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Finding Aid to the Jess Papers, 1941-2004, bulk 1962-1997, 1941-2004, (bulk 1962-1997)
BANC MSS 2006/203  
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The Jess Papers, 1941-2004 (bulk 1962-1997) document his life as an American assemblage artist and painter. The papers are divided into four series: Correspondence, Writings, General Files, and George Herms Papers and consist of correspondence, manuscripts, flyers, announcements, clippings, writings, artwork, and miscellaneous materials.
Jess, American visual artist, was born Burgess Collins on August 6, 1923 in Long Beach, California. Jess was educated as a chemist at the California Institute of Technology. Disillusioned with his scientific career, in 1949 he enrolled in the California School of the Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) and began referring to himself as "Jess". He met Robert Duncan in 1951 and maintained a relationship with the poet that lasted until Duncan's death in 1988.
Number of containers: 23 boxes, 2 cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 4 volumes Linear feet: 14 linear ft. 1 Digital Object (3 images)
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