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Guide to the Chris Kraus Papers MSS.442


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Collection processed by Megan O'Shea and Jennipher Ambrose

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 24, 2021
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Creator: Kraus, Chris, 1963-
Title: Chris Kraus Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1975-2015
Abstract: Chris Kraus (born 1955) is an American writer, art critic, editor, filmmaker, writing instructor, playwright, and theatre director. She is best known for her autobiographical novel, I Love Dick. Her other novels include  Aliens & Anorexia and  Torpor, and her non-fiction writing includes the collections  Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness and  Where Art Belongs, as well as the biography  After Kathy Acker. Her films include  The Golden Bowl or Repression and  Gravity & Grace. The Chris Kraus Papers date from 1975 to 2015 and document Kraus's career as a writer, art critic, editor, filmmaker, playwright, and theatre director. The collection consists of paper, audiovisual, and born-digital material and includes drafts of Kraus's critical writing and books, audiovisual material documenting all stages of production for her films, research materials for her writing, correspondence with friends and collaborators, and Kraus' personal diaries.
Quantity: 50 Linear Feet in 68 manuscript boxes, 15 record cartons, 4 half manuscript boxes, 7 flat boxes, 1 media box, and 3 flat file folders
Quantity: 215 Reels in 170 Super 8 reels and 45 16mm reels
Quantity: 86 audiocassettes in 68 compact audio cassettes, 14 DAT cassettes, and 4 micro-cassettes
Quantity: 68 videocassettes in 19 VHS cassettes, 42 UMatic cassettes, 3 Betacam cassettes, 1 Betamax cassette, 2 Hi-8 cassettes, and 1 Mini-DV cassette
Quantity: 13 videodiscs (dvd)
Quantity: 40 Reels in 40 1/4" audio reels
Quantity: 2 videoreels (1 inch)
Quantity: 8.6 Gigabytes in 4508 computer files
Quantity: 5.3 Gigabytes in 23 email archives containing 74,164 messages
Quantity: 44 video disc (dvd) images
Quantity: 3 audio files
Location: Some materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials primarily in English, with some publications in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
Call Phrase: MSS.442
Sponsor: Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.