Christopher Felver portrait collection

Summary

Creator: Felver, Christopher, 1946-
Date(s): 1981-2008
Call Number: PPI 0105
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: The Christopher Felver portrait collection comprises 79 black and white photographic portraits of prominent twentieth-century artistic and literary figures taken between 1981 and 2008 by American photographer and filmmaker Christopher Felver (born 1946).
Physical Description: 0.33s
Source: Purchase, November 2005 and August 2008.
Processing: Processed and encoded by Elyse Brown, February 2013. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

American photographer and filmmaker Christopher Felver (born 1946) specializes in portraits of artistic and literary figures, particularly the American Beat writers. His most recent publications include Beat (2007), The Late Great Allen Ginsberg (2002), and The Importance of Being (2001). He has taken over 400 portraits of prominent figures in American and world literature, art, politics, and music.

Sources

"Profile." Christopher Felver. http://www.chrisfelver.com/profile/index.html (accessed February 14, 2013).

Scope and Content Note

The Christopher Felver portrait collection comprises 79 black and white photographic portraits of prominent twentieth-century artistic and literary figures taken between 1981 and 2008 by American photographer and filmmaker Christopher Felver (born 1946).

Poets of the Beat generation are heavily represented in the collection, which contains portraits of individuals such as Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born 1919), Michael McClure (born 1932), Gregory Corso (1930-2001), and Robert Creeley (1926-2005). The collection also contains portraits of Black Mountain poets such as Ed Dorn (1929-1999), John Wieners (1934-2002), Fielding Dawson(1930-2002), and Lawrence Eigner (1927-1996), and Language poets such as Clark Coolidge (born 1939), Charles Bernstein (born 1950), Jackson Mac Low (1922-2004), Nathaniel Mackey (born 1947), and Bernadette Mayer (born 1945).

The Punk movement in literature and music is represented in the collection by portraits of Kathy Acker (1947-1997) and Patti Smith (born 1946). The collection also includes portraits of other poet-musicians, with a group portrait of the band the Fugs and individual portraits of Fugs founding members Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) and Ed Sanders (born 1939).

The collection also contains portraits of several visual artists, among them the collage artist "Jess" (Jess Collins, 1923-2004), painter R. B. Kitaj (1932-2007), feminist artist Kiki Smith (born 1954), and realist painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009).

The portraits are arranged alphabetically by the subjects' surnames. Most of the portraits are 8" x 10" in size; there are three larger portraits housed separately.

Using these materials

Shelving Summary

  • Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes
  • Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

PPI 0105, Christopher Felver portrait collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, https://library.udel.edu/static/purl.php?askspec

Container List

Acker-Brainard, 1982-2001

Acker, Kathy, 1994 Box 1, F1
Banks, Russell, 2001 Box 1, F1
Baraka, Amiri, 1984 Box 1, F1
Berkson, Bill, 1982 Box 1, F1
Bernstein, Charles, 1985 Box 1, F1
Berrigan, Daniel, 1996 Box 1, F1
Berrigan, Ted, 1982 Box 1, F1
Brainard, Joe, 1984 Box 1, F1

Brakhage-Clark, 1981-2005

Brakhage, Stan, 1982 Box 1, F2
Brautigan, Richard, 1982 Box 1, F2
Brodey, Jim, 1985 Box 1, F2
Broughton, James, 2005 Box 1, F2

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Burkhardt, Rudy, 1985 Box 1, F2
Carroll, Jim, 1984 Box 1, F2
Charters, Sam and Ann, 1994 Box 1, F2
Clark, Tom, 1984 Box 1, F2

Collins-Dorn, 1981-2005

Collins, Jess, 1996 Box 1, F3
Coolidge, Clark, 1984 Box 1, F3
Corso, Gregory, 2005 Box 1, F3

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Creeley, Robert, 2005 Box 1, F3

2005 print of a 1983 portrait.

Creeley, Robert, 1995 Box 1, F3
Removed to SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)
Dawson, Fielding, 2000 Box 1, F3
Di Prima, Dianne, 2005 Box 1, F3

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Dorn, Ed, 2005 Box 1, F3

2005 print of a 1985 portrait.

Duncan-Hamilton-Finlay, 1981-2005

Duncan, Robert, 2005 Box 1, F4

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Eigner, Larry, 1982 Box 1, F4
Everson, William, 1982 Box 1, F4
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence, 1981 Box 1, F4
Ford, Charles Henri, 1996 Box 1, F4
The Fugs, 1995 Box 1, F4
Ginsberg, Allen, 2005 Box 1, F4

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Ginsberg, Allen, 1995 Box 1, F4
Removed to SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)
Ginsberg, Allen, 1981 Box 1, F4
Removed to SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)
Gunn, Thom, 1996 Box 1, F4

1996 print of a 1995 portrait.

Hamilton-Finlay, Ian, 1989 Box 1, F4

Heaney-Kitaj, 1982-2004

Heaney, Seamus, 1999 Box 1, F5

1999 print of a 1993 portrait.

Hirschman, Jack, 2004 Box 1, F5
Hollo, Anselm, 1985 Box 1, F5
Holmes, John Clellon, 1982 Box 1, F5
Huncke, Herbert, 1985 Box 1, F5
Isherwood, Christopher, 1984 Box 1, F5
Joans, Ted, 1985 Box 1, F5
Kaufman, Bob, 2008 Box 1, F5

2008 print of a 1984 portrait

Kesey, Ken, 1982 Box 1, F5
Kitaj, R. B, 1990 Box 1, F5

Krim-Mayer, 1982-2007

Krim, Seymor, 1982 Box 1, F6
Kupferberg, Tuli, 1985 Box 1, F6
Lally, Michael, 1988 Box 1, F6
Lamantia, Philip, 1984 Box 1, F6
Lavigne, Robert, 1982 Box 1, F6
Maclow, Jackson, 1985 Box 1, F6
Mackey, Nathaniel, 2007 Box 1, F6
Matthews, Harry, 2004 Box 1, F6
Mayer, Bernadette, 1985 Box 1, F6

McClure-Rossett, 1981-2005

McClure, Michael, 1981-1982, 2005 Box 1, F7

Two prints of the same portrait. One is dated 2005 and dates the portrait as taken in 1981; the other is dated 1982.

Mead, Taylor, undated Box 1, F7
Miller, Arthur, 2005 Box 1, F7

2005 print of a 1995 portrait.

Muldoon, Paul M, 2004 Box 1, F7
Norse, Harold, 1983 Box 1, F7
Orlovsky, Peter, 2005 Box 1, F7

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Reed, Ishmael, 2005 Box 1, F7

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Rorem, Ned, 1984 Box 1, F7
Rossett, Barney, 1996 Box 1, F7

Rothenberg-Smith, 1982-2008

Rothenberg, Jerome, 2005 Box 1, F8

2005 print of a 1985 portrait.

Sanchez, Sonia, 2008 Box 1, F8
Sanders, Ed, 1983 Box 1, F8
Saroyan, Aram, 1982 Box 1, F8
Selby, Hubert, 1993 Box 1, F8
Silko, Leslie Marmon, 2006 Box 1, F8
Sinclair, John, 2000 Box 1, F8
Smith, Kiki, 2001 Box 1, F8
Smith, Patti, 1995 Box 1, F8

Vidal-Wyeth, 1982-2007

Vidal, Gore, 1990 Box 1, F9
Walcott, Derek, 2001 Box 1, F9
Waldman, Anne, 1982 Box 1, F9
Warsh, Lewis, 1984 Box 1, F9
Whalen, Philip, 2005 Box 1, F9

2005 print of a 1981 portrait.

Wieners, John, 1985 Box 1, F9
Wilson, Lanford, 1995 Box 1, F9
Wyeth, Andrew, 2007 Box 1, F9

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