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Lawrence Le Clair papers, 1957-1983

Le Clair, Lawrence, 1936-2004

Muralist, Painter, Author


Collection Information

Size: 14.8 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Autobiographical sketches; correspondence; 3 scrapbooks/journals; original art work; photographs and slides; a catalog; and a typescript.
REEL 792: 3 scrapbooks/journals, 1957-1974, containing ideas, quotes, clippings, sketches, photographs; 6 letters from Laurence B. Fink and poet Danny Propper concerning a projected book based on the film "Les Beatniks"; an autobiographical sketch; a catalog which Le Clair made of his paintings, including photos, titles, years, medium, and measurements; 19 photographs from 3 films in which Le Clair acted ("Les Beatniks," "Senseless," and "The Gas Heart") and 2 photos of his painting "The Knower."
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence; art work for a poster; clippings; exhibition catalogs; an autobiography, 1983; a photo essay, "Rainbow Flag" by Le Clair, 1972; "Tales of the Taragoo" by Le Clair, 1975, concerning Gerald Lon Baker; a poem "The Ashes Blow into the Wind" by Gerald Lon Baker, undated; 3 poems by Dan Propper, 1968-1977; photographs, including 2 of Le Clair, 8 of his studio, 7 of Le Clair working on murals, 16 by Laurence Fink from the film "Les Beatniks" 1959, and 14 from the film "Don Peyote" 1960-1961; and 200 slides of Le Clair's work.
Letters; journals; sketchbooks; a photograph of Le Clair; three original prints, other artworks, including mailart; photographs of journal and travel book covers; a poem, 1977; newspaper articles and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, mural painter, and writer; Santa Rosa, Calif. Also known as "The Turk," Le Clair emerged out of N.Y. beat scene in late 50's. Acted in underground films. Died 2004.


Material on reel 792 lent for microfilming 1974 by Lawrence Le Cllair; remainder donated 1977-2000 by Le Clair.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 792: Originals returned to Lawrence Le Clair after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 792 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Lawrence Le Clair papers, 1957-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.