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Robert Delford Brown papers, 1964-2009

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1992-2009
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1, 5

Found here are interviews with Robert Delford Brown and a small amount of biographical documentation. Included are a biographical summary which consists of a brief chronology, list of performances, exhibitions, and publications regarding Brown; one diary containing brief daily entries and illustrations; and notes regarding his life written on large sheets of paper. Also found is a transcript of an interview conducted by Robert C. Morgan; videocassette recordings of an interview conducted by Francesco Conz in Verona, Italy; and recordings of an interview, "I'm a Sweet Old Man Now," conducted by Mark Bloch for Panscan TV.
Description Container Select
Biographical Summary, circa 1997
1
1
Diary, 1992
1
2
Essay, "The Strange Case of Robert Delford Brown (a.k.a. Saint Kittenish), Iconoclast-Part II," by Robert C. Morgan, circa 2004
1
3
Interview Transcript, 2003 April 8
1
4-5
"Conz Interview," Edited Master, 2002
(1 original videocassette: Betacam, 3 duplicate videocassettes: VHS)
1
6-8
"Conz Interview," Unedited Footage, 2002
1 videocassettes (betacam)
1
9
"I'm a Sweet Old Man Now: A Visit with Robert Delford Brown at the Great Building Crackup", 1997
(1 original Videocassettes (VHS), 1 duplicate Videocassettes (VHS))
Includes born-digital records, see ER01
1
10-11
"I'm a Sweet Old Man Now: A Visit with Robert Delford Brown at the Great Building Crackup", 1979. Digital Video Recording, 2019
2.23 Gigabytes
One computer file
(Duplicate of video in Box 1, Folders 10-11)
ER01
Obituary, 2009
1
12
Project Proposal, 2000s
1
13
Notes, 2003 December 16
5
1

Series 2: Correspondence , 1970-2009
4 Folders
Box 1

Correspondence consists of four letters written by Robert Delford Brown, letters to Brown from art dealer Eugenia Butler, and a series of postcards from artist Victoria Schultz. Also found are digital scans and printed copies of illustrated letters from friend and fellow artist H. C. Westermann.
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Letters Written by Robert Delford Brown, circa 2004-2008
1
14
Letters from Eugenia Butler, 1970-1971
1
15
Letters from H. C. Westermann (Digital Copies), 1970-1971, 2009
1
16
Postcards from Victoria Schultz, 2002
1
17

Series 3: First National Church of Exquisite Panic, Inc. Records , 1968-2000s
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1, 4, 5

Found here are records and items produced as part of Brown's First National Church of Exquisite Panic, Inc. Included are a certificate of incorporation, seal, various written manifestos and doctrines of the church, as well as signs, graphics, and ephemera used as part of the performances and public events. Also found are reproductions and documentation regarding Brown's series of artwork called "Anoter Map to Navada," created as part of his church's philosophies, as well as sheets of paper with "teachings" written in black marker.
Description Container Select
"Another Map to Nevada" Series, 2000s
1
18-19
Book, Ikons of the First National Church of Exquisite Panic, Inc., circa 1992
1
20
Certificate of Incorporation, 1968
1
21
Manifesto, Statements, and Doctrines, circa 1992
1
22
Signs and Graphics, 1990s-2000s
Oversized items housed in box 5, folder 1
1
23-24
Stock Certificates, circa 1968
1
25
Tax Document, 1986
1
26
"Teachings", 2003 January 18
1
27
"Teachings", circa 2000s
1
28
T-Shirt, circa 1990s
4
Corporate Seal, 1968
4
Buttons and Stickers, circa 1990s
4
Oversized Signs and Graphics, 1990s-2000s
Oversized items from box 1, folders 23-24
5
2

Series 4: Printed Material , 1964-2008
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1-2

Printed material primarily consists of books. Of note are books on Brown's "Collaborative Action Gluings" and "First Class Portraits," as well as a 1992 Fluxus event. Also found is an announcement for his 1964 "Meat Show" installation. One folder of miscellaneous printed material contains fliers, brochures, and exhibition announcements.
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Announcement for "Meat Show", 1964
1
29
Collaborative Action Gluings: Robert Delford Brown, 2004
2
1
First Class Portraits by Robert Delford Brown, 1973
2
2
Flux-Flag, 1992
2
3
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller (Photocopy), 1971
2
4
A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux, 1967
2
5
RE/Search # 11: Pranks!, 1987
2
6
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1973, circa 2004-2008
2
7

Series 5: Photographic Material , 1965-2009
1.1 Linear feet
Box 2-3

The bulk of the photographs found here depict Brown's trips to Brazil and China. Also found are photographs labeled as depicting a collaborative art project with artist Victoria Schultz and others in Paris. Slides and digital photographs depict these same subjects as well as Brown's artwork. Also of note are black and white photographs of the interior of "The Great Building Crack-Up." Researchers should note that many additional photographs are included in Series 7: Scrapbook.
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Robert Delford Brown, circa 2000s
2
8
Brazil, 2003
2
9-17
Brazil - Negatives, 2003
2
18-20
Cats, 1980s-1990s, 1965
2
21
China, 2001
2
22-26
China - Negatives, 2001
2
27
"Collaboration with Victoria Schultz and two other women - Paris", circa 2004
3
1-3
Events, 1990s-2000s
3
4-8
Great Building Crack-Up, circa 1970s
3
9
"Porto Allegre" Negatives and Slides, circa 2003
3
10
Slides, circa 1980s-2000s
3
11-16
Digital Photographs, 1998-2009
0.785 Gigabytes
90 computer files
ER02

Series 6: Video Recordings of Performance Art , 1994-2005
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3

Video recordings depict solo and collaborative performance art events created by Robert Delford Brown. Included is a recording of a solo performance art piece "Fried Blood." Three collaborative performance art events involved gathering the public, primarily children, to participate in activities such as pumpkin carving, balloon paintings, and creating a collaged environment out of paper.
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Performance Art by Robert Delford Brown, "Fried Blood", 1994 May 27
(1 original videocassette: U-Matic, 1 duplicate videocassette: Betacam)
Contains born-digital materials, see ER03
3
19-20
"Fried Blood", 1994. "Martian Outpost", 1998. Digital Video Recording, 2019
2.83 Gigabytes
One computer file
(Duplicate of a film in Box 3, Folders 19-20, and a film in Box 3, Folders 22-24.)
ER03
Collaborative Performance Art
"Balloonatic Action Balloonary", 2005 March 3. Digital Video Recording, 2019
1 Gigabyte
One computer file
ER04
"Martian Outpost", 1998 April 14
(1 videocassette: Hi8, 1 duplicate videocassette: Betacam)
Contains born-digital records, see ER03
3
22-24
"Pumpkin Carving", 2004. Digital Video Recording, 2019
1.13 Gigabytes
One computer file
ER05

Series 7: Scrapbook , 1964-1974
4 Folders
Box 5

One large scrapbook contains documentation on Robert Delford Brown's art events, happenings, and environments from 1964 to 1974. A large portion of the scrapbook documents the "Meat Show" event that Brown created in 1964. Found here are photographs of the installation, press materials, and a list of supplies needed. Also included in the scrapbook are photographs depicting Brown working on projects, events, people such as Claes Oldenburg and Mario Amaya, and interior and exterior views of "The Great Building Crack-Up." Additionally, there are newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, event announcements, scattered letters, and documentation on the founding of The First National Church of Exquisite Panic, Inc.
Scrapbook materials have been removed from the original album and housed in archival folders. The original order of the documents has been maintained.
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Scrapbook, 1964-1974
5
3-6

Series 8: Artwork , circa 1965-2008

Artwork includes works on paper incorporating stamps and text from around 2002 to 2008, as well as artwork documentation for ephemeral and performance artworks including Originale (1964), Out of Order Please Use Toilet Down the Hall Across the Lobby (1965), Free Striptease with Drum and Bugle Corps Accompaniment (1966), The Great Building Crack-Up (1967), Mr. Jesus Christ Contest (1972), Turd Forest (1972), and others.
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Works on Paper, circa 2002-2008
6
Artwork Documentation Posters, circa 1965-1975
7

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