Jean Brown papers


Jean Brown papers, 1916-1995

Jean Brown papers


An extensive study collection of avant-garde materials amassed by librarian and art collector, Jean Brown. Her collection documents the Dada and Surrealist art movements and their offshoots, especially Fluxus next hit, mail art, and concrete poetry. Materials include letters, printed matter and ephemera, clippings, nearly 500 art objects, sound recordings, motion pictures, and video recordings.

318.7 Linear Feet (320 boxes, 8 rolls, 64 flat file folders)

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