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Finding Aid to the Tim Taylor Papers, 1991-1992 Coll2014.089
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  • Biography
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Tim Taylor papers
    creator: Taylor, Tim
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2014.089
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet 1 folder.
    Date (inclusive): 1991-1992
    Abstract: Clippings, correspondence, resumes, photographs, and notes, 1991-1992, documenting the work of artist Tim Taylor. Taylor was paralyzed by polio at age 6 and never recovered the use of his arms and hands. In the 1980s, he began painting using a brush held with his toes.


    Tim Taylor was born in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1954 at the age of six he was paralyzed from the neck down by polio. He regained his ability to stand, but never reclaimed the use of his hands and arms. In the mid-1970s Taylor moved to Los Angeles with the hopes of establishing a career in the entertainment industry. Unable to find employment in Hollywood, Taylor co-founded the Performing Arts Theater of the Handicapped (PATH). He later became a liaison between disabled people and the entertainment industry. In the 1980s he began painting by holding a paint brush between his toes. In the early 1990s he developed a style of abstract expressionism he referred to as "vibration art."

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was separated from the ONE Subject Files Collection, Coll2012-001. Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Tim Taylor Papers, Coll2014-089, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, October 2014.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes clippings, correspondence, resumes, photographs, and notes, 1991-1992, documenting the life and work of artist Tim Taylor. The materials include letters of recommendation, lists of art works and exhibitions, photographs of Taylor painting, and Taylor's artist's statement.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    United States -- Gay artists
    Taylor, Tim