Ronald Lee Boise papers

Collection ID:
Boise, Ronald Lee, 1931-1966
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
(on partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, including letters from author Ken Kesey, and other friends; photographs of Boise's work, of him and his friends; 3 ink drawings; exhibition announcements; a photocopy of a transcript of Alan Watt's statement concerning Boise's work; 2 Kama Sutra calendars, 1967, containing photographs of Boise's controversial sculptures, and material relating to the confiscation and trial over them; exhibition catalogs; business cards; clippings; a book, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND; and programs from Boise's funeral service.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sculptor; California and New Mexico. Created his pieces from metal scraps found in junk yards. In 1961, his "Kama Sutra" series of sculpture depicting couples in various stages of coitus was confiscated from the Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco and it owners placed on trial for showing the works. In 1966, Boise died of heart failure.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 3098 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Frames 245-481: Originals returned to lender, Lars Speyer, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent and donated 1983-1984 by Lars Speyer, photographer and close friend of Boise.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- California Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Censorship Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Sculptors -- New Mexico Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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