Archives of American Art

Lawrence Le Clair papers

Collection ID:
Le Clair, Lawrence, 1936-
Physical Description:
14.8 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Autobiographical sketches; correspondence; 3 scrapbooks/journals; original art work; photographs and slides; a catalog; and a typescript.
Scope and Contents
REEL 792: 3 scrapbooks/journals, 1957-1974, containing ideas, quotes, clippings, sketches, photographs; 6 letters from Laurence B. Fink and poet Danny Propper concerning a projected book based on the film "Les Beatniks"; an autobiographical sketch; a catalog which Le Clair made of his paintings, including photos, titles, years, medium, and measurements; 19 photographs from 3 films in which Le Clair acted ("Les Beatniks," "Senseless," and "The Gas Heart") and 2 photos of his painting "The Knower."
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence; art work for a poster; clippings; exhibition catalogs; an autobiography, 1983; a photo essay, "Rainbow Flag" by Le Clair, 1972; "Tales of the Taragoo" by Le Clair, 1975, concerning Gerald Lon Baker; a poem "The Ashes Blow into the Wind" by Gerald Lon Baker, undated; 3 poems by Dan Propper, 1968-1977; photographs, including 2 of Le Clair, 8 of his studio, 7 of Le Clair working on murals, 16 by Laurence Fink from the film "Les Beatniks" 1959, and 14 from the film "Don Peyote" 1960-1961; and 200 slides of Le Clair's work.
Scope and Contents
Letters; journals; sketchbooks; a photograph of Le Clair; three original prints, other artworks, including mailart; photographs of journal and travel book covers; a poem, 1977; newspaper articles and miscellany.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, mural painter, and writer; Santa Rosa, Calif. Also known as "The Turk," Le Clair emerged out of N.Y. beat scene in late 50's. Acted in underground films. Died 2004.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 792 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reel 792: Originals returned to Lawrence Le Clair after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reel 792 lent for microfilming 1974 by Lawrence Le Cllair; remainder donated 1977-2000 by Le Clair.

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
Painting, American Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mural painting and decoration -- California -- Santa Rosa Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Santa Rosa Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baker, Gerald Lon, d. 1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Propper, Dan, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fink, Laurence B., 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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