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Howard Finster papers, 1932-1987

Finster, Howard, 1916-2001

Painter, Pastor


Collection Information

Size: 3 Linear feet, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Reels 4033-4034: Correspondence; writings; printed material; photographs; financial material; and works of art, including stencils, drawings, prints and 'fiber art' by Finster.
Reel 4211: Annotated Polaroid photographs of Finsters' paintings and sculpture, ca. 1977-1980; prints and drawings; "thought cards," "true storys [sic],"poems, song lyrics and other writings by Finster; photographs of his environment, "Paradise Garden," and other works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Self-taught visionary artist; Georgia.


Material on reels 4033-4034 lent for microfilming 1988 by Howard Finster; material on reel 4211 lent for microfilming 1989 by Jeffrey T. Camp.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 4033-4034: 0riginals in possession of Reverend Howard Finster.
  • Reel 4211: Originals in the possession of Jeffrey T. Camp, Finster's first dealer.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 4033-4034 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Howard Finster papers, 1932-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.