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Inventory of the Karl Bissinger Papers
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  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Acquisition Information
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  • Publication Rights

  • Creator: Bissinger, Karl
    Title: Karl Bissinger Papers
    Date: 1950-1974
    Extent: 2.4 linear feet
    Abstract: Karl Bissinger (1914- ), photojournalist and activist, was a friend of Julian Beck and Judith Malina, co-founders of The Living Theatre. Bissinger served as an occassional photographer of the Theatre and its performances. His Papers contain correspondence, ephemera, photographs, posters, and programs pertaining to Living Theatre productions.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: D-189
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

    Biography

    Karl Bissinger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1914. He had a career as a photojournalist, serving as staff photographer at Flair and portraitist for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and Town & Country. His book, The Luminous Years: Portraits at Mid-Century (2003), contains examples of his portrait photography.
    In 1955, Bissinger met the co-founders of the Living Theatre, Judith Malina and Judith Beck, in New York City after a protest against air raid drills. They became friends and Bissinger served as an occasional photographer of the Theatre and its performances.
    After semi-retiring from photography, Bissinger went on to work for the American Friends Service Committee and the War Resisters League.
    Source: Maronna, Michael. "Work As Though You Had Hope: An Interview with Karl Bissinger." Nonviolent Activist: The Magazine of the War Resisters League, July-August 1996.

    Scope and Content

    The Karl Bissinger Papers comprise 2.4 linear feet and span the years 1950-1974. The Papers contain correspondence, ephemera, photographs, posters, and programs pertaining to Living Theatre performances.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The Papers are arranged into four series: 1. Literary Productions 2. Correspondence 3. Subject Files and 4. Photographic Materials.

    Related Collections

    D-138 Spicer, James and Morris Ploscowe. Collection
    D-187 Living Theatre Archives
    D-191 Mantegna, Gianfranco. Papers

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bissinger, Karl--Archives.
    Malina, Judith, 1926-
    Beck, Julian, 1925-1985
    Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
    Experimental theater
    Theater--United States
    Stage photography
    Photographers--United States

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1975.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Karl Bissinger Papers, D-189, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.