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Guide to the Mariette Pathy Allen Photographs and Papers, 1968-2003

Abstract

Documentary photographer based in New York City.

Collection contains five portfolios of Allen's work, dating from the 1960s to 2003, totaling 131 color and black and white prints that document aspects of human sexuality, gender identity, the connections between people and art, and the social life of people in Philadelphia and New Jersey suburbs and beaches. The prints are arranged into these series: Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them; The Woman Who Lives Inside: Portraits of Men as Women; NJ/PA 1968; People and Art; and the Gender Frontier. A final series consists of a small group of papers and publications concerning Allen's work. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Allen, Mariette Pathy.
Title
Mariette Pathy Allen photographs and papers 1968-2003
Language of Material
English
Extent
6.5 Linear Feet, Approximately 181 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains five portfolios of Allen's work, dating from the 1960s to 2003, totaling 131 prints that document aspects of human sexuality, gender identity, the connections between people and art, and the social life of people in Philadelphia and New Jersey suburbs and beaches. The first series, Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them contains eleven 15.5 x 23 inch color prints mounted on 24x31 inch mat board. These photographs are from the book of the same title published in 1990 that documents crossdressers in everyday life. The second series, The Woman Who Lives Inside: Portraits of Men as Women, is a portfolio of 16 gelatin silver and 15 color prints. The third is entitled NJ/PA 1968, containing 28 black and white, 16x20, gelatin silver prints. Images include people at the New Jersey beaches, east coast suburbs, and Philadelphia. A fourth series consists of 30 16x20 gelatin silver prints entitled People and Art, shot between 1968 and 2000. Photographs include artists at work, people looking at art, the Venice Bienniale 1999, Paris, London, and Budapest. Finally, the fifth series consists of 31 color and black and white prints from Allen's 2004 book, The Gender Frontier, documenting transgender and transsexual people in relationships, at conferences and political rallies, and undergoing corrective surgeries. This series also includes many portraits of different transgender people. Two CD-Rs of Allen's images are also included in the Papers Series, which also houses printed materials, brochures, and articles that include photographs by Allen. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

A portfolio of eleven 15.5x23 inch color dye photographs from the 1990 book Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them that documents crossdressers in everyday life.

Photographic prints
(11 15.5x23 inch prints)
Box 1

A portfolio of 16 gelatin silver and 15 color prints.

Photographic prints and two matted exhibit panels with introduction and captions
(16 silver prints)
Box 2
Photographic prints with one matted panel with captions
(15 color prints)
Box 3

Twenty-eight black and white, 16x20, gelatin silver prints. Images include people at the New Jersey beaches, East Coast suburbs, and Philadelphia. A CD-ROM with images from this series is available in the Papers Series.

Photographic prints, with thumbnails printed on paper
Box 4-5

Thirty 16x20 gelatin silver prints of artists at work, people looking at art, the Venice Bienniale 1999, Paris, London, and Budapest. A CD-ROM with images from this series is available in the Papers Series.

Photographic prints
Box 6-7

Twenty-one 16x20 gelatin silver prints and ten 16x20 digital color prints on Fujifilm Crystal Archive Paper and Fuji Color Paper from the Allen's book, The Gender Frontier, published in 2004. The images document the lives of transgender and transsexual people throughout the United States. Subjects include relationships, families, and political and cultural events such as the True Spirit Conference, Transgender Lobby Day, and the Gay Pride parade in New York City. Includes several color photographs documenting the corrective surgeries and transition of Tanya to Tony, including his chest reduction and phalloplasty. Photographs in this series are marked with Allen's captions and signature.

Photographic prints, black-and-white
Box 9
Photographic prints, color
Box 10

Printed materials, brochures, and articles that include photographs by Allen. There are also two CDs with digital images of Allen's portfolios entitled "NJ/PA 1968" and "People and Art."

Papers and CD-ROMs
Box 8

Historical Note

Documentary photographer based in New York City.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mariette Pathy Allen Photographs and Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Mariette Pathy Allen Photographs and Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase and gift from 2006-2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Glynn, John Mayrose, May 2007; Meghan Lyon, March 2010

Encoded by John Mayrose, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, and Meghan Lyon, February 2008 and February-March 2010.

Accessions 2006-0028, 2006-0133, 2007-0068, 2008-0121, and 2010-0039 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.