Carl Weissner archive

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

9 boxes of material consisting of correspondence, tapes of poetry readings, manuscripts and graphic materials by international avant-garde writers of the 1960s, many of them part of the Fluxus movement, and some monographs and serials related to these authors. The collections contains material by and/or relating to Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, and Nam June Paik, among others.

Biographical Historical Note

Carl Weissner is German writer and translator of experimental fiction who published the avant-garde newspaper Klactoveedsedsteen (1965-1969) and established a Beat Generation scene in Germany after living in New York and San Francisco between 1968 and 1970.

Additional Notes

Related collections: John Cage correspondence, John Cage correspondence addenda, John Cage Notations Project collection, Jan Herman Archive, and Dick Higgins Archive, Northwestern University Library.