-literary designs. Such qualities prompted Frank O'Hara to say that Brainard's work had "nothing to do with philosophy, it's all art." Both the art work and writing is full of information and frequently takes erotic and semiotic risks. In one of his more scandalous serial works, Brainard subjected Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy to every imaginable erotic and high art situation.

A prolific artist, Brainard's work has been exhibited extensively in the New York City area since the early 1960s. His first retrospective show, consisting of work from 1960-1970, took place at the Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago in 1970. In the mid-1970s he created over 3,000 miniature collages, paintings, and drawings for a major show at the Fischbach Gallery in Manhattan. The materials gathered in the Joe Brainard Archive were first exhibited at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 1980. In 1986 they were again exhibited at UCSD.

Like Joe Brainard, Alex Katz is a New York City artist. He has given numerous solo shows since the early 1960s, and many of his works have been added to numerous public art collections throughout the country. Unlike Brainard, Katz has created a depthless, planar art which strips the visual image of its narrative, literary aura. The result, as one critic has noted, is an image of a reality that is of no consequence.

Materials collected by Robert Butts, consisting primarily of diverse works by and regarding New York artist and writer Joe Brainard (1942-1994). The Joe Brainard Archive consists of numerous examples of Brainard's graphic work dating from 1962 to 1979, most of the books illustrated by Brainard, all of Brainard's manuscripts and published writings, notebooks for Brainard's I Remember series and several other books, Brainard's correspondence with members of the Butts family and correspondence to Brainard from Ned Rorem and Virgil Thomson, checklists of Brainard's artistic production constructed by Robert Butts, and a selection of articles devoted to Brainard's career. In addition to the Brainard materials, the Archive also includes an oil painting by Tom Clark, and a few ink sketches by poets Ron Padgett and Allen Ginsberg. There are also manuscripts of Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark and Rudy Kikel, in addition to broadsides and books written by New York School writers such as John Ashbery, Edwin Denby, and Kenneth Koch. Primarily a study collection, the importance of the Joe Brainard Archive is in documenting the wide range, topical as well as technical, of Joe Brainard's artistic production over a twenty-year period, ca. 1960-1979.

Accession Processed in 1987: This portion of the collection contains many examples of Brainard's artwork as well as book and cover illustrations, manuscripts, and published writings, all dating from ca. 1960 to 1979. It also includes original art and documentation by and of other notable artists and writers.

Arranged in five series: 1) ARTWORK, 2) MANUSCRIPTS, 3) CORRESPONDENCE, 4) CATALOGS, and 5) BIBLIOGRAPHIES.

Accessions Processed in 1991, 1993: Portions of the Joe Brainard Archive processed in 1991 and 1993 contain originals of artwork by Joe Brainard for collaborations with Bill Berkson and Kenward Elmslie, and correspondence related to Robert Butts' projects.

Arranged in four series: 6) CORRESPONDENCE, 7) ARTWORK, 8) MANUSCRIPTS, and 9) PHOTOGRAPHS.

Joe Brainard Letters. MSS 703. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Books, journals and some artworks received in the 1984 accession of the Joe Brainard Archive have been separated from the collection and added elsewhere to the library's holdings. To identify and list these items, conduct an author search in ROGER on the term "Butts, Robert, 1952- former owner."

Container List

Accession Processed in 1987

ARTWORK

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) ARTWORK: This series comprises 161 pieces of Brainard's graphic art. Reflecting the many styles, dimensions, and media with which Brainard experimented during his career, these works include collages (including many of the miniatures Brainard constructed for a show of his in work in 1975), oil and watercolor abstractions, graphite portraits of several well-known writers, original cover art for books by Ted Berrigan and John Ashbery, and the original art work for numerous "comic strips" done in collaboration with various writers.

Box: 1 Folder: 1 Oversize: AB-002-B
If - Ink and gouache, three panels, 10 x 7 images, all unsigned, ca. 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 2 Oversize: AB-010-C
Ultra-New Realism - Self-portrait, graphite on paper and collage, 13 x 10 1/2, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 3 Oversize: AB-010-C
Untitled - Graphite on paper and collage, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 4 Oversize: AB-010-A
Moon and Reflection - Collage, 8 x 6 1/8, unsigned, 1978
Box: 1 Folder: 5 Oversize: AB-010-A
Tulips and Daffodils - Watercolor, 14 x 11, 1967
Box: 1 Folder: 6 Oversize: AB-010-A
Human Pear - Collage, 6 x 4, 1977
Box: 1 Folder: 7 Oversize: AB-010-B
Cherry - Oil on canvas, unmounted, 3 5/8 x 6 1/8, 1973
Box: 1 Folder: 8 Oversize: AB-010-A
Letters - Watercolor, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2, unsigned, 1978
Box: 1 Folder: 9 Oversize: AB-010-B
Post-Card Landscape - Collage, 6 3/4 x 4 3/4, 1979
Box: 1 Folder: 10 Oversize: MC-066-01
Carte Postal - Collage, 7 5/8 x 5 5/16, 1978
Box: 1 Folder: 11 Oversize: AB-003-E
People of the World: Relax - Ink on paper, 8 panels, (see 1.134), 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 12 Oversize: AB-005-C
Butterfly Madonna - Collage, 14 x 11, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 13 Oversize: AB-001-F
Hampton Beach Construction #1 - Construction, 24 x 1 1/2, 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 14 Oversize: AB-001-E
Hampton Beach Construction #2 - Construction, 23 1/2 x 5, 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 27 Oversize: AB-008-C
Self-Portrait - (With poem by Ted Berrigan) collage, 24 3/4 x 11 1/2, 1963
Box: 1 Folder: 28 Oversize: MC-066-01
Fleishmann's - (Collaboration with Frank O'Hara) collage, 13 3/4 x 10 3/4, signed by O'Hara and Brainard, 1965
Cigarette Butts by Joe Brainard - Oil on canvas board, all 12 x 9, unsigned, 1974
Box: 1 Folder: 29 Oversize: AB-009-D
2 of 5 from set of 6; sixth in Ron Padgett collection
Box: 1 Folder: 30 Oversize: AB-009-E
3 of 5 from set of 6
Box: 1 Folder: 31 Oversize: AB-005-C
Night-View from the Artist's Loft - Oil on canvas, 16 x 12, unsigned, (see 1.81), 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 32 Oversize: AB-005-C
Day-View from the Artist's Loft - Oil on canvas, 16 x 12, unsigned, (see 1.81), 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 33 Oversize: AB-005-D
Poet's Corner: Calais, VT. - Gouache on paper, 6 x 7 1/2, 1973
Box: 1 Folder: 34 Oversize: AB-004-A
J. J. Mitchell - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 35 Oversize: AB-004-A
Ada Katz - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 36 Oversize: AB-004-B
Larry Fagin - Graphite on paper, 14 1/4 x 11 1/2, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 37 Oversize: AB-004-B
Bill Elliot - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 38 Oversize: AB-004-B
Ron Padgett - Graphite on paper, 14 1/4 x 11 1/4, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 39 Oversize: AB-004-C
Bill Berkson - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 40 Oversize: AB-004-C
James Schuyler - Graphite on paper, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 41 Oversize: AB-004-C
Ted Berrigan - Graphite on paper, 14 1/4 x 11 1/4, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 42 Oversize: AB-004-D
Covers for two Boke Press books - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2 each, 1968

(See A. Waldman, On the Wing and L. Warsh, Highjacking).

Box: 1 Folder: 43 Oversize: AB-004-D
C Magazine Cover #3 - Ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 14, 1963
Box: 1 Folder: 44 Oversize: AB-004-D
C Magazine Cover #13 - Ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 14, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 45 Oversize: AB-004-D
Wild Flowers - Oil on masonite, 16 1/8 x 12 1/4, 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 46 Oversize: AB-005-C
If Nancy Was a Painting by de Kooning - Colored pencil, 9 5/8 x 7 3/4, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 47 Oversize: AB-004-E
Tennis Shoes - Gouache, 13 1/2 x 11, unsigned, ca. 1973
Box: 1 Folder: 48 Oversize: AB-004-E
If Nancy Was an Acid Freak - Ink and collage, 7 3/4 x 6, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 49 Oversize: AB-004-E
I've Got to Find My Other Self... - (Ron Padgett) collage, 3 7/8 x 2 1/4, 1968
Box: 1 Folder: 50 Oversize: MC-137-02
Untitled - (Tom Clark) oil on canvas, 27 x 46 1/2
Box: 1 Folder: 51 Oversize: AB-004-F
Pansies - (Three of four rejected drawings for Paris Review, no. 61; for the fourth see 1.114) ink on paper, 7 1/4 x 5, 6 3/4 x 5 1/2, 5 1/2 x 5, all unsigned, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 52 Oversize: AB-004-F
Seaweed - Collage, 13 1/2 x 11, 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 53 Oversize: AB-005-A
Dancing Tulips - Collage and gouache, 13 3/4 x 10 1/2, 1978
Box: 1 Folder: 54 Oversize: AB-005-A
Goldfish - Collage, 10 3/4 x 10 1/4, 1977
Box: 1 Folder: 55 Oversize: AB-005-A
Untitled - Collage, 3 3/4 x 3 1/2, ca. 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 56 Oversize: AB-005-B
If Nancy Was Black - Collage and colored pencil on postcard, 6 x 3 1/2, 1973
Box: 1 Folder: 57 Oversize: AB-005-B
The Wavey Dress; The Rare Tree Walked Up the Hill; The Intu; The Dog Being Attacked - (Wayne Padgett) ink on paper 3 3/16 x 4 1/2 (Intu), 11 x 8 1/2 (other three), unsigned, ca. 1974
Box: 1 Folder: 58 Oversize: MC-065-03
Sketch of Robert Butts - Graphite on paper, 23 3/4 x 18, unsigned, 1977
Box: 1 Folder: 59 Oversize: MC-071-01
Birthday Card for Ted Berrigan - Watercolor, ink, and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 7/16, ca. 1964
Box: 1 Folder: 60 Oversize: MC-065-06
Pansy - Serigraph, 25 1/2 x 25 1/2, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 61 Oversize: MC-065-04
Medicine Show - Serigraph, 27 x 19 3/4, 1977
Box: 1 Folder: 64 Oversize: AB-003-D
Untitled #5 - (Don West) colored pencil on sculptured paper, 13 x 13 1/8, ca. 1980
Box: 1 Folder: 65 Oversize: MC-065-05
Four illustrations from Best and Company - (Mushrooms, Felix the Cat, Glove, and Hurdler) ink on paper, 10 x 7, unsigned, 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 66 Oversize: AB-012-C
Homage to Marilyn Monroe - Collage, 7 x 4 3/4, 1979
Box: 1 Folder: 67-69 Oversize: MC-071-01
Illustration for An Anthology of New York Poets, 1969

Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2.

Box: 1 Folder: 70 Oversize: MC-065-07
Illustrations for White Noise - (Collaboration with Anne Waldman) ink on paper, 6 leaves, 12 x 9, ca. 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 71 Oversize: MC-065-08
Illustrations for The Great Explosion Mystery - (Collaboration with John Ashbery) ink on paper, six panels, 13 x 10, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 72 Oversize: MC-066-01
Cover for Ted Berrigan's The Sonnets - Gouache, 13 x 10, 1964
Box: 1 Folder: 73 Oversize: MC-066-01
Rejected cover for Ted Berrigan's The Sonnets - Collage, 7 1/4 x 4 1/8, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 74 Oversize: MC-066-01
Some Trees - Gouache of original cover for 1970 reprint of John Ashbery's Some Trees, 13 1/1 x 10 1/2, 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 75 Oversize: MC-066-01
C Magazine Cover #10 - Ink wash, 14 1/4 x 8 3/4, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 76 Oversize: MC-066-01
If Nancy Were a DaVinci Drawing - Ink on off-set of DaVinci sketch, 14 x 10 1/4, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 77 Oversize: MC-066-01
Skowhegan Ball Costume - Watercolor and ink, 6 x 4, 1977
Box: 1 Folder: 78 Oversize: MC-066-01
December 21, 1966 - Gouache and ink, 13 x 10
Box: 1 Folder: 79 Oversize: MC-066-01
Mushroom - Gouache and ink wash, 13 1/2 x 10 9/16, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 80 Oversize: MC-066-01
Joseph - Ink on paper, 13 x 10, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 81 Oversize: MC-066-01
View from Artist's Loft - Graphite on paper, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 82 Oversize: MC-066-01
Chocolate Donut Mona Lisa - (Includes envelope sent to Robert Butts) ink and collage, 4 x 6, (Joe Brainard postcard), printed signature, 1976
Box: 1 Folder: 83 Oversize: MC-066-01
Tom Clark - Graphite on paper, 14 1/2 x 10 1/2, (signed by Tom Clark), 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 84 Oversize: MC-066-01
Cinzano Ashtray Etching - Etching, 1/15, 18 x 15, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 85 Oversize: MC-066-01
Cigarette Butts Etching - Etching, 6/15, 15 x 12, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 86 Oversize: MC-066-01
de Kooning Nancy Etching - Etching, 6/15, 15 x 12, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 87 Oversize: MC-066-01
Blue Pear - Gouache and ink, 9 x 7, 1979
Box: 1 Folder: 88 Oversize: MC-066-01
Sun and Clouds - Pencil and collage, 4 1/2 x 3, 1979
Box: 1 Folder: 89 Oversize: MC-066-01
Down Through the Ages - (Collaboration with Kenneth Koch) ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, unsigned by both, 1963
Box: 1 Folder: 90 Oversize: MC-066-01
Christmas Card (Christmas Tree) - Ink and colored pencil, 6 7/8 x 4 7/8, (cf. 1.100 & 5.2), 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 91 Oversize: MC-066-01
Donut with Blood - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink on board, 14 x 8 1/2, 1967
Box: 1 Folder: 92 Oversize: MC-066-01
Cezanne - (Collaboration with Ron Padgett) ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, 1967
Box: 1 Folder: 93 Oversize: MC-066-02
Flyer for Lorenzo Thomas Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 94 Oversize: MC-066-02
Cover for Adventures in Poetry, No. 2 - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, 1968
Box: 1 Folder: 95 Oversize: MC-066-02
Flyer for Anne Waldman and Joe Brainard Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 96 Oversize: MC-066-02
Flyer for Ted Berrigan Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 97 Oversize: MC-066-02
Personal Nancy Love - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, four sheets, 15 3/8 x 11 1/2, (cf. 1.128), 1963
Box: 1 Folder: 98 Oversize: MC-066-02
Flyer for Michael Brownstein and James Tate Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 99 Oversize: MC-066-02
Cover for Landau-Alan Show - Ink on paper, 7 x 9 3/4, (see 8.2 & 8.3), 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 100 Oversize: MC-066-02
Christmas Card (Window) - Ink, 9 1/8 x 7 5/8, (see 1.90 & 5.12), 1973
Box: 1 Folder: 101 Oversize: MC-066-02
Swamp Vodka - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) watercolor, ink, and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 102 Oversize: MC-066-02
Miles - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) gouache and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 103 Oversize: MC-066-02
Air Blue - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) gouache and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 104 Oversize: MC-066-02
Blue Movie - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) gouache and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 105 Oversize: MC-066-02
It's a Blue World - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 106 Oversize: MC-066-02
There's No Now - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) watercolor wash and collage, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 107 Oversize: MC-066-02
Babe Rainbow - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 108 Oversize: MC-066-02
Long Time No See - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 109 Oversize: MC-066-02
Grandmother - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 110 Oversize: MC-066-02
As Usual - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink and collage, 14 x 11, unsigned, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 111 Oversize: MC-067-01
Next to Last Cigarette - Ink on canvas board and collage, 5 x 4, 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 112 Oversize: MC-067-01
Rejected drawing for cover of Some Trees - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 1.74), 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 113 Oversize: MC-067-01
Pansies - (Fourth of four rejected drawings for Paris Review, no. 61) ink on paper, 5 1/2 x 5, unsigned, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 114 Oversize: MC-067-01
Ted Berrigan - Ink and photograph, 12 3/4 x 9 5/8, unsigned, 1963
Box: 1 Folder: 115 Oversize: MC-067-01
Bobbie Creeley - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 116 Oversize: MC-067-01
Alex Katz - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 117 Oversize: MC-067-01
Anne Waldman - Graphite on paper, 10 5/8 x 13 5/8, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 118 Oversize: MC-067-01
Dick Gallup - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 119 Oversize: MC-067-01
For Robert, with Love - Collage and gouache, 8 x 10, 1977
Box: 1 Folder: 120 Oversize: MC-067-01
Blades of Grass - Watercolor and collage, 9 1/2 x 7, ca. 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 121 Oversize: MC-067-01
Broadsheet - Text by Ron Padgett, designed by Joe Brainard, 1 leaf, 1959
Box: 1 Folder: 122 Oversize: MC-067-02
Flyer for Larry Fagin, David Shapiro, and Charles Levendosky Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 123 Oversize: MC-067-02
Nude in Pink and Gray - Gouache and collage, 3 1/8 x 1 7/8, 1970
Box: 1 Folder: 124 Oversize: MC-067-02
Sailor Pissing - Ink on paper, 2 x 1 1/2, 1976
Box: 1 Folder: 125 Oversize: MC-067-02
Sailor's Jumper Postcard - Ink and collage, 6 x 4, 1976
Box: 1 Folder: 126 Oversize: MC-067-02
John Henry - Gouache, 4 x 3, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 127 Oversize: MC-067-02
Fragments of a Self-Portrait - (Four of five pieces) colored pencil, 10 x 8, 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 128 Oversize: MC-067-02
Personal Nancy Love - Two hand-colored sheets of printed comic strip, 14 5/8 x 5 7/16, (cf. 1.97), 1963
Box: 1 Folder: 129 Oversize: MC-067-02
Illustration for Recent Visitors - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink on paper, 1 leaf, 12 x 9, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 130 Oversize: MC-067-02
Michael Brownstein - Graphite on paper, 13 5/8 x 10 5/8, 1971
Box: 1 Folder: 131 Oversize: MC-067-02
Hockey Player, cover for C Magazine, #7, - 14 x 8 1/2, 1964
Box: 1 Folder: 132 Oversize: MC-067-02
Guillaume Apollinaire - Gouache and ink, 13 1/8 x 10, 1967
Box: 1 Folder: 133 Oversize: MC-067-02
Now the Planet's Face Has Stopped - (Collaboration with Dick Gallup) ink and watercolor, 13 1/8 x 10 1/8, signed only by Dick Gallup, 1963
Box: 1 Folder: 134 Oversize: MC-068-01
Original Artwork for Pat - (Collaboration with Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 7 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 135 Oversize: MC-068-02
Original Artwork for The Earth Machine - (Collaboration with Kenneth Koch) ink on paper, 9 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 136 Oversize: MC-069-01
Original Artwork for Betty Sue's Biplane - (Collaboration with Dick Gallup) ink on paper, 5 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966
Box: 1 Folder: 137 Oversize: MC-069-02
Original Artwork for I Love You deKooning - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink on paper, 11 matted panels, 13 x 10, ca. 1969
Box: 1 Folder: 138 Oversize: MC-070-01
Illustrations for Mechanical Ride - (Collaboration with Kenward Elmslie) ink on paper, 11 panels, 11 x 8 1/2 (title and publisher's pages), 12 x 9, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 139 Oversize: MC-070-02
Original Artwork for Foreheads - (Collaboration with Barbara Guest) ink on paper, 6 matted panels, 13 x 10, 1966
Box: 2 Folder: 1
Chinese Vase Postcard - Ink, 6 x 4, 1972

Also includes Pussycat Playing Card - Collage and gouache, 5 1/2 x 4

Box: 2 Folder: 2
Some Blue Gay Porn - Construction (four collages and one ink drawing on 4 1/2 x 3 paper stuffed in envelope with blue ink lettering and wash on front and blue-checked contact paper on back; placed in blue-bordered handkerchief; placed in blue-jean pocket mounted on plywood), 10 x 7 3/4 oval, 1975
Box: 2 Folder: 3
Nancy - Ink on board, 10 x 7 1/2, unsigned, ca. 1969
Box: 2 Folder: 4
Anniversary Card to Ted and Sandy Berrigan - Collage on contact paper, 3 3/8 x 10, 1966
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Scrap Book - Ink drawing and collage, 16 pages enclosed in paper folder titled and signed which is enclosed in a gas mask canvas envelope, 4 1/8 x 5 1/4, 1977
Box: 2 Folder: 6 Oversize: FB-187-01
I Love You Marilyn Monroe - Collage, 10 1/2 x 17, signed, 1962
Box: 2 Folder: 7
Hand and Flower - (Marisol) rubber- stamp print, 9 1/2 x 6 7/16, 1967
Box: 2 Folder: 8
Untitled - (C. Marvin) oil on postcard, 2 x 1 1/2, 1975
Box: 2 Folder: 9
Healthies - (Artist unknown) ink on paper, comic strip, (8 panels), 14 x 8 1/2, undated
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Untitled - (Ron Padgett) watercolor, 6 x 7 3/4, 1975
Box: 2 Folder: 11
Glub - (Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 9 1/4 x 7 3/8, signed by Berrigan, sticker attributing to JB, 1965
Box: 2 Folder: 12 Oversize: FB-187-02
Tear Fell - (Brigid Polk) watercolor on poster board, 13 5/16 x 10 5/8, undated
Box: 2 Folder: 13
C Comics, No. 2 - ("People of the World: Relax" has been excerpted and framed; "Hard Times," a collaboration with Frank O'Hara, and two advertisements are missing) ink drawings, 58 leaves, 13 x 10, 1966
Box: 2 Folder: 14
Rejected cover for Adventures in Poetry, No. 2 - Ink on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 3/8, (cf. 1.94), 1968
Box: 2 Folder: 15
Rejected drawing for cover of Brain Damage - Collage, 11 x 8 1/2, 1970
Box: 2 Folder: 16
Flyer for Ted Berrigan and Jim Dine Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1970
Box: 2 Folder: 17
Flyer for Clark Coolidge and Larry Fagin Poetry Reading - Ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, (see 5.14), 1971
Box: 2 Folder: 18
13 rejected drawings for Bean Spasms for Ted by Joe - (11 of 13 in folder signed by Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 10 1/16 x 7 5/8, 1967
Box: 2 Folder: 19
Sketch for an Assemblage - Pentel on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, unsigned, 1962
Box: 2 Folder: 20
Advertisement for C Comics, #1 - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963
Box: 2 Folder: 21
Paris Review t-shirt ad (Nancy Leaning Against Tree) - (Published in issues 54, 55, and 56) ink on paper, 10 x 7 1/4, 1972
Box: 2 Folder: 22
Larry Fagin - Ink on paper, 8 x 6 1/2, ca. 1966
Box: 2 Folder: 23
Illustration for Recent Visitors - (Collaboration with Bill Berkson) ink on paper, 9 leaves, 12 x 9, 1971
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Illustrations for Shiny Ride - (Collaboration with Kenward Elmslie) ink on paper, 11 leaves, 11 x 8 1/2 (title and publisher's page), 12 x 9, 1972
Box: 3 Folder: 2
Nancy Stamps - (Block of 6) pentel on postage stamps, 3 x 3 1/8, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 3
Pansy Cut-Out - Cut-out, 1 1/2 x 1, unsigned, ca. 1972
Box: 3 Folder: 4
West Hampton Beach Collage - Collage, 2 x 2, signed and titled on separate sheet, 1969
Box: 3 Folder: 5
Wednesday, March 18, 1975 - Collage, 6 3/8 x 4 3/16
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Soup - Ink and collage, 4 3/4 x 80 3/4, 1963
Box: 3 Folder: 7
TV Set Key-Ring - Collage, 5 1/8 x 1 7/8, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 8
Tareyton Cigarettes by Larry Rivers - Collage, and pen and ink, 3 5/8 x 2 1/2, 1972
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Still-Life with TV - Collage and colored pencil, 5 1/4 x 3 1/2, unsigned, 1976
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Smoking Cigarette Matchbook - Gouache and collage, 3 3/4 x 1 1/2, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 11
Parisian - Gouache and collage, 3 x 2, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 12
All-American Night - Collage, 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in plastic box, unsigned, 1976
Box: 3 Folder: 13
Flowers Matchbook - Collage and pentel, 3 5/8 x 1 1/2, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 14
Egyptian Night Matchbook - Collage, 3 3/4 x 2, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 15
Comet - Gouache and collage, 2 3/4 x 1 7/8, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 16
Autumn Tree Matchbook - Gouache and watercolor, 3 3/4 x 1 1/2, unsigned, 1977
Box: 3 Folder: 17
Muy Malo - Ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 7 1/2, 1976
Box: 3 Folder: 18
Jenny Jump - (Illustration for a children's book Brainard and Ron Padgett planned to do) sepia ink, 4 3/4 x 3 3/8, 1966
Box: 3 Folder: 19
Original artwork for Twenty-Four Pictures and Some Words - 21 of original ink and collage illustrations with title page, 5 5/16 x 4 1/8, 1979
Box: 3 Folder: 20
Amazing but True - Eight ink drawings appeared in Paris Review, no. 53, 11 x 7, 1972
Box: 3 Folder: 21
Seven rejected drawings for Dick Gallup's Bingo - (Only five are contained in folder) all pen and ink, 8 x 6 1/2 , 1966
Box: 3 Folder: 22
Rejected cover for Columbia Review (Fall 1963) - Ink and rubber stamp, 9 1/8 x 6 1/8, 1963
Box: 3 Folder: 23
Rejected cover for Kenward Elmslie's Barbie and Ken - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963
Box: 4 Folder: 1
Rejected cover for Ted Berrigan's From Living with Chris - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963
Box: 4 Folder: 2
Rejected cover for Tom Veitch's The Louis Armed Story - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963
Box: 4 Folder: 3
Rejected cover for William Burroughs' St. Louis Return - Ink on paper, 14 x 8 1/2, 1963
Box: 4 Folder: 4
One Love Book for Ted and Sandy by Joe - Multi-media, 24 leaves, 10 x 8 1/4, 1963
Box: 4 Folder: 5
Illustrations for Living with Chris - Ink on paper, 20 leaves, 11 1/8 x 8 1/2, ca. 1968
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Five covers for one issue of C Magazine, #7 - Multi-media, #1--Star Spangled Stories, #2--Control, #3--Fetus, #4--Hairy, #5--Child and hand, 14 x 8 1/2, 1964
Box: 4 Folder: 7 Oversize: FB-187-03
Cover for C Magazine, #5 - Ink, 15 x 9 1/2, 1963
Box: 4 Folder: 8 Oversize: FB-187-04
Christmas Book for Ted by Joe - Multi-media, 11 leaves, 13 1/4 x 10 1/4, 1966
Box: 4 Folder: 9
Rameses II - Collage, 2 7/8 x 2 3/8, 1971
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Illustrations for Living with Chris - (Camera-ready art-work) ink on graph paper, 6 leaves, 11 x 8 1/2, ca. 1967
Box: 4 Folder: 11
Illustrations and text for The Drunken Boat - (Text by Ted Berrigan) ink on paper, 11 x 8 1/2, 1971
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Joe Brainard with Coke Bottle - Black and white photograph, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2, 1964
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Joe Brainard with Cigarette - Black and white photograph, 5 x 4, 1972
Box: 4 Folder: 14
Joe Brainard Remembering - Black and white photograph, 9 3/4 x 8, ca. 1977
Box: 4 Folder: 15
James Schuyler - Black and white photograph, 4 1/4 x 3 1/2, ca. 1969
Box: 4 Folder: 16
Nude Torso of Joe Brainard (reputed?) - (Artist: John Button) graphite and watercolor on paper, pasted on board, 4 1/4 x 11, 1972
Box: 4 Folder: 17 Oversize: FB-187-05
Photo offsets for covers and flyers - 4 leaves, ca. 1964-1969
Box: 4 Folder: 18 Oversize: FB-187-06
Grass Harp - (Painted Smiles Records), 1967
Box: 4 Folder: 19
Exhibition etchings and lithographs, 1973 - By Whistler (includes ink drawing by Bill Berkson inside from cover; signed by Berkson and addressed to Anjelica Clarke, 1974)
Box: 4 Folder: 20
Five inch audio tape of Joe Brainard reading Alice and of Kenward Elmslie reading The Champ. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1968
Box: 5 Folder: 1
Ex-Lax V. Feenamint Vs. Ex-Lax Vs. Feen - (Collaboration with T. Berrigan, Dick Gallup, and Ron Padgett) multi-media notebook, 53 leaves, 10 3/8 x 7 7/8, 1963
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Inside Gordon's House - Nine ink drawings in spiral notebook, 11 x 8 1/2, unsigned, 1971
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Vermont - 62 pen and ink drawings in notebook, 10 1/4 x 7 3/4, 1977
Box: 5 Folder: 4
My Favorite Quotations - 48 leaves, 1971
Box: 5 Folder: 5
We Still Don't Know - 12 leaves, 1975
Box: 5 Folder: 6
8 Mini-Essays - 9 leaves, 1975
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Some Vermont Nature Notes - 7 leaves, 1970
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Artist's Postcards - (Joe Brainard is # 77-78E 3-4) 39 leaves in card board envelope with Christopher Street review, 1977
Box: 5 Folder: 9
Postcards by Joe Brainard - 4 images, 6 leaves, 1976
Box: 5 Folder: 10
Postcard by Joe Brainard for St. Mark's Poetry Project, undated - 1 leaf
Box: 5 Folder: 11
Twelve Postcards by Joe Brainard - 3 sets, 12 leaves in group envelope, 1975
Box: 5 Folder: 12
Two Christmas Cards - 2 leaves, (see 1.90 and 1.100), 1968 and 1973
Box: 5 Folder: 13
Poster and Program notes for New Dance Works - (Included was a dance based on JB's I Remember), 2 leaves, 1977
Box: 5 Folder: 14
Various Flyers for poetry readings designed by JB - 36 leaves, most done in 1970s
Box: 5 Folder: 15
Bibliographic descriptions of poetry flyers above, done by Robert Butts - 33 leaves, ca. 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 16
Poster of memorial reading for Ted Berrigan, designed by JB - 1 leaf, 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 17
Cover for The Grass Harp LP - (Painted Smiles Records) 2 leaves, ca. 1967
Box: 5 Folder: 18
Book marker designed by JB - (Signed to Robert Butts), 1 leaf, 1977
Box: 5 Folder: 19
Envelope only for "10 Original Joe Brainard Brown Postcards" - For Robert with love / From Joe, 1975
Box: 5 Folder: 20 Oversize: FB-186-01
Twenty-five print plates for Twenty-Four Pictures and Some Words
Box: 5 Folder: 21
Bean Spasms buttons

MANUSCRIPTS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) MANUSCRIPTS: Includes the notebooks and original manuscripts for nine books by Brainard. Several manuscripts by Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark, Philip Gambone, and Rudy Kikel are also included. Arranged chronologically.

Manuscripts by Joe Brainard
Box: 6 Folder: 1
I Remember - 90 leaves, manuscript, 1968
Box: 6 Folder: 2
I Remember #2 - 83 leaves (includes packing envelope on which is written " 'I REMEMBER' No. 2 (First Version Hand-written)." Manuscript, 1968
Original notes for I Remember More, 1971
Box: 6 Folder: 3
34 leaves (include packing envelope on which is written "Original Notes for 'I Remember More' Additions"). Manuscript
Box: 6 Folder: 4
44 leaves, (a bound composition book titled "I Remember", vol. 3.) Manuscript
Box: 6 Folder: 5
I Remember More - 84 leaves, (includes packing envelope on which is written "I Remember More" Manuscript) (Plus late minute additions). Typescript, 1-39; Xerox, 38-49; Typescript, 54; Carbon, 55-62; Manuscript, 63-84, 1971
More I Remember More, 1973
Box: 6 Folder: 6
82 leaves, manuscript
Box: 6 Folder: 7
81 leaves, (includes packing envelope on which is written "More I. R. M. Final Manuscript [Before Being Typed] "). Manuscript: 1-2, 8, 17-21, 26-33, 38-41, 49-53, 55-58, 64-67, 72, 75-79. Typescript: 3-7, 9-16, 22-25, 34-37, 42-48, 54, 59-63, 68-71, 73-74, 80-81
Box: 6 Folder: 8
44 leaves, (first carbon copy of typescript), typescript
Box: 6 Folder: 9
Last I Remember - 85 leaves, (includes packing envelope on which is written "The Last I Remember [First Version Plus Un-used Notes]"). Manuscript
Box: 6 Folder: 10
California - 85 leaves. Manuscript, 1971
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Bolinas Journal - 67 leaves. Manuscript, 1971
Box: 6 Folder: 12
Nothing to Write Home About - 17 leaves. Manuscript, 1978
Box: 6 Folder: 13
Out in the Hamptons - 28 leaves. Manuscript, with letter to Robert Butts, 1978
Box: 6 Folder: 14
Outer Banks - 4 leaves. Typescript, 1-3, Manuscript, 4, 1978
Manuscripts by Other Authors
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Ted Berrigan, "Introduction" to Show - 2 leaves. Typescript with corrections, 1965
Box: 7 Folder: 2
Ted Berrigan, "About my Work" - (Includes references to Joe Brainard and annotated by TB), 4 leaves. Typescript, ca. 1963
Box: 7 Folder: 3
Tom Clark, "Gang of 8" - 3 leaves, with 24 unmounted slides of the 8 book illustrations. Also includes 1 TLs, 1 ALs, and 4 APCs. Typescript, 1981
Box: 7 Folder: 4
Tom Clark, "Brainards" and "To Destiny," - 1 leaf. ("Brainards" is a manuscript, "To Destiny" is a typescript and collaboration with Lewis MacAdams), ca. 1968
Box: 7 Folder: 5
Philip Gambone, The Ordinary World of Joe Brainard - 50 leaves with 1 page cover letter addressed to Robert Butts. Typescript copy, 1-26; Manuscript notes, 27-50, 1977
Box: 7 Folder: 6
Rudy Kikel, Everybody's Joe Brainard and Mine - 7 leaves. Typescript, ca. 1982
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Rudy Kikel, Selfish Desires - 71 leaves with 3 page cover letter addressed to Robert Butts, (Published in 1985). Typescript copy, 1982

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) CORRESPONDENCE: Consists primarily of letters from Joe Brainard to Robert Butts. In addition, there are letters from Ned Rorem and Virgil Thomson to Brainard, and letters from Ron Padgett, John Giorno, Larry Fagin, and others to Robert Butts.

Brainard, Joe to Robert Butts
Box: 7 Folder: 8
6 ALs (16 leaves), 1974
Box: 7 Folder: 9
13 ALs, 2 E (44 leaves), 1975
Box: 7 Folder: 10
5 ALs, 1 APCs (21 leaves), 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 11
10 ALs (30 leaves), 1977
Box: 7 Folder: 12
14 ALs, 1 APCs (45 leaves), 1978
Box: 7 Folder: 13
10 ALs, 1 APCs (45 leaves), 1979
Box: 7 Folder: 14
7 ALs, 4 E (22 leaves), 1980
Brainard, Joe to Helen Butts
Box: 7 Folder: 15
4 ALs, 13 E (24 leaves), 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 16
4 ALs, 16 E (27 leaves), 1978
Box: 7 Folder: 17
Brainard, Joe to John Martin - 2 APCs, 3 E (6 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 18
Fagin, Larry to Robert Butts - 1 ALs, 2 TLs, Tsc of JB's, 3 E (12 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 19
Giorno, John - 1 TLs, 1 E (2 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 20
Miles, Robert and Elaine - 2 ALs, 3 TLs (10 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 21
Miller, High to Robert Butts - 20 TLs, 1 TPCs (37 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 22
Padgett, Ron to Robert Butts - 3 TLs, 3 APcs, 1 TSc of interview between RP and J. Brainard (11 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 23
Rorem, Ned to Joe Brainard - 1 APCs (1 leaf)
Box: 7 Folder: 24
Thomson, Virgil - 1 TLs, 1 TPCs (2 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 25
Waldman, Frances - 1 TLs, 1 TPCs (2 leaves)
Box: 7 Folder: 26
Winkfield, Trevor - 1 TLs, 2 E (3 leaves)

CATALOGS

Box: 8 Folder: 1
Materials related to Long Beach exhibit of Joe Brainard (1980) work

Includes exhibit catalogs, announcements, and one review.

Box: 8 Folder: 2-3
Reviews and exhibit catalogs of Joe Brainard's work
Box: 8 Folder: 4-5
Exhibit catalogs of Alex Katz's work
Box: 8 Folder: 6-8
Reviews of Alex Katz's work
Box: 8 Folder: 9
Ephemera received from Joe Brainard

CHECKLISTS

Box: 9 Folder: 1-2
Bibliography of Joe Brainard - Mss. by Robert Butts, undated
Box: 9 Folder: 3
List of writings and illustrations by Joe, (Xeroxed from Joe's original notebooks) - Mss. by Robert Butts, undated
Box: 9 Folder: 4-5
Catalog of Joe Brainard Materials by Robert Butts

Accessions Processed in 1991, 1993

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) CORRESPONDENCE: Includes letters from Bill Berkson to Robert Butts concerning publication of his book Serenade and correspondence from Joe Brainard.

Box: 9 Folder: 6
Berkson, Bill, 1986 - 1987
Box: 9 Folder: 7
Brainard, Joe, 1986 - 1987
Box: 9 Folder: 19
Brainard, Joe to Robert Butts - 7 APCs, 9 ALSs, encs. (20 leaves), 1987-1992
Box: 9 Folder: 8
Greenwald, Ted, 1986 - 1987
Box: 9 Folder: 9
Rodefer, Stephen, 1987

ARTWORK

Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) ARTWORK: Contains original drawings by Joe Brainard for three collaborative works with Bill Berkson and The Baby Book with Kenward Elmslie. Also included are original art by Brainard for miscellaneous poetry readings and flyers. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Box: 9 Folder: 10 Oversize: FB-187-07
Baby Book by Kenward Elmslie and Joe Brainard
Box: 9 Folder: 11 Oversize: FB-187-08
Life Begins at Zero by Bill Berkson and Joe Brainard
Box: 9 Folder: 12 Oversize: FB-187-09
My Dream of Life by Bill Berkson and Joe Brainard
Box: 9 Folder: 13
Original art for poetry readings and flyers
Box: 9 Folder: 14
Serenade, by Bill Berkson and Joe Brainard

Includes text and watercolors.

MANUSCRIPTS

Box: 9 Folder: 15
Cnidus, August 4th by Bill Berkson - Photocopies of proofs

PHOTOGRAPHS

Box: 9 Folder: 16 Oversize: AB-009-B
Portraits of Joe Brainard by Elizabeth Hathon - Contact sheets and framed print, 1985
Box: 9 Folder: 17
Portrait of Joe Brainard by Duncan Hannah, spring 1992
Box: 9 Folder: 18
Gang of Eight - 2 1/4 color transparencies [located in the Archives Negative File]