Scope and Contents
The Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly measures 1.9 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 2018. The material was compiled by Burns for her book about Harnly titled, The Emphatically Queer Career of Artist Perkins Harnly, published in 2021. The collection comprises Harnly's biographical materials that include documentary material on 3 video recordings, audio and video recordings of interviews with Harnly by Bill Paxton and others, and scrapbooks and miscellaneous materials containing a mixture of printed materials, drawings by Harnly, and photographs; Harnly's personal and professional correspondence with Bill Paxton and others; writings by Harnly and others on various subjects; postcards collected by Harnly while traveling, and announcements and catalogs for Harly's exhibitions in printed materials; and photographic materials of Harnly, his travel snapshots, works of art, and a few miscellaneous photographs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Sarah Burns research material on Perkins Harnly was donated in 2022 by Sarah Burns.
The Archives of American Art also holds the Perkins Harnly papers, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan resarch material on Perkins Harnly, and a 1981 oral history interview with Perkins Harnly.
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Sarah Mundy in 2022.