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Esta Nesbitt papers, circa 1942-1981, bulk 1964-1975

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Series 3: Writings , 1959-circa 1973
1.3 Linear feet
Box 1-2, 12, OV 15

Writings are in the form of bound and unbound journals, notebooks, and loose notes. Illustrations, clippings, articles, journal entries, and poetry are interspersed throughout the series, with personal and professional content mixed together. Titles listed below were derived from Nesbitt's handwritten titles on the journal covers.
Illustrated Journals contain artwork, sketches, diagrams, annotated clippings, and written entries. Subjects are mainly painting techniques, materials, and ideas. Other subjects touched on include Chinese characters, calligraphy, shadow paintings, the future of art, energy, morphs, memory, and meaning. The transformation of art using different techniques and materials is also a common theme. Projects discussed include the 1972-1973 projects Balls, Flower, and Big Foot.
Many of these subjects are also subjects of Nesbitt's journals, which also include entries of a personal nature dealing with dreams, Nesbitt's family, life, death, and reality. Other subjects include Chinese characters and scrolls, and Samuel Beckett's characters Molloy and Malone. Also, notes related to phone calls, appointments, travel, project tasks, teaching, family life, and funding concerns are found in her journals.
Notebooks contain notes and clippings related to artists' materials, religion, Chinese philosophy and civilization, changes in consciousness, psychology, film techniques, transmission of sound, and documentation practices. The notebook labeled "Film and Slide Techniques and Ideas" also contains ideas, lists, diagrams, and test notes. Projects "Everyman as Anyman, or Putting On, On, On, On, On," burnt Xeroxes, and stair patterns are also mentioned.
Transcripts include notes and conversations transcribed from tapes. Topics include xerography, project "Xerox Xplore," exhibition "Xerography: Extensions in Art," and copyrights and permissions for publication. The original recordings from which the transcripts were made are not part of the collection.
Additional writings can be found in the Correspondence, Xerography Research Files, and Projects and Exhibitions series.
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Illustrated Journal , 1964-1966
"Painting Notes 1965/66"
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 2.
1
22
Illustrated Journal , 1965-1967
Transcribed from journal cover: "Notes & Refs. 1965/66/some 67"
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 1.
1
23
Illustrated Journal , 1972
"Notes & Drawings of new work & names etc / about Morphs / Sept -72"
Oversized material for Folders 25 and 26 housed in OV 15.
1
24-27
Illustrated Journal , 1973
"'BALLS' & Crushed/Foldings -Feb 17.73 / ADD April 19.73 a 'new kind of chart' / 'Flower' / January 14.1973 / Feb 14.73 'BIG FOOT'"
1
28
Illustrated Journal , circa 1973
Oversized material housed in OV 15.
1
29
Journal , 1959
1
30
Journal , 1963
1
31
Journal , 1965
1
32
Journal , 1969
1
33
Journal , 1970
"June 19/1970 'Correspondence Notes'"
1
34
Journal , circa 1970
1
35
Journal , 1971
1
36
Journal , 1972
1
37-38
Journal , 1973
1
39
Journal , undated
1
40
Notebooks
Class Notes, "Materials of the Artist", 1961
1
41
Reading Notes, 1967-1968, 1962-1963
1
42
Film and Slide Techniques and Ideas, 1969
"INTERMEDIA Spring 1969 / 'Parsons Movie'"
2
1
Documentation Practices, 1969-1970
"Scientific Notebook I - began Sept 22/69"
Oversized material for Folder 3 housed in OV 15.
2
2-3
Notes about the Transmission of Sound and Data, circa 1972
2
4
Notes about Women Artists' Exhibits and Organizations, circa 1972
2
5
Notes for Proposals, 1970-1971
2
6
Poetry and Word-Mandala, 1962-1972
2
7
Transcripts
Notes and Conversations, 1971
2
8
Conversations , 1972
2
9
Oversized Illustrated Journal, 1964-1966
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 22.
12
1
Oversized Illustrated Journal, 1965-1967
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 23.
12
2
Oversized Illustrated Journal, 1972
Oversized material from Box 1, Folders 25 and 26.
OV 15
Oversized Illustrated Journal, circa 1973
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 29.
OV 15
Oversized Notebook on Documentation Practices, 1969-1970
Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 3.
OV 15

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