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Jack Stewart papers, 1926-2010

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Series 4: Research Files on Graffiti , 1972-2010
2.8 Linear feet
Boxes 5-7,11

A high percentage of the items are dated circa 1975-1988, the years when Stewart was a graudate student at New York University. Items continued to be added after his dissertation was completed. Material added after 2004 largely concerns posthumously published writings. On occasion, these files have been referred to and possibly cited as Jack Stewart's "Mass Transit Art Graffiti collection."
Published posthumously, Graffiti Kings: New York Mass Transit Art in the 1970s by Jack Stewart was based on his dissertation. Of particular note are the interviews (on 30 sound cassettes, 3 sound tape reels, and in digital format), transcripts, lengthy lists of graffiti writers' names/"tags," and Profile of a Common Offender compiled by the New York City Police Department. Interviews consist mainly of graffiti writers looking at slides and identifying graffiti and their writers. Also found in an interview with an official of the New York City Transit Authority. Many of the recordings have transcripts. Some of the transcripts identify slides that were being viewed during the conversation. Other transcripts do not appear to have recordings associated with them in the collection. Some transcripts are handwritten, some are typewritten, and others are simply notes from conversations. Where transcripts have been identified as directly documenting recordings in the collection it is noted in the folder listing.
Also among the research files on graffiti is a copy of the first known instance of graffiti appearing in advertising - a Volvo ad showing the car parked in front of a graffiti covered wall.
Some files are grouped by subject or record type. Paper records are arranged alphabetically. Transcripts and interview recordings are arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Advertisement, First Graffiti, 1973
5
2
Auction, Guernsey's "Graffiti Art,", 2000
5
3-4
Book, Graffiti Kings: New York Mass Transit Art in the 1970s by Jack Stewart, 2008-2010
Includes born-digital records, see ER03.
5
5-6
Digital Photographs and Document, 2010-2011
0.635 Gigabytes
166 computer files
ER03
Book, Mass Transit Art by Jack 7/Jack Stewart, undated, 1974-2004
5
7
Business Cards, undated
5
8
Chronology, circa 1984
5
9
Clippings (1970s-2000s), undated, 1970s-2000s
5
10-17
Coloring Book, 1977-1984
5
18
C-Prints List, undated, 2000
5
19
Exhibitions, Graffiti
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1999-2000
6
1
Christo del Bramante, 1997
6
2
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, 2009
6
3
Groninger Museum, 1991-1993
6
4-5
Various, undated, 1970s-2000s
6
6-7
Experience Music Project, 2000
6
8
Films, Graffiti - Speedy by Julien Daniel, 1979-1981
6
10
Kings of Broadway, a film by Chris Pape (1998), Digital Video Recording, 2010
1.57 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER04
Films about Graffiti - Style Wars, circa 1984
6
11
Fotofolio, Inc., 2001-2004
6
12
Historical Background, Pre-historic-1970 (undated, 1940s-1980), undated
6
13-15
Interview Transcripts, 1973-1985, undated
6
16-19
Interviews with Graffiti Writers
"Graffiti Tapes", undated
2 Sound tape reels
6
20
"Meeting in studio with Tracy, Chi-Chi", undated
1 Sound cassette
label reads "First side transfer from reel 2"
6
21
"Martinez Graffiti", 1973 December 20
2 Sound cassettes
1 and 2 of 3; 3 not found; has transcript
6
22
"Lonnie (Phase 2), T-168, C.A.T., USE1", circa 1974
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
6
22
"Jack in Studio with Graffiti Artists", a film (1974-circa 1986), Digital Video Recording, 2010
0.971 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER05
"Lonnie" , 1972
1 Sound cassette
6
24
"Tracy, Chi-Chi, Cliff, Zest, Clyde, Pel in Studio", 1974 April 19
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
6
24
"Chi-Chi and Tracy in my studio", 1974 July 1
1 Sound cassette
1 Sound tape reel
6
25
"Tracy and Chi-Chi" , 1974
1 Sound cassette
label reads "Transfer from large reel???"
6
26
"Tracy, Chi-Chi, Cliff, Zest, Clyde in Studio", 1974
1 Sound cassette
6
26
"Wanted Clubhouse, Woodyrest Ave.", 1974 May 11
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
Tape label reads "transferred from large reel"
6
26
"T-168 with Bill Clark, winter of 1974", 1974
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
6
26
Interviews with Graffiti Writers
7
"Tracy and Chi-Chi", 1976 April 17
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
1
"EHP and Letters Riso", 1976 September 29
1 Sound cassette
7
1
"Interview with Edward Silverfarb, Director, Public Information, NYC Transit Authority", 1978 July 10
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
1
"Graffiti; JS, X Vandils..., Gary, Hispanic Savage Ones Brooklyn", 1980-1989
1 Sound cassette
7
1
"Caine, Johnny, Wasp" , 1981 November 4
1 Sound cassette
7
2
"T-168, Billy 167, Wasp I, Daze in Studio, parts I and II", 1981 November 15
2 Sound cassettes
7
2
"1Z, Lee, Pink, Craine, Haze", 1981 November 16
1 Sound cassette
7
2
"Meeting with Chris who writes Freedom, Coco 144, Stan", 1982 October 12
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
3
"Meeting with Chris (Freedom)", 1982 November 2
1 Sound cassette
7
3
"Wasp, Daze, Pink," and Tue (also writes Mitch), 1982 November 8
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
3
"Tracy and Billy review book" , 1983 February 15
2 Sound cassettes
has transcript
7
4
"T-168, Wasp, Mitch" , 1983 September 5
1 Sound cassette
7
4
"Taki '83", 1983 September 9
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
4
"BLADE, Dolores (wife), and SEEN" , 1983 December 5
2 Sound cassettes
has transcript
7
5
"Blade", 1984 March 3
1 Sound cassette
7
5
"Bama (Amrl) and Wicked Gary (WG)", 1984 November 14
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
5
"Bama and Michael" , 1985 January 11
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
6
"Tracy and Chi-Chi", 1985 January 15
1 Sound cassette
has transcript
7
6
Lectures, 1979-2000
7
7
Maps, New York City Subway, circa 1979
7
8
Museum of the City of New York Graffiti Collection, undated
7
9
Names/Tags of Graffiti Writers, "Tracy 6 - Hell" and Names on Lavatory Door at Stewart's Studio, undated
7
10
Names/Tags of Graffiti Writers, Lists, 1985 March 10-April 19
7
11-20
New York City Police Department, "Profile of a Common Offender,", circa 1976
7
21
New York City Transit Authority, undated, 1960s-1980s
7
22
Periodicals, undated, 1990s-2000s, 1990s-2000s
7
23-24
Signatures of Graffiti Writers (photocopy), undated, 1970s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 11
7
25
Slide Lists, undated
7
26
Slides Loaned, 1981-2001
7
27
Oversized Signatures of Graffiti Writers from Box 7 Folder 25, circa 1972-1975
11

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