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Overview of the Collection

Biography

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Detailed Description

Series I: Papers, undated, 1953-1966






Stan Brakhage Papers



Finding aid prepared by Archives & Special Collections Staff.






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Overview of the Collection

Repository: Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
Creator: Brakhage, Stan.
Title: Stan Brakhage Papers.
Dates: undated, 1953-1966.
Quantity: .1 linear feet.
Identification: MSS19980199
Language: English.
Abstract: Stan Brakhage was born 14 January 1933, in Kansas City, MO. He is an Independent filmmaker and currently professor of film history at the University of Colorado. Brakhage has also lectured in film history and aesthetics at Art Institute of Chicago and at colleges in the United States and Europe. He is a member of selection committee for the Anthology of Cinema.

Biography

Stan Brakhage was born 14 January 1933, in Kansas City, MO, and adopted by Ludwig (a shoe salesman) and Clara (Dubberstein) Brakhage. He attended Dartmouth College for two months. He is an Independent filmmaker and currently professor of film history at the University of Colorado. Brakhage has also lectured in film history and aesthetics at Art Institute of Chicago and at colleges in the United States and Europe. He is a member of selection committee for the Anthology of Cinema.

Brakhage's work has received the following awards: Independent Film Award, Film Culture, 1962; Avon Foundation grant, 1965-69; Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, 1967-69; Brandeis citation, 1973; Colorado Governor's Award for Arts and Humanities, 1974; National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1975, 1977, 1980, and 1983; Guggenheim fellowship, 1978; James Ryan Morris Foundation award, 1979; Telluride Film Festival medallion, 1981; honorary doctorate from San Francisco Art Institute, 1981; University of Colorado Council on Research and Creative Works grant, 1983.

A bibliography of his work includes: Metaphors on Vision, 1962; The Brakhage Lectures, Volume I, 1970, Volume II, 1972; A Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book, 1972, Seen, 1975, Film Biographies, 1977, Brakhage Scrapbook: Collected Writings, 1964-1980, 1983.

Screenplays; and director: “Interim,” 1952, “Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection,” 1953, “Desistfilm,” 1954, “The Way to Shadow Garden,” 1954, “In Between,” 1955, “Reflections on Black,” 1955, “The Wonder Ring,” 1955, “Flesh of Morning,” 1956, “Nightcats,” 1956, “Daybreak and Whiteye,” 1957, “Loving,” 1957, “Anticipation of the Night,” 1958, “Wedlock House: An Intercourse,” 1959, “Window Water Baby Moving,” 1959, “Cat's Cradle,” 1959, “Sirius Remembered,” 1959, “The Dead,” 1960, “Thigh Line Lyre Triangular,” 1961, “Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie,” 1961, “Blue Moses,” 1962, “O Life—a Woe Story—The A-Test News,” 1963, “Mothlight,” 1963, “Songs” (29 films), 1964-69, “Dog Star Man,” 1964, “The Art of Vision,” 1965, “Three Films: Blue White, Blood's Tone, and Vein,” 1965, “Fire of Waters,” 1965, “Pasht,” 1965, “Two: Creeley/McClure,” 1965, “Black Vision,” 1965, “The 23rd Psalm Branch,” 1966, “The Horseman, the Woman, and the Moth,” 1968, “Lovemaking,” 1968, “Scenes from Under Childhood,” 1970, “The Weir-Falcon Saga,” 1970, “Sexual Meditations” (6 films), 1970-72, “The Machine of Eden,” 1970, “The Animals of Eden and After,” 1970, “Eyes,” 1971, “Deus Ex,” 1971, “The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes,” 1971, “Foxfire Childwatch,” 1971, “Angels',” 1971, “Door,” 1971, “Western Holiday,” 1971, “The Trip to Door,” 1971, “The Peaceable Kingdom,” 1971, “Eye Myth,” 1972, “The Process,” 1972, “The Riddle of Lumen,” 1972, “The Shores of Phos: A Fable,” 1972, “The Presence,” 1972, “The Wold-Shadow,” 1972, “Gift,” 1972, “The Women,” 1973, “Sincerity,” 1973, “Shein,” 1974, “Aquarien,” 1974, “Sol,” 1974, “Flight,” 1974, “Dominion,” 1974, “Hymn to Her,” 1974, “Clancy,” 1974, “He was born, he suffered, he died,” 1974, “Star Garden,” 1974, “The Text of Light,” 1974, “The Stars Are Beautiful,” 1974, “Sincerity II,” 1975, “Short Films: 1975,” 1975, “Short Films: 1976,” 1976, “Tragoedia,” 1976, “Gadflies,” 1976, “Sketches,” 1976, “Airs,” 1976, “Trio,” 1976, “Window,” 1976, “Desert,” 1976, “Highs,” 1976, “Absence,” 1976, “Rembrandt, etc., and Jane,” 1976, “The Dream, NYC, the Return, the Flower,” 1976, “Soldiers and Other Cosmic Subjects,” 1977, “The Governor,” 1977, “The Domain of the Moment,” 1977, “Nightmare Series,” 1978, “Purity and After,” 1978, “Centre,” 1978, “Bird,” 1978, “Thot-Fal'n,” 1978, “Burial Path,” 1978, “Sluice,” 1978, “Creation,” 1979, “@,” 1979, “Salome,” 1980, “Other,” 1980, “Sincerity Series,” 1980, “Duplicity Series,” 1980, “Roman Numeral Series” (9 films), 1980, “Made Manifest,” 1980, “Aftermath,” 1980, “Murder Psalm,” 1981, “Nodes,” 1981, “Arabic Numeral Series” (19 films), 1981, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” 1981, “RR,” 1981, “Wedding,” 1981, “Unconscious London Strata,” 1982, “Hell Spit Flexion,” 1983, “Tortured Dust,” 1984, “Egyptian Series,” 1984.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 1999.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains Brakhage's correspondence to Robert Duncan, Jess Collins and Mary Shore and a celluloid strip from the film “Mothlight”.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

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Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of literary materials. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the reference desk.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Duncan, Robert Edward, 1919—Correspondence.
Jess, 1923—Correspondence.
Shore, Mary, 1912—Correspondence.

Subjects:

American poetry—20th century.
Art in motion pictures.
Artists—United States.
Experimental films—United States.
Filmstrips.
Gloucester (Mass.)—Cultural affairs—Art.
Massachusetts—Cultural affairs—Art.
Motion pictures—United States.
Poems.
Women artists—Massachusetts.

Document Types:

Correspondence.
Manuscripts.

Occupations:

Author.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Stan Brakhage Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Provenance is unknown.

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Bibliography

Film Quarterly, spring, 1961, spring, 1976; Stan Brakhage, Metaphors on Vision, Film Culture, 1962.
Film Culture, winter 1963-64, summer, 1965, spring, 1966, autumn, 1967, summer, 1969, spring, 1971, spring, 1972, spring, 1973.
Dan Clark. Stan Brakhage, Film-Maker's Cinematheque, 1966.
Sheldon Renan. An Introduction to the American Underground Film, Dutton, 1967.
Gregory Battcock. editor, The New American Cinema: A Critical Anthology, Dutton, 1967.
Newsweek, February 13, 1967.
Roy Huss and Nathan Silverstein. The Film Experience: Elements of Motion Picture Art, Harper, 1968.
Gene Youngblood. Expanded Cinema, Dutton, 1970.
Vogue, September 1, 1970.
David Cooke. Experimental Cinema, Universe Books, 1971.
Film Library Quarterly, summer, 1971.
Jonas Mekas. Movie Journal: The Rise of the American Cinema, 1959-1971, Macmillan, 1972.
Village Voice, January 21, 1972, March 30, 1972, June 21, 1973, November 14, 1974, April 8, 1981.
Artforum, October, 1972, January, 1973.
Rochelle Reed. editor, Stan Brakhage, Ed Emshwiller, American Film Institute, 1973.
P. Adams Sitney. editor, Film Culture Reader, Praeger, 1970
Visionary Film, Oxford University Press, 1974; The Essential Cinema: Essays on Films in the Collection of Anthology Film Archives,New York University Press, 1975.
Stephen Dwoskin. Film Is: The International Free Cinema, Overlook Press, 1975.
Modern Photography, February, 1975; Denver, January, 1976.
Soho Weekly News, December 23, 1976, November 24, 1977, February 22, 1979.
Boulder Monthly, September, 1979.
Voice Literary Supplement, December, 1982.
Gerald Barrett and Wendy Brabner. Stan Brakhage: A Guide to References and Resources, G. K. Hall, 1983.

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Detailed Description

Series I: Papers, undated, 1953-1966
1:1 Letters to Robert Duncan and Jess Collins, 1953-1961
1:2 Letters to Robert Duncan and Jess Collins, 1962-1966
1:3 Letters to Robert Duncan and Jess Collins, undated
1:4 “Poems and Songs by Brakhage and Tenney”, undated
1:5 Letter to Mary Shore, 1963
1:6 Letter to Mary Shore and celluloid strip, 1963