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INVENTORY OF THE BARBARA T. SMITH COFFIN SERIES AND RELATED MATERIAL, 1965-1967
2013.M.23  
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Series I. Coffin books, 1965-1966

Physical Description: 10.0 linear feet (12 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

The first series comprises twenty-five artists' books from the Coffin series, made by Smith between 1965 and 1966. All are hand-bound in embossed black covers. Most bindings are spiral, but a few are accordion fold.

Arrangement

The books are listed alphabetically by title.
Box 2

Coffin: An Awakening

Scope and Content Note

10.75" x 14.5" closed, 22" x 14.5" open. Inv# BS10255-23.
Box 1

Coffin: Bond

Scope and Content Note

104 pages. Spiral bound. 9.5" x 11.25" closed, 18" x 11.25" open. Inv# BS10255-12.
Box 1

Coffin: Broken Heart

Scope and Content Note

132 pages. Case binding. 8.75" x 11" closed, 17" x 11" open. Inv# BS10255-11.
Box 3

Coffin: Chaotic Attractor

Scope and Content Note

24 pages. Quarter bound. 10.25" x 14.25" closed, 21.75" x 14.25" open. Inv# BS10255-8.
Box 4

Coffin: Coming Out Party

Scope and Content Note

56 pages. Spiral bound. 10.25" x 14.25" closed, 19.75" x 14.25" open. Inv# BS10255-9.
Box 5

Coffin: Die Cut, Barbara Hard-Bound

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 9" x 11.25" closed, 17.75" x 11.25" open. Inv# BS10255-15.
Box 5

Coffin: Die Cut, Julie Hard-Bound

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 9" x 11.25" closed, 17.75" x 11.25" open. Inv# BS10255-16.
Box 5

Coffin: Die Cut, Katie Hard-Bound

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 9" x 11.25" closed, 17.75" x 11.25" open. Inv# BS10255-16.
Box 5

Coffin: Die Cut, Rick Hard-Bound

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 9" x 11.25" closed, 17.75" x 11.25"open. Inv# BS10255-17.
Box 3

Coffin: Do Nut Tuch!

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 10" x 14.5" closed, 18.75" x 14.5" open. Inv# BS10255-20.
Box 2

Coffin: Document Carrier and Screen

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 10" x 14.5" closed, 18.75" x 14.5" open. Inv# BS10255-18.
Box 6

Coffin: Entheos

Scope and Content Note

10" x 14.25" closed, 19" x 14.25" open. Inv# BS10255-14.
Box 7

Coffin: Hokusai's Wave

Scope and Content Note

Accordion fold, 20 pages. 9.5" x 11.75" closed. 11.75" x 101.5" open. Inv# BS10255-2.
Box 8

Coffin: Listen!

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 9.75" x 14.25" closed, 18.75" x 14.25" open. Inv# BS10255-19.
Box 4

Coffin: Nuclear Family

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 18 pages. 9.5" x 14.25" closed. 18.75" x 14.25" open. Inv# BS10255-1.
Box 9

Coffin: Oh! Those Leopard Skin Bikinis

Scope and Content Note

Accordion fold. 9.25" x 14.75" closed, 108.25" x 14.75" open. Inv# BS10255-13.
Box 11

Coffin: Rose Bowl

Scope and Content Note

Spiral Bound. 20 pages. 9.75" x 13.25" closed, 18.5" x 13.25" open.
Box 10

Coffin: Set Theory

Scope and Content Note

Drawings 13" x 11.5" closed, 27" x 11.5" open. Inv# BS10255-14.
Box 7

Coffin: Sign Language

Scope and Content Note

Case binding. 190 pages. 8.75" x 11.25" closed, 17.5" x 11.25" open. Inv# BS10255-10.
Box 8

Coffin: Split Initiative

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 9.75" x 14.5 " closed, 18.75" x 14.5" open. Inv# BS10255-22.
Box 11

Coffin: Time Piece, Fuschia Rose

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 16 pages. 9.5" x 14.25" closed, 18.5" x 14.25" open. Inv# BS10255-6.
Box 11

Coffin: Time Piece, Pink Rose

Scope and Content Note

Spiral Bound. 17 pages. 9.5" x 14.25" closed, 18.5" x 14.25" open. Inv# BS10255-5.
Box 11

Coffin: Time Piece, Yellow Rose

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 20 pages. 9.75" x 13.25" closed, 18.5" x 13.25" open. Inv# BS10255-7.
Box 11

Coffin: Time Piece, Yellow Rose

Scope and Content Note

Accordion fold. 12 pages. 14.25" x 9.25" closed, 14.25" x 63" open. Inv# BS10255-3.
Box 12

Coffin: Where Did You Get That Polka-Dot Blouse?

Scope and Content Note

Accordion fold. 9.25" x 14.75" closed, 91.25" x 14.75" open. Inv# BS10255-21.
 

Series II. Related material, 1965-1967

Physical Description: 2.26 linear feet (3 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Included are seven additional Coffin artists' books. They are finished works but do not have the embossed black covers of the twenty-five books in the main Coffin series. Also present are five sets of prints called Poetry, and Smith's sketchbook called Xerox Journal that documents both, her ideas throughout the process of producing the Coffin series as well as the source imagery for the series.

Arrangement

The material in this series in divided into three groups: other Coffin books which are not in black embossed bindings, sets of loose prints called Poetry, and the sketchbook.
 

Other Coffin books, 1965-1966

Scope and Content Note

The artists' books, which are not from the main Coffin series are Xerox prints, unbound or spiral bound in clear plastic covers, except for the artists' book Coffin: Printed Matter (Xerox Book) which is made of plexiglass plates and printed mylar string bound.
Box 12

Remnant, 813 Reduction,

Scope and Content Note

8.5" x 11". Loose leaves held by two metal rings. Inv# BS10358.
Box 13

Coffin: Printed Matter (Xerox Book)

Scope and Content Note

12 1/2" x 10" X 1 1/8". String bound loose plexiglass and printed mylar. Inv# BS8908.
Box 14, Folder 1

Coffin: In Self Defense

Scope and Content Note

12 loose leaves. 14" x 8 1/2". Inv# BS10351.
Box 14, Folder 2

Coffin: Important / First Class (Julie)

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 13 leaves. 11 1/4" x 9" x 1/4". Inv# BS8918.
Box 14, Folder 3

Coffin: American Standard (Katie)

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 13 leaves. 11 1/4" x 9 1/8" x 1/2". Inv# BS8919.
Box 14, Folder 4

Coffin: Mellon National Bank and Trust

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 16 leaves. 11 1/4" x 9" x 5/8". Inv# BS8920.
Box 14, Folder 5

Coffin: First Class Mail

Scope and Content Note

Spiral bound. 13 leaves. 14 3/8" x 9" x 1/8". Inv# BS8914.
 

Poetry sets, 1965-1966

Scope and Content Note

The Poetry sets are loose leaf Xerox prints in folders.
Box 14, Folder 6

Poetry: Rebellion

Scope and Content Note

12 loose leaves. 14" x 8 1/2", leaves; 14 1/4' x 9, folder. Inv# BS10354.
Box 14, Folder 7

Poetry: Sorrow

Scope and Content Note

13 loose leaves. 14" x 8 1/2", leaves; 14 3/8" x 9", folder. Inv# BS10355.
Box 14, Folder 8

Poetry: Child Voice

Scope and Content Note

15 loose leaves. 14" x 8 1/2", leaves; 14 3/8" x 9", folder.
Box 14, Folder 9

Poetry: Joy

Scope and Content Note

11 loose leaves. 14" x 8 1/2", leaves; 14 3/8" x 9 1/8", folder. Inv# BS10353.
Box 14, Folder 10

Poetry: The Mystery

Scope and Content Note

10 loose leaves. 14" x 8 3/8", leaves; 14 3/8" x 9 1/8", folder. Inv# BS10356.
Box 15

Xerox Journal, 1966-1967

Scope and Content Note

Bound sketchbook. 12 1/2" x 9 7/8" x 2". Inv# BS8885. Paper label on spine: Xerox '66-1967 #1. The Xerox Journal includes handwritten and typed notes, drawings, pasted in press clippings, several black and white photographs, including one of the artist, four color polaroids (faded); and numerous inserts, such as notes, printed matter, and drawings.