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Finding aid prepared by Jonathan Lill, 2008.
Machine-readable finding aid created by Jonathan Lill. Description is in English.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Burton, Scott, 1939-1989
Title: Scott Burton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1900-2000
Bulk Dates: 1939-1990
Quantity: 25.25 linear feet comprising 42 manuscript boxes, 5 record cartons, 2 flat boxes, and one map case drawer.
Abstract: Personal and professional papers of Scott Burton, a noted performance artist and sculptor.

Arrangement

The Scott Burton papers are arranged in six series with subseries conforming to natural divisions and organization of the material when received. The series have been organized basically in chronological order with photographs and published materials placed at the end of the collection. Specific provenance of the different series and reasons for their organization are provided in the Scope and Content Note and at the beginning of individual series.
The six series are as follows:
Series I: Family Records and Photographs 1900-1980
Series II: Project Files 1956-1989
Series III: Administrative Files 1969-1989
Series IV: Administrative Files 1956-1996
Series V: Slides and Photographs
Series VI: Publications and Printed Material 1958-2000
Subseries VI.A: Books
Subseries VI.B: Exhibition Catalogues and Pamphlets
Subseries VI.C: Magazines and Newspapers


Biographical Note

Walter Scott Burton III was born June 23, 1939 in Greensboro, Alabama to Walter Scott Burton, Jr. and Hortense Mobley Burton. Burton's baby book notes he was born extremely prematurely, at 6 and a half months, and there were "very discouraging prospects for saving his life." His parents separated and Hortense Burton raised her son alone in the town of Eutaw, Alabama. In 1952 or 1953, mother and son moved to Washington, D.C., where Burton's uncle, Radford E. Mobley, was a Washington correspondent for the Knight newspaper chain. Scott entered high school while Hortense Burton worked at various governmental administrative jobs.

In the mid-fifties, Burton studied art with Leon Berkowitz at the Washington Workshop of the Arts, and became close friends with Berkowitz and his wife, Ida Fox. With Berkowitz's encouragement, Burton attended summer sessions at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Provincetown, MA, from 1957 until 1959. Burton went on to attend Goddard College of Plainfield, VT, then George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and took classes at Harvard University. Burton finished his undergraduate education at Columbia University in 1962 and achieved his Master of Arts from New York University in 1963; he was committed to staying in New York and fully intending to pursue a career in creative writing.

During his college and graduate studies Burton worked for a time at the membership desk of The Museum of Modern Art and ingratiated himself with the New York art and theater community, counting among his friends Edward Albee, Terence McNally, Jerome Robbins, Lincoln Kirstein, Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein, and others. In 1966, through his friends, he gained work writing reviews for Art News. By the end of the 1960s, Burton's social circle included John Perreault, Vito Acconci, Eduardo Costa, and others. Together, the group began assembling works of street theater and other performance and conceptual works of art, and Burton laid aside his plans for a career as a writer.

Scott Burton considered 1970 to be a turning point in his life and artistic career. As a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa, Burton participated in a two evening assembly of performances and installation art, Two Evenings. On one evening he staged his first tableaux, Ten Tableaux: Theater as Sculpture, and on the second evening exhibited the outdoor installation work, Furniture/Landscape, his first use of furniture. Significant performances followed through the 1970s including Eighteen Pieces, at Finch College, New York, in 1971; Group Behavior Tableaux, at the Whitney Museum of American art and other locations, in 1972; Pair Behavior Tableaux, at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1976; and Individual Behavior Tableaux, at University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, in 1980; as well as many others.

Burton began to focus seriously on furniture sculpture separate from performances in 1977 and 1978, with important early exposure in the exhibition at the Guggenheim, Young American Artists: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition. Through the 1970s, furniture played an important part of Burton's performances, such as Pair Behavior Tableaux and Two Chair Pieces, and he occasionally created stand alone furniture sculptures from 1970 onward. His first solo exhibition of sculpture was Pragmatic Structures at the Droll/Kolbert Gallery, in 1977. Burton met Max Protetch in 1979, exhibited at Protetch's Washington, D.C. gallery that year, and joined Protetch's new New York gallery in 1980, at the same time that Burton was turning away from performance and focusing solely on furniture works.

Commissions for work by Burton began in 1980 and soon large projects of site-specific furniture and space design comprised a major part of Burton's output. Burton's most significant commissions include a contribution to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Center, Seattle (1983); the complete park design of Pearlstone Park in Baltimore (1985); the design of atrium furnishings, plantings, and outdoor plaza designs for the Equitable Center, New York (1986 and 1987); and, with Siah Armajani and Cesar Pelli Architects, the Hudson River plaza of Battery Park City and the World Financial Center (1988).

By the end of the 1980s Scott Burton was undoubtedly at the pinnacle of his career. In 1986 the retrospective exhibition, Scott Burton, was held at the Baltimore Museum of Art accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue. In 1989, Burton completed his work on the plaza of Battery Park City and the World Financial Center; he curated the exhibition, Artist's Choice: Burton on Brancusi [MoMA Exh. #1514, April 7-July 4, 1989], which included an installation of his own work in the museum's sculpture garden; and the exhibition, Scott Burton: Sculptures 1980-89, was shown in both Stuttgart and Paris. While attending to the installation of the show in Stuttgart, Burton was taken severely ill and hospitalized. Scott Burton died of AIDS on December 29, 1989, at the age of 50. A memorial was held at The Museum of Modern Art on March 28, 1990.


Scope and Content

The Scott Burton Papers comprises records Burton produced, collected, and compiled, over two decades as a noted performer and sculptor. Together with family records, juvenilia, and records from after Burton's death, the collection contains material from every decade of the 20th century, but the bulk of the material dates from the 1960s, after Burton's move to New York, until 1989, a high point of activity in his career and the year of his sudden death. The order of the several series in the papers are arranged largely by the era they originate from.

Series I, Family Records and Photographs, is composed of material accumulated by Burton's mother, Hortense Burton. The series consists largely of family photographs, many passed down from Hortense Burton's parents and other forebears. While most of the images are undated, and nearly all are unidentified, the earliest dated materials are from the first decades of the 20th century. Other material in the series includes family correspondence, wills and legal documents, news clippings, and materials related to Hortense Burton's professional career in various government posts. Materials specifically related to Scott Burton in this series include photographs from various stages of his life up to 1980; report cards, school photographs, and other records of his elementary education; notes and materials from Scott's college education, and other juvenilia.

Series II, Project Files, continues the record of Burton's life up through 1989. Early files here contain plays and poems Burton wrote during and after college when he still intended to pursue a career as a writer, and records of his performance and conceptual artworks begin here with materials related to Street Works (1969), and Ten Tableaux: Theater as Sculpture and Furniture/Landscape (1970). There is documentation present for most of Burton's activities in the 1970s including his major performances and early sculptures but documentation varies from minimal quantities, such as photographs or only ephemera, to significant documentation such as handwritten drafts and "scripts" for his performances and sketches or plans of activities. Once Burton changed his focus to predominantly producing sculptural objects, the nature of the documentation changes. According to Burton, he rarely worked from sketches when developing his sculpture, preferring to work directly with three dimensional models constructed of disposable materials such as cardboard and balsa wood. These models would then be translated into mechanical drawings for the fabricators. Therefore, apart from relatively few extant mechanical drawings of specific pieces, the records present for Burton's activities in the 1980s consist mostly of business correspondence, contracts and technical documents of pieces, and other assorted records. There is little evidence of the actual creative activity involved with conceiving his works. Of these later records, the largest group of files is devoted to Burton's work for the Battery Park City and World Financial Center plaza. This was Burton's largest commission to date and part of a complex development, and the quantity and scope of the records reflect the enormous scale of the project. It is important to note that little to no records exist of Burton's activities as an art reviewer and editor. A group of files in this series with the heading "Gay Materials" seem to relate to Burton's editorship of Art-Rite magazine and his involvement with gay culture in and outside the arts, but little evidence is present of Burton's actual activities and functions in this area.

Series III and Series IV both compose Burton's administrative files. Maintained in discrete sets, separate from the previous project files, they nonetheless overlap in date range and types of records present. Evidence suggests than around 1982 Burton hired an administrative assistant to aid in his growing schedule of exhibitions and commissions. The files of Series III suggest that his first administrative assistant was Karen Chambers as many of the materials bear her name. Material consists of business correspondence, expense documents, and materials relating to specific artworks and exhibitions. Also grouped with these records are twenty-one of Burton's appointment calendars spanning the years 1969-1989.

In 1985, Burton hired Nina Felshin as a new assistant and she was employed by him for five years through his death. Afterwards, Felshin was employed by Burton's estate to manage the liquidation of the estate, to aid in memorials, and to otherwise tie up unfinished business. Felshin's records which comprise Series IV, therefore, span the apex of Burton's career and activities while also providing valuable documentation on the last year of his life, the provenance of late works, the disposition of his possessions, and other retrospective activities. While records of previous series contain some biographical documents, resumes, and bibliographies, Series IV contains the greatest number of such documents and the most complete and final versions. Separate files are present for late commissions, exhibitions, and publications, particularly the exhibition Scott Burton, held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, in 1986 and accompanied by an exhaustive catalogue of Burton's career. The files in this series contain extensive financial records, medical insurance records, and other materials relating to Burton's illness. There are numerous drafts of Burton's will and testimonies to his last days of life. Inventories of Burton's estate and material possessions are present as well as records detailing their dispersal by gift, auction, and general sale.

Series V contains photographs, slides, and transparencies produced and collected over Burton's entire career. Thousands of images document Burton's earliest performances from the late sixties up to his last sculptural works. The greater part of this series has very little identification or labeling, so more works are likely represented than indicated in the folder descriptions.

Finally, Series VI comprises published material, primarily magazines and catalogues showcasing Burton's work. While Burton personally possessed a large collection of books on art, art history, decoration and furniture, that collection was dispersed separately by his estate. The published materials here are mainly documents of Burton's work through representation in catalogues, magazine articles and reviews, or other mention. Subseries VI.A, however, may have been part of Burton's reference library in that the small number of books all concern topics relevant to his art such as body language and social interaction, urban planning, anthropology and sociology. Subseries VI.B represents group and solo exhibition catalogues produced by museums and galleries and catalogues of public and private collections. Subseries VI.C contains magazines and periodicals, predominantly art-related magazines, though some news and general interest publications are also present. All three subseries represent, in print, the whole of Burton's life and achievements.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Scott Burton Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights for works created by Burton are copyright The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights for works by other authors in the collection, including copyright, belong to those authors or their legal heirs and assigns.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons and Organizations:
Armajani-Burton Public Art
Burton, Hortense
Burton, Scott, 1939-1989 -- Archives.
Cesar Pelli and Associates
Felshin, Nina
Subjects:
Battery Park City (New York, N.Y.) -- Design and construction.
Performance artists -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Biography -- Sources.
Public sculpture -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography -- Sources.
Sculptors -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Biography -- Sources.
Document Types:
Administrative records.
Correspondence.
Exhibition records.
Personal papers.


Related Material

Numerous collections within the Museum Archives contain materials on Burton. For records related to Artist's Choice: Burton on Brancusi [MoMA Exh. #1514, April 7-July 4, 1989]; researchers can consult Museum Curatorial and Registrarial Files, Video Recordings of Museum-Related Events, and Public Information Records. Sound Recordings of Museum-Related Events contains the audio recording of Burton's memorial and of a symposium Burton participated in at the museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Vienna 1900: Art, Architecture and Design [MoMA Exh. #1426, July 3-October 26, 1986]. The Museum Library contains many of the catalogs of Burton's solo and group exhibitions, and the library's Artist's File on Burton contains other ephemera and exhibition materials.

Outside the museum, some materials on Burton are available at the Archives of American Art. The audio recordings of Burton's oral history interview are available there and The Leon Berkowitz and Ida Fox Berkowitz Papers there contain the original correspondence received from Burton.


Separated Material

Duplicate magazines, catalogues, and other publications, were removed from the collection for integration into the general library collections.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Long version: Scott Burton Papers, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Short version: Burton, [series.folder]. MoMA Archives, NY.

Provenance

By the stipulations of Scott Burton's will, parts of Burton's estate were deeded to The Museum of Modern Art. Nina Felshin, formerly Burton's administrative assistant, aided in settling Burton's estate and maintained custody of the papers. The Scott Burton Papers were received from her by the Museum Archives in 2003.

Processing and Condition Information

The processing of the Scott Burton Papers was funded by a generous grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.

In general, materials present in this collection were produced within the last forty years and are in good condition. There was a slight presence of thermofax paper; those and news clippings were photocopied for preservation. Photographs, slides, transparencies, acidic materials, and other items were rehoused, enclosed, or isolated as appropriate. Duplicate published materials and excess duplicates of exhibition announcements and other ephemera were discarded. The collection as a whole had little organization or original order evident or worth preserving. The specific reorganization that was deemed appropriate for each series is described in the series notes below.


Additional Descriptive Data

Explanation of Abbreviations

SB is Scott Burton.
MoMA is The Museum of Modern Art.
n.d. stands for no date.
re: stands for regarding.


Container List

 

Series I: Family Records and Photographs 1900-1980

This series consists primarily of photographs of Scott Burton's relatives and the extended family of his mother, Hortense Burton. From the photographic evidence here Hortense Burton apparently maintained close relationships with her parents and siblings, as well as more distant relations such as cousins, nieces, and nephews. Some of these materials, including correspondence, legal documents and photographs, were clearly inherited by Hortense from her forebears and date to the turn of the 20th century. Genealogical information, located in folder I.21 and in Scott Burton's baby book, folder I.2, can clarify some of Burton's extended family tree. Many of the photographs present are studio portraits in original cardboard frames and enclosures; most photographs lack any signifying date, place, or name of subject. Additionally, this series contains memorabilia and material stemming from Hortense Burton's employment. In Washington, D.C. Hortense Burton held positions with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, at the United States Department of State, and as head of the Correspondence Pool within the Social Entertainments Office for the White House during the Kennedy administration. Documents include invitations to several dinners at the White House and other official events, photographs of White House occasions, and material relating to her retirement in 1969. Among these materials, of most interest perhaps are notes from Jacqueline Kennedy to Hortense Burton (folders I.23 and I.35), and postcards addressed to Caroline Kennedy from Senator Allen J. Ellander (folder I.14).

Materials specifically related to Scott Burton in this series include photographs from various stages of his life up to 1980; report cards, school photographs, and other records of his education, class notes and assignments from Scott's college education, and other juvenilia. In the mid 1950s while in high school, Scott Burton studied art with the painter Leon Berkowitz and became close friends with him and his wife, the poet Ida Fox Berkowitz. A large quantity of received correspondence from both Berkowitz's is present, along with poems in manuscript by Ida Fox Berkowitz.

Hortense Burton moved to New York to be close to Scott in the last years of her life; the contents of this series presumably passed to Scott Burton at her death in 1982. While most material was in discrete folders, the folders were in no order; within folders material was likewise chaotic. To make materials more easily accessible to researchers, folders containing mostly paper documents, now I.1-I.22, have been moved to the front of the series and placed in chronological order as best as possible. Folders containing mostly photographs have been moved toward the end of the series and are now folders I.23-I.41. Date ranges indicated below are of known dates only, undated materials within the folders may be considerably older or younger. Original folder titles when present have been recorded below in quotation marks, otherwise the original folders were unlabeled.

Folder Title Date
I.1 Mobley Family Documents

Includes Essay by "HMB", Some University of Alabama Poets (Birmingham, AL: English department, University of Alabama, 1925) inscribed "Radford Mobley", and Hortense Mobley's booklets of rations stamps from World War II.

1924-1945
I.2 Scott Burton's Baby Book

Burton's name inscribed as "Walter Scott Burton III" and the book notes details of Burton's extremely premature birth and precarious survival; also includes family tree.

1939
I.3 Book of Poems

Scrap book of collaged images and handwritten poems created for Burton by his mother's friend, Jennie May Wespy.

1943
I.4 "Report Cards - Misc. Education - Related Papers, Etc."

Includes elementary and high school and university report cards for Burton; programs for commencement and other events; obituaries for Hortense Mobley and Walter Scott Burton, Jr.; certificates and awards; class photographs; letter from Hans Hofmann to Hortense Burton discussing tuition and attendance at the school in Provincetown (1956); some school projects and ephemera.

1949-1963
I.5 "Diplomas"

Degrees and certificates from Weston High School, Columbia University, and New York University.

1957-1963
I.6 Hortense Burton Documents

Certificate of Achievement, "for loyal service", from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; gallery brochure; program from the dedication of a new college building; and an undated childhood photograph of Hortense Burton, in cardboard frame.

1957-1966
I.7 "Ida Fox (Berkowitz) Poems"

Large quantity of typescript, manuscript, and photocopied poems by Ida Fox, many undated, and many based on specific artists and artworks.

1955-1965
I.8 "Correspondence Berkowitz Misc."

Includes letters written to Scott Burton from friends Ida Fox and Leon Berkowitz as well as others; exhibition ephemera from Berkowitz and Burton. Some materials show signs of past water damage.

1957-1980
I.9 "Correspondence Berkowitz Misc."

Correspondence from Ida and Leon Berkowitz and others; some correspondence addressed to Burton at Provincetown, MA, while he was studying at the Hofmann School. Includes letters from Lincoln Kirstein and Virgil Thompson (1963), and Richard Tuttle (n.d.).

1958-1972
I.10 "Correspondence Berkowitz Misc."

Correspondence from Ida and Leon Berkowitz and others; includes telegrams from John Perreault (1969).

1958-1975
I.11 Catalogue and Magazines

Exhibition catalogue for Leon Berkowitz; Art News Vol. 56 No. 9 (January 1958); America: National Catholic Weekly review Vol. 107 No. 18 (August 4, 1962); Forum Vol. 3 No. 10 (Spring-Summer 1962).

1958-1969
I.12 "Columbia Class Notes"

Includes notes taken from courses taught by Lionel Trilling.

1960-1961
I.13 "Columbia Papers"

Essays and papers written for Burton's undergraduate degree.

1960-1962
I.14 Caroline Kennedy Postcards

Twenty-five postcards written by Senator Allen J. Ellander to Caroline Kennedy (then nearly four years old) during a tour of the U.S.S.R. in October and November of 1961. Sent to Hortense Burton by Mrs. Jesse C. Cantu[?] in 1970.

1961
I.15 "NYU Papers - MA Notes"

Class notes and papers from Burton's masters degree, with a focus on drama and literature.

1962-1963
I.16 Sympathy Correspondence

Includes snapshots and photographs of Hortense Burton's relatives, sympathy correspondence, and other documents pertaining to the death of Scott Burton's grandmother, Hortense L. Mobley, in 1963.

1963-1978
I.17 Hortense L. Mobley Funeral Guestbook 1963
I.18* Oversized Family Photographs and Memorabilia

Includes phonograph recording of waltz by "Dora Perelmann"; five photographs; issue of Life Magazine, "John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition"; birthday card for Hortense Burton, handmade and signed by Burton; news clippings and obituaries of Washington journalist Radford Mobley; Hortense Burton's certificate of retirement from the state department and signed photograph of Dean Rusk and coworkers.

1963-1969
I.19 "Print: Gift of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson"

Matted lithograph entitled President's Levee, or All Creation Going to the Whitehouse, Washington, 1840. The matte is inscribed "To Hortense Burton, with warm best wishes, Lady Bird Johnson Christmas, 1964" and also signed by Lyndon Johnson.

1964
I.20 White House Memorabilia

Includes six invitations for Hortense Burton to various presidential functions at the White House and elsewhere; four official portrait photographs of Lyndon B. and Ladybird Johnson (three signed by Ladybird Johnson) and one snapshot of Ladybird Johnson.

1966-1969
I.21 "Hortense Burton Mobley Family Genealogy - History, Green County [AL]"

Notes, correspondence, and photocopied documents of family and local history of Eutaw, AL.

1971-1979
I.22 Hortense Burton Appointment Calendars and Address Books

Four pocket calendars and two pocket address books.

1979-1982
I.23 Family Photographs

Includes numerous snapshots of Burton's extended family, many from 1966 but most undated with a few of Scott Burton; news clippings; debt note, will, and other documents from Burton's ancestors. Also includes invitation for Hortense Burton to the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, 11/25/1963, and personal thank you note written and signed by Jacqueline Kennedy, undated.

1903-1972
I.24 Family Photographs and Ruth Foscue Documents

Includes a typescript homage to Ruth M. Foscue by Lewis Shaw; correspondence sent to Foscue; snapshot of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy at a reception, by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton.

1919-1972
I.25 Family Photographs and Correspondence

Great quantity of family photographs, most undated, and including some correspondence and other documents.

1927-1967
I.26 Childhood Photographs

Three photographs of Burton at various ages ranging from approximately 1 year-old through his adolescence; two photographs in cardboard frames.

1940s-1950s
I.27 Photographs

Two photographs of men, inscribed to Hortense Burton (Chet Carter and possibly James W. Symington); one photograph in glass frame of unidentified girl.

1969
I.28 Family Photographs

Nine undated, unlabeled photographs, most in cardboard frames, likely of Hortense Burton and other family members.

n.d.
I.29 Family Photographs

Photograph of Scott Burton age "2 yrs, 9 months"; fifteen family photographs, undated, most in cardboard frames.

1941
I.30 Family Photographs

Seven photographs in cardboard frames of unidentified family members; one is dated.

1943
I.31 Family Photographs

Ten photographs, some in cardboard frames; one dated.

1971
I.32 Family Photographs

Ten photographs in cardboard frames, all unlabeled.

n.d.
I.33 Photographs of Scott Burton

School photographs of Burton, informal snap shots in small ring binder, and two photographs of Hortense Burton; many items undated.

1945-1962
I.34 Family Photographs

Large quantity of photographs and negatives.

1947-1978
I.35 Family Photographs

Includes childhood photographs apparently of Scott Burton; gift card from Jacqueline Kennedy, 1962.

1900-1978
I.36 Family Photographs 1975-1977
I.37 Ruth Foscue Photographs and News clippings 1946
I.38* Oversized Photographs

Includes framed photograph presumably of Hortense Burton; two large photographs in portfolio, of dramatic tableaux, perhaps from a production of Medea.

n.d.
I.39 Photographs of Scott Burton

Items in this folder were removed from one photograph album in which the images were interleaved. Images include numerous childhood photographs of Scott Burton as well as some later snapshots.

1940-1980
I.40 Family Photographs

Includes numerous snapshots and formal photographs of Scott Burton; photographs of receptions in the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy and her children (1963); many images undated, earliest photographs from the 1920s or 1930s.

1938-1972
I.41 Family Photographs

Includes photographs of White House office parties and functions, many inscribed by coworkers and one by Lady Bird Johnson; images of Scott Burton scattered throughout.

1921-1980

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Series II: Project Files 1956-1989

Series II, Project Files, continues the record of Burton's life up through 1989. Early files here contain plays and poems Burton wrote during and after college when he still intended to pursue a career as a writer, and records of his performance and conceptual artworks begin here with materials related to Street Works (1969), and Ten Tableaux: Theater as Sculpture and Furniture/Landscape (1970). There is documentation present for most of Burton's activities in the 1970s including his major performances and early sculptures but documentation varies from minimal quantities, such as photographs or only ephemera, to significant documentation such as handwritten drafts and "scripts" for his performances and sketches or plans of activities. Also of note is Photo Novella, from the early 1970s (see folder II.35). This work was conceived by Burton solely as a photographic document, but was never exhibited and perhaps remained unfinished. Other documentation from this era includes programs, posters and advertisements, ticket stubs, announcements, news clippings, and other ephemera.

Once Burton changed his focus to predominantly producing sculptural objects, the nature of the documentation changes to a degree. Burton described his creative process of furniture design as being worked out mainly in three-dimensional models built of cardboard, balsa wood, and other materials. His studio assistant, Tom Abate Marco (he signed his drawings T.A.M.), would then make mechanical drawings of the design. Materials would be selected, and the designs handed over to fabricators. Some material lists and fabrication records are present, but relatively few mechanical drawings and even fewer sketches, mostly rough thumbnail designs. For large commissions some projects files contain blueprints, elevations, site plans, and other architectural drawings from various stages of the works. Otherwise, the records present for Burton's activities in the 1980s consist mostly of business correspondence, contracts, technical documents of pieces, and other assorted records. Of these later records, the largest group of files is devoted to Burton's work for the Battery Park City and World Financial Center plaza. This was Burton's largest commission to date and part of a complex development, and the quantity and scope of the records reflect the enormous scale of the project. Along with extensive material received from Cesar Pelli and Associates and other groups participating in the development, records are present here of Armajani-Burton Public Art. Burton and Siah Armajani jointly received the commission for the project and formed a corporation to handle the costs and income accrued by it; the corporation was dissolve upon the completion of the project. Records include articles of incorporation and other financial and legal documents, stock certificates, and correspondence. Little or no material exists here from Armajani and how Burton and Armajani cooperated or divided work on the project is unclear.

It is important to note that few records exist here of Burton's activities as an art reviewer and editor. A group of files in this series with the heading "Gay Cultural Materials" seem to relate to Burton's relationship with Art-Rite magazine and his involvement with gay culture in and outside the arts, but little evidence is present of Burton's actual activities and functions in this area. Some other unidentified writings present by Burton may reflect his professional criticism, but lack significant identifiers.

Evidence suggests that these records were produced, collected, and stored by Burton himself (unlike the following series). There was very little order among and within boxes though most folders had labels (represented in quotation marks in the folder titles below). Materials relating to specific artworks, activities, and eras were scattered across numerous containers and no original order presented itself. For ease of comprehension and access, files have been rearranged as possible in chronological order based on known dates or the dates of the artworks; regardless of date span, folders relating to the same project have been grouped together. Many materials, particularly photographs, lack dates or other identifying characteristics; the dates listed are only those actually known. Acidic and photographic materials have been enclosed or isolated as appropriate.

Folder Title Date
II.1* Paintings

Ten matted paintings and drawings by Burton; all works are on paper, most are pure abstraction, the largest measure 18x24", the smallest 6x4", and are executed in a variety of media including ink, crayon, watercolor, and oil or acrylic paint. Only one work is dated, 1957, but all are labeled "Washington, D.C. 9A." Originally contained in a black portfolio with Burton's Washington address stenciled in white paint.

1957
II.2 "Poems - Uncompleted and/or Early"

Typescripts of poems, most undated, many with hand edits.

1956-1962
II.3 "Poems - Completed"

Typescripts of poems and prose poems, most undated, some with hand edits.

1956-1965
II.4 "Performance"

Press clippings, performance programs and posters, including two programs from high school theatrical productions.

1956-1976
II.5 "The End of the Rope"

Original envelope also marked: "Farce, 1960, 61?" Includes typescript of translation from the French of the play, The Apollo of Bellac, by Jean Giraudoux; and two original plays by Burton, At the End of the Rope, and Cats Play.

1960-1963
II.6 "Music, Film, Radio"

Handwritten notes, photocopies and annotated typescript of Radio: an "act without words".

1960s
II.7 "A Play for Saint George"

Typescript of original play.

1962-1963
II.8 "The Eagle and the Lamb"

Two typescripts of a play by Burton, based on the myth of Ganymede.

1963-1964
II.9 "Dance"

Programs and reviews of the New York City Ballet's premiere performance of Shadow'd Ground, choreographed by John Taras and with a libretto and "epitaphs" by Burton.

1965
II.10 "Collection of Figurative Images: Photos, Postcards, repros of paintings, Etc." 1966-1977
II.11 Loose Notebook

Cover labeled "Furniture - Notes"; one spiral notebook with inserted loose sheets containing notes for artworks.

n.d.
II.12 "Tony Smith Lecture, Minneapolis"

Thirty-five page handwritten manuscript.

1967
II.13 Street Works

Bound collection of conceptual artworks performed over three days in New York.

1969
II.14 "Street Works Prints"

Photographs of Burton's street performances, labeled with titles and locations.

1969
II.15 Loose Note Paper

Various sheets, some torn from spiral notebooks, containing notes for various performances and other works.

n.d.
II.16 "New Ballet, Etc."

Notes and descriptions of various works.

1969-1970
II.17 "Theatre Works & Street Works: Dream description, Assoc. for performances, Streetworks"

Includes typescript descriptions, poster, programs and ephemera, sent correspondence, reviews, and handwritten notes.

1969-1970
II.18 Two Composition Notebooks

One marked "Tableaux" on cover and dated "Spring 1972" on first page; mostly blank. The other marked "1969" on cover and "Scott Burton" on inside cover.

1969-1972
II.19 "Ten Tableaux - Iowa"

Handwritten notes and diagrams of performers and movements; programs and posters; for the works, Ten Tableaux: Theater as Sculpture and Furniture Landscape, performed the University of Iowa.

1970
II.20 "Ten Tableaux - Iowa" Photographs

Numerous images and contact sheets.

1970
II.21 "Negatives"

Negatives of various sizes, most with labels but undated, of numerous performances and tableaux.

n.d.
II.22 "Berkeley"

Photographs of an Individual Behavior Tableaux at the University Art Museum, Berkeley.

n.d.
II.23 Compositions

Numerous handwritten notes in envelope marked "Compositions April 1970"; also includes program for 1970 performance at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford.

1970
II.24* Poster and Photographs

Includes posters for "Four Theater Pieces by Vito Acconci, Scott Burton, Eduardo Costa, John Perreault" at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, April 14, 1970; Scott Burton at The Tate Gallery, London, 1985; and Scott Burton: Skulpturen 1980-1989, at the Kunstverein Stüttgart, 1989. Also includes oversized photograph of later chair sculpture, contact sheet of images photographed from a video monitor, and a small portrait of Burton.

1970-1989
II.25 "Art in the Urban Environment"

Notes and materials relating to course taught by Burton at the University of Iowa in 1970.

1970
II.26 "SVA Lecture Notes - Notes on Books Read for Classes & Projects for Classes"

Notes on various works of literature.

n.d.
II.27 "Talk at Iowa"

Typescript of talk given in Iowa City, June 25, 1970, and invitation to Artists Make Toys at The Clocktower, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, 1975.

1970-1974
II.28 Boy Scout Artwork

Includes numerous illustrations clipped from Boy scout handbooks, positive and negative Photostat and photographic enlargements of the illustrations, layouts.

n.d.
II.29 Exhibition Announcements and Ephemera

Includes announcements for individual and group exhibitions held at Artists Space, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Max Protetch Gallery, McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, The American Theater Lab, Wadsworth Atheneum, and Documenta 8.

1970-1985
II.30 Lawsuit Documents and Other Material

Postcards and photographs; numerous tickets to Burton's Performance Works held at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, April 14, 1970; catalogue to Documenta 8; announcement to undated exhibition, Tables & Chairs: Vintage Modern and Recent Burton, at the Max Protetch Gallery; correspondence and documents, concerning a lawsuit against Burton by the Treitel-Gratz Company for repayment of fabrication bills in 1978.

1970-1989
II.31 "Finch"

Photographs and contact sheets, mostly unlabeled, of performance tableaux.

1971
II.32 Finch: Program for Eighteen Pieces 1971
II.33 "Finch Furniture Pieces"

Photographs and negatives of the performance at Finch College.

1971
II.34 "Finch - 18 Pieces"

Notes, ephemera, programs, press clippings and other materials relating to the performance, Pieces, at The Art Society of Finch College.

1971
II.35 Slides of Photo Novella

Thirty-seven color slides, originally in sequentially numbered sleeves (with three of forty slides missing), of a solitary woman performing different aspects of daily routine.

See folder V.14 for identification.

1971-1973
II.36 "Behavior Tableaux" Photographs

Photographs, most labeled, of Group Behavior Tableaux, performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

1972
II.37 "Whitney Eve. - Behavior Tableaux" Script

Includes program; index cards with notes of performance; handwritten notes; typescript and photocopies, with hand annotations, of the performance "script.".

1972
II.38 Spiral Notebook and Loose Sheets

Notes and descriptions of works and performances; first page marked "Spring, 1972." Most of notebook is blank and numerous sheets have been removed.

1972
II.39 "Essay: Theater & Sculpture & Notes on Tableaux"

Loose sheets of handwritten notes.

n.d.
II.40 "Recent Ideas"

Notes on various works; one, Hippolytus, marked "June '72.".

1972
II.41 "The Realist Revival; AFA"

Includes index cards; typescript with hand edits, poster, photographs, catalogue, and other materials associated with The Realist Revival, which Burton curated for the American federation of Arts.

1972
II.42 "Hamlet"

Spiral notebook and loose sheets dedicated to a tableau based on the Shakespeare play.

n.d.
II.43 "Toward Study of Body Language"

Notes on theater project for the Whitney Museum of American Art and on work on body language.

1972
II.44 "Behavior Tableaux - American Theater Lab + Whitney Performances"

Includes sent correspondence to Lincoln Kirstein and others; documents related to funding from Creative Artists Program Services; guest lists; expense lists and receipts for performers pay; news clippings; contract and rehearsal schedule. Also includes one-page "installation plan" for Figure Tableaux, 1977.

1972-1977
II.45 "Behavior Tableaux: Old Notes from 1970s On and Descriptions"

Large quantity of index cards and handwritten notes.

n.d.
II.46 Gay Cultural Materials and Art-Rite Magazine

[Original folder title: "Gay Stuff"]
Materials related to gay artists, art activities, and the gay community in 1970s New York. Items include the publications John Dowd Fanny Club Fanzine and The Star One; mail art documents of "The Bonbon Memorial Society" aka "Les Petites Bon Bons" and "Fanzini"; correspondence and artwork from Ray Johnson for inclusion in "your 'gay' issue of Art Rite.".

1972-1979
II.47 Gay Cultural Materials and Art-Rite Magazine

[Original folder title: "Gay Lit?"]
Includes submissions for Art-Rite from Bruce Kurtz; issues of Cheech Wizard by Vaughn Bode, National Lampoon, The Ladder, Opus International; scattered correspondence.

1973-1975
II.48 Gay Cultural Materials and Art-Rite Magazine

[Original folder title: "Gay Stuff"]
Includes Statements by Lesbian Artists, published for the exhibition The Lesbian Show; correspondence sent to Art-Rite; typescript and photocopied articles apparently for the magazine.

1974-1978
II.49 Gay Cultural Materials and Art-Rite Magazine

[Original folder title: "Gay Lit?"]
Includes packet of 1960s-1970s gay-themed newsletters and typescript pornography catalogues forwarded to Burton by Gregory Battcock; two issues of "The Los Angeles Times" by "Art gangster" detailing defacements of Blue Boy and Guernica; issue of Gay Sunshine: A Journal of Gay Liberation.

1975-1978
II.50 Gay Cultural Materials and Art-Rite Magazine

[Original folder title: "Gay Lit?"]
Submission for Art-Rite from Jay Gorney; mail art by "Fanzini"; magazine issues of New York, Alternate, and Christopher Street with articles on gay art, artists, and their cultural impact.

1976-1981
II.51 "Various Performances"

Sheets of descriptions of works and performances.

1973
II.52 "Lecture on Self"

Handwritten notes, poster, typescript, and other materials relating to the performance/lecture, Lecture on Self, performed at the Festival of Contemporary Arts, Oberlin College and other locations.

1973
II.53 "Maxfield Parrish"

Includes contents of press packet on exhibition, Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe, held at the Brandywine River Museums, Chadds Ford, PA. Also includes handwritten notes by Burton, perhaps for essay, on "Parrish & Landscape.".

1974
II.54 "Solitary Tableaux" Photographs

From a performance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and installation at Idea Warehouse; most images labeled.

1975
II.55 "Caps Granted"

One letter from the Creative Artists Program Services, Inc. informing Burton of a grant award.

1975
II.56 Exhibition Catalogue: Lives

Photocopied and stapled catalogue of show organized by Jeffrey Deitch and featuring Burton as well as numerous other notable artists of the period.

1975
II.57 "Lives Show (Jeff)"

News clipping and announcement.

1975
II.58 "New Tableaux - Me, Woman - 1975"

Materials related to New Tableaux: Five Themes of Solitary Behavior at The Idea Warehouse, New York. Includes correspondence (including Burton's initial proposal for work) and budget documents; typescript essay on work by Janet Kardon; "scripts" with hand annotations; large quantity of handwritten notes.

1975
II.59 "Pair Behavior Tableaux Guggenheim"

Includes ephemera and news clippings; budget and expense documents; sent and received correspondence including Burton's initial description of the work; artist's statement and large quantity of handwritten notes.

1975-1976
II.60 "Collection of Furniture and Other Architectural Photos (Not My Furniture)"

Includes magazine and newspaper advertisements and images, postcards (including many with messages sent by acquaintances or friends), and some original slides, Polaroids, and other photographs. Most materials undated.

1975-1985
II.61 Legal Pads

Research and chronology notes on Burton's career from four legal pads (most of pads blank and blank pages discarded). Includes issue of Art-Rite No. 10 (Fall 1975). Also includes letters sent and received by Nina Felshin, 1992.

1975-1992
II.62 Pair Behavior Tableaux Photographs

Three photographs from the performance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

1976
II.63 30 Compositions Photographs

Twenty-two unlabeled images of the performance.

n.d.
II.64 "Philadelphia College of Art"

One piece of correspondence regarding the inclusion of Burton's Figure Tableaux in the exhibition Time.

1976
II.65 "Fist-Right (Rooms at P.S.1)"

Small quantity of material including poster and news clippings from the premiere exhibition at "Project Studios One.".

1976
II.66 "Berlin SoHo"

Materials related to performance in Germany.

1976
II.67 "Chicago"

Reviews and programs for Burton's performance of Solitary Behavior Tableaux at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

1976-1977
II.68 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Handwritten notes and small quantity of documents concerning Burton's stint as a visiting lecturer.

1976-1977
II.69 "Philadelphia ICA"

Small quantity of materials related to the group exhibition Improbable Furniture at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

1976-1977
II.70 Magazine and Newspaper

Arts Magazine Vol. 51 No. 1 (September 1976) and University Art Museum Calendar Vol. II No. 7 (February 1980) from Berkeley.

1976-1980
II.71 Address Book and Loose Materials

Undated telephone and address book; photographs of natural rock formations; photo negatives cropped for reproduction; exhibition ephemera.

1976-1981
II.72 Loose Materials

List of works sold by the Daniel Weinberg Gallery over a span of seven years; list of commissions; manuscript list of models in exhibition at "Protetch/McNeil"; sketches of works; book: Thomas Hanley and M.M. Graff, Rock Trails in Central Park (New York: Greensward Foundation, 1976); and a home exercise equipment catalogue.

1976-1987
II.73 Figures Tableaux Photographs

Three photographs and negatives of performance, labeled and stamped "documenta archiv.".

1977
II.74 "Chair Drama" Photographs

Undated images of piece photographed from a television monitor.

n.d.
II.75 "Documenta 6"

Includes correspondence, large quantity of handwritten notes, and Polaroids of Burton acting out the tableaux.

1977
II.76 "Hallwalls"

Materials concerning Burton's participation in a group exhibition at Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, Buffalo, NY, including correspondence from co-director Robert Longo; handwritten draft of Burton's artists statement and print of same; and ephemera from various events.

1977
II.77 Figure Tableaux Photographs

Photographs, slides, and contact sheets of performance at Philadelphia College of Art.

1977
II.78 Pastoral Chair Tableaux Photographs

Two transparencies and slides of work.

n.d.
II.79 "D/K Show"

Wall sign from exhibition at Droll/Kolbert, 1977, and news clippings from exhibition at Wave Hill, 1981.

1977-1981
II.80 News clippings and Ephemera

Small quantity of material from two exhibitions.

1977-1982
II.81 "Nine Photograph Ideas"

Three sheets of small notes.

1978
II.82 "Pop Tableaux"

Numerous small notes for performance.

n.d.
II.83 "Fabric Workshop"

Notes, sketches, photographs, correspondence, and other material relating to Burton's work at The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.

1978
II.84 "Ten Artists/Artists Space"

Announcements, ephemera, loan forms, photographs, and correspondence, related to Artists Space and the exhibition, Ten Artists/Artists Space, held at the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY.

1978-1979
II.85 "Miscellaneous"

News clippings; performance, exhibition, and lecture ephemera; some correspondence and materials related to Burton's inclusion in the exhibition Young American Artists: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

1978-1979
II.86 "Detroit"

Correspondence and documents related to the group exhibition Image and Object in Contemporary Sculpture at The Detroit Institute of Arts.

1979
II.87* Behavior Tableaux Contact Sheets

Large contact sheets of images from a performance of Individual Behavior Tableaux, 1980, and an unidentified performance of two individuals, 1979.

1979-1980
II.88 "Cincinnati"

Sent and received correspondence regarding designs for the Geier Esplanade; also includes background research and some handwritten notes and sketches.

1979-1981
II.89 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Small amount of correspondence and notes regarding a possible commission for Newark International Airport.

1980
II.90 Loose Materials

Assortment of news clippings, exhibition ephemera, and other materials; includes pen drawing of lawn chair marked "Lawn Chair, Feb. 1977, Greensboro, North Carolina.".

1980
II.91 "Individual Behavior Tableaux - Berkeley"

Materials include drawing of abstract divan used in the performance; notes and sketches of activities including index cards detailing specific body movements; some correspondence, news clippings, and ephemera.

1980
II.92 Loose Materials

Assortment of news clippings, exhibition ephemera, and other materials.

1980-1981
II.93 "Central Park Mall, Metropolitan Arts Council, Omaha, NB"

Includes slides of development and architectural models; correspondence, handwritten notes; site plans; snapshots of development; mechanical drawings of Burton's designs. Also includes materials concerning a related commission for the Joslyn Art Museum of Omaha.

1980-1983
II.94 "M.I.T."

Materials concerning Burton's commission for the "Arts + Media Technology" (AMT) building of M.I.T. designed by I.M. Pei. Includes site plans and elevations; mechanical drawings of Burton's designs; correspondence.

1980-1985
II.95 "1981 Receipts - Seattle Expenses Pulled"

Receipts, bills, bank statements, and ledger sheets of expenses for the year.

1981
II.96 "Philadelphia - Fairmount Park"

Correspondence, quantity of notes, and slides related to Burton's proposal for the Fairmount Park Art Association's sculpture program: Form and Function: Projects for Philadelphia.

1981
II.97 Carl A. Strauss & Associates

Small quantity of materials concerning a commission of benches and rostrum for the K.K. Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple, Cincinnati.

1981
II.98 "Notes on Tableau"

Includes 1981 telegram from Burton to Nina Felshin regarding her exhibition of Tableaux; letter from Burton to "Phyllis" commenting on his artwork; and handwritten notes.

ca. 1981
II.99 News clippings and Exhibition Ephemera

Includes packet of news clippings from Swiss newspapers; scattered Polaroids and photographs of artworks; installation views of an unidentified Burton exhibition.

1981-1983
II.100 Artpark and Miscellaneous Items

Correspondence and news clippings relating to Burton's installation at Artpark; miscellaneous news clippings, press releases, exhibition brochures and ephemera; Polaroid images of artworks and maquettes.

1981-1984
II.101 "Collection of Furniture and Other Architectural Photos (Not My Furniture)"

Includes magazine and newspaper advertisements and images, postcards, and photographs. Most materials undated.

1981-1985
II.102 "Baltimore Exhibition"

Correspondence and news clippings concerning Burton's exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

1981-1987
II.103 "Patent for Chair"

Forms, applications, and patent search documents; mechanical drawings of chair, some with annotations.

1982
II.104 "Patent for Chair"

Correspondence, patent applications, forms (including formal schematics) and patent searches, relating to Burton's patent application for a chair design, ultimately rejected.

1982-1985
II.105 "Seattle"

Includes site plans, specifications, and preliminary plans; snapshots of boulders; correspondence, notes, and memoranda.

1981-1982
II.106 "Seattle"

Includes snapshots of benches designed for the project; news clippings; contract and budget documents; handwritten notes, sketches, and site plans of Burton's design.

1981-1983
II.107 "Seattle"

Burton was one of several artists commissioned to produce works by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for its Western Regional Center. Materials include draft of artist's statement, scope of work statement, and pencil sketch of site plan.

1982-1984
II.108 "Seattle - Receipts"

Receipts, bank statements, canceled checks, bills, some correspondence, and other financial documents related to the Seattle project.

1983
II.109 "Seattle"

Includes invoices and account correspondence relating to unpaid and overdue bills of the Seattle project; publicity materials.

1983-1984
II.110 "New Brunswick"

Includes sketchbook, loose sketches and handwritten notes, and slides, for commission of benches and furniture for a street in New Brunswick, NJ.

n.d.
II.111* "New Brunswick" Oversized

Two large photographs of site and sketch of site plan.

n.d.
II.112 Equitable Center

Correspondence, news clippings and handwritten notes; materials on plantings and water features; numerous photocopies of rough sketches; drafts of contract, with annotations; mechanical drawings, site elevations, and specifications.

1985
II.113 Equitable Center

Includes handwritten notes; mechanical drawings, site plan, and notes on plants; legal documents related to land use zoning of the plaza space around Equitable Center.

1985
II.114* Equitable Center

Large quantity of site plans, elevations, and specifications.

1985
II.115 "University of Houston/Philip Johnson"

Materials relating to Burton's work for the University of Houston, College of Architecture Building, designed by Philip Johnson. Includes plans, architectural drawings, and specifications; correspondence and contract, some loose notes; site photographs.

1985
II.116 "Buffalo Correspondence"

Sent and received correspondence, payment receipts, contract, and news clippings, concerning furniture commissioned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo, NY, for stations of the Light Rail Rapid Transit System.

1983
II.117 Battery Park City: Master Plan

Contains two bound items: "Background and Technical Information for the Design of the North Cove Plaza" and "Battery Park City Draft Summary Report and 1979 Master Plan.".

1979-1983
II.118 Battery Park City: Request for Proposal

Packet of materials sent to Burton, cover letter, list of the five other artists invited, presentation schedule, and publicity materials on the architects and development.

1982
II.119 Battery Park City: "BPC"

Handwritten notes, sketches, site plans, correspondence.

1983
II.120 Battery Park City: Contract

"Signature copy" of contract between Armajani-Burton Public Art and Cesar Pelli & Associates, the architects of Battery Park City; press packet for the development.

1983
II.121 Battery Park City: Draft Contract

Draft copy of contract and handwritten notes.

1983
II.122 Battery Park City: Draft Contracts

Rough drafts and annotated copies.

1983
II.123 Battery Park City: Draft Contracts 1983
II.124 Battery Park City: Specifications

Includes slides of various architectural models; contract drafts and correspondence; site plans and specifications; comparative chart of water features in public plazas; chart of shrubbery; bound manuscript: "An Interpretive Summary of Codes and Standards as Related to the North Cove Plaza Design.".

1983
II.125 Battery Park City: Minutes, Memoranda, Site Plans

Includes Burton's preliminary designs for benches; correspondence and memoranda; preliminary reports on the site's use and design; site plans showing Burton and Armajani's designs.

1983-1984
II.126* Battery Park City: Architectural and Mechanical Drawings

Includes numerous large site plans, some with pencil sketches and annotations, loose page of sketches by Burton (possibly of torchères), mechanical drawing of torchères; design and production schedules.

1983-1984
II.127 Battery Park City: "Armajani-Burton Public Art"

Income, accounting, and tax documents; canceled checks and bank statements; invoices; articles of incorporation; and other materials relating to Armajani-Burton Public Art (ABPA), the joint company Siah Armajani and Burton formed to produce their work for Battery Park City.

1983-1985
II.128 Battery Park City: Budgets and Photographs

Includes photographs and slides of architectural model and renderings; memoranda, correspondence, news clippings; budget outlines.

1983-1985
II.129 Battery Park City: Stock Certificate

Includes Burton's stock certificate for 1000 shares of common stock in ABPA; two pieces of correspondence.

1984
II.130 Battery Park City: Open Space Plan and Specifications

Includes material specifications and architectural drawings of details; bound volume: Battery Park City, World Financial Center: Open Space Development Program.

1984
II.131 Battery Park City: News clippings

Includes clippings and issues of The New Yorker and New York Magazine relating to the planned development.

1984
II.132 "Portland - Contract & GSA Business"

Includes loose notes, correspondence; rough sketches, quotes for fabrication, site plans, and mechanical drawings, and materials on plantings around the fountain; two construction photos.

1984-1985
II.133 "Portland"

Materials related to Burton's work, a fountain, for the Federal Office Building in Portland, OR; includes correspondence, snapshots, and slides.

1985
II.134 "Portland"

One piece of correspondence, tourist brochures, and photograph.

1987
II.135 "Portland - Copies, Vintage Photographs"

Brochure for Portland architecture firm; 8x10 photographs of western engineering projects, dams, electrical towers.

n.d.
II.136 News clippings and Exhibition Ephemera

Includes typescript with annotations of review of Burton's work by Peter Schjeldahl; press packet for Equitable Tower, New York.

1984-1985
II.137 "Baltimore: Pearlstone Park"

Contract, snapshots, site plans, correspondence.

1984-1985
II.138 "Max Protetch Gallery"

Includes contracts for Burton's representation by the gallery; periodic reports of sales including buyer, sale price, fabrication cost, and percentage due Burton; financial ledger sheets, invoices; photocopies of technical drawings.

1984-1989
II.139* "Two Chair Titles"

Paste up of title signage for two works.

n.d.
II.140 Three Framed Images

Includes one framed vintage photograph and two framed placards of text from Burton's work: "Pastoral Chair Tableau, 1971-74" and "Bronze Chair (Street Furniture), 1974-75.".

n.d.
II.141 "Documenta"

Includes city map, some correspondence, technical drawings, plats and architectural drawings.

1986-1987
II.142 "Tate - Liverpool"

Correspondence and material related to a commission for the Tate Gallery Liverpool; includes technical drawings, schematics and photographs.

1986-1988
II.143 "Vitra"

Correspondence, contracts, photographs, and other materials related to the 1987 "edition" of chairs designed by artists manufactured by Vitra International AG, including Burton's Soft Geometric Chair.

1986-1988
II.144 "Sheepshead Bay"

Includes slides and photographs (many of the site pre-development); request for proposals, contracts, and other documents of the development; technical drawings; notes, correspondence and news clippings.

1987
II.145* "Sheepshead Bay"

Numerous rough sketches on tracing paper relating to the Sheepshead Bay project.

n.d.
II.146 "Sheepshead Bay"

Documents and correspondence.

1987
II.147 Loose Materials

Business cards, brochures, and loose assorted notes.

n.d.
II.148 Paper Dolls

Small collection of paper dolls; possibly gift to Burton.

n.d.
II.149 Exhibition Announcements 1987-1989
II.150 "Rotterdam"

City maps, location photographs, technical drawings, and other materials related to Burton's work for Rotterdam '88 arts festival.

1988
II.151 "Unsorted"; BCE Place Toronto

Includes interview article in manuscript by Lewis Kachur, condensed from those conducted for the Archives of American Art; program from workshop "Art + Architecture + Society" sponsored by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Toronto; correspondence and documents relating to Burton's commission for BCE Place, Toronto; plan drawing related to a commission for The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles; gallery announcements, ephemera, and reviews; paper scraps and notes; news clippings; prescriptions.

1987-1989
II.152 BCE Place, Toronto

Original folder unlabeled; only some materials relate to the Toronto project including correspondence, site plan, and documents of the development. Other materials include personal correspondence, news clippings, business cards and brochures, and loose notes.

1988-1989
II.153 "Medical - Hospital"

Handwritten notes concerning Burton's hospitalization at Cabrini Hospital.

1989
II.154 "Medical - Home Care"

Forms and documents relating to home nursing care for Burton after his release from Cabrini Hospital.

1989
II.155 "Burton on Brancusi"

Photo album of snapshots of Burton with Kirk Varnedoe inside the exhibition; with announcements and brochure.

1989
II.156 "Burton on Brancusi"

Includes transcript of radio interview Burton gave for Radio free Europe, translated into Romanian; floor plan of gallery; and handwritten notes.

1989
II.157 "Miscellaneous Magazine Clips, Photos, Etc."

Various photographs and media clippings of furniture. Most items updated.

1989
II.158 Loose Materials

Includes photocopies of images from a video work; issue of Framework: The Journal of Images and Culture.

1991

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Series III: Administrative Files 1969-1989

Series III, like the following Series IV, comprises part of Burton's administrative files. Maintained in a discrete set, separate from the previous project files, the records nonetheless overlap in date range and types of records present. Evidence suggests that around 1982 Burton hired an administrative assistant to aid in his growing schedule of exhibitions and commissions. The files of Series III bear evidence that his first administrative assistant was Karen Chambers as many of the materials carry her name. Material consists of business correspondence, expense documents, and materials relating to specific artworks and exhibitions. Included here are records of Burton's work for the K.K. Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple, Cincinnati; the exhibition, Scott Burton Chairs, shown at The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and the Fort Worth Art Museum; Burton's inclusion in the book Furniture by Artists: Contemporary Works in America, by Denise Domergue, and other realized and unrealized projects and commissions. Also grouped with these records are twenty-one of Burton's annual appointment calendars spanning the years 1969-1989.

These files show little evidence of significant original order. To aid comprehension and access, they have been provided with headings similar to those of Series IV and have been rearranged in alphabetical order by heading and then in chronological order when possible. When original labels were present the folder title is in quotation marks below.

Folder Title Date
III.1 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1969-1970
III.2 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1971-1972
III.3 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1973-1974
III.4 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1975-1976
III.5 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1977-1978
III.6 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1979-1980
III.7 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes. Includes loose slips of paper and one Polaroid photograph found in between volumes.

1981-1982
III.8 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1983-1984
III.9 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1985-1986
III.10 Appointment Calendars

Two volumes.

1987-1988
III.11 Appointment Calendars

One volume.

1989
III.12 Archives: "Resume"

Includes various versions of Burton's resume, notes, news clippings.

1978-1983
III.13 Archives: "Burton Announcements"

Contains one announcements only.

1981
III.14 Archives: "Scott's Mother"

Financial documents, bills, death certificate, and other material related to Hortense Burton, who passed away in February, 1982.

1982
III.15 Commissions: "Burton Expenses"

Correspondence and expense lists.

1981
III.16 Commissions: "Seattle Expenses"

Ledger sheets of expenses and receipts for trip to Seattle, Washington.

1982
III.17 Commissions: "Burton - Weinberg"

Materials relating to costs and labor reimbursement for artwork fabrication. Also includes invoices for Karen Chambers's work.

1982
III.18 Commissions: "MIT"

Two pieces of correspondence and invoice..

1982
III.19 Commissions: "Veterans Administration"

Correspondence regarding a canceled project.

1982
III.20 Commissions: "Battery Park"

Two letters only.

1983
III.21 Commissions: "The City of Providence"

One exchange of letters.

1983
III.22 Commissions: "Rockdale Temple"

Correspondence regarding art installation in Cincinnati.

1983
III.23 Correspondence: "Circle Square Triangle Claim"

Sent and received correspondence relating to the accidental destruction of the artwork.

1980-1981
III.24 Correspondence: "Burton Correspondence"

Sent and received correspondence by Karen Chambers; includes some scattered forms and biographical material.

1981-1982
III.25 Correspondence: Lawn Chair Damage

Correspondence, notes, and images documenting a damaged artwork.

1981-1983
III.26 Correspondence: "Chronological Correspondence 1982"

Copies of Outgoing Correspondence.

1982
III.27 Correspondence: Artpark Correspondence

Two letters only.

1982-1983
III.28 Correspondence: Daniel Weinberg Correspondence

Sent and received correspondence.

1982-1983
III.29 Correspondence: "Artists Space"

Form letter invites from Burton and invitation list to benefit at Artists Space.

1983
III.30 Correspondence: "Burton Chronological Correspondence 1983"

Copies of outgoing correspondence.

1983
III.31 Correspondence: "Burton Alphabetical Correspondence 1983"

Sent and received correspondence.

1983
III.32 Correspondence: "Basel"

Small quantity of correspondence.

1983
III.33 Correspondence: "MoMA Chair Repair"

Correspondence relating to the repair of Pair of Rock Chairs.

1983
III.34 Correspondence: "Correspondence and Invoices 1985"

Predominantly correspondence but also includes financial records, loan agreements and other material.

1983-1985
III.35 Financial: "Burton Financial - ? For Scott"

Includes checkbook, rental document, handwritten lists of expenses for various projects and max Protetch documents.

1974-1981
III.36 Financial: Repair Documents

Includes notes, correspondence, photographs, and forms relating to the repair of Granite Chairs by the Whitney Museum of American Art.

1981
III.37 Financial: "Burton Business Account"

Bank statements and financial records.

1981
III.38 Financial: Max Protetch Documents

Various documents, including ledger sheet copies, invoices, and correspondence, relating to a contract between Burton and Protetch regarding the fabrication and ownership of artworks.

1981-1982
III.39 Financial: "Burton - Pending"

Assortment of invoices, receipts, health documents and correspondence.

1981-1982
III.40 Financial: Index Photocopies

Pages from the "National Sculpture Society Classified Index of Services, Supplies and Equipment.".

n.d.
III.41 Financial: "Expense Receipts"

Typed lists of expenses, photocopies of ledger sheets, some lists of sales and commissions, and correspondence.

1982-1983
III.42 Financial: "Pfaffman Materials"

Receipts and materials relating to studio renovation.

1983
III.43 Health Insurance: "Scott's INS"

Photocopies of various health insurance forms and documents.

1983
III.44 Miscellaneous: Loose Materials

Exhibition invitations and ephemera; news clippings; canceled checks and expense receipts; scattered correspondence; 1984 New York State Income Tax form.

1981-1986
III.45 Miscellaneous: Loose Items

Exhibition invitations and ephemera; packet of material from Joan Shigekawa, Program of Art on Film, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1982-1987
III.46 Miscellaneous: Loose Materials

Includes exhibition catalogue, Public Art Process: An Exhibition of Drawings, Models and Photographs, Metro-Dade Art in Public Places Collection 1973-1985, (n.p.: Cesar Trasobares, 1986); packet of materials concerning the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; collection of materials from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Fine Arts Program. Materials include handwritten notes.

1986
III.47 Miscellaneous: Loose Materials

One 35mm slide of model for Group of Eight Granite Chairs.

1986
III.48 Miscellaneous: Audio Reel

One 3" reel audio recording. Container marked "Thunder.".

n.d.
III.49 Photography: "Photographs"

Photographs, slides, negatives and contact sheets of artworks and installations. Some are apparently from Scott Burton Chairs, "D/K Installation 1977", and other exhibitions. Original enclosures have been retained with the images when label information is present.

1975-ca. 1983
III.50 Publications: "Catalogue"

Lists of collectors and exhibitions and chronologies of work compiled by Chambers for use by Burton.

1980-1982
III.51 Publications: Furniture by Artists: Contemporary Works in America

Includes label texts for numerous works, hand-edited biographical statement, and correspondence for the book Furniture by Artists: Contemporary Works in America by Denise Domergue.

1983
III.52 Works and Exhibitions: "Hammarskjöld Plaza"

Correspondence and documents relating to an installation of sculpture at the Plaza, sponsored by the Daniel Weinberg Gallery.

1981
III.53 Works and Exhibitions: "Chair Show"

Sent and received correspondence to and from Karen Chambers (includes one letter sent by Burton); notes, checklist, and other materials related to the exhibition, Scott Burton Chairs, shown at The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and the Fort Worth Art Museum.

1981-1983
III.54 Works and Exhibitions: "Baltimore Show"

One letter concerning a Baltimore exhibition.

8/18/1982
III.55 Works and Exhibitions: "Meltzer Table & Chairs"

Fabrication and materials receipts and invoices.

1982

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Series IV: Administrative Files 1956-1996

Nina Felshin was hired as Burton's new assistant in 1985 and she remained employed by him through the end of 1989 and her files compose Series IV. After Burton's death, Felshin was employed by Burton's estate to manage the liquidation of the estate, to aid in memorials, and to otherwise tie up unfinished business. Felshin's records, therefore, span the apex of Burton's career and activities while also providing valuable documentation on the last year of his life, the provenance of late works, the disposition of his possessions, and other retrospective activities. While records of previous series contain some biographical documents, resumes, and bibliographies, Series IV contains the greatest number of such documents and the most complete and final versions. Felshin obtained and preserved here a complete set of photocopies of correspondence Burton sent to Leon Berkowitz and Ida Fox Berkowitz in Burton's adolescence; the originals reside in the Archives of American Art (AAA), Washington, D.C. Here also is a complete transcript of two interviews with Burton conducted by AAA in 1987 for their oral history program. The interview contains valuable detail of Burton's life and early career. Many records on exhibition and performance history were compiled in conjunction with the exhibition, Scott Burton, held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, in 1986. The exhaustive companion catalogue had a complete list of Burton's artistic output to date; a series of folders here are devoted to the show. Under the headings, "Commissions" and "Correspondence", numerous files are dedicated to other exhibitions and specific projects. Under the headings, "Legal", "Estate", "Financial", "Health Insurance", "Property", and "Sale of Property" are extensive financial records, medical insurance records, and other materials relating to Burton's illness. There are numerous drafts of Burton's will, a "living will", and testimonies to his last days of life. Inventories of Burton's estate and material possessions are present as well as records detailing their dispersal by gift, auction, and general sale. Finally, under the heading "Memorial", are records of the memorial service for Burton held at The Museum of Modern Art on March 28, 1990. The records include an audiocassette recording and transcript of the event.

The administrative files produced, maintained, and organized by Felshin comprise the most orderly set of records in the collection. Most files were labeled, and groups of files were separated by topic; those topics have been preserved as folder headings below. The files have been alphabetized by heading with minor adjustments within the headings for chronological order.

Folder Title Date
IV.1 Archives: "SB Correspondence to Leon & Ida Berkowitz, 1957-1961?"

Photocopies of correspondence and poems sent by Burton to the Berkowitz's; photocopied from the Leon Berkowitz and Ida Fox Berkowitz Papers in the Archives of American Art.

1957-1961
IV.2 Archives: "By SB"

Originals and photocopies of articles and other writing by Burton. Includes:
Undated original typescripts of article on the painting Gotham news by de Kooning Burton wrote for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and an article entitled Modern American Painting: Abstract-Expressionism; two issues of 57th Street Review Vol. 1 Nos. 3 and 4, (January 16 and February 16, 1967); untitled, undated, handwritten article fragment; Burton correspondence regarding canceled exhibition; handwritten notes and program for lecture and presentation of four films; and typescript articles from 1963 on Shakespeare.

1963-1967
IV.3 Archives: "SB - Original Art"

One page with hand drawn dotted line and typed instructions: "Instructions: Detach at dotted line and discard this portion, Scott Burton." Hand dated "March 1970.".

1970
IV.4 Archives: "SB - Gay"

Photocopies of articles; includes carbon copy of interview from The Advocate.

1980
IV.5 Archives: "Announcements, Etc."

Exhibition announcements and ephemera for solo and group exhibitions of Burton's work.

1982-1990
IV.6 Archives: "Archive Sheets"

Blank forms for documenting artworks.

n.d.
IV.7 Archives: "Archives of American Art Interviews With Scott Burton"

74- and 82-page transcripts of two interviews conducted by Lewis Kachur with Burton on May 22 and September 25, 1987.

1987
IV.8 Archives: "Archive Data"

Lists of works exhibited and sold; invoices; correspondence; other notes related to inventories of works.

1987-1989
IV.9 Archives: "Addresses"

Lists of addresses of friends, associates, collectors, and institutions.

n.d.
IV.10 Archives: Loose Materials

Notes on Burton's archives; two issues of Archives of American Art Journal; snapshots of Burton's apartment.

1990
IV.11 Archives: "SB Notes"

Biographical and chronological notes on legal paper.

n.d.
IV.12 Archives: "SB Eduardo Letters"

Transcriptions of letters from Burton to "Eduardo" (initials "E.C.") and notes on them. Original letters date from 1971 to 1980.

n.d.
IV.13 Archives: "SB Articles: Performance"

Photocopies of articles and reviews of Burton's work, including reviews and brochure for Scott Burton: Pair Behavior Tableaux at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1976.

n.d.
IV.14 Archives: "SB Furniture, Public"

Photocopies of articles and reviews of Burton's work and obituaries.

n.d.
IV.15 Archives: "SB Interviews, Statements By"

Photocopied pages of various books and magazines.

n.d.
IV.16 Archives: "Architecture/Design Library"

Snapshots and handwritten list of books in Burton's collection.

1990-1996
IV.17 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: "Lenders"

Various annotated lists of works loaned to the exhibition.

1986
IV.18 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: "Loan Forms"

Loan forms for works lent by the artist.

1986
IV.19 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: "Transportation"

Small quantity of notes.

1986
IV.20 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: "Photography"

Notes and lists of images provided to the museum.

1986
IV.21 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: "General"

Floor plan of galleries; typescript of catalogue text.

1986
IV.22 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: "Catalogue"

List of catalogue recipients.

1986-1987
IV.23 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: "Correspondence" 1986-1987
IV.24 Baltimore Museum Exhibition: Loose Items

Transfer of copyright for one artwork and exhibition review.

1987-1989
IV.25 Bibliographies: "Bibliography"

Numerous bibliographical notes and lists of various ages; also includes list of commissioned works.

1980s
IV.26 Bibliographies: Loose Material

Includes typescript and annotated biographies and chronologies from the Max Protetch Gallery.

1984
IV.27 Bibliographies: "Chronology of Work" 1986
IV.28 Bibliographies: "Public Art Bibliography" n.d.
IV.29 Bibliographies: "Chronology"

Various chronologies of works.

1989
IV.30 Bibliographies: "MPG Chronology/Bibliography" 1990
IV.31 Commissions: "Brian Gulick Public Table Princeton"

Includes schematics and drawing.

1980-1989
IV.32 Commissions: "Zwirner Gallery"

Small quantity of correspondence and floor plans.

1986-1987
IV.33 Commissions: "Daniel Weinberg Gallery

Records concerning a memorial bench purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Art through the Weinberg Gallery as well as other sales by the gallery.

1986-1990
IV.34 Commissions: "BCED Toronto"

Records related to installation for the "BCE Place - Canada Trust Tower"; Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) is Canada's largest communications company and the project was coordinated by the BCE Develpoment Corartion (BCED).

1988-1990
IV.35 Commissions: "Hostos"

Materials regarding a commission for HOSTOS Community College, the Bronx; includes Burton's original proposal.

1988-1990
IV.36 Commissions: "Portland - GSA"

Records for the federal building fountain in Portland, Oregon (commissioned by the General Services Administration); includes blueprints, correspondence, invoices, and contract.

1988-1992
IV.37 Commissions: "Deposits"

Photocopies of received checks and list of deposits made.

1989
IV.38 Commissions: "Bills Paid"

Bills, receipts, records of payments, and invoices.

1989
IV.39 Commissions: "Statements"

Small quantity of bank statements.

1989
IV.40 Commissions: "Lisson Gallery"

Correspondence.

1989-1990
IV.41 Commissions: "Sheepshead Bay" 1990
IV.42 Correspondence: "1989"

Includes statements and correspondence by Nina Felshin detailing her work for Burton and for his estate; correspondence regarding the disposition of Burton's archives; letters from Felshin notifying individuals of Burton's death; bank deposits and other financial records.

1984-1994
IV.43 Correspondence: "1986-1988"

Sent and received correspondence.

1986-1988
IV.44 Correspondence: "SB/NF Correspondence"

Small amount of correspondence between Burton and Nina Felshin.

1986-1989
IV.45 Correspondence: "Inquiries Re: Prospective Commissions" 1986-1989
IV.46 Correspondence: "Pending"

Small miscellaneous assortment of materials.

1986-1989
IV.47 Correspondence: "Nina Garfinkel"

Garfinkel was an employee of Max Protetch Gallery, Burton's dealer. Materials here include notes and additions to Burton's bibliography and exhibition history.

1988-1989
IV.48 Correspondence: "Nancy Drysdale Cafe Table, Etc."

Correspondence and documents regarding the fabrication, storage, and payment for the commissioned artwork.

1988-1989
IV.49 Correspondence: "Professional"

Small quantity of received notes.

1989
IV.50 Correspondence: "Personal"

Notes, holiday cards, postcards, gift cards, and letters to Burton from friends.

1989
IV.51 Correspondence: "Stuttgart (Hospital) Illness"

Records related to Burton's severe illness and hospitalization while in Germany overseeing the installation of his exhibition there and his later transfer to a New York hospital; includes numerous letters from Nina Felshin to Jon Erlitz.

1989
IV.52 Correspondence: "Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Paris"

Correspondence and materials related to exhibitions of Burton's work in Germany and France in fall of 1989.

1989-1990
IV.53 Correspondence: Signatures

Two sheets of photocopied Burton signatures.

n.d.
IV.54 Correspondence: "Book Distribution"

Correspondence and invoices regarding distribution and sale of Scott Burton: Sculptures 1980-89 (Düsseldorf: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1989).

1990
IV.55 Estate: "Gil Edelson, Notes, Etc."

Assorted notes and some correspondence.

1989-1990
IV.56 Estate: "Inventory (Related Notes)"

Includes various inventories of extant artworks.

1989-1990
IV.57 Estate: "Estate Appraisal furniture/Art"

One document of artworks overlooked in appraisal.

1990
IV.58 Estate: "Assets"

One sheet listing bank accounts, brief list of major artworks owned, and funds due on outstanding commissions.

1990
IV.59 Estate: "Studio Inventory"

Undated manuscript and typescript inventories.

n.d.
IV.60 Estate: "360 W. 36th Street Inventory"

Includes numerous snapshots of artworks.

n.d.
IV.61 Financial: "CDS Bookkeeping 1985-1988" 1985-1988
IV.62 Financial: "Resale Certificate"

Certificates for tax-free purchases.

1986
IV.63 Financial: "General"

Includes promissory notes and other records of advances from the Max Protetch gallery.

1986-1988
IV.64 Financial: "Reimbursements Paid 1987-1988"

Invoices and expense documents related to various commissions and business trips.

1986-1988
IV.65 Financial: "Miscellaneous Tax/Bank"

Small quantity of documents.

1986-1989
IV.66 Financial: "Taxes"

Various tax forms and correspondence; includes records pertaining to Armajani-Burton Public Art, Inc.

1986-1989
IV.67 Financial: "Grants"

Includes application to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (awarded in 1987).

1986-1989
IV.68 Financial: "Open Accounts"

Small quantity of notes and documents.

1987
IV.69 Financial: "Quarterly Statements - Protetch"

Lists of sales, payments, costs of fabrication, and amounts due Burton; including photocopied ledger sheets and individual invoices; documents are for the first quarter of 1987 and the final quarter of 1989.

1987-1989
IV.70 Financial: "Monthly Records $$"

Canceled checks and photocopied ledger sheets of monthly expenditures.

1988-1990
IV.71 Financial: "CDS Bookkeeping 1989-"

Records and correspondence from the bookkeeping service Burton used.

1989
IV.72 Financial: "Reimbursements Paid 1989-"

Invoices and expense documents related to various commissions and business trips.

1989
IV.73 Health Insurance: "Notes"

Health care bills and claim forms, some notes and correspondence.

1988-1990
IV.74 Health Insurance: "Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield"

One note and insurance card.

n.d.
IV.75 Health Insurance: "RBA Info"

Handwritten notes.

n.d.
IV.76 Health Insurance: "Receipts Pending"

Claims, notes, and correspondence.

1989-1990
IV.77 Health Insurance: "Medical Miscellany"

Claim receipts, letters from doctor, pharmaceutical records.

1989-1990
IV.78 Health Insurance: "Medical Bills Pending" 1989-1990
IV.79 Insurance: "Homeowners"

Insurance forms and notes.

1989
IV.80 Insurance: "Fine Arts"

Insurance and appraisal forms for artworks at various locations.

1989
IV.81 Legal: "Birth, Death Certificate/I.Q. Report/Baptism"

Includes original baptism and death certificates and I.Q/. test results; copies of birth certificate; and manuscript of greeting to school visitors, 1951..

1946-1989
IV.82 Legal: "Parents Marriage/Death Certificates"

Includes photocopies of Burton's parent's marriage certificate (December 12, 1938), and Hortense Burton's death certificate (February 26, 1982).

1982
IV.83 Legal: "US Customs - Classification of SB Sculptures"

Documents related to the assertion by U.S. Customs that Burton's work should be classified as furniture and thus subject to duty.

1988
IV.84 Legal: "Powers of Attorney"

Multiple copies of power of attorney forms and a living will ("refusal of further care") statement by Burton signed and witnessed December 26, 1989.

1989
IV.85 Legal: "Drafts of Will & Correspondence"

Includes multiple annotated copies of Burton's will. The bulk of his estate was held in trust for his partner, Jonathan Erlitz, with allowance for the passing of parts of the estate to MoMA upon Erlitz's death.

1989
IV.86 Legal: "'Forgery' (Rock Chair)"

Documents related to the creation of a chair in Burton's style in Germany.

1989-1990
IV.87 Legal: "Will and Earlier Drafts" 1989-1990
IV.88 Legal: "Correspondence"

Correspondence between numerous parties, including Nina Felshin and attorney Gilbert S. Edelson, concerning Burton's will, and the inventory and settlement of his estate. Also includes nine-page testimony by lawyer Mal L. Barasch describing his visit to Burton on December 26, 1989 to review details of his will, create a living will, and handle other aspects of his estate.

1990
IV.89 Memorial: "Invites/Programs"

The memorial service was held Wednesday, March 28, 1990, at MoMA.

1990
IV.90 Memorial: "Memorial Transcript"

Twenty-four page transcript and draft prepared by MoMA of the service; speakers recorded include Richard E. Oldenburg, Kirk Varnedoe, Robert Rosenblum, Elizabeth C. Baker, and Charles F. Stuckey. Includes audio cassette of memorial.

3/28/1990
IV.91 Memorial: "Memorial, Etc."

Includes lists of invitees; photocopies of guestbook; sent thank you notes and correspondence; other planning documents.

1990
IV.92 Memorial: Guest List Drafts

Invitation lists for the "Sheepshead Bay Award reception".

1990-1991
IV.93 Miscellaneous: "Tony Smith"

Correspondence, appraisal forms, IRS forms, photographs, and other documents related to Burton's donation of an untitled painting by Tony Smith to The Baltimore Museum of Art; Burton had acquired the painting from the artist in 1967.

1985-1986
IV.94 Miscellaneous: "Granite"

Lists the names, colors, and origins of different granites from the firm of Walker and Zanger; includes notes for types of stones to be used for various artworks.

1986-1988
IV.95 Miscellaneous: "Advertising"

Correspondence, proof sheets, invoices, and receipts regarding advertisements.

1986-1988
IV.96 Miscellaneous: "Loft 360 W. 36th Street"

Two pieces of correspondence regarding repairs.

1987
IV.97 Miscellaneous: "Weinberg Inventory"

One list of works on consignment to the Daniel Weinberg Gallery.

1987
IV.98 Nina Felshin Notes: Notebooks

Two spiral notebooks of notes, drafts of correspondence, task lists, and other information; numerous items leaved in.

1986-1988
IV.99 Nina Felshin Notes: Spiral Notebook

Cover inscribed "SB 12/88"; notebook of notes on activities, appointments, and correspondence probably made by personal assistants; entries are dated from December 28, 1988 through January 1, 1990, after Burton's death.

1988-1990
IV.100 Photography: "General Correspondence"

Notes and correspondence regarding requests for duplicate of specific images of works from various collections.

1986-1989
IV.101 Photography: Artwork

Fifteen 8x10" black and white labeled images of artwork.

n.d.
IV.102 Photography: "Photo Project"

Correspondence regarding a photo shoot for Artshot magazine.

1988
IV.103 Private Collection: "General"

Lists of objects and artwork in Burton's possession.

1984
IV.104 Property: "Sale and Consignment Invoices" 1988-1991
IV.105 Property - Furniture: "Sale of Furniture"

Includes furniture inventories and lists of sales from Burton's estate; furniture and artwork appraisals; and correspondence.

1989-1991
IV.106 Property - Furniture: "Sale of Works - Non-Estate"

Correspondence relating to sales.

1991
IV.107 Property: "Paid Invoices"

Invoices of sales prior to the final estate sale.

1991
IV.108 Property: "Photos of Furniture"

Snapshots and Polaroids, some labeled, of Burton's furniture and artwork.

1991-1992
IV.109 Property - Furniture: "Final Sale"

Includes inventories and appraisals; correspondence and documents relating to the estate sale of lesser valued property.

1992
IV.110 Property - Furniture: Loose Items

Notes, inventories, price lists, and blank receipts, from Burton's estate sale.

1992
IV.111 Property: "Sotheby's - Katz"

Documents related to the sale at auction of Burton's painting, Untitled, by Alex Katz.

1992
IV.112 Property: "Final Sale Invoices" 1992
IV.113 Property - Furniture: "Jane Kaufman"

Materials concerning the consignment and sale of a particular artworkPlywood Tripod Table.

1993
IV.114 Publications: Improbable Furniture Exhibition Catalogue

(Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1977).

1977
IV.115 Publications: "Exhibition Reviews Miscellaneous"

.

1978-1993
IV.116 Publications: The Durable Fig Leaf: A Historical, Cultural, Medical, Social, Literary, and Iconographic Account of Man's Relations with His Penis by Mark Strange

(New York: William Morrow, 1980).

1980
IV.117 Publications: "Public Art Miscellaneous" 1983-1990
IV.118 Publications: "Public Art Battery Park" 1983-1990
IV.119 Publications: Artists Design Furniture by Denise Domergue

(New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1984).

1984
IV.120 Publications: "References to Scott"

Photocopies and clippings of articles.

1984-1989
IV.121 Publications: "Public Art - Equitable"

Articles on the Equitable Life Insurance Society Center, New York.

1985-1986
IV.122 Publications: "Max Protetch Exhibition Reviews" 1985-1989
IV.123 Publications: "Exhibition Reviews Baltimore" 1987
IV.124 Publications: "Foreign Language Miscellaneous" 1988-1989
IV.125 Publications: "Burton on Brancusi"

Includes Burton's essay in Art in America and reviews of Artist's Choice: Burton on Brancusi [MoMA Exh. #1514, April 7-July 4, 1989].

1989-1990
IV.126 Publications: Exhibition Catalogues

Includes The Realist Revival (New York: The American Federation of the Arts, 1972), curated by Burton, Laurie Anderson, Farrell Brickhouse, Scott Burton. (Providence, RI: Bell gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, 1982).

n.d.
IV.127 Publications: "Articles on Scott"

Photocopies of magazine articles.

n.d.
IV.128 Publications: "Obituaries"

Includes numerous obituaries of Burton.

1990-1996

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Series V: Slides and Photographs

This series contains photographs, slides, and transparencies produced and collected over Burton's entire career. Thousands of images document Burton's earliest performances from the late sixties up to his last sculptural works. The materials were found in various states of disorder and with varying amounts of labels and identification, although overall, identification is poor. More works and performances are likely documented here than could be identified and noted in the folder descriptions. The major exception to this are the first folders in the series containing the "master set" of Burton's sculptural works and commissions. The files contain duplicate copies of the set, all clearly enumerated, and a "script", providing all details on the pictured works, is also present. Of particular note too is the presence of an unmarked reel of Super 8 film. The film was mailed from the developer and is postmarked 1971.

Folders have been grouped by whether they predominantly contain slides (or transparencies) or photographs. Arrangement by chronological order was not feasible. When folder or container labels are present, they have been indicated with quotation marks, but in many cases the labels are general rubrics only. The dates listed below indicate only when the images were produced, if known, and not the dates of the artworks themselves. Some dates of images documenting specific performances have been inferred from the known date of the performance. Images have been rehoused, separated, or isolated as appropriate.

Folder Title Date
V.1 Slides: "Master Slide Set"

175 slides in 11 numbered pages of sleeves; all slides are numbered in blue and marked with a red "m"; only a few slides are labeled with title or other information.

n.d.
V.2 Slides: "Master Set" Duplicates

Duplicate set of slides as those in folder V.1 produced at the same time and with less labeling.

n.d.
V.3 Slides: "Master Set" Duplicates

Duplicate set of slides as those in folder V.1 produced at the same time and with less labeling.

n.d.
V.4 Slides: "Master Slide Set - Scott's Set"

Duplicate of set.

n.d.
V.5 Slides: "Commissioned Works"

[Original folder title: "Duplicate Slides of Master Set - can be given out"; folder title taken from inside note.]
324 slides in 21 pages of sleeves; slides are inconsistently labeled and numbered; some are duplicates from previous folders.

n.d.
V.6 Slides: "Slide Script"

Various printouts and photocopies of lists of works, many with annotations, and pages of notes; includes an apparent master list on Max Protetch stationery.

n.d.
V.7 Slides: "Transparencies + Miscellaneous Sizes"

Contents of a ring binder; includes 124 4x5 color transparencies as well as a handful of other sizes; most images are labeled.

n.d.
V.8 Slides: "Rupert Garcia"

Contents of pocket folder; includes assortment of color transparencies and slides, variously labeled.

n.d.
V.9 Slides: Slides

29 slides in two packets of late work; one packet labeled "This is Scott's personal set of 18 slides of his Stuttgart show.".

1987-1989
V.10 Slides: Scott Burton Portraits

8 4x5 color transparencies of Burton in costume from the performance, Self-Portrait as Modern Artist with Cothurni and Ithyphallus, at Artists Space; 20 slides of images of Burton from various periods.

1970-1986
V.11 Slides: "Lecture on Self"

Collection of slides apparently used for Burton's "Lecture on Self" performed at Oberlin College, in Boston, and other locations. Slides consist of one set identically mounted and numbered 1-100, but with 17 slides missing from the sequence; slides were found in no recognizable order.

1973
V.12 Slides: "Lecture on Self"

61 slides apparently used for Burton's "Lecture on Self"; slides are variously mounted, labeled, and numbered, and were intermixed in no discernible order with those of the previous folder. Includes images of Burton's Behavior Tableaux performed at the Whitney Museum, and Bathers Tableaux and Chair Drama performed at Finch College, in 1971.

1971-1973
V.13 Slides: "Lecture on Self, 1973 - PCA (Allie) 1977 Chaise Poses - Dallas Settee - Chair Thomasville N.C. - Spatter Table - Peggy"

76 slides of various works with only sporadic labeling.

1973-1983
V.14 Slides: Miscellaneous Slides

Thirteen slides of various work; also includes 10 slides of Photo Novella, a work from around 1971.

See folder II.33 for a further complement of images from Photo Novella.

1971-1981
V.15 Slides: "Wood Lawn Chairs - First Right '76 - Furniture Landscapes - PCA (Allie) 1977 Vertical Poses"

Includes 17 slides of Burtons 1977 exhibition of lawn chairs; 22 slides of Furniture Landscapes, photographs of found furniture placed in wooded and overgrown areas; the temporary installation was created at the University of Iowa in 1970, the slides are date stamped 1970 and 1976; and other images.

1970-1977
V.16 Slides: Transparencies

16 5x7 unlabeled, mounted, color transparencies.

n.d.
V.17 Slides: Transparencies

36 color transparencies, most unlabeled and most 4x5 format.

n.d.
V.18 Slides: "Halff, Child's, Milzer's, (Ensembles) - Steel Furniture"

56 slides of works with only sporadic labeling.

n.d.
V.19 Slides: "Baby Furniture - Rock Furn. I - Bronze Rustic Table - Cone Disc Table"

35 slides of works with only sporadic labeling.

n.d.
V.20 Slides: "Miscellaneous Slides Furniture - Installations - Red Yellow Blue"

36 slides of works with only sporadic labeling.

n.d.
V.21 Slides: "Steel Set Detroit - Lawn Chairs - Seattle"

105 slides of works, 67 of those the Seattle installation; few labels present.

n.d.
V.22 Slides: "Documenta Part I and Part II"

89 slides of Burton's performance in Germany; nine slides are numbered but all are otherwise unlabeled.

1977
V.23 Slides: "Various Tables - M.O.P. Table"

55 slides of table sculptures.

n.d.
V.24 Slides: "Chairs: Granite, Aluminum, Acrylic, Chaise Model - Steel Frame Sling Chair - Solitary Tableaux

38 slides of various works and 43 images of Solitary Tableaux marked only with Roman numerals.

n.d.
V.25 Slides: "Artpark (incl. Model) - PCA Dupes + Installation + Etc. - Rusted Steel"

13 slides of Artpark installation, 17 of rusted steel furniture pieces, and 26 slides of the performance Figure Tableaux at the Philadelphia College of Art.

1977-1983
V.26 Slides: "MIT Model - Bronze Chair - Chair Tableaux - Mini. Bronze Chair Pair - Black Table - Circle Square Triangle Table"

64 slides of various works and 5 images of an unidentified figure tableaux.

1977
V.27 Slides: "Various - 10/30/84 Steel Furn., Etc. Selection of All Work"

92 slides of various works, many duplicated in earlier folders, with few sporadic labels.

n.d.
V.28 Slides: "Cubes (both versions) - Serpentine Double Banquette - Granite + Vreeble Table - Tables 1 and 2"

36 slides of works with sporadic labeling.

1975-1979
V.29 Slides: "Public Table: 1st Omaha Model - Rock Chairs

69 slides of works, mainly of rock chairs with many outdoor installation views.

1979-1981
V.30 Slides: "Brancusi"

23 images of Brancusi's work; many taken from books.

n.d.
V.31 Super 8 Film

One reel of Super 8 film; the reel and container are unmarked but postmarked 1971; also contains two unlabeled 4x5 transparencies.

1971
V.32 Photographs: "Postcards"

Large quantity of unsent postcards of art and design apparently collected by Burton.

n.d.
V.33 Photographs: Miscellaneous Snapshots

Numerous snapshots with negatives; most of individual furniture pieces.

n.d.
V.34 Photographs: Photocopies

Photocopies of the front and back of photographs of Burton's work, as well as an article on Behavior Tableaux.

n.d.
V.35 Photographs: "Bronze Chair"

9 photographs and contact sheets, with negatives and including installation shots, of Bronze Chair.

1975
V.36 Photographs: Performances

25 photographs (mostly labeled) of various performances including prints of Furniture/Landscape, some with editing marks for publication.

1970-1980
V.37 Photographs: Scott Burton Portraits

Formal and informal photographs of Burton, many with artworks; also includes images of various artworks.

1981-1990
V.38 Photographs: "Commissions"

Includes images of Burton's work in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle, Cambridge, MA.

1984-1985
V.39 Photographs: Chairs

11 photographs of various artworks.

n.d.
V.40 Photographs: Installation Images

Contact sheets and prints of the installation process of Burton's work at Artpark with Burton present.

1983-1984
V.41 Photographs: Artist's Choice: Burton on Brancusi

7 prints of installation of Burton's exhibition and his works installed in the museum garden.

1989
V.42 Photographs: Various Chairs

5 prints of various chairs in museum collections and outdoor plazas.

n.d.
V.43 Photographs: Artworks

Large quantity of photographs, with cover letter and item list, apparently used by The Baltimore Museum of Art in planning their Burton exhibition; images mostly grouped by owner or collection.

1986-1992
V.44 Photographs: "Exhibition Installations"

Numerous installation views of group and solo exhibitions; in rough chronological order with labeled dividers.

1978-1985
V.45 Photographs: "Negative Strips: Table at Neuberger Museum (Artists Space 6th Anniversary Exhibition)

35mm negative strips of works and installations.

n.d.
V.46 Photographs: Table I and Table III and Photocopies

One photograph of works and numerous photocopies of works and performances.

n.d.
V.47 Photographs: Miscellaneous Images

Various images of Burton and his work including numerous transparencies of Self-Portrait as Modern Artist with Cothurni and Ithyphallus.

1985-1991
V.48 Photographs: "Furniture/Landscape"

Includes prints, contact sheets, and transparency.

1970
V.49 Photographs: Artworks

Large quantity of photographs, with cover letter and item list, apparently used by The Baltimore Museum of Art in planning their Burton exhibition; images mostly grouped by owner or collection.

n.d.
V.50 Photographs: "Rock Settees - Nat'l Gallery"

3 photographs only.

n.d.
V.51 Photographs: "Questions"

Numerous images, possibly from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition development.

n.d.
V.52 Photographs: "Not Being Used"

Contains some prints and contacts sheets, but also numerous notes about works.

n.d.
V.53* Photographs: Oversized Images of Self-Portrait as Modern Artist with Cothurni and Ithyphallus

Includes 11x14 color transparency and prints.

n.d.

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Series VI: Published Material 1958-2000

Series VI comprises published material, primarily magazines and catalogues showcasing Burton's work. While Burton personally possessed a large collection of books on art, art history, decoration and furniture, that collection was dispersed separately by his estate (see Series IV for stipulations in his will regarding his library). The published materials here are mainly documents of Burton's work through representation in catalogues, magazine articles and reviews, or other mention. Subseries VI.A, however, may have been part of Burton's reference library in that the small number of books all concern topics relevant to his art such as body language and social interaction, urban planning, anthropology and sociology. Subseries IV.B represents group and solo exhibition catalogues produced by museums and galleries and catalogues of public and private collections. Subseries VI.C contains magazines and periodicals, predominantly art-related magazines, though some news and general interest publications are also present. While much of the material below was accumulated by Burton, some of the materials postdate his death and document obituary notices and memorial exhibitions.

 

Subseries VI.A: Books 1958-1980

The collection of books below are all concerned with issues of cityscapes and urban planning, the body, nonverbal communication, and interior design. It is unknown to what extent Burton used these books for research or study. There is little or no sign of annotation and only one volume has an inscription, from Siah Armajani (volume VI.A.3). The books have been ordered chronologically.

Volume Title
VI.A.1 Alexander Lowen, The Language of the Body (New York: Collier Books, 1958)
VI.A.2 Paul Goodman and Percival Goodman, Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life (New York: Vintage Books, 1960)
VI.A.3 Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City (Cambridge, MA: The M.I.T. Press, 1960)

Inscribed: "For my friend Scott, Siah [Armajani] 1981".

VI.A.4 Lewis Mumford, The City in History: Its Origins, its Transformations, and Its Prospects (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961)
VI.A.5 Julius Panero, Anatomy for Interior Designers (New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1962)
VI.A.6 Erving Goffman, Behavior in Public Places: Notes on the Social Organization of Gatherings (New York: The Free Press, 1963)
VI.A.7 Edward T. Hall, The Hidden Dimension (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1969)
VI.A.8 Bernard Rudofsky, Streets for People: A Primer for Americans (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1969)
VI.A.9 Ray L. Birdwhistell, Kinesics and Context: Essays on Body Motion Communication (New York: Ballantine Books, 1970)
VI.A.10 Julius Fast, Body Language (New York: M. Evans and Co., 1970)
VI.A.11 Albert E. Scheflen, Body Language and the Social Order (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1972)
VI.A.12 Robert Gutman, ed., People and Buildings (New York: Basic Books, 1972)
VI.A.13 Robert U. Akreet, Photoanalysis: How to Interpret the Hidden Psychological Meanings of Personal Photos (New York: Fireside, 1973)
VI.A.14 Albert E. Scheflen, How Behavior Means: Exploring the Contents of Speech and Meaning: Kinesics, Posture, Interaction, Setting, and Culture (New York: Jason Aronson, 1974)
VI.A.15 John P. Spiegel and Pavel Machotka, Messages of the Body (New York: The Free Press, 1974)
VI.A.16 Nancy M. Henley, Body Politics: Power, Sex, and Nonverbal Communication (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1977)
VI.A.17 Desmond Morris, Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977)
VI.A.18 Anne Hollander, Seeing Through Clothes (New York: Viking Press, 1978)
VI.A.19 Bernard Rudofsky, Now I Lay Me Down to Eat: Notes and Footnotes on the Lost Art of Living (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1980)
VI.A.20 William H. Whyte, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (Washington D.C.: The Conservation Foundation, 1980)
VI.A.21 Lisa Taylor, ed., Urban Open Spaces (New York: Rizzoli, 1981)
VI.A.22 Kathleen Madden and Kathleen Love, User Analysis: An Approach to Park Planning and Management (Washington D.C.: The American Society of Landscape Architects, 1982)
VI.A.23* Lisa Taylor, ed., Cities: The Forces That Shape Them (New York: Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1982)
VI.A.24 Edward Wormley, The Dunbar Book of Modern Furniture (Berne, IN: Dunbar Furniture Corporation of Indiana, n.d.)
 

Subseries VI.B: Catalogues and Pamphlets 1967-2000

All the materials here are either exhibition catalogues and pamphlets, or catalogues of pemranent museum collections or of private collections. Except for one or two volumes, all include works by Burton or are dedicated solely to his works. The volumes have been placed in chronological order with the most recent ones documenting posthumous exhibitions. Numerous additional copies of many of these catalogues were received but removed from the collection and given to the Museum Library to supplement their holdings. The volumes have been placed in chronological order.

Volume Title
VI.B.1 The New City: Architecture and Urban Renewal (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1967)
VI.B.2 Live in your Head: When Attitudes become Form, Works - Concepts - Processes - Situations - Information (Bern: Kunsthalle Bern, 1969)
VI.B.3 Street Works (March 15, April 18, May 25, 1969) [marked "0 to 9 No. 6 Supplement"; A photocopied stapled booklet of conceptual artworks by Scott Burton, Vito Acconci, Arakawa, and many other artists]
VI.B.4 Art in the Mind (Oberlin, OH: Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, 1970)
VI.B.5 Tony Smith: Painting and Sculpture (College Park, MD: University of Maryland Art Gallery, 1974)
VI.B.6 1975 Biennial Exhibition (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1975)
VI.B.7 Jeffrey Deitch, Lives: Artists who Deal with People's Lives (Including Their Own as the Subject and/or the Medium of Their Work (New York: s.n., 1975)
VI.B.8 New York-Downtown Manhattan: SoHo (Berlin: Akademie der Künst, Berliner Festwochen, 1976)
VI.B.9 Rooms P.S.1 (New York: The Institute for Art and Urban resources, 1976)
VI.B.10 Scott Burton: Pair Behavior Tableaux (New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1976)
VI.B.11 "A View of a Decade" (Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1977)
VI.B.12 Improbable Furniture (Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1977)
VI.B.13 Patterning and Decoration (Miami: The Museum of the American Foundation for the Arts, 1977)
VI.B.14 Phyllis Plous, Contemporary Tableaux/Constructions (Santa Barbara, CA: University of California Santa Barbara, UCSB Art Museum, 1977)
VI.B.15 Time (Philadelphia: Philadelphia College of Art, 1977)
VI.B.16 The Fabric Workshop (Wayne, NJ: The William Paterson College of N.J., 1978)
VI.B.17 Young American Artists: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition (New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1978)
VI.B.18 10 Artists/Artists Space (Purchase, NY: State University of New York College at Purchase, Neuberger Museum, 1979)
VI.B.19 Illusion and Material (Wayne, NJ: William Paterson College, Ben Shahn Gallery, 1979)
VI.B.20 Image & Object in Contemporary Culture (Detroit: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1979)
VI.B.21 Material Pleasures: The Fabric Workshop at ICA (Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1979)
VI.B.22 The Private Eye: A Salute to Philadelphia Collectors (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1979)
VI.B.23 Furnishings by Artists (Los Angeles: Otis/Parsons Gallery, 1980)
VI.B.24 Michael Rae, An American Collection (Baltimore, MD: Sweetwater Editions, 1980)
VI.B.25 Painting & Sculpture Today 1980 (Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980)
VI.B.26 Perceiving Modern Sculpture: Selections for the Sighted and Non-Sighted (New York: New York University, Grey Art Gallery, 1980)
VI.B.27 Scott Burton, Matrix [Berkeley 32] (Berkeley, CA: University Art Museum, University of California, 1980)
VI.B.28 1981 Biennial Exhibition (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1981)
VI.B.29 35 Artists Return to Artists Space: A Benefit Exhibition (New York: Committee for the Visual Arts, 1981)
VI.B.30 John Perreault, Usable Art (Plattsburgh, NY: State University College, 1981)
VI.B.31 Richard Marshall, Developments in Recent Sculpture (New York: Whitney Museum of Art, 1981)
VI.B.32 Roberta Smith, Body Language: Figurative Aspects of Recent Art (Cambridge, MA: MIT, Committee on the Visual Arts, 1981)
VI.B.33 The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection (Bloomfield Hills, MI: Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, 1981)
VI.B.34 The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection: Instruction Drawings (Bloomfield Hills, MI: Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, 1981)
VI.B.35 The RSM Collection (Cincinnati, OH: The Contemporary Arts Center, 1981)
VI.B.36 Wave Hill 1981: Tableaux (New York: Wave Hill, 1981)
VI.B.37 20 American Artists: Sculpture 1982 (San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1982)
VI.B.38 74th American Exhibition (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1982)
VI.B.39 Daniel J. Cameron, Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence in Contemporary Art (New York: The New Museum, 1982)
VI.B.40 Form and Function: Proposals for Public Art for Philadelphia (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1982)
VI.B.41 Laurie Anderson, Farrell Brickhouse, Scott Burton, Denise Green… (Providence, RI: Brown University, List Art Center Bell Gallery, 1982)
VI.B.42 Lisa Phillips, Shape and Environment: Furniture by American Architects (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1982)
VI.B.43 Michael A. Quigley, Art Materialized: Selections from the Fabric Workshop (New York: Independent Curators Incorporated, 1982)
VI.B.44 Postminimalism (Ridgefield, CT: The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 1982)
VI.B.45 Anne R. Bromberg, Dallas Museum of Art: Selected Works (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art, 1983)
VI.B.46 Artpark: 1983 Visual Arts Catalog (New York: Artpark, 1983)
VI.B.47 Gary Garrels, Beyond the Monument (Cambridge, MA: MIT Committee on the Visual Arts, 1983)
VI.B.48 Konstruierte Orte 6xD+1xNY (Bern: Kunsthalle Bern, 1983)
VI.B.49 Michael Compton, New Art at the Tate Gallery 1983 (London: The Tate Gallery, 1983)
VI.B.50 Phyllis D. Rosenzweig, Directions 1983 (Washington, D.C.: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983)
VI.B.51 Scott Burton Chairs (Cincinnati, OH: The Contemporary Arts Center; Fort Worth, TX: The Fort Worth Art Museum, 1983)
VI.B.52 Thomas Huber, Rede zur Schöpfung (Bern: Kunsthalle Bern, 1983)
VI.B.53 An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture (New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984)
VI.B.54 Currents 4: Art and Use (Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1984)
VI.B.55 Howard N. Fox, Miranda McClintic and Phyllis Rozenzweig, Content: A Contemporary Focus 1974-1984 (Washington, D.C.: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1984)
VI.B.56 Judith Hoos Fox, Furniture, Finishings: Subject and Object (Providence, RI: Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, 1984)
VI.B.57 Marshall Lee, Art at Work: The Chase Manhattan Collection (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1984)
VI.B.58 Stacy Paleologos Harris, ed., Insights/On Sites: Perspectives on Art in Public Places (Washington D.C.: Partners for Livable Places, 1984)
VI.B.59 High Styles: Twentieth-Century American Design (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art; Summit Books, 1985)
VI.B.60 John R. Lane and John Caldwell, 1985 Carnegie International (Pittsburgh, PA: Art Museum, Carnegie Institute, 1985)
VI.B.61 Material Pleasures: Furniture for a Postmodern Age (New York: The Queens County Art and Culture Center, In c., 1985)
VI.B.62 Patricia Fuller, Five Artists at NOAA: A Casebook on Art in Public Places (Seattle: The Real Comet Press, 1985)
VI.B.63 Philip Pearlstein (New York: Hirschl & Adler Modern, 1985)
VI.B.64 Richard Francis, Scott Burton (London: The Tate Gallery, 1985)
VI.B.65 Sculpture for Public Spaces: Maquettes, Models and Proposals (New York: Marisa del Re Gallery, 1985)
VI.B.66 The Artist as Social Designer: Aspects of Public Urban Art Today (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1985)
VI.B.67 Boca Museum of Art Presents Art in the Environment (Boca Raton, FL: The Boca Raton Museum of Art, 1986)
VI.B.68 Christopher Knight, The Barry Lowen Collection (Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, 1986)
VI.B.69 Diane Waldman, Emerging Artists 1978-1986: Selections from the Exxon Series (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1986)
VI.B.70 Judith Russi Kirshner, New Visions in Contemporary Art: The RSM Contemporary Collection (Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati Art Museum, 1986)
VI.B.71 Sam Hunter, ed., An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture Since 1940 (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Museum of Art; New York: Abbeville Press, 1986)
VI.B.72 The Tate Gallery Illustrated Biennial Report 1984-1986 (London: The Tate Gallery, 1986)
VI.B.73 A Decade of Pattern: Prints, Pieces and Prototypes from the Fabric Workshop (Philadelphia: The fabric Workshop, 1987)
VI.B.74 Brenda Richardson, Scott Burton (Baltimore, MD: The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1987)
VI.B.75 Hanneke de Man, Paul Beckman: meubels en objecten (Rotterdam: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1987)
VI.B.76 Klaus Bußmann and Kasper König, Skulptur Projekte in Münster 1987 (Köln: Dumont, 1987)
VI.B.77 Public Art America '87 (Philadelphia: Fairmount Park Art Association, 1987)
VI.B.78 Ronald J. Onorato, Faux Arts: Surface Illusions and Simulated Materials in Recent Art (La Jolla, CA: La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1987)
VI.B.79 Angelica Zander Rudenstine, Modern painting, Drawing & Sculpture Collected by Emily and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. Volume IV (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museums, 1988)
VI.B.80 Architectural Art: Affirming the Design Relationship, A Discourse (New York: American Craft museum, 1988)
VI.B.81 Art for the Public: New Collaborations (Dayton, OH: Dayton Art Institute, 1988)
VI.B.82 Beelden in de stad Rotterdam / Sculpture in the City (Utrecht:Veen/Reflex, 1988)
VI.B.83 Beelden in de stad Rotterdam Gids / Sculpture in the CityGuide (Utrecht:Veen/Reflex, 1988)
VI.B.84 Hetmeubel verbeeld/Furniture as Art (Rotterdam: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1988)
VI.B.85 Projects and Proposals: New York City's Percent for Art Program (New York: New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 1988)
VI.B.86 Artist's Choice: Burton on Brancusi (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1989)
VI.B.87 Jiri Svetska, ed., Scott Burton: Sculptures 1980-89 (Düsseldorf: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1989)
VI.B.88 Prospect 89: Eine international Ausstellung aktueller Kunst (Frankfurt: Franfurter Kunstverein; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 1989)
VI.B.89 Repetition (New York: Hirschl & Adler Modern, 1989)
VI.B.90 Christopher Lyon, ed., Contemporary Art in Context (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1990)
VI.B.91 Scott Burton: Early Work (New York: Max Protetch Gallery, 1990)
VI.B.92 Scott Burton: The Last Tableau (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1991)
VI.B.93 Scott Burton: Early Sculpture & Performance (New York: Max Protetch Gallery, 2000)
VI.B.94 Buffalo Art in Transit (Buffalo, NY: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, n.d.)
VI.B.95 Documenta 7 (Kassel: n.d.)
VI.B.96 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Committee on the Visual Arts, Artists and Architects Collaborate: Designing the Wiesner Building ([Cambridge, MA: MIT], n.d.)
 

Subseries VI.C: Magazines and Periodicals 1958-1989

Most of the periodicals in this subseries contain articles, reviews, or advertisements about Burton, his works, and exhibitions he appeared in. A portion of the materials are simply magazines and newspapers he collected which concerned the political or social situation of the time, particularly the election of President Ronald Reagan and the onset of a new wave of conservative politics. The materials have been arranged in chronological order when possible. Numerous additional copies of many issues have been removed from the collection.

Issue Title
VI.C.1 Dance Perspectives 1 (Winter 1958)
VI.C.2 Dance Perspectives 2 (Spring 1959)
VI.C.3 Dance Perspectives 3 (Summer 1959)
VI.C.4 Dance Perspectives 4 (Autumn 1959)
VI.C.5 Index to Dance Perspectives 1-4 (1959)
VI.C.6 Dance Perspectives 5 (Winter 1960)
VI.C.7 Dance Perspectives 6 (1960)
VI.C.8 Dance Perspectives 7 (1960)
VI.C.9 Dance Perspectives 8 (1960)
VI.C.10 Index to Dance Perspectives 5-8 (1960)
VI.C.11 Dance Perspectives 9 (Winter 1961)
VI.C.12 Dance Perspectives 10 (Spring 1961)
VI.C.13 Dance Perspectives 11 (Summer 1961)
VI.C.14 Art and Literature 7 (Winter 1965)
VI.C.15 Art and Literature 11 (Winter 1967)
VI.C.16 Whitney Review 1971-72
VI.C.17 The Drama Review 16, no. 1 (T-53) (March, 1972)
VI.C.18 Art News 71, no. 4 (Summer 1972)
VI.C.19 The Drama Review 17, no. 3 (T-59) (September, 1973)
VI.C.20 Arts Magazine 47, no. 3 (December-January 1973)
VI.C.21 Art News 72, no. 7 (September 1973)
VI.C.22 Art in America 62, no. 4 (July-August 1974)
VI.C.23 Art-Rite no. 6 (Summer, 1974)
VI.C.24 Art-Rite no. 8 (Winter, 1974)
VI.C.25 New York 8, no. 9 (March 3, 1975)
VI.C.26 The SoHo Weekly News 29, no. 29 (April 24, 1975)
VI.C.27 Vogue (May 1975)
VI.C.28 Art in America Vol. 63 no. 3 (May-June 1975)
VI.C.29 Art-Rite no. 10 (Fall, 1975)
VI.C.30 Tri-Quarterly 32 (Winter 1975)
VI.C.31 Artforum XIV, no. 7 (March 1976)
VI.C.32 Artforum XIV, no. 9 (May 1976)
VI.C.33 Arts Magazine 51, no. 1 (September 1976)
VI.C.34 Studio International 191, no. 981 (May/June 1976)
VI.C.35 Arts Exchange 1, no. 4 (July/August 1977)
VI.C.36 Art in America Vol. 65 no. 5 (September-October 1977)
VI.C.37 New York Arts Journal, no. 10 (1978)
VI.C.38* Art International XXII, no. 1 (January 1978)
VI.C.39 Artforum XVI, no. 6 (February 1978)
VI.C.40 New York 11, no. 22 (May 29, 1978)
VI.C.41 The Village Voice XXIII, no. 23 (June 5, 1978)
VI.C.42 Exxon USA XVII, no. 3 (Third Quarter, 1978)
VI.C.43 Arts Magazine 53, no. 1 (September 1978)
VI.C.44 Residential Interiors III, no. 5 (September-October 1978)
VI.C.45 New York 11, no. 48 (November 27, 1978)
VI.C.46 Art in America Vol. 66 no. 6 (November-December 1978)
VI.C.47 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1978 Annual Report (1978)
VI.C.48 Washington Review 4, no. 4 (December-January 1978-79)
VI.C.49 DU: The Art Magazine 2 (1979)
VI.C.50 Performance Art 2 (1979)
VI.C.51 Women Artists News 4, no. 9 (March 1979)
VI.C.52 Flash Art, no. 91-92 (June-July 1979)
VI.C.53 L'Officiel USA IV, no. 5 (August 1979)
VI.C.54 Art in America Vol. 67 no. 7 (November 1979)
VI.C.55 Artforum XVIII, no. 5 (January 1980)
VI.C.56 Images & Issues Magazine 1, no. 1 (Summer 1980)
VI.C.57 Artforum IX, no. 11 (September 1980)
VI.C.58 Arts Magazine 55, no. 1 (September 1980)
VI.C.59 Art in America 68, no. 9 (November 1980)
VI.C.60 Artforum XIX, no. 3 (November 1980)
VI.C.61 Upstart 1981
VI.C.62 The Advocate Issue 310 (January 22, 1981)
VI.C.63 Art News 80, no. 2 (February 1981)
VI.C.64 The SoHo News 8, no. 20 (February 11-17, 1981)
VI.C.65 Newsweek XCVII, no. 8 (February 23, 1981)
VI.C.66 New York 14, no. 9 (March 2, 1981)
VI.C.67 Time 117, no. 9 (March 2, 1981)
VI.C.68 The Village Voice XXVI, no. 12 (March 18-24, 1981)
VI.C.69 Art in America 69, no. 4 (April 1981)
VI.C.70 Artforum XIX, no. 8 (April 1981)
VI.C.71 Manhattan College 3, no. 14 (April 1981)
VI.C.72 Dialogue: The Ohio Arts Journal 3, no. 5 (May/June 1981)
VI.C.73 Artforum XIX, no. 10 (June 1981)
VI.C.74 Express: The Architecture, Art and Design Newspaper 1, no. 3 (Summer 1981)
VI.C.75 Images & Issues Magazine 2, no. 1 (Summer 1981)
VI.C.76 LI: Newsday's Magazine for Long Island (July 5, 1981)
VI.C.77 The SoHo News 8, no. 44 (July 29-August 4, 1981)
VI.C.78 Art Papers 5, no. 4 (July/August 1981)
VI.C.79 Der Spiegel Nr. 36 (31.August 1981)
VI.C.80 Arts+Architecture 1, no. 1 (Fall 1981)
VI.C.81 Progressive Architecture (September 1981)
VI.C.82 New York 14, no. 36 (September 14, 1981)
VI.C.83* Dialogue: The Ohio Arts Journal 4, no. 1 (September/October 1981)
VI.C.84 Artforum XX, no. 5 (January 1982)
VI.C.85 Flash Art, no. 108 Sixteenth Year (Summer 1982)
VI.C.86 The Village Voice XXVII, no. 52 (December 28, 1982)
VI.C.87 Art in America Annual (1982)
VI.C.88 Vogue Paris, no. 625 (April 1982)
VI.C.89 Journal: A Contemporary Arts Magazine, no. 36 4 (Spring 1983)
VI.C.90 Artforum XXI, no. 7 (March 1983)
VI.C.91 The New Yorker (March 21, 1983)
VI.C.92 Art News 82, no. 6 (Summer 1983)
VI.C.93 Vanity Fair 46, no. 5 (July 1983)
VI.C.94 Progressive Architecture (September 1983)
VI.C.95 Metropolitan Home XV, no. 11 (November 1983)
VI.C.96 Parkett, no. 2 (1984)
VI.C.97 Metropolitan Home XVI, no. 4 (April 1984)
VI.C.98 Town and Country 138, no. 5052 (September 1984)
VI.C.99 The New Yorker (October 15, 1984)
VI.C.100 The New Yorker (December 3, 1984)
VI.C.101 Art Press, no. 90 (March 1985)
VI.C.102 Members' Calendar Los Angeles County Museum of Art 23, no. 3 (March 1985)
VI.C.103 Artforum XXIII, no. 10 (Summer 1985)
VI.C.104 Baltimore Magazine 78, no. 7 (July 1985)
VI.C.105* Metropolis (October 1985)
VI.C.106 The Spectator 255, no. 8204 (October 5, 1985)
VI.C.107 Parkett, no. 10 (1986)
VI.C.108 Art in America 74, no. 2 (February 1986)
VI.C.109 Casa Vogue, no. 172 (March 1986)
VI.C.110 The New Yorker (April 14, 1986)
VI.C.111 The New York Times Magazine (April 27, 1986)
VI.C.112 Art in America 74, no. 5 (May 1986)
VI.C.113 Art in America Vol. 74 no. 7 (July 1986)
VI.C.114* Metropolis (July/August 1985)
VI.C.115 The New Criterion 5, no. 3 (November 1986)
VI.C.116* Pronto 4, no. 12 (1987)
VI.C.117 Art in America 75, no. 6 (June 1987)
VI.C.118 De Appel, no. 2 (1988)
VI.C.119 Sculpture 7, no. 1 (January/February 1988)
VI.C.120 Shift 3, no. 2 (1989)
VI.C.121 Vogue Italia N. 470 (June 1989)
VI.C.122 Vogue Italia N. 471 L. 6000 (July-August 1989)
VI.C.123 Art, no. 8 (August 1989)
VI.C.124 Newsweek (October 23, 1989)
VI.C.125 Galleries Magazine Number 33 (October-November 1989)
VI.C.126 Design Quarterly 122 (Site: The Meaning of Place in Art and Architecture)

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Box and Folder List

File numbers marked by an asterisk (*) indicate oversize material that has been separated to the end of the collection.
Researchers should include the asterisk when issuing a request for such material.
Series Folder Range Box
I 1-8 1
I 9-14 2
I 15-17, 19-22 3
I 23-28 4
I 29-34 5
I 35-37, 39-41 6
II 2-17 7
II 18-23, 24-31 8
II 32-45 9
II 46-54 10
II 55-70 11
II 71-86 12
II 88-94 13
II 95-101 14
II 102-109 15
II 110, 112-113, 115-118 16
II 119-125, 127-129 17
II 130-137 18
II 138, 140-144 19
II 146-154 20
II 155-158 21
III 1-8 22
III 9-25 23
III 26-44 24
III 45-55 25
IV 1-13 26
IV 14-36 27
IV 37-50 28
IV 51-70 29
IV 71-90 30
IV 91-106 31
IV 107-119 32
IV 120-128 33
V 1-6 34
V 7-12 35
V 13-19 36
V 20-26 37
V 27-36 38
V 37-48 39
V 49-52 40
VI.A 1-22, 24 41
VI.B 1-59 42
VI.B 60-96 43
VI.C 1-37, 39-69 44
VI.C 70-82, 84-104, 106-113, 115, 117-126 45
I 18*, 38* 46
II 87*, 111* 46
II 114*, 126*, 139*, 145* 47
V 53* 47
VI.A 23* 47
VI.C 38*, 83*, 105*, 114*, 116* 47
II 1*, 24* Map case


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