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Edward Plunkett papers, circa 1900-2006

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1952-2004
0.1 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material includes a hand-written biography, identification cards including a United States passport, and a series of autobiographical essays written by Plunkett in his later years at a retirement community in Madison, Wisconsin.
Description Container Select
United States Passport, circa 1952-1956
1
1
Library, Credit Cards, circa 1980
1
2
Autobiographical Essays, circa 2001-2004
1
3

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1946-2002
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

The correspondence series is comprised heavily of mail art sent to Plunkett correspondents including Robert Delford Brown, Russell Butler (a.k.a. buZ blurr), Anna Banana, Buster Cleveland, Crackerjack Kid, Ken Friedman, John Held, Jr., E. F. Higgins III, Ray Johnson, Tim Mancusi, Carlo Pittore, May Wilson, William Wilson, and W. S. Stipe.
Description Container Select
A - D, circa 1961-1999
1
4
Mike Belt, circa 1973-1977
1
5
Robert Delford Brown , circa 1992-1995
1
6
Robert Buecker, Buecker and Harpsichords, 1962, 1981
1
7
Russell Butler (buZ blurr), 1998, 1999
1
8
Richard C. , 1998, 2002
1
9
Buster Cleveland, 1979, 1993-1998
1
10-13
Bruce Conner, circa 1963-1974
1
14
Fletcher Copp, 1975, 1979
1
15
Jerry Dreva, 1977, 1978
1
16
E - J, circa 1946-1997
1
17
John Evans, 1986, 1999
1
18
Albert M. Fine, 1966, 1981
1
19
John Held, Jr. , circa 1976-1999
1
20
E. F. Higgins III, 1985-1999
1
21
Stuart Horn , The Northwest Mounted Valise, circa 1969-1972
1
22
Peter Hutton, 1966, 1967
1
23
K - O, circa 1965-1985
1
24
Karen Korell, circa 1976-1977
1
25
Annie Lee Long (Anna Banana), circa 1972, 1994
1
26
Tim Mancusi, circa 1997, 1999
1
27
Richard Merkin, circa 1976-1958
1
28
P - T, circa 1965-1999
1
29
Ed Paschke, 1979, 1991
1
30
Carlo Pittore, 1979, 1991
1
31
Steve Random, 1987
1
32
Sphinx, circa 1970s
1
33
William "Picasso" Gaglione and Darlene Domel, Stampland/ Stamp Art Gallery, circa 1996-1999
1
34
Marie Stilkind, circa 1969
1
35
Bill Stipe, circa 1982-1999
1
36
W - Z, circa 1978-1999
1
37
Chuck Welch (Cracker Jack Kid), 1995
1
38
Robert M. Watts, Yam Festival, circa 1962-1979
1
39
H. C. Westermann, 1970
1
40
May Wilson, circa 1968-1975
2
1
William S. Wilson, circa 1996-1999
2
2
Karl Wirsum, 1964, 1967
2
3
Returned Mail, circa 1975-1988
2
4
Unidentified Sender, circa 1960s-2000
2
5

Series 3: Printed Material , circa 1900-2006
0.8 Linear feet
Box 2

The printed material series includes editioned mail art publications including Collective Farm, No. 3, Post-Office Dinner, 1982 (number 15/100), and unused source material for his mail and collage art.
Description Container Select
Plunkett Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, circa 1959-1985
2
6
Plunkett Press, circa 1950s-2006
2
7
Collecting Farm No. 3: Post Office Dinner (1982, 15/100), 1982
2
8
Fine Art by Albert M. Fine, Emily Harvey Gallery Edition (1991), 1991
2
9
Lightworks No. 22: The Ray Johnson Issue, circa 1998
2
10
Mail Art Is Not Fine Art: It is the Artist Who is Fine (Inscribed by H. R. Fricker) (1987, 72/150), circa 1987
2
11
Ray Johnson, In-Between Books (1978) with stamps by the Sticker Dude , circa 1978, 2003
2
12
Twelve Illustrations from Paintings, 1976-1979 by Brian Buczak, Money for Food Press (1980, A.P. 40/50), 1980
2
13
Editioned Rubber Stamp for Ed Plunkett, "The New York Correspondence School" by "Picasso" Gaglione (6/20), 1999
2
14
Mail Art, circa 1984-2006
2
15
Post Cards (Blank), circa 1910-1970s
2
16
Sheet Music, circa 1920s
2
17
Source Material, Clippings, circa 1950s-1990s
2
18
Source Material, Ephemera, circa 1920s-1960s
2
19
Miscellaneous Printed Material, circa 1900-1994
2
20-22

Series 4: Photographic Material , circa 1950-1999
0.2 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

The photographic material series consists of some images of Plunkett, his earlier, more traditional artworks, and snapshots from his travels.
Description Container Select
Edward Plunkett, circa 1950-1970s
2
23
Travel Snapshots, circa 1960s-1990s
2
24
Edward Plunkett Artwork, circa 1960s-1990s
3
1

Series 5: Artwork , circa 1935-1999
2.1 Linear feet
Boxes 3-5, OV 6-9

The artwork series consists of traditional drawings, paintings, and collages on paper, in addition to a number of altered published books, miniature booklets, and collaged notebooks in various states of being finished. Many of the interleaved notebooks have not been glued to the paper.
Description Container Select
Drawings on Paper, circa 1940s-1970s
3
1
Drawings on Paper, circa 1940s-1970s
6
Prints on Paper, circa 1945
3
2
Paintings on Paper, 1944
7
Paintings on Paper, circa 1940s-1970s
8
Collage and Stamps on Paper, circa 1960s-1990s
9
Miniature Stamp Booklets, circa 1960s-1990s
3
3
Altered Book Seurat and the Evolution of "La Grande Jatte", circa 1935, 1960s
3
4
Altered Book The Fishes, circa 1957-1970s
3
5
Altered Book Paul Klee Museum of Modern Art, circa 1940, 1970
3
6
Altered Book Miro 1924-1940, circa 1960, 1970
4
1
Altered Book Mondrian: Paintings, circa 1958, 1970
4
2
Altered Book Mondrian: Paintings, circa 1958, 1970s
4
3
Collaged Notebooks, Untitled, circa 1960s-1990s
3
7-19
Collaged Notebooks, Untitled, circa 1960s-1990s
4
4-17
Collaged Notebooks, Untitled, circa 1960s-1990s
5
1-23

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