Robert Wilson papers, 1969-1995

Robert Wilson papers, 1969-1995.
148 linear ft. ( 292 boxes; 1 phonodisc; 1 audio cassette; 15 oversize folders; 3 scrapbooks; 108 posters)
CATALOGED & ARRANGED CORRESPONDENCE (Box 1). GENERAL FILES (Boxes 2-23). Herein are filed materials relating to Byrd Hoffman Foundation activities, Robert Wilson in general, and the works of his Associates. Also included in this section are materials related to lectures and other public appearances unrelated to performance. Also included here are files related to suspended projects and works not completed. For works related to productions see the alphabetical list of productions. There are separate files of materials related to videos produced as independent works and to exhibitions of his artistic works. PRODUCTION FILES (Boxes 24-185). Herein are files related to specific productions. Also included are materials related to videos of those productions or videos of the same title. Videos that were produced only as vodeos are liste under Videos. Press materials about productions may be found either with the production files and/or in the Press files. The "Press files" are arranged chronologically for each production. Printed materials and press materials that were not excerpted from the journals in which they appear are filed after "Press." Materials related to suspended projects and works not completed can be found among the General Files.VIDEOS (Boxes 186-197). Herein are filed papers relating to video projects that were independent of theatrical productions.
ART (Boxes 198-203). Herein are filed fliers, brochures, catalogs, announcements, invitations, clippings, reviews, cards, etc. related to exhibitions and works of Wilson's art and articles about Wilson's art in general. Exhibits of art related to a production are filed with the production files.
CLIPPINGS FILES (Boxes 204-227). There are two main sequences of clippings files: 1972-Dec. 1987, and the scrapbooks of clippings, Feb. 1964-June 1981. 4 v.& 2 v. (1974)
GENERAL PRINTED MATERIAL, (Boxes 229-233). Herein are filed printed materials related to survey's of Wilson's career as a whole, and other miscellaneous printed materials.
POSTERS (108 total).
OVERSIZE MATERIAL (Boxes 234 & 235 and Flat Material)
SERIES II: PRESS FILES (Boxes 1-3, 18); RESEARCH FILES (Boxes 4-7, 13); BOOKS (Boxes 8-12 and oversize folders); SCORES (Box 14); CRETE FILES (Boxes 15 & 20); PROJECTS (Box 16); PROGRAMS AND LITERATURES (Box 17); MISCELLANEOUS (Box 18); BUDGET DOCUMENTATION (Box 19); MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS (Box 20: Restricted).
SERIES III: CHRONOLOGICAL CORRESPONDENCE (Boxes 259-272); FAXES (Boxes 273 & 274); FINANCIAL (Boxes 275-281); PROGRAMS AND PRESS (Boxes 282 & 292); PROJECTS (Boxes 283-291).
Finding Aid
Contents list, 30p; "Books in the Robert Wilson Collection," 4p.
Correspondence, outlines, scripts, production notes, technical materials, story boards, contracts, posters, programs, announcements, recordings, reviews, and other printed materials relating to all aspects of Robert Wilson's theater works, opera, films, artwork and video productions. There are files for all of Wilson's theatrical performances, the most extensive of which is the CIVIL warS. Also included are the files of the Byrd Hoffman Foundation.
Series II contains press materials for 1988 and research materials for KING LEAR, THE FOREST, and PARSIFAL, as well as miscellaneous research files for 1987. In addition, one can find various documents (letters, contracts, etc.) relating to the following productions: THE FOREST; ALCESTIS; THE GOLDEN WINDOWS; PATIO; EDISON; BLACK RIDER; MURDER (DEAFMÂN GLANCE); CIVIL warS; and KNEE PLAYS. A group of miscellaneous files follows, containing such items as scores, research materials, and budget documentation. In the oversize folders of the series are scores for THE GOLDEN WINDOWS and DE MATERIE, research for BLACK RIDER, a press kit for KNEE PLAYS, and various KING LEAR documents.
Biographical / Historical Note
American dramatist, director, designer, performer, writer and artist.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Series II, Box 20: Permission of the Byrd Hoffman Foundation required.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
See also other Wilson material in the Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library, Cambridge MA 02138 (617-495-2445) & Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, Theater on Film & Tape Archives, Lincoln Center, 111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10023 (212-870-1641).
Gift of Robert Wilson and the Byrd Hoffman Foundation, 1988-1991.
Cite As
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Wilson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Language Note
Material is in English.
Manuscript/Archive Manuscript/Archive
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