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Guide to the Jimmy De Sana Papers
1954-1997 (bulk 1977-1990)
 MSS.202

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Collection processed by Juliet Jacobson, 2007 and Nicholas Martin, 2008 - 2009. Completed by Christine Woody, 2009.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 13, 2017

Scope and Content Note

The Jimmy De Sana Papers, which exceeds 25,000 items, consist of comprehensive documentation of Jimmy De Sana's career as an artist and commercial photographer. Materials include photographic prints, slides, negatives, clippings, posters, reviews, and photographic equipment and other objects. The materials span the mid 1950s–1997 with the bulk of the material covering 1977–1990.

The bulk of the collection is made up of photographic materials, which have been separated into eleven series according to type (prints, color transparency slides, silver gelatin negative film, color negative film, half-tone reproductions, and silver gelatin contact sheets) and project or theme. What constitutes a "project" was based on exhibition records and documentation in the press.

Project Titles and Dates:

101 Nudes, 1972
 Submission circa 1978-1980
Early Sex, circa 1979 – 1983 (Also labeled by Jimmy DeSana "Greenwich Sex" and "Sex")
$bfat, circa 1983 – 1984 (also labeled by Jimmy DeSana "Fat")
$dobjects, circa 1984 – 1987 (Also labeled by Jimmy DeSana " Early Collage" and "Early Abstract")
Auto-Portraits, circa 1984 – 1985
Cut Ups, circa 1985 – 1986
 Salvation, circa 1986 - 1991

When there are no materials corresponding to a particular project in a given series, that project is skipped in the sequence.

"Themes" have been identified by labels existing within the estate or by visual similarity. Annotations or labels that were written by Jimmy De Sana are indicated in the item descriptions by his initials(JDS). When there are no materials corresponding to a particular theme in a given series, that theme is skipped in the sequence.

Theme Titles:

Documentation
Early Work
Events
Landscape
Miscellaneous
Nudes
"O'Hara's Wife"
Paper Collage
Portrait
Reproductions of Other Artists' Work
Travel

Series VI Subseries K contains medium format negatives which could not be integrated into the storage binders with the rest of the material because of size. Subseries K is stored separately, but organized into sub-subseries which match themes elsewhere in Series VI and should be considered of a piece with them.

When an item is listed in the finding aid with a box number, but no folder number, it indicates that the item is stored in an archival photo binder box. Throughout the collection, for materials housed in binders, a labeled sheet of paper has been inserted to indicate when a new subseries begins. Works not titled by Jimmy De Sana himself appear as "Title:______" in the finding aid.

Arrangement note

The collection has been arranged into 15 series. Series III through VIII (slides and negatives) are currently unavailable to researchers.

Series I:Photographic Prints organized by project

Subseries A: Silver gelatin prints from "101 Nudes"
Subseries B: Silver gelatin prints associated with the 1980 book  Submission.
Subseries C: Cibachrome and color c-prints from the "Early Sex" project
Subseries D: Photographic prints from the "$bfat" project
Subseries E: Photographic prints from the "$dobjects" project
Subseries F: Photographic prints from the "Auto-Portraits" project
Subseries G: Photographic prints from the  Salvation book project

Series II: Photographic Prints organized by theme

Subseries A: Photographic prints from Early Work theme
Subseries B: Photographic prints from Events theme
Subseries C: Photographic prints from Landscape theme
Subseries D: Photographic prints from the Paper Collage theme
Subseries E: Photographic prints from the Portrait theme
Subseries F: Photographic prints from the Miscellaneous theme
Subseries G: Photographic prints from Other Artists' Work theme

Series III: Color Transparency Slides organized by project

Subseries A: Slides from the  Submission project
Subseries B: Slides from the "Early Sex" project
Subseries C: Slides from the "$bfat" project
Subseries D: Slides from the "$dobjects" project
Subseries E: Slides from the "Auto-Portrait" project
Subseries F: Slides from the "Cut Up" project
Subseries G: Slides from the  Salvation project

Series IV:Color Transparency Slides organized by theme

Subseries A: Slides from the Documentation theme
Subseries B: Slides from the Events theme
Subseries C: Slides from the Landscape theme
Subseries D: Slides from the Miscellaneous theme
Subseries E: Slides shot from the film "O'Hara's Wife"
Subseries F: Slides from the Paper Collage theme
Subseries G: Slides from the Portrait theme
Subseries H: Slides from the Travel theme

Series V: Silver Gelatin Negative Film organized by project

Subseries A: Negatives from the "101 Nudes" project
Subseries B: Negatives from the  Submission project
Subseries C: Negatives from the "Early Sex" project
Subseries D: Negatives from the "$bfat" project
Subseries E: Negatives from the "$dobjects" project
Subseries F: Negatives from the "Cut Up" project
Subseries G: Negatives from the "Auto-Portrait" project

Series VI:Silver Gelatin Negative Film organized by theme

Subseries A: Negatives from the Documentation theme
Subseries B: Negatives from the Early Work theme
Subseries C: Negatives from the Events theme
Subseries D: Negatives from the Landscape theme
Subseries E: Negatives from the Miscellaneous theme
Subseries F: Negatives from the Nudes theme
Subseries G: Negatives from the Paper Collage theme
Subseries H: Negatives from the Portraits theme
Subseries I: Negatives from the Reproductions of Other Artists' Work theme
Subseries J: Negatives from the Travel theme
Subseries K: Medium-format Negatives

Sub-subseries i: Negatives from the Documentation theme
Sub-subseries ii: Negatives from the Miscellaneous theme
Sub-subseries iii: Negatives from the Portrait theme
Sub-subseries iv: Negatives from the Reproductions of Other Artists' Work theme

Series VII: Color Negative Film organized by project

Subseries A: Negatives from the  Submission project
Subseries B: Negatives from the "Early Sex" project

Series VIII: Color Negative Film organized by theme

Subseries A: Negatives from the Landscape theme
Subseries B: Negatives from the Miscellaneous theme
Subseries C: Negatives from the Reproductions of Other Artists' Work theme
Subseries D: Negatives from the Portraits theme

Series IX: Half-tone triplicate reproductions organized by project

Subseries A: Half-tone 8 X 10s from the  Salvation project

 Series X:Silver Gelatin Contact Sheets organized by project

Subseries A: Contact sheets from the "101 Nudes" project
Subseries B: Contact sheets from the  Submission project
Subseries C: Contact sheets from the "$bfat" project
Subseries D: Contact sheets from the "$dobjects" project
Subseries E : Contact sheets from the "Auto-Portrait" project
Subseries F: Contact sheets from the "Cut Up" project
Subseries G: Contact sheets from the  Salvation project

Series XI: Silver Gelatin Contact Sheets organized by theme

Subseries A: Contact sheets from the Events theme
Subseries B: Contact sheets from the Landscape theme
Subseries C: Contact sheets from the Miscellaneous theme
Subseries D: Contact sheets from the Portrait theme
Subseries E: Contact sheets from the Reproductions of Other Artists' Work theme
Subseries F: Contact sheets from the Travel theme

Series XII:Pat Hearn Materials

Subseries A: Color Transparency Slides documentation of projects and installations
Subseries B: Papers and clippings collected by Pat Hearn Gallery

Series XIII: Ephemera

Subseries A: Papers and clippings found throughout the Jimmy De Sana estate
Subseries B: Papers and clippings compiled by Jimmy De Sana

Series XIV: Objects

Series XV: Media

Subseries A: Access Copies
Subseries B: Originals
Subseries C: VHS tapes

Oversize Series II: Oversize Photographic Prints organized by theme

Subseries E: Portrait
Subseries F: Miscellaneous

Oversize Series XIII: Ephemera

Subseries A: Papers and clippings found throughout the Jimmy De Sana estate
Subseries B: Papers and clippings compiled by Jimmy De Sana

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Prints by Project
  2. Series II: Prints by Theme
  3. Series III: Slides by Project
  4. Series IV: Slides by Theme
  5. Series V: Negative by Project
  6. Series VI: Negatives by Theme
  7. Series VII: Color Negative by Project
  8. Series VIII: Color Negatives by Theme
  9. Series IX: Half-tone Triplicate Redproductions by Project
  10. Series X: Silver Gelatin Contact Sheets by Project
  11. Series XI: Silver Gelatin Contact Sheets by Theme
  12. Series XII: Pat Hearn Materials
  13. Series XIII: Ephemera
  14. Series XIV: Objects
  15. Series XV: Media
  16. Oversize - Series II: Photographic Prints by Theme
  17. Oversize - Series XIII: Ephemera; Clippings, Reproductions, Advertisements