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Duane Michals papers, circa 1940-2019

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as four series.

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Series 1: Correspondence , 1967-2010
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Correspondence dates from 1967-2010 is both personal and professional. The bulk consists of letters to Michals from 1972-1977, although a few drafts of outgoing letters are also found here. Notable correspondents include photographers Berenice Abbott, Ralph Gibson, Les Krims, Gerard Malanga, Eve Sonneman, and Arthur Tress. Professional correspondence is with magazines, museums, and galleries, and pertains to work for hire, publication permissions, exhibitions, and requests for appearances. A draft of Michals' text "Real Dreams" was sent to a friend for review, and is filed with the 1976 correspondence.
Description Container Select
Chronological Correspondence, 1967, 1970-1971
1
1
Chronological Correspondence, 1972
1
2-3
Chronological Correspondence, 1975
1
4
Chronological Correspondence, 1976
1
5-6
Chronological Correspondence, 1977
1
7-8
Chronological Correspondence, 1977
2
1
Chronological Correspondence, circa 2005-2010
2
2

Series 2: Printed Material , circa 1970-2015
0.2 Linear feet
Box 2

Printed material dates from circa 1970-2015 and documents Michals' career through announcements, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and press releases. A book featuring Michals, and a few other printed items including brochures, a program, and an essay about Michals' work are also found here.
Description Container Select
Book, Duane Michals Steals a Book by Erik LaPrade, 2015
2
3
Announcements, circa 1970-2010
2
4
Clippings, circa 1970, 2000-2010
2
5
Exhibition Catalogs and Guides, 2008-2010
2
6
Press Releases, circa 1972
2
7
Other Printed Matter, 2003-2010, circa 1975
2
8

Series 3: Photographs , circa 1960-2015
0.5 Linear feet
Box 2, OV 3-6

Photographs date from circa 1960-2015 and are both of and by Michals. The first folder here includes snapshots of Michals at exhibitions and with family and friends. The remainder of the folders contain Michals' working prints from photographic series for various commercial and artistic projects.
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Photographs of Duane Michals at Exhibitions and with Family and Friends, 1976, 2005-2010
2
9
Photographs by Duane Michals, Assorted, circa 1960-2015
2
10
Advertising Campaign for Eli Lilly, circa 1976
3
Advertising Campaign for Eli Lilly, circa 1976
4
Black and White Photographs with Handwritten Text, 1970s-1980s
OV 5
Color Photographs, Still Lifes, 2006
OV 6

Series 4: Unprocessed Addition , circa 1940-2019
6.3 Linear feet
Boxes 7-13, 16-18, OV14-15

The 6.3 linear foot unprocessed addition to this collection donated 2019 and 2020 includes primarily photographs taken by Michals of actors, writers, friends, family and classmates; photo books, postcards, assemblages, photo-sequences by Michals; an Yves St. Laurent portfolio; and photographs of Michals. Additional material includes biographical information, correspondence, printed material and a catalog on CD.
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Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
7
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
8
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
9
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
10
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
11
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
12
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
13
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
14
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1940-2019
15
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1982-2017
16
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1982-2017
17
Unprocessed Addition, circa 1982-2017
18

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.