Shirley Clarke papers, 1936-1983

Clarke, Shirley, 1919-1997

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Publication
  • Physical Details
    • 9.8 c.f. (3 record center cartons, 16 archives boxes, and 2 packages)
    • 23 tape recordings, and
    • 496 video recordings, and
    • 109 cans of film; plus
    • additions of 49.4 c.f. (including films and audio tape) and
    • 18 tape recordings
  • OCLC ocn173692467
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • Papers of Shirley Clark (1919-1997), a noted maker of experimental films. Included are personal and professional correspondence, clippings, research and financial material, some production information, and films and audio tapes generated at various stages of the filmmaking process. Best coverage is afforded for "The Connection" (1960) and "The Cool World" (1963), studies of heroin addiction and life in Harlem. Small files exist on other works including "Skyscraper" (1959) (an Academy Award-nominated short subject), the Academy Award-winning "Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel" (1963), "Portrait of Jason" (1967), and films relating to her early interest in dance. There are also files on her awards, lectures on film and film techniques, and activities in the Filmmakers Distribution Center; general correspondence referring to business and professional matters; and journals and other biographical materials.
  • The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.


  • The films and videorecordings in this collection also are being cataloged individually. For a complete list of audiovisual materials in this collection, consult WCFTR archivist.
  • Placed on deposit by Shirley Clarke, Los Angeles, California, 1973-1986.
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