Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.darghenr
Creators:
Darger, Henry, 1892-1972
Dates:
1966-1971
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1 Item
linear foot (on 2 microfilm reels)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection contains an exhibition catalog entitled REALMS OF THE UNREAL - THE WORK OF HENRY DARGER (1977), two volumes of Darger's "My Life History," and two diaries. Diaries describe his reclusive life, March 1968-January 1971 (348 p.), including such activities as attending mass several times a day, going to confession and communion, tying cords together, and making balls. He also writes about his leg pain, walks, and his temper tantrums.

Arrangement
Arrangement
I.Exhibition Catalog, 1977. II.Autobiography. III.Diaries, 1968-1971.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels [4181-4182] available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals returned to the lender, Nathan Lerner, after microfilming.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Darger lived for forty years in a rented room in a building owned by Nathan Lerner. Lerner became Darger's friend, and by default, his caretaker. Darger gave Lerner the contents of his room when he moved in 1971.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Illinois -- Chicago Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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