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Guide to the David Wojnarowicz Papers
ca. 1954-1992
 MSS.092

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Collection processed by Marvin J. Taylor

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 08, 2017
Description is in English.

 Updated by Jacqueline Rider to reflect incorporation of video preservation master and sub-master files Updated by Megan O'Shea to add seven items and prepare 24 others for a move to offsite art storage in September 2017 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate items treated and rehoused by Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department staff.  , March 2017 , August 2017 , November 2017

Container List

Oversize - Series XI: Art Works

Subseries A: Finished / Original

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: XI.24 Folder : 7 Two texts: One written on custom declaration form: "Some of us bring in material to work with...."; One written on verso of fragment of poster distributed by Between C&D "Within all this my fears disappeared..."
Undated
Box: XI.24 Folder : 5 Letter to Dennis Cooper with envelope. Photo collage removed from folder and stored in flat in portfolio 81 x 15 inches

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Description: Photo letter composed of 20 photographs taped together in linear configuration making a single object. Individual photos: vignetted aerial view of city; man standing in circle of light at night; skeleton with fake gun in mouth; train engine; hand holding burning globe; nude blindfolded man in abandoned building; tire tracks and footprints in dirt; Tom Rauffenbart at beach; child lying down on sidewalk, face covered; fake eyeball with ant; bandaged hands holding coins; machinery with dials; seated woman in stockings; boxers in ring; monkey being weighed; young men dancing; dog with false human teeth; negative image of couple having sex; nude with wolf mask; DW self-portrait reclining on couch smoking.

Maker: David Wojnarowicz

Where Made: n.p.

Materials: gelatin silver photographs, tape

Dimensions: 81 inches in length. Each individual photograph is between 4 and 7 inches.

Separated Materials

Photo Collage removed to special archival enclosure.

1988 December 28
Box: XI.24 Folder : 13 Color Photocopies of Circular Images (2 Copies)
Undated
Box: XI.24 Folder : 11 Sketch: [Garbage Pile]
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Box: XI.24 Folder : 10 Untitled watercolors - 5 landscapes; 1 still life
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Box: XI.24 Folder : 1 Two Drawings: "Slam Click"
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Box: XI.24 Folder : 14 Photolithography (5): [Skeletons, Voodoo doll, globe, cells]
Undated
Box: 105 Folder : 3 Stencil image with cut out: [Skull on fire]
Undated
Box: XII.46 Folder : 1 Sketch of head on printed score for "Sonatina"
undated
Box: I-XI.22 Folder : 24 "Don't Accept Murder, Speak Up!"
Box: XII.46 Folder : 3 Mounted Poster: "A months ago..."

Scope and Contents

Distributed in Between C & D. 1 copy.

1985
Item: MSS.092.cuid5945 Untitled- collage on board
Collages (visual works)
Undated
Item: 092.2.0104 Plantiff's Exhibit 14. Color photograph reproduction of David Wojanrowicz's Water
Photographs.
1990
Item: MSS.092.cuid5841 Unfinished painting - Map collage
Works of art.
Undated
Item: MSS.092.cuid5842 Unfinished painting - Sex Series
Works of art.
Undated
Item: MSS.092.cuid5843 Black Warning Signs
Works of art.
Undated
Item: MSS.092.cuid5844 Elephants
Paintings (visual works)
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Box: 105 Folder : 4 Stencil Tool: [Fish head]
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Box: 105 Folder : 5 Stencil Tool: [Burning house (barely used)]
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Box: 105 Folder : 6 Stencil tool: [Burning house]
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Box: 105 Folder : 7 Stencil Tool: [Falling man]
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Box: 105 Folder : 9 Stencil image: [Wolf or dog head]
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Box: 105 Folder : 10 14 Stencil Tools: [Shape of USA]
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Box: 105 Folder : 11 Stencil fragments and other materials previously attached to stencils, removed during conservation 2016
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Box: 106 Folder : 1 Stencil Tool: [Skeleton with pope hat]
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Box: 106 Folder : 2 Stencil Tool: [Lobster claw-head army man]
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Box: 106 Folder : 3 Stencil Tool: [Wolf Head stencil tool]
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Box: 106 Folder : 4 Collage: [Skull with sewn lips etc...]
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Box: 106 Folder : 5 Stencil Tool: [Head]
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Box: 106 Folder : 6 Stencil Tool: [Masturbation]
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Box: 106 Folder : 7 Stencil Tool: [Small DW smoking]
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Box: 106 Folder : 8 Stencil Tool: [Outline Hujar dreaming]
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Box: 106 Folder : 9 Stencil tool: [square root symbol]2 GMe/Re
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Box: 106 Folder : 10 Sketch: [Man with raised arm]
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Subseries B: Drawings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: XI.24 Folder : 8 Two Drawings: Dog with patterned decorations; Devil with Halo
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Box: XI.24 Folder : 9 2 Drawings: Torso dressed in Camouflage; Torso with arrows (St. Sebastian)
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Box: 107 Folder : 1 Sketch: [Man with machine gun]
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Box: XI.23 Folder : 1 Sketch - seated tattooed man
undated
Box: 107 Folder : 2 Stencil tool: [Flying fish]
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Box: 107 Folder : 3 Stencil tool: [Man and bull II]
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Box: 107 Folder : 4 Stencil tool: [Man and bull I]
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Box: 107 Folder : 5 Stencil tool: [DW self-portrait]
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Box: 107 Folder : 6 Stencil tool: [Unused burning house]
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Box: 107 Folder : 7 Stencil tool: [Fish]
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Box: 107 Folder : 8 Stencil image [Hujar Dreaming]
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Box: 107 Folder : 9 Stencil image [King Kong in Flames]
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Box: 107 Folder : 10 Drawing: “The Eye Opens Sideways”
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Box: 107 Folder : 11 Painting on board: [Sailor]
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Subseries C: Sketches

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: XI.23 Folder : 2 Sketchpad with 4 Ink Washes
undated

Subseries D: Source/Background Material

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: XI.24 Folder : 19 Commercially Printed: 100-yard sighting-in target
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Box: XI.23 Folder : 4 Notice for sale of agricultural equipment (in Spanish)
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 5 Tissue paper w/ print images
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 6 Central Railroad Co. of New Jersey, Log of Ferry Boat
1965
Box: XI.23 Folder : 7 Text on Acetate
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 8 Supermarket Coupons
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 9 Various source images
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Box: XI.23 Folder : 10 Envelope w/ DW's handwriting
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 11 Various newspaper pages
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Box: XI.23 Folder : 12 Image of 3 ghouls, by "James"
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Box: XI.23 Folder : 13 Text on acetate
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 14 Giant black dog w/ frightened children, house
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 15 "Die Maschine" (print material)
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 16 Encyclopedia page - "Surinam to Surveying"
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Box: XI.23 Folder : 17 Photocopy: "Sedition Committee Brings Art From Behind Bars"
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 18 Photo: "Storm in the Grand Canyon, Arizona"
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 19 Map book
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Box: XII.46 Folder : 12 Posters: "The Late Show Film Series Presents...;" "Llego Noviembre;" "Los Enanitos Toreros"
undated
Box: XI.23 Folder : 21 New York Post cover, Aug 10 1988 - "Some Cops Hid Badges. ."
1988
Box: XI.23 Folder : 22 Print material - "Militant Eroticism Art" calendar, 1990
1990
Folder: 25 "Loteria Nacional" tables
undated
Box: XI.24 Folder : 20 Commercially Printed: "The Sermon on the Mount"
Undated
Box: XII.46 Folder : 8 Patterned paper (handmade?)
undated
Box: XII.46 Folder : 13 Comic strip - "Buck missing on Mercury!"
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Box: XII.46 Folder : 7 Pumpkin cutout
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Box: XII.46 Folder : 11 Paper bag with logo: "I (heart) America;" Poster with logo and spray paint: "British Airways/London Bridge"
undated
Box: XII.46 Folder : 14 Indian style painting, possibly Thangka center painted panel
undated
Object: 092.2.105 16 supermarket advertisements and one map of the USA
Posters.
Undated

Subseries E: Plans

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: XI.24 Folder : 4 Notes, sketches, and plans for artworks
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Box: XI.24 Folder : 3 Notes and Sketches: "Lists & Ideas for Work"
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Subseries F: Xerox Art

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 105 Folder : 8 Photostat: [Romulus and Remus myth: two infants with wolf]
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Box: XI.24 Folder : 16 Photocopies of drawings: face with sewn lips (1); Face with sewn lips with brick wall background (3); brick wall (1)
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Box: XI.24 Folder : 15 Color Photocopy composition (skeleton, baby, snowflake, fabric)
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Subseries G: Other People's Art

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: XII.46 Folder : 4 Poster, silkscreened: "Did you ever want to kill your boss"
undated
Box: XI.24 Folder : 12 Barbara Kruger, "Aqui!" Issue 1, Set 1, 1984
1984
Box: XI.24 Folder : 18 Poster/Flyer/Zine: "Evolution of a Masterpiece"
Undated
Box: XII.46 Folder : 5 Photo of Michael Roman Poster, "The Jimmies" (NYC summer 1984)
1984
Box: XI.24 Folder : 17 Screenprint-"Don't Labor Under a Misconception" (Creator Unknown, (Not DW))
Undated
Box: 98 Jenny Holzer, "Inflammatory Essays"
Box: 105 Folder : 1 Kiki Smith, Handmade Photobook, "Dear David..."
1991
Box: 105 Folder : 2 Luis Frangella, Screenprint, "To David"
1983
Box: XI.24 Folder : 6 Unidentified artworks and page of newspaper comics (none D.W.)
Undated

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