Shirley Clarke Papers, circa 1936-1983

Summary Information

Title: Shirley Clarke Papers
Inclusive Dates: circa 1936-1983

  • Clarke, Shirley, 1927-1997
Call Number: U.S. Mss 145AN; Audio 629A

Quantity: 9.8 c.f. (3 record center cartons, 16 archives boxes, and 2 packages), 23 tape recordings, and 56 cans of film

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives / Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Archival Locations:
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Papers of Shirley Clarke, a noted maker of experimental films. Included are personal and professional correspondence, clippings, research and financial material, some production information, and films and audio tapes generated at various stages of the filmmaking process. Best coverage is afforded The Connection (1960) and The Cool World (1963), studies of heroin addiction and life in Harlem. Small files exist on other works including Skyscraper (1959) (an Academy Award-nominated short subject), the Academy Award-winning Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel (1963), Portrait of Jason (1967), and films relating to her early interest in dance. There are also files on her awards, lectures on film and film techniques, and activities in the Filmmakers Distribution Center; general correspondence referring to business and professional matters; and journals and other biographical materials.

Language: English

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