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Guide to the Linda Mary Montano Papers, 1931-2014 MSS.386

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Collection processed by Emily King

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 13, 2019

 Updated by Shirin Khaki to include materials from accession 2017.092. Updated by Anna McCormick to include bibliographic materials formerly separated from the collection.  , July 2017 , August 2018

Scope and Content

This collection includes performance proposals, professional and personal correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished works, creative writing, interviews, press and promotional materials, research files, personal and performance photographic material, artworks, work documenting collaborations with other artists, teaching materials, juvenilia and family-inspired work, costumes, selections from Montano's personal library, and both commercially released and non-commercially released media. The collection also includes an archived capture of the artist's website, which features her work and information about her. These materials document Montano's life as an author and teacher, and her work as a performance artist for almost fifty years.

Series I:

Series II:

Series III: Correspondence includes letters and postcards sent and received from students, fans, and other artists. The correspondence in this series is primarily of a personal nature. Business correspondence can be found in Series I, Subseries A.

Series IV: Teaching includes syllabi, course evaluations, term papers, and theses primarily documenting Montano's professorship at University of Texas at Austin. It also includes performance art and writing related to the tenure process at UT: Austin.

Series V: Family and Juvenilia contains diaries, certificates, scrapbooks, and materials related to family members and Montano's time spent at a convent between 1960 and 1962.

Series VI: Commercially Released Media contains both audio and video materials.

Series VII: Non-commercially Released Media contains audio, video, and film materials primarily related to Montano's performances.

Series VIII: Data Storage contains DVD-R, CD-R, and floppy discs, primarily related to work on Montano's books. Related paper material can be found in Series I, Subseries B.

Series IX: Objects contains artworks, woodcuts, and costumes.

Series X: Library contains books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and other print material owned by Montano.


This collection is arranged and described at the file level, and its arrangement is based on the artist's original order. Original folder titles were maintained where possible; files without original titles were named accordingly. More information on the artist's original divisions can be found in the Scope and Content notes at the series level.

Oversize materials, objects, and media were removed from their original locations to allow for adequate housing and preservation and can be found towards the end of the finding aid.

The Linda Montano Papers are arranged into 10 series:
Series I: Art Practice
Series II: Inspirational People and Collaborators
Series III: Correspondence
Series IV: Teaching
Series V: Family and Juvenilia
Series VI: Commerically Released Media
Series VII: Non-commercially Released Media
Series VIII: Data Storage
Series IX: Objects
Series X: Library