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Finding Aid to the Jess Papers, 1941-2004, (bulk 1962-1997)
BANC MSS 2006/203  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Jess papers
    Date (inclusive): 1941-2004,
    Date (bulk): 1962-1997
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/203
    Creator: Jess, 1923-
    Extent: Number of containers: 23 boxes, 2 cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 4 volumes Linear feet: 14 linear ft.
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jess Papers, BANC MSS 2006/203, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Art -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
    Artists -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
    Assemblage (Art)
    Beat generation - California
    Collage
    Duncan, Robert Edward, 1919-1988
    Herms, George, 1935-

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Jess Papers were a gift of the Phyllis Wattis Foundation in 2005.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed to the folder level by Jennifer Davis in 2006.

    Biographical Information

    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.
    By the early 1960s, Jess had won critical esteem for his collage art, which he referred to as "paste-ups". For more than 30 years, Jess was represented by New York's Odyssia Gallery; he also worked closely with Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco. Jess's art appears in major museums around the country including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Gallery of Art. Jess died on January 2, 2004 in San Francisco.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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.