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Robert Alexander papers and Temple of Man records, 1938-2015

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as six series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1938-1988
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical material documents Bob Alexander's activities as Temple of Man reverend and director, co-founder of Dilexi Gallery, and as a fixture in the community bringing people together through, art, poetry, and roller-skating. Items include articles, a high school publication, Alexander's ordination certificate, his marriage certificate and certificates for marriages he officiated, tributes, obituaries, and condolence letters to Alexander's widow, Anita Alexander.
Description Container Select
Articles about Bob Alexander, 1972-1985
1
1
Death, 1987-1988
1
2
Marriage Certificates, 1961-1970s
1
3
The Minute Man, Publication of Journalism Class of Mount Vernon Junior High School, 1938
1
4
Ordination Certificate, 1959
1
5

Series 2: Temple of Man Administrative Records , 1960-2010
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 13

Temple of Man administrative records document the day-to-day operations of the organization and include legal documents, administrative correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, stationary, posters, logo designs, receipts, and a notebook filled with notes related to computer programming, titled "Mendicant Computer Log." The bulletins and newsletters state the Temple's mission, communicate goals, announce events and services, and document changes in leadership positions. Up until Bob Alexander's death in 1987, correspondence is primarily directed to him and pertains to his status as an ordained minister, outreach activities of the Temple of Man community, Temple of Man chapters, and Alexander's concerns regarding public health, consumer affairs, noise pollution, and drug issues. Many incoming missives are responses to feedback, suggestions, and criticism that Alexander provided in regards to the United States postal service and television programming. The letters illustrate Alexander's involvement in and concern for his community as a reverend, artist, and citizen. Later correspondence was handled by Temple of Man board members, particularly secretary Marsha Getzler, and pertains to new membership, donations, and issuance of ordination certificates.
Description Container Select
Application for Business Certificate in Minnesota, 1976
1
6
Beachhead Advertising Receipts, 1984-1990
1
7
Bulletin and Newsletters, 1981-1991
1
8
Certificate of Election and Logo Drawings, 1972-1980s
13
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1960s-1980s
1
9
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1980s
1
10
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1990s-2000s
1
11
"Mendicant Computer Log", 1979-1980
1
12
Postage Receipts, 1978-1989
1
13
Stationary and Logo, 1980s-1990s
1
14

Series 3: Correspondence and Artists Files , circa 1948-2015
9.8 Linear feet
Boxes 1-6, 9-12, 30-33, OVs 14-28

Correspondence and artists files comprise the bulk of the collection and contain a wide variety of material pertaining to Temple of Man artists and affiliates, saved by Bob and Anita Alexander and other Temple of Man administrators. Files may contain correspondence including mail art and illustrated letters, postcards, and handmade birthday and holiday cards; artwork; poetry and writings; printed material including exhibition announcements and clippings; and photographs. Artists include Anita Alexander, Bob Alexander, John Altoon, Aya, Paul Beattie, Michael Bergt, Wallace Berman, Charles Britton, Cameron, Bruce Connor, William Dailey, Gayle Davis, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Maurice Lacy, Fred Mason, Kenneth Patchen, Peter Paul, Stuart Perkoff, Artie Richer, Tony Scibella, Ben Talbert, Zack Walsh, Edwin Ward, Marcia Ward, Saul White, Steve Wilson, and others. Over one hundred artworks are predominantly works on paper including drawings, collages, prints, watercolors, and limited edition books, as well as a few small assemblages. Many handmade cards, poems, and artworks are addressed to Bob and Anita Alexander. Photographs in this series include portraits of Temple of Man artists filed by photographer, and photographs of artworks filed by artist. Additional photographs are arranged in series 6. A small amount of born-digital material includes a video recording of Renick Stevenson (arranged with the Tony Scibella material) and an image of an artwork by Don Martin.
Description Container Select
Alexander, Anita
Artworks, 1960s
1
15
Incoming letters from Unidentified Senders, 1964-1989
1
16
Ordination Certificate, 1961
9
1
Alexander, Bob
Artwork, Blood of a Poet, 1956
14
Artwork, Untitled (Mother), 1960
9
2
Artwork, Untitled (God/one…), circa 1960
15
Artworks, Large Collaged and Pastel Circles, circa 1970
16
Artworks, Red Ink Paintings on Paper, circa 1980
17
Artworks, Circle Prints and Drawings, circa 1986
18
Artworks, Assorted Small Works, circa 1970
1
17
Correspondence with Anita Alexander, 1964-1973
1
18
Incoming Letters from Unidentified Senders, 1960s-1980s
1
19
Outgoing Letters, 1969-1988
1
20
Printed Material and Ephemera, circa 1965-1987
1
21
Altoon, John, Artwork, circa 1955
19
Aya (Tarlow), 1971-2007
1
22
Aya (Tarlow), Photographs of Bob Alexander and George Herms, circa 1965-circa 1980
9
3
A, General, 1979-1995
1
23
Barreto, John L., Notebook, circa 2000
12
3
Barrots, M., 1988
1
24
Beattie, Paul
Correspondence, Writing, Printed Material, 1963-1986
1
25
Pencil Drawings, circa 1965-circa 1977
9
4
Pencil Drawings, 1980
Includes one drawing of Temple of Man advertisement.
20
Beck, Vincent, Collage with Stitching, circa 1965
9
5
Bergt, Michael, 1982-2009
1
26
Bergt, Michael, Etching, 1992
9
6
Berman, Wallace
Assorted Material, circa 1960-2010
Includes correspondence related to exhibitions, photographs of artwork, exhibition announcements and brochures, and clippings.
1
27
Correspondence and Mail Art, 1960s
2
1-6
Correspondence and Mail Art, 1960s-1970s
2
7
Semina Facsimile Edition, 1992
Created by George Herms and L.A. Louvre Gallery
12
1
Verifax Collages, circa 1965
9
7
Verifax Print Proof, 5/8, 1967
21
Branaman, Bob, 1978, 2005-2013
2
8
Brittin, Charles, circa 1960, 1999-2011
Includes photograph of Wallace and Shirley Berman.
2
9
Bullington, Joan Jahrmarkt, Bryden and Joseph, 1976-2003
2
10
Bullington, Joan Jahrmarkt Collage, 1986
9
8
B, General, 1978-1987
2
11
Cameron, 1964, 1989-2015
Includes 1964 copy of Black Pilgrimage printed by Press Baza.
2
12
Cameron, Paintings, circa 1960
9
9
Conner, Bruce
Artwork, Book One, 1970
2
13
Artwork, Diptych, circa 1970
9
10
Artwork, Lithographs, circa 1970-1972
2
14
Correspondence and Printed Material, 1975-2011
2
15
C, General, 1964-2009
2
16
Dailey, William, 1965-1980
2
17
Dailey, William, Drawing and Color Photocopy of Drawing, 1975-circa 1990
9
11
Davis, Gayle, 1970s
2
18
DiPrima, Diane, 1983-2009
2
19
Driscoll, M., Belmont Harbor Print, circa 1970
9
12
D-E, General, 1961-1999
2
20
Fisher, Ben, 1970-1989
2
21
Fisher, Ben, Painting, 1977
9
13
Fles, John, 1964-1989
2
22
Fram, Michael, 1961-1966
3
1
F, General, 1979
3
2
Gach, Gary, 1985-2010
3
3
Getzler, Marsha and Yoav, 1977-2012
3
4
Getzler, Yoav, Self-portrait Photograph, circa 1980
9
14
Greene, Merril, 1970s
Includes photograph of Bob Alexander.
3
5
Griffiths, David, 1992-1999
3
6
G, General, 1967-1975
3
7
Haag, John, 1979-2006
3
8
Hall, Zola, A Gray Rainy Day Poem Glued to Cardboard, circa 1965
9
15
Hefferton, Phil, circa 1967
3
9
Herms, George
Artworks, circa 1965
3
10
Artworks, 1960s-2000s
3
11
Artworks, 1962-1967
10
1
Artwork, Ink Drawing of Phoenix, 1965
22
Artwork, Homage to Lawn Chair Larry, 1982
23
Artworks, Print Edition Collaboration with Majima, 1984
12
2
Clippings and Brochures, 1980s-2010s
3
12
Correspondence and Mail Art, 1960s-2008
3
13-16
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1965-2011
3
17
Herms, Pixie, 1997-2005
3
18
Herms, Pixie, Drawing, circa 2000
10
2
Hernandez, Eloy, circa 1968, 1999
3
19
Hirschman, Jack
Artwork, Ink on Paper, circa 1970
30
Broadside designed by George Herms, 1970
10
3
Clippings and Announcements, 1979-2010
3
20
Correspondence and Writing, 1967-2006
Includes two limited edition books.
3
21
H, General, 1970-2004
3
22
Jones, Robert Bassett and Clea, 1970-2012
4
1
J, General, circa 1970
4
2
Kaufman, Bob, circa 1970-1986
4
3
Kienholtz, Ed, 1979-2008
4
4
Krohn, Peter, 2003-2004
4
5
K, General, 1992-2014
4
6
Lacy, Maurice, Artworks, 1959-1968
10
4
Lake, Larry, 1975-1992
4
7
Lake, Larry, Drawings, circa 1965
10
5
Lake, Yama, 2008-2010
4
8
Long, Philomene, 1982-2007
4
9
Lor, Jan, Etching and Aquatint, 1977
10
6
Lora from Isis Oasis, circa 1990
4
10
L. General, 1972-2009
4
11
Macker, John, Broadside Rabbit Ears, 2011
10
7
Margolis, William, 1958-1976
4
12
Martin, Don and Joan, 1963-2007
Includes born-digital image, see ER01
4
13
Martin, Don and Joan, Born-digital Image of Artwork, 2004
0.007 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER01
Maryjane (Lang), 1989-2009
4
14
Mason, Fred, 1983-1987
4
15
Mason, Fred, Artworks, 1975-1990
10
8
Mayer, Print, 1973
10
9
Meltzer, David, Correspondence and Mail Art, 1968-2013
4
16
Meltzer, David, Printed Material, 1976-2015
4
17
Micheline, Jack, 1969-1994
4
18
Morrill, Didi, circa 2000
4
19
Morris, Jack Ryan, 1962-1976, 2008
4
20-21
M-N, General, 1974-2003
4
22
Needle, Bill, Drawing, 1987
10
10
O, General, 1980s-1996
4
23
Patchen, Kenneth, 1961
Contains 6 illustrated text pieces and a note to William Margolis.
10
11
Paul, Peter, 1970s, 2010
4
24
Paul, Peter, Collage with Nun, 1986
10
12
Perkoff, Sasha A.S., 1970s
4
25
Perkoff, Stuart Z.
Artworks, 1960-1963
10
13
Artwork , circa 1956-circa 1975
4
26
Correspondence, 1967-2007
4
27
Interviews and Writings, circa 1956-circa 1974
4
28
Interviews and Writings, circa 1956-circa 1974
4
29
Printed Material, 1970s-2014
4
30
P, General, 1980
4
31
Richer, Arthur, 1962-1964
5
1
Richer, Arthur, Watercolor, circa 1970
10
14
Rios, Frank, 1968-2008
5
2
Rios, Frank, Poem to Stuart Perkoff, circa 1970
10
15
Roberts, Don, 1978-2009
5
3
R, General, 1976-2001
5
4
Scibella, Tony
Assorted Materials, 1965-2014
Include born-digital video recording, see ER02
5
5-6
Digital Video Recording of Renick Stevenson, 2007
0.99 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER02
Artworks, 1975-1999
Includes collage and color photocopies of collages
10
16
Paper Cut Outs on Paper, circa 1970
31
Paper Cut Outs on Paper, circa 1970
32
Shonberg, Burt, Ink Drawing, 1963
10
17
Simons, Barry, 1988, 2004
5
7
Simons, Barry, Pen and Ink Drawings, 1979
10
18
Stockwell, Dean, 1968-2006
5
8
S, General, 1985-2011
5
9
Talbert, Ben
Artworks and Mail Art, 1960s-1985
5
10
Artworks, circa 1965
10
19
Poster and Mock-up for Book Cover, 1968
24
Printed Material and Ephemera, 1957-2009
5
11
Tamblyn, Russ, circa 1973, 2003-2011
5
12
Taplin, Tony, 1969
5
13
Thomas, John, 1992-2006
5
14
Thornton, Reese, 1981-1987
5
15
Toy, Melissa, 1995
5
16
Van Duren, Casey, 1960-1988
5
17-18
Vigne, Dion, Painting on Masonite, circa 1948
Contains a note to Bob and Anita Alexander on back.
10
20
Walsh, Zack, 1960s-2001
5
19
Walsh, Zack, Artworks, circa 1970
11
1
Ward, Edwin and Marcia, 1980-2000s
5
20
Ward, Edwin, Landscape Drawing, circa 1980
11
2
Ward, Marcia, Photographs, circa 1982
11
3
White, Saul
Assorted Material, 1975-2004
6
1
Artwork, Oil on Board, 1979
33
Artwork, Painting with Collage, 1989
11
4
Artwork, Marker Drawing on Board, 1992
25
Exhibition Catalog, 1999
6
2
White, Aaron, 1999-2001
6
3
Wilson, Steve, 1990s
6
4
Wilson, Steve, Collage, circa 1970
11
5
W, General, circa 1980, 1999
6
5
Artwork by Children, circa 1970-2000s
6
6
Assorted Artworks, circa 1965-1988
11
6
Assorted Artworks, 1960s-1980s
26
Assorted Artworks, 1960s-1980s
27
Collage on Board, circa 1965
Possibly by Bob Alexander or George Herms.
11
7
Artwork by Unidentified Artists, circa 1970-2000s
6
7-11
Artwork by Unidentified Artists, 1960s-1980s
11
8-13
Artwork by Unidentified Artists, 1960s-1980s
28
Sketchbook by Unidentified Artist, circa 2000
6
12
Unidentified Writings and Notes, circa 1970-1980s
6
13

Series 4: Project Files , circa 1967-2014
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7

Project files document publishing projects, exhibitions, events, and other ventures undertaken by Temple of Man artists and affiliates. Files include drafts, mock-ups, and a few digital images for publications including Black Ace books; loan and consignment forms for several Beat era exhibitions, notably Semina Culture at the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and correspondence, flyers, and logistical details pertaining to events. Also of note are materials related to the Archive of the Origins of California Modern Art: 1940s-1960s, which includes a proposal written by Hal Glicksman for a museum to preserve the artwork and documentation of the Temple of Man.
Description Container Select
Archive of the Origins of California Modern Art: 1940s-1960s, circa 1987-2009
6
14
Black Ace Books, 1998-2003
6
15-17
Black Ace Book 8, 2003-2007
Includes born-digital images, see ER03.
6
18
Black Ace Book 8, Digital Images by Mark Cheka, 2007
0.015 Gigabytes
4 computer files
ER03
Digger's Creative Society, circa 1967
7
1
Drums Inside Your Chest Poetry Reading, 2007
7
2
Exhibition Loans
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 1983
7
3
James Corcoran Gallery, 1988
7
4
L.A. Louvre Gallery, 1982-1989
7
5
Pacific Standard Time, 2012
7
6
Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2004-2007
7
7
Wight Art Gallery, University of California Los Angeles, 1987-1990
7
8
Front Porch Coffee House, 1977-1978
7
9
Magic Theatre (New Magic Theatre), circa 1967
7
10
Miscellaneous Man Submissions, 1968-1969
7
11
Temple of Man Fiftieth Anniversary, 2010
7
12
Swinging in the Shadow Documentary Project by Mary Kerr, 2000-2014
7
13

Series 5: Printed Material , 1958-2014
0.8 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8, OV 29

Printed material documents people, exhibitions, and other events that contributed to the Beat scene in California. Material includes clippings, ephemera, exhibition material, memorial announcements, newspapers, periodicals, posters, flyers, photocopies of writings and artwork, and a few files organized by subject, reflecting the arrangement of the Temple of Man records. Of note is the 1978 issue of Wet magazine, containing an article featuring Reverend Bob Alexander officiating a wedding is his hot tub.
Description Container Select
Clippings
Beat Scene, 1960s-2010s
7
14
People, 1970s-2010s
7
15
Assorted, 1960s-2000s
7
16
Ephemera, 1960s-2000s
7
17
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1958-1980s
7
18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1990s-2000
7
19
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 2010s
7
20
Memorial Announcements and Programs, 1978-2014
7
21
Newspapers and Periodicals
Beachheads, 1981-2009
7
22
The Voice of Ulan Bator, 1992
7
23
Wet, 1978
7
24
Assorted Periodicals, circa 1960-2014
7
25
Posters and Flyers, 1960s-2000s
7
26
Posters and Calendars, 1960s-1980s
29
Reproductions of Writings and Drawings, 1960s-2000s
7
27
Subject Files
Arnold, Buddy, 1999
8
1
Bowery Press, 1966-1989
8
2
DeBrier, Samson, 1995
8
3
Hopps, Walter, 2005-2011
8
4
Single Wing Turquoise Bird Exhibition at Young Projects, 2014
8
5
Sponto Gallery, 2009-2013
8
6
Venice Historical Society, 1996
8
7

Series 6: Photographic Material , circa 1960-2009
1 Folder
Box 8

Photographic material includes photographs and digital photographs of Temple of Man members and affiliated artists and persons. Included are several photographs of Bob Alexander and one of Wallace Berman. Digital photographs are reproductions of photographs taken in the 1960s, including one group shot of Ben Talbert, William Dailey, Tony Scibella, and Morris, and another of Victor Maymudes. Photographers are unknown. Additional photographs of people are filed by photographer in series 3. Photographs documenting artworks are also filed in series 3.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Bob Alexander, Wallace Berman, and Others, circa 1960-circa 2000
8
8
Digital Photographs, 2009
0.001 Gigabytes
2 computer files
ER04

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