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Senga Nengudi papers, 1947, circa 1962-2017

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as ten series.

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Series 2: Calendars and Journals , 1967-2016
5.7 Linear feet
Boxes 1-6, Box 15

This series consists of wall calendars, planners, organizers, and journals in which Senga Nengudi chronicled her appointments, to do lists, thoughts, and artistic practice. Some notebooks are decorated with collages and include sketches or other artwork.
Description Container Select
Journal, 1967
1
16
Journal, Japan, 1967
Entries from Nengudi's time in Japan fill only a few pages. Also includes letters received while in Japan.
1
17
Journal, 1972-1973
1
18
The Children's Art Workshop Calendar, 1973
15
1
Calendar Pages, 1974
1
19
1975 Year Book, 1975
1
20
1976 Desk Diary, 1976
1
21
I Ching: Taoist Book of Days Calendar-Diary, 1977
1
22
Journal, 1977
1
23
I Ching: Taoist Book of Days Calendar-Diary, 1978
1
24
I Ching: Taoist Book of Days Calendar-Diary, 1979
1
25
I Ching: Taoist Book of Days Calendar-Diary, 1980
1
26
I Ching: Taoist Book of Days Calendar-Diary, 1981
Includes folded December 1982 calender at front.
2
1
Journal, 1981-1982, 1986
2
2
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1982
2
3
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1982
2
4
Spiritual Diary, 1982, 1997-1999
2
5
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1983
2
6
Journal, 1983
2
7
Journal, 1983
2
8
Organizer, 1986
Includes business cards, addresses, and notes.
2
9
Time Maker, 1987
Includes calendar and addresses.
2
10
Smithsonian Engagement Calendar, 1988
2
11
The 1989 Gardener's Desk Calendar, 1989
Includes notes from Senga Nengudi's son, Oji Fittz.
2
12
Journal, 1989
2
13
Daily Journal, 1989
2
14
Journal, 1989-1990
2
15
Time to Love Wall Calendar, 1990
2
16
Love: A Book of Days Calendar and Journal, 1990
2
17
Journal, 1990
3
1
Meditations Wall Calendar, 1991
3
2
The Essence Book of Days Journal and Calendar, 1991
3
3
Journal, 1991
3
4
Journal, 1991-1992
3
5
Journal, 1992
3
6
Journal, 1992
3
7
Weekly Desk Planner, 1992
3
8
Journal, 1992-1993
3
9
Journal, 1992-1995
3
10
Easter Seal Society Wall Calendar, 1993
3
11
Journal, 1993
3
12
Journal, 1993
3
13
Wall Calendar, 1994
3
14
Journal, 1994
3
15
A Year of Change Weekly Engagement Calendar, 1994
3
16
Journal, 1994
3
17
Journal, 1994
3
18
Daily Journal/Calendar, circa 1994
3
19
Wall Calendar, 1994-1995
3
20
Journal, 1994-1995
3
21
Daily Calendar, 1995 April 24-30
3
22
Journal, 1995
3
23
Journal, 1995
4
1
Journal, 1995-1996
4
2
Journal, 1996
4
3
International Calendar Wall Calendar, 1996
4
4
Journal, 1996
4
5
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1996-1997
4
6
Journal, 1996-1997
4
7
Journal, 1996-1997
4
8
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1997
4
9
Easter Seal Society Wall Calendar, 1997
4
10
The Victoria & Albert Museum Indian Animals Daybook, 1997
4
11
Dream Journal, 1997-1998
4
12
Journal, 1997-2001
4
13
Journal, 1998
4
14
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1998-1999
4
15
Wall Calendar, 1999
15
1
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1999
4
16
Daily Journal/Calendar, 1999
4
17
Journal and "Morning Pages", 1999
4
18
Food Journal, 1999-2000
Also includes dream journal entries at back.
4
19
Journal, 1999-2003
4
20
Journal Pages, 2000
4
21
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2000
4
22
The Home Team Wall Calendar, 2000
4
23
Journal, 2000
4
24
Journal, 2000-2002
4
25
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2001
5
1
Monthly Planner, 2001
5
2
Journal, 2001-2002
5
3
Dream Journal Pages, 2001-2002
5
4
Monthly Planner, 2002
5
5
Planner, 2002
5
6
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2002-2003
5
7
Journal, 2002-2003
5
8
Journal, 2003
5
9
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2003
5
10
Journal, 2004
5
11
Journal, 2004-2007
5
12
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2004-2005
5
13
Planner, 2005
5
14
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2005-2006
5
15
Planner, 2006
5
16
Calendar/Journal, 2006-2007
5
17
Journal, 2006-2011
5
18
Planner, 2007
5
19
Daily Planner, 2007-2009
5
20
Journal, 2008-2009
5
21
Journal, 2008-2010
5
22
Journal, 2009
6
1
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2009-2010
6
2
Journal, 2010
6
3
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2011-2012
6
4
Journal, 2011-2016
6
5
Planner, 2012
6
6
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2012-2013
6
7
Monthly Planner, 2013
6
8
Daily Journal/Calendar, 2013-2014
6
9
Monthly Planner, 2014
6
10
The Sayings of Buddha Daily Journal/Calendar, 2014-2015
6
11
Weekly Agenda, 2015
6
12
Daily Planner, 2016
6
13
Activities, Ideas, and Money Notebooks, undated
6
14

Series 4: Writings , 1964-2010
0.3 Linear feet
Box 8

This series consists of writings by Senga Nengudi and others. Writings by Nengudi include academic papers, as well as wedding planning notes and artist statements, including one for Propecia Leigh, one of Nengudi's personas. Other writings are by Maren Hassinger, Kellie Jones, Joan Kleihauer, and others.
Nengudi's writings in this series are arranged chronologically. The writings by others are arranged alphabetically by author.
Description Container Select
Writings by Senga Nengudi/Sue Irons
"Ruth St. Denis: A Biography", 1964
8
41
"A Dance Production Layout", 1965
8
42
"Evaluations of Dance Compositions", 1965
8
43
"Music Analysis" and "A Libretto for Dance", 1965
8
44
"A Report on Observation of the Technical Rehearsal of Three Penny Opera", 1965
8
45
"The Minoans and Myceneans", 1966
8
46
"Sculpture of the Primitive Peoples of the Western Congo and Gabon", 1966
8
47
Assorted Statements and Notes, circa 1966-circa 2000s, 2010, undated
8
48
"Japan and Italy: A Comparative Chronology", 1967
Portions of this folder were not digitized due to condition.
8
49
"The Garden of Earthly Delights", 1970
8
50
Proposal for the Free Art Supply and Information Service for East and West Harlem, 1973
8
51
CAPS Grant Statement on Work, circa 1970s
8
52
Statement of Master's Project, circa 1970s
8
53
Wedding Planning Notes, circa 1970s
8
54
Kimbo and Ketata Book Proposal, 1994, 1997
8
55
Propecia Leigh Statement, circa 1998
Includes photograph.
8
56
Interview Questions, undated
8
57
Writings by Others
Assorted Notes and Writings by Maren Hassinger, 1996-1997, 2003-204
8
58
Maren Hassinger Notes, "Month Activity Exchange", 2001-2005
8
59
Flying and Touching Down: Abstraction, Metaphor, and Social Concern Dissertation Prospectus by Kellie Jones, 1993
8
60
Writings by Joan Kleihauer, 1978, 1990
Includes 41 Sketches, Green River Utah Mineral Bottom to Spanish Bottom, and letter.
8
61
Assorted Writings by Others, 1982-1992, 2010, undated
Includes writings by Maya Aviña, Kae Bell, Maria Clare, Jill Crane, Francine Farr, Jill Nelson, Greg Angaza Pitts, as well as an unidentified sketch/note.
8
62

Series 7: Scrapbook , 1974-1976
1 Folder
Box 15

The scrapbook in this collection includes photographs of Senga Nengudi and her artwork, as well as a newspaper clipping, performance program, and flyer. Also included is a CAPS grant statement on work and handwritten receipt for the sale of one of her works of art.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, 1974-1976
15
3

Series 10: Sound and Video Recordings , circa 1974-1998
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 12-13

This series includes sound and video recordings featuring Senga Nengudi and others including Sun Ra, Barbara McCullough, Maren Hassinger, and Butch Morris. Recordings may include performances, as well as home video or candid recordings.
Description Container Select
Sun Ra Recordings, circa 1973-1979
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
2 Sound cassettes
Includes video recording of Space is the Place and sound recordings of Space is the Place, Sun Ra in Egypt, Pathways to Unknown Worlds, What Planet is This, Neptune, Over the Rainbow, If You Came from Nowhere, and Sleeping Beauty.
12
44
Shopping Bag Spirits and Other Video Works by Barbara McCullough, circa 1979-1980
2 Videocassettes (VHS)
Includes Shopping Bag Spirits, Fragments, World Saxophone Quartet, and Water Ritual by Barbara McCullough. Senga Nengudi is featured in Shopping Bag Spirits.
12
45
Assorted Performance and Home Video Recordings, circa 1985-1987
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
3 Sound cassettes
Includes Carnival featuring Barbara McCullough, Senga Nengudi, Jill Crane, Kenneth Severin, and Jill Crane; "Maren in LA;" "Me and Kids;" Nature's Way; Dance Card; and "Senga's Home Video."
12
46
Butch Morris Performance Recordings, 1986
1 Sound cassette
Includes "Butch Morris L.A. Loft/Butch's Performance."
12
47
Senga Nengudi Performance Recording and "Senga and Maren", 1998-2000
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
1 Sound cassette
Includes "Senga Nengudi November 1998" and "Senga and Maren, July 2000."
13
1
Unidentified Video Recording, circa 1990s
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
Shows elementary school classroom and part of a feature film.
13
2

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