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Guide to the Magie Dominic Off Off-Broadway Collection, 1952-2018 MSS.300

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Collection processed by Robin Preiss, with Nicholas Martin, 2013.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 24, 2019
Finding aid written in English

 Updated to include materials integrated from accession number 2018.124 by Stacey Flatt.  , December 2018

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dominic, Magie, 1944-
Source - dnr: Dominic, Magie, 1944-
Source - dnr: Gossage, James D.
Title: Magie Dominic Off Off-Broadway Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1948-2018
Abstract: Magie Dominic, an artist, poet, and founding member of the Off Off-Broadway theater movement, was born in Newfoundland in 1944, and resides primarily in New York. She founded and programmed the Children's History Theatre (1979-84), and was an active participant at Caffe Cino. The collection comprises materials created and compiled by Magie Dominic in the course of her involvement with the Off-Off Broadway theatre movement, especially Caffe Cino, as well as her own work as an artist and her work with the Children's History Theater. It includes clippings, photographic material, manuscripts, correspondence, and art and performance documentation.
Quantity: 10.25 Linear Feet in 7 binders, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize box, and 2 flat-file folders
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.300

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Biographical Note

Magie Dominic, an artist, poet, and founding member of the Off Off-Broadway theater movement, was born in Newfoundland in 1944, and resides primarily in New York. She founded and programmed the Children's History Theatre (1979-84), and was an active participant at Caffe Cino.

Source:
Dominic, Magie. "Dominic Magie L."  Poets.ca. The League of Canadian Poets, 19 Apr. 2011. Web. 6 May 2013.

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Scope and Contents

This collection comprises materials created and compiled by Magie Dominic in the course of her involvement with the Off-Off Broadway theatre movement, especially Caffe Cino, as well as her own work as an artist and her work with the Children's History Theater. It includes clippings, photographic material, manuscripts, correspondence, and art and performance documentation.

Arrangement

Series, folder and binder titles reflect Magie Dominic's original titles and arrangement. Small changes were made to facilitate access. Dominic's original order has been maintained; oversize and media items were removed from and placed in appropriate archival housing in separate series.

The collection is arranged into seven series:

Series I: Caffe Cino

Series II: Lost to AIDS

Series III: Ken Burgess

Series IV: Magie Dominic Art 1975-2011

Series V: The Children's History Theatre

Series VI: Media

Series VII: Data Storage

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Dominic, Magie, 1944-
  • Gossage, James D.
  • Ken, Burgess, 1935-1989 ((Kenneth Emerson))

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Photographs.
  • Posters.
  • Color negatives.
  • Color photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • Caffe Cino

Subject Topics

  • Off Off-Broadway theater.
  • AIDS (Disease) and art -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Magie Dominic Off-Off-Broadway Collection; MSS 300; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Related Materials

Additional material can be found in the following archival collections:

New York Public Library Archives and Manuscripts, James Gossage photographs: http://archives.nypl.org/the/21426

Maggie Dominic Acker Award (MSS 488)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access copies for some materials are available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Magie Dominic Off-Off Broadway Collection was donated to Fales Library by Magie Dominic in October 2010 and January 2011. An accretion was donated by Magie Dominic and James Gossage, September 2018. The accession number associated with this gift is 2018.0124.

Processing Information

Processing decisions made prior to 2018 are not documented. Materials in the 2018 accretion were integrated into Series I. in accordance with the collection's existing arrangement structure, and placed in new acid-free folders and box. All photographs and printouts were removed from their individual plastic sleeves. Negatives were placed in enclosures.

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Container List

Series I: Caffe Cino

Scope and Content

Series I: Caffe Cino includes two binders of documentary files, including clippings and photographic material, as well as posters, related to Caffe Cino.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Binder: A Caffe Cino Binder
1952-81, undated
Binder: B Caffe Cino Binder
1967-2010, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Joe Cino Letter
1948, 2018
Box: 6 Folder : 2-4 Caffe Cino and Its Legacy Exhibit Images
1985

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Series II: Lost to AIDS

Scope and Content

Series II: Lost to AIDS includes two binders of subject files compiled by Dominic related to friends and collaborators who died of AIDS, as well as documentation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Binder: C Lost to AIDS Binder

Subjects include:

Hibiscus, Eddie Bhartonn, Neil Flanagan, Seth Allen, Bill Haislip, Peter Hujar, Charles Ludlam, and Peter Hartman.

1967-2008
Binder: D Lost to AIDS Binder

Subjects include:

Charles Lubier, Ken Burgess, Ken Hill, Tom Eyen, Johnny Dodd, Andy Milligan, and Victor LiPari.

1967-2008
Box: 1 Folder : 1 AIDS Quilt Series
1990, 1993

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Series III: Ken Burgess

Scope and Content

Series III: Ken Burgess includes several coloring books designed by Burgess, as well as a binder of materials related to Burgess's work, compiled by Magie Dominic.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Coloring Book - "Animal Coloring Book"
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Coloring Book - "Coloring Book Cats"
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Coloring Book - "Fantastic Original Art Birds"
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Coloring Book - "Fantastic Original Art Cats"
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Coloring Book - "Fantastic Original Art Dinosaur Era"
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Coloring Book - "Fantastic Original Art Dinosaurs"
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Coloring Book - "Fantastic Original Art Dogs"
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Coloring Book - "Fantastic Original Art Egypt"
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Coloring Book - "Fantastic Original Art Fantasy"
1981
Binder: E Magie Dominic's Ken Burgess Papers
1973-90, undated

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Series IV: Magie Dominic Art 1975-2011

Scope and Content

Series IV: Magie Dominic Art contains materials related to Magie Dominic's artistic output, including manuscripts, correspondence, and clippings.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Additional Essays + Village Voice Cover Story Illustration
1999, 2001, 2003-2004
Box: 1 Folder : 12 American Theater Magazine, May 1992
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 13 ARC - The League of Canadian Poets Twenty-Five Years On; No. 26 Spring 1991
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Archie Comics Digest Magazine; No. 73
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Assorted Correspondence and Papers
1989, 1993, 1995, 2005
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Chapbooks + Journals (Selected) [1 of 2]
1994-1998, 2004
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Chapbooks + Journals (Selected) [2 of 2]
1992, 1994, 1996-1997, 2009
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence w/ Margaret Atwood and Pres. Bill Clinton
1994, 2008-2009
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Correspondence with Pope John Paul II
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Correspondence w/ Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
1996, 1998-1999, 2002
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Letters to the Editor
1973-1974, 1991, 1999
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Literary Announcements
1994, 1997, 2001
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Literary Correspondence
1966, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1996-2005
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Miscellaneous
1996-1997, 2000, 2004
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Miscellaneous Clippings
1969, 1992
Box: 2 Folder : 4 New York Times Poetry
1985, 1990-1991
Box: 2 Folder : 5 The Queen of Peace Room [1 of 2]
2002-2005
Box: 2 Folder : 6 The Queen of Peace Room [2 of 2]
2002-2005
Box: 2 Folder : 7 "Queen of Peace Room" Preliminary Papers
2002-2003
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Reviews
1994, 2003-2004
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Symphony #4: Visions of a Wounded Earth
1993-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Teaching Workshops in Yukon, 2003
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Three Librettos, Correspondence w/ composer Bruce Patera
2007-2008
Box: 2 Folder : 12 'Village Voice', 'Toronto Globe and Mail" and 'Woodstock Times' Articles
1975, 1999-2000, 2002
Box: 2 Folder : 13 "A Woman's Almanac", Voices from Newfoundland and Labrador
1992
Binder: F Magie Dominic Art Binder
1975-2011

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Series V: The Children's History Theatre

Scope and Content

Series V: The Children's History Theatre documents the Children's History Theatre, which Magie Dominic founded and directed. Materials include correspondence, photographic material, clippings, and performance documentation.

Container 1     Title Date
Binder: G The Children's History Theatre
1978-84, undated

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Series VI: Media

Scope and Content

Series VI: Media features audio and video materials from the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Access copies for some materials are available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Subseries A: Video recordings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Media : ID: 300.0001 "The Caffe Cino", WNET Television

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: DVD-R

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

October 7, 2007
Box: 3 Media : ID: 300.0002 "The Cockettes Are Coming", Theater for the New City

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: DVD-R
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

undated
Box: 3 Media : ID: 300.0003 (Media [31142063602935]) Charles Stanley

Existence and Location of Copies

DVD access copy available.

Conditions Governing Access

Currently available.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: 8mm film on VHS
Color/No Sound
Duration: 21 minutes

undated
Case: 300.0003
Box: 3 Media : ID: 300.0004 Summer Lightning

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: DVD
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

2009

Subseries B: Sound Recordings

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 3 Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; Walt Disney Productions

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: Sound Disc: Analog, 33 1/3 rpm; 12 in.

1963
Box: 3 The Supremes, "More Hits by the Supremes"; Motown Record Corporation

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: Sound Disc: Analog, 33 1/3 rpm; 12 in.

1965

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Series VII: Data Storage

Scope and Content

Series VII: Data Storage contains two data storage discs from the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Born-digital materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Media : ID: 300.3.0005 "Bob's Cino Page"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: CD-R

Disc Label Annotations:

"Use browser, view cinopage.html, master directory can be copied to hard drive"

undated
Box: 3 Media : ID: 300.3.0006 "Cino Exhibit 1985"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Format: CD-R

Disc Label Annotations:

"Contains various images that include people - also XHN 33"

1985

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Oversize Series I: Caffe Cino

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 "May Day" Poster
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Laminated Caffe Cino and La Mama Posters
1965-66, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 3 "The Talking Band: Poetry and Songs" Poster
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Caffe Cino Poster
undated

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Oversize Series III: Ken Burgess

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Greenwich Village News Clipping
undated

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Oversize Series IV: Magie Dominic Art 1975-2011

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Magie Dominic Exhibition Poster
1998
Box: 4 Folder : 7 "Women Portray: 'Each One as She May'" Exhibition Poster
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Collage, inspired by Ken Burgess
1968
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Collage with hair and costume jewels
1970

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