Information for Researchers
Date (inclusive): circa 1935-circa 2008
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1997.069
5 boxes and 9 oversize folders (ca. 925 photographic prints, ca. 100 xerographic prints and 10 slides), 2 boxes (ca. 350 negatives)
and 25 negatives ; b&w and color; 48 x 34 cm or smaller.
5 Digital Objects (5 images)
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Includes photographs of Jay Defeo and her artwork, The Rose (while a work-in-progress), assemblages and other works of
, as well as several portraits.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Information for Researchers
COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
RESTRICTED NEGATIVES. Use of negatives only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries regarding these materials
should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft
Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item],
photograph collection, BANC PIC 1997.069, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Alternate Forms Available
Digital reproductions of selected images are available.
correspondence concerning Jay DeFeo's "The Rose" (BANC MSS 98/32 c)
Auerhahn Press records (BANC MSS 71/85 c)
papers (2005/50 c)
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
, 1933-2008--Pictorial works
DeFeo, Jay, 1929-1989--Pictorial works.
Haller, Robert A.
Hopper, Dennis, 1936-2010--Pictorial works.
Kurz, Vivian--Pictorial works.
McClure, Michael--Pictorial works.
Art, American--California--20th century--Photographs
Artists, 20th century--Photographs.
Series 1: transferred from the
correspondence concerning Jay DeFeo's "The Rose" (BANC MSS 98/32 c) with additions from the Auerhahn Press records (BANC
MSS 71/85 c) and from the
papers (BANC MSS 2000/50 c).
Series 2-4: transferred from later additions to the
papers received in 2011.
Among 2011 additions, some material may duplicate that of earlier installments of the collection.
Sculptor, filmmaker, collagist, painter, draftsman, photographer, conceptual artist.
Born in McPherson, Kansas, in 1933,
spent his childhood and young adulthood in nearby Wichita. Upon graduating from Wichita High School East, Conner went on
to study art at Wichita University and University of Nebraska, where he met his wife-to-be, Jean Sandstedt. He continued art
studies at the Brooklyn Art School and the University of Colorado. In 1957, at the urging of his childhood friend, the poet
Michael McClure, and attracted by stories of a vibrant art and literary scene that included visual artists Jay DeFeo, Joan
Brown, and Jess, and poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Whalen, and Philip Lamantia, Conner and his wife, Jean, moved to
San Francisco. He subsequently became a key figure in the city's legendary Beat community. After brief sojourns to Mexico
City, 1961-1962, where his son, Robert was born, and Brookline, Massachusetts, 1963-1964, Conner resettled in San Francisco
where he continued to live and work until his death.
-Biographical note by Dean Smith, Bancroft Library
Scope and Content Note
Contains portraits, snapshots and professional photographs documenting the life, activities and artwork of
. Portraits depict Conner from childhood through his later years. Also depicted are family members, friends and associates,
including his wife Jean, his son Robert, artist Jay DeFeo, poet Michael McClure, actor Dennis Hopper and friend Vivian Kurz.
Many of his exhibitions are documented, as are numerous artworks. Also includes many film stills. In addition to photographs,
the collection also includes several xerographic reproductions of Conner’s collages, drawings and other works.
Collection includes work by numerous photographers, including Edmund Shea, Larry Keenan, Frank English, Robert A. Haller,
Erni Burden and Geoffrey Clements.
Collection does not include original artwork by