Bradford Graves Letters from John Taggart and Others, 1976 - 1994 (MSS 0693)

Extent: 0.2 Linear feet (1 archives box)

Letters written by John Taggart to artist Bradford Graves discussing poetry projects, teaching, music and daily life. Also included is a small amount of correspondence between Graves and Bob Callahan and Graves and Gil Ott regarding the publication of Graves' art along with Taggart's poetry.

Bradford Graves was born in Dallas, Texas in 1939. He moved to New York City in 1958, where he studied at the School of Visual Arts, the American School, and the New School. As an artist, Graves worked primarily in stone, but was also know for his drawings, including those done in collaboration with the poet John Taggart. Graves worked with Taggart, illustrating Taggart's poetry in the book Peace on Earth: Poems (1981), providing art for the John Taggart issue of Paper Air (1979), and illustrating the cover of Songs of Degrees (1994).

Graves passed away in New York City in 1998.

The collection contains letters written by John Taggart to artist Bradford Graves discussing poetry projects, teaching, music and daily life. Three letters are written by Taggart and addressed to Graves' wife Verna. Letters range in date from 1976-1994.

Also included in the collection are a small number of letters between Graves and Bob Callahan (of Turtle Island Foundation, publisher of Taggart's book Peace on Earth), as well as Graves and Gil Ott regarding the publication of Graves' art along with Taggart's poetry.

Container List

LETTERS

To Bradford Graves from John Taggart
Box: 1 Folder: 1-2
1976 - 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 3
1984 - 1987
Box: 1 Folder: 4
1994
Box: 1 Folder: 5
To Verna Graves from John Taggart, 1977, 1980
Box: 1 Folder: 6
Between Bradford Graves and Bob Callahan, 1980 - 1981
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Between Bradford Graves and Gil Ott, 1978 - 1979