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   Robert Wilson Papers, 1969-1995.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Wilson Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079713 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Wilson, Robert, 1941-
Title:Robert Wilson Papers, 1969-1995.
Physical description:148 linear ft. (ca. 149,000 items in 292 boxes; 1 phonodisc; 1 audio cassette; 15 oversize folders; 3 scrapbooks; 108 posters)
Language(s):In English
Access: Series II, Box 20: Permission of the Byrd Hoffman Foundation required. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 3 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, outlines, scripts, production notes, technical materials, story boards, contracts, posters, programs, announcements, recordings, reviews, and other printed materials relating to all aspects of Robert Wilson's theater works, opera, films, artwork and video productions. There are files for all of Wilson's theatrical performances, the most extensive of which is the CIVIL warS . Also included are the files of the Byrd Hoffman Foundation.

Series II contains press materials for 1988 and research materials for King Lear , The Forest , and Parsifal , as well as miscellaneous research files for 1987. In addition, one can find various documents (letters, contracts, etc.) relating to the following productions: The Forest ; Alcestis ; The Golden Windows ; Patio ; Edison ; Black Rider ; Murder (Deafman Glance) ; CIVIL warS ; and Knee Plays . A group of miscellaneous files follows, containing such items as scores, research materials, and budget documentation. In the oversize folders of the series are scores for The Golden Windows and De Materie , research for Black Rider , a press kit for Knee Plays , and various King Lear documents.

Series I

Subseries I.1: Cataloged Correspondence

Herein are filed materials relating to Byrd Hoffman Foundation activities, Robert Wilson in general, and the works of his Associates. Also included in this section are materials related to lectures and other public appearances unrelated to performance. Also included here are files related to suspended projects and works not completed. For works related to productions see the alphabetical list of productions. There are separate files of materials related to videos produced as independent works and to exhibitions of his artistic works. PRODUCTION FILES (Boxes 24-185). Herein are files related to specific productions. Also included are materials related to videos of those productions or videos of the same title. Videos that were produced only as vodeos are liste under Videos. Press materials about productions may be found either with the production files and/or in the Press files. The "Press files" are arranged chronologically for each production. Printed materials and press materials that were not excerpted from the journals in which they appear are filed after "Press." Materials related to suspended projects and works not completed can be found among the General Files. VIDEOS (Boxes 186-197). Herein are filed papers relating to video projects that were independent of theatrical productions.

See also Flat for scrapbook of photocopies of correspondence and conversations between R. Wilson and Dallas Pratt

Subseries I.2: Arranged Correspondence

Subseries I.3: General Files

Subseries I.4: Production Files

Subseries I.5: Videos

Subseries I.6: Art

Herein are filed fliers, brochures, catalogs, announcements, invitations, clippings, reviews, cards, etc. related to exhibitions and works of Wilson's art and articles about Wilson's art in general. Exhibits of art related to a production are filed with the production files.

Subseries I.7: Clippings Files

There are two main sequences of clippings files: 1972-Dec. 1987, and the scrapbooks of clippings, Feb. 1964-June 1981. 4 v.& 2 v. (1974)

Subseries I.8: Audio/Visual Material

Subseries I.9: Posters

Mapcase 15-12-3/4 -- * Indicates oversized (on table in Cage 26, stack 15) -- typog. = designed in typography with no illustration

Subseries I.10: Oversize Material

Subseries I.11: Flat Material

Subseries I.12: Production Files

Subseries I.13: Videos

Subseries I.14: General Printed Material

Herein are filed printed materials related to survey's of Wilson's career as a whole, and other miscellaneous printed materials.

Series II

Oversize folders located at end of Series II

Subseries II.2: Research Files

Subseries II.3: Books

Subseries II.4: Scores

Subseries II.5: Crete File

Subseries II.6: Projects

Subseries II.7: Programs and Literatures

Subseries II.8: Budget Documentation

Subseries II.9: Miscellaneous Contracts

Series III

Subseries III.1: Chrolological Correspondence

Subseries III.2: Faxes

Subseries III.3: Financial

Subseries III.4: Programs and Presses

Subseries III.5: Projects

Subseries III.6: Press, Publicity, Projects

Subseries III.7: Additions

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

Series II, Box 20: Permission of the Byrd Hoffman Foundation required.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Wilson Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 10/12/1990

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Announcements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clippings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ContractsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Playbills.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Posters.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Byrd Hoffman Foundation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dramatists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Experimental theater.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Postmodernism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theater--Production and direction.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theatrical producers and directors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

American dramatist, director, designer, performer, writer and artist.

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