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Paulus Berensohn papers, circa 1950-2017, bulk bulk 1976-2010

Berensohn, Paulus, 1933-2017

Ceramicist, Educator, Dancer

Collection Information

Size: 7.7 Linear feet 9.1 Gigabytes

Summary: The papers of artist Paulus Berensohn measure 8.6 linear feet and 9.1 GB and date from circa 1950-2017, bulk 1976-2010. The collection documents his career as a poet, ceramic artist, dancer, and educator in Penland, North Carolina, through biographical material, correspondence, writings, teaching files, printed materials, photographs of artwork, and works of art on paper and mail art.
The biographical material series includes digital video and audio interviews as well as a daily planner from the mid-1990s and various awards and resumes.
Correspondence includes letters from notable individuals as well as letters of recommendation. Also found are examples of correspondence art between Berensohn and his artistic community, many the result of workshops on creating envelopes and binding.
Writings include lecture journals Berensohn used to organize his talks, draft manuscripts of books and articles, as well as writings by others including poetry by M.C. Richards. Also included are sound recordings by Berensohn on his tapestry making.
Teaching files include instruction materials and lesson plans for the topics of pottery, movement, journaling, and making envelopes. Also included are materials related to Berensohn's Pebble Ritual, including a sound recording that would have been played during this instruction and ritual.
The printed material series includes various source materials including articles and journals, as well as promotional material for Berensohn's workshops and printed material regarding collaborators and friends.
Photographic material includes printed photographs, snapshots, slides and negatives of the artist, instructional events, nature and artwork. Also included are digital photographs of the same subjects.
Artwork includes works on paper by Berensohn, handmade cards, enveloped and bound booklets, and works by others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Paulus Berensohn (1933-2017) was a ceramicist, dancer, and arts instructor in Penland, North Carolina.


Donated in 2017 by Paulus Berensohn Estate via Jon Ellenbogen, executor.

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