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Calvin Burnett papers, 1920-1979, bulk 1960s-1970s

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as nine series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1947-1979
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material includes resumes, biographical notes and short biographies, certificates from volunteer organizations, and an interview transcript. This series also includes an extensive run of personal calendars, as well as handwritten calendars/notes of personal activities.
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Biographical notes and short biographies, 1960s-1970s
1
1
Resumes, 1960s-1970s
1
2
Certificates from volunteer organizations, undated
1
3
Framingham Union Hospital, 1976
1
4
Calendars, 1947-1951, 1954-1956, 1958-1960, 1976-1979
1
5-10
Handwritten calendar of events and activities, 1959-1977
1
11
Interview transcript - "Jazz Album", 1949
1
12

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1941-1979
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

The correspondence series consists of letters both to, and from Burnett, and also includes drafts of letters. Correspondence is primarily to and from other artists, galleries, curators, etc. and is related to Burnett's artwork. There is additional correspondence that relates to his teaching responsibilities, as well as some letters from family and friends, including cartoonist Art Wood. This series is arranged chronologically, with the undated correspondence at the end. Some fragments of letters were included with the undated correspondence. When possible, these fragments have been identified and filed appropriately. Remaining fragments are in the first (circa 1950s) undated folder.
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Correspondence, 1941-1979
1
13-23
Fragments and undated, circa 1950s
1
24
Undated correspondence, circa 1940s-1970s
1
25-26

Series 3: Writings , 1950s-1970s
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2, OV 7

This series includes material related to Burnett's book, Objective Drawing, as well as other writing such as class notes, notecards, and poetry.
3.1: Objective Drawing Book Project, 1958-1969
This series includes a galley proof of the book, Objective Drawing, as well as correspondence, drafts, financial papers, notes, and permissions related to its production and publication.
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Correspondence and notes, 1963-1968
1
27
Correspondence and other documents, 1958-1969
1
28-29
Correspondence and notes related to promotion, sales, and expenses, 1966
1
30
Invoices and receipts, 1963-1966
1
31
Notes and drafts, 1950s-1960s
1
32
Notes for an appendix, 1960s
1
33
Notes labeled "Add & re do", 1960s
1
34
Notes labeled "Hold revisions", 1960s
1
35
Quotations and outline, 1960s
2
1
Letters and forms seeking permission to reproduce illustrations, 1964-1965
2
2
Permissions granted to reproduce illustrations, 1965
2
3
Permissions obtained for a fee to reproduce illustrations, 1965-1966
2
4
Permissions not used in the book, 1965-1967
2
5
Objective Drawing galley proof, 1966
OV 7
3.2: Other Writings, 1948-1970s
Other writings include class notes and assignments, notecards with research and bibliographic notes, and poetry. Researchers should note that additional class notes and assignments can be found in the teaching and education subseries of Series 4.
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Paper, A proper relationship between extracurricular art activities and the curriculum is essential to the total education of the art school teacher education student, 1951
1
6
Class notes, assignments, and exercises, 1967-1968
2
7
Paper, Development and management of an audiovisual center at the Massachusetts College of Art, 1967
2
8
Paper, New facilities for instrumental and perspective drawing at the college level, 1968
2
9
School reports and assignments, 1967-1969
2
10-11
Notecards: Black art history notes, 1960s-1970s
2
12
Notecards: Black studies bibliography, 1962-1972
2
13
Notecards: Creative bibliography, 1950s-1970s
2
14
Notecards: General etching notes from books, miscellaneous papers, 1963-1966
2
15
Notecards: Miscellaneous notes, 1962-1967
2
16
Notecards: Notes on plates, stones, and wood, 1960s
2
17-18
Notecards: Own stones at Lockwood's, 1962-1966
2
19
Notecards: Own stones test stones, 1962-1965
2
20
Notecards: Printmaking bibliography, 1962-1965
2
21
Notecards: Untitled bibliography, 1950s-1970s
2
22-24
Notecards: Untitled notecards, 1961-1966
2
25
Notecards: Untitled notes, includes publisher addresses, undated
2
26
Assorted notes and poetry, 1948-1954
2
27
Notebook, undated
2
28

Series 4: Education and Professional Activities , 1920-1970s
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-5

4.1: Teaching and Education Files, 1920-1978
1.4 Linear feet
Teaching and education files include correspondence, notes, course materials, assignments, printed materials, and other related materials from Burnett's time as both a student, and an instructor. Burnett was already teaching when he went back to school to earn his degree in arts education. His student and teaching files are therefore intermingled. Researchers should note that additional materials related to Burnett's studies may be found in the Other Writing subseries (3.2).
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Elementary and high school report cards, 1927-1938
2
29
Notes and printed material, 1967
2
30
Notes and papers written for classes, 1968
2
31
Notes, assignments, course materials, printed materials, 1968-1969
3
1
Class notes and assignments, 1969
3
2
Notes, 1969
3
3
Notes, assignments, and other course materials, 1969
3
4-5
Research notes and pull slips, 1969
3
6
Class notes, assignments, and other course materials, 1960s
3
7-20
Notes, assignments, and course materials, 1970
3
21
Assignments and course materials, undated
3
22
Teaching notes, course materials, sketches, and printed material, 1920, 1959-1966
3
23
Teaching notes, course materials, material related to committee work, notes and assignments completed as a student, 1955-1974
3
24
Notecards on student work, 1962-1967
3
25-26
Materials related to AV services and teacher aids, 1964-1968
3
27
Teaching notes and course materials, 1965-1969
3
28
Teaching, class note, and printed material, 1968-1969
4
1
Teaching notes and student grades, 1970-1972
4
2
Reference and instructor course evaluations, 1970-1978
4
3
Class and teaching notes and printed materials, 1971-1972
4
4
Notes and materials related to committee work and library and AV resources, 1960s
4
5-6
Assignments, notes, course materials, and material related to committee work, 1960s-1970s
4
7
Teaching notes, committee materials, printed material, 1970s
4
8
4.2: Black Artists Union, Committee Work, and Related Materials, 1960s-1970s
1.1 Linear feet
This subseries consists of correspondence, memos, notes, proposals, reports, printed material, an other materials related to the interests of Black students on the MassArt campus. Burnett was involved with the Black Artists Union (BAU), the Committee on Urban Education (CUE), and the Committee on Minority Affairs, and this subseries includes materials regarding these committees and their interaction with the school community and administration.
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Laboratory seminar in the education of urban teachers, 1964-1966
4
9
Notes, memos, reports, printed material, and related materials, 1965-1970
4
10-12
Notes, memos, meeting minutes, and reports, 1968-1976
4
13-14
Correspondence, memos, notes, proposals, and printed material, 1969-1973
4
15-16
Memos, meetings, reports, and printed material, 1969-1974
4
17
Correspondence, memos, notes, proposals, reports, and printed material, 1970-1972
4
18-19
Tutorial program proposal revisions, 1972
4
20
Notes, memos, reports, proposals, and printed materials, 1972-1976
4
21-24
Notes, printed material, reports, CUE questionnaire on minority matters, and related material, 1974-1976
4
25-26
Correspondence, notes, memos, proposals, reports, and printed material, 1960s-1970s
5
1-7
Correspondence, memos, notes, program proposals, and other related materials, 1970s
5
8-13

Series 5: Personal Business Records , 1947-1979
0.3 Linear feet
Box 5

Personal business records include materials related to commerical art jobs; invitations to exhibit; materials related to the sale, loan, and exhibition of works of art; notes about teaching, meetings, and exhibitions; miscellaneous items and ephemera related to Burnett's career as an artist; and a ledger of his expenses. This series also includes materials related to work Burnett did as a consultant on an MIT project to develop concepts to report the appearance of the surface of Mars.
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Invitations to exhibit for non-profit groups, 1953-1972
5
14
Materials related to commercial art jobs, 1967-1969, undated
5
15-16
Materials related to the sale, loan, exhibition, receipt, etc. of works of art, 1947-1979
5
17-20
Notes about teaching, meetings, and exhibitions, 1973-1978
5
21
Materials related to consultation services for a Mars rover project, 1961-1969
5
22-24
Items related to personal business and art career, 1947-1975
5
25
Ledger of expenses, 1955-1961
5
26

Series 6: Printed Material , 1938-1979
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, OV 7

Printed material includes music recital programs, newsletters, and bulletins, as well as assorted printed materials and a combination of materials related a specific topic - i.e. Black affairs, or the Army Combat Arts program. This series also includes exhibition announcements, exhibition catalogs, exhibition posters, and clippings.
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Music recital programs, 1938-1939, undated
5
27
Boston Printmakers newsletter, 1955-1965
5
28
Army Combat Art Program - clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, 1964-1966
5
29
Clippings and printed material related to black affairs, 1966-1978
5
30
Graphic arts aids - printed material and notes, 1960s
5
31
Massachusetts College of Art bulletin, 1972
6
1
Assorted printed material, 1938-1977, undated
6
2-9
Exhibition announcements, 1942-1978, undated
6
10-13
Exhibition catalogs, 1940-1979, undated
6
14-18
Clippings, 1942-1951, 1955-1977, undated
6
19-22
Oversized exhibition posters, 1964, 1972
OV 7

Series 7: Scrapbook , 1937-1951
0.5 Linear feet

The scrapbook in this collection has been disbound, but the original cover appear at the beginning of the series. The contents have remained in the order in which they were received. The scrapbook primarily contains correspondence, notes, sketches, and printed material.
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Scrapbook cover, undated
6
23
Scrapbook, 1937-1951
6
24-29

Series 8: Photographs , 1946-1972
1 Folder
Box 6

The collection includes a small number of photographs of both individuals and works of art. Not all of the works of art represented in the photographs were produced by Burnett.
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Photographs of individuals and works of art, 1946-1972
6
30

Series 9: Artwork , 1941-1942
2 Folders

The artwork series consists of a number of small drawings and illustrated cards or poems, as well as three small sketchbooks.
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Drawings, 1941-1942
6
31
Sketchbooks, undated
6
32

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