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Guide to the Holly Anderson Papers MSS 187

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Anderson, Holly
Title: Holly Anderson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1978-2005
Abstract: Holly Anderson was a poet and designer whose work was exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. This collection consists of poems and artwork from her time in New York in the 1980s and 1990s, plus some later music CDs.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet in one manuscript box, one oversize flat box, and one shared media box.
Quantity: 5 videocassettes
Quantity: 5 sound discs (cd)
Location: Some materials are stored offsite, and advance notice is required for use. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Call Phrase: MSS 187

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Biographical / Historical

Holly Anderson was a poet and designer whose work was exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe from the 1980s through 2005. Born in Minnesota in 1955, she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

She published her fiction and poetry in university and small presses throughout the United States and Canada. She also wrote texts for theatre and choreographers, including Paradise for the Worried, Working Order, and the Hell Dances.

Lyrics and recordings include Consonant, Love and Affliction, and New Randy. She also worked with the post-punk band, Mission of Burma.

She had been writer-in-residence at Smith, Bates, and Colorado colleges, and a guest lecturer at New York University and the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana.

Holly Anderson died December 2017.

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Scope and Contents

The Holly Anderson Papers consist of writings and graphics by Anderson, plus recordings of her works. The collection also contains correspondence and publicity materials related to exhibitions of her works and works by other artists.


This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Topics

  • American poetry -- 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy for materials in this collection were not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Holly Anderson Papers; MSS 187; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact Fales Library with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Holly Anderson in 2006.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes, maintaining original order and labels when evident.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-20 Writings, correspondence, publicity materials, reviews, slides, exhibition announcements
Box: 2 Graphics, promotional materials, record album covers
Box: Shared Fales 014 Audiovisual recordings

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