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Inventory of the Clarissa Sligh Papers, 1950-2012

Abstract

Artist and author of works such as Wrongly Bodied, Reading Dick and Jane with Me, What's Happening With Momma? Jake in Transition, and It Wasn't Little Rock.

Collection includes materials relating to Sligh's career as an artist, with particular focus on her various projects and exhibitions in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. Projects represented include Jake In Transition/Wrongly Bodied, Witness to Dissent/It Wasn't Little Rock, Coast to Coast, Sandy Ground, Malcolm X: Man, Ideal, Icon, What's Happening With Momma? and an NC Reunion/Slavery project, along with several others. Sligh's files frequently include correspondence, research materials, drafts of essays and exhibition plans, clippings and other source materials, contact sheets and slides, and occasionally exhibit pieces and texts from the actual installation. Other items included in the collection are exhibition binders and scrapbooks kept by Sligh to document her career; correspondence and communication between Sligh and other artists, galleries, or publishers; catalogs and publicity materials from Sligh's many exhibitions, shows, and publications, artists' books, materials documenting Sligh's art and process, large framed photographic prints; and other materials. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Sligh, Clarissa T.
Title
Clarissa Sligh papers 1950-2010
Language of Material
English
Extent
70 Linear Feet, 51307 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Clarissa Sligh Papers have been divided into 8 series: Binders and Catalogs, Projects, Correspondence, Journals and Notepads, Photographs, and Artists' Book Dummies and Drafts, Jake in Transition, and Accession 2013-0149.

The Binders and Catalogs series includes a selection of exhibition binders, kept and collected by Sligh as a record of her various projects, events, and exhibits. Also includes press clippings, museum catalogs, and other programming materials. Items have been removed from their original binders.

The Projects series includes files from many of Sligh's art and research projects, relating to a variety of topics such as slavery, civil rights, genealogy, gender studies, and African American history. A "project" may include materials from an installation, artist book, exhibit, or all of these formats. Sligh's work frequently evolved over time and expanded in scope and format. This series also includes files from Sligh's exhibitions and publications. Major projects documented include: NC Reunion and Slavery Project, a film related to the Artists' Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America, Jake in Transition/Wrongly Bodied, Coast to Coast, Witness to Dissent, Sandy Ground, and Malcolm X: Man, Ideal, Icon.

The Correspondence Series contains three subseries of correspondence: the first has been sorted in loose chronological order according to Sligh's own folder arrangements; the second contains Sligh's self-designated "to do," "answered," "unanswered," and other unsorted correspondence; the third has files that are arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent's name.

The Journals and Notepads Series includes a set of legal notepads kept by Sligh during the late 1990s. Many entries related to her work on Jake in Transition, but the journals also include Sligh's discussions and reflections on other projects and artwork.

The Photographs Series includes images of artwork and installations by Sligh, portraits of Sligh, and portraits and snapshots of family and friends.

The Artists Books Dummies and Drafts Series includes mockups and drafts from the production of Wrongly Bodied; It Wasn't Little Rock; Malcolm X; Reading Dick and Jane with Me (including "Play with Jane" print); What's Happening with Momma? and alternate version of this book called Girlchild; Hiroshima, Hopes and Dreams; and Voyage(r): Tourist Map to Japan.

The Jake in Transition series consists of photographic prints.

Accession 2012-0149 is an addition consisting of Sligh's documentation of her work and process, photographs and negatives, large screen prints, and political posters.

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Contents of the Collection

Series includes a selection of exhibition binders, kept and collected by Sligh as a record of her various projects, events, and exhibits. Also includes press clippings, museum catalogs, and other programming materials. Items have been removed from their original binders.

1982, 1986, 1987
(2 folders)
Box 1
1988
(2 folders)
Box 1
1989
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 1
1989
(2 of 2 folders)
Box 2
1990 Part 1
(2 folders)
Box 2
1990 Part 2
(2 folders)
Box 2
Witness to Dissent book, 1991
(4 folders)
Box 3
1991
(3 folders)
Box 3
1992
(3 folders)
Box 4
1993
(2 folders)
Box 4
1994
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 4
1994
(2 of 2 folders)
Box 5
1995
Box 5
1999-2003
(2 folders)
Box 5
2002-2005
(3 folders)
Box 5
Clippings binder, 1984-2001
(2 folders)
Box 6
Events and Programs binders, 1996-2008
(5 folders)
Box 6
Clippings, 1984-2009
(9 folders)
Box 7
Catalogs and publicity, 1987-2009 and undated
(9 folders)
Box 8
Faith Ringgold
Box 44
Deborah Willis
(2 folders)
Box 44
Other artists
(2 folders)
Box 44

Projects

(25 boxes)

This series includes files from many of Sligh's art and research projects, relating to a variety of topics such as slavery, civil rights, genealogy, gender studies, and African American history. A "project" may include materials from an installation, artist book, exhibit, or all of these formats. Sligh's work frequently evolved over time and expanded in scope and format. This series also includes files from Sligh's exhibitions and publications. Materials have been arranged by project, with general projects listed at the end in alphabetical order.

African Dancers Group
Box 9
African Dancers Women
Box 9
Clarissa Sligh family tree
Box 9
Correspondence about the Slavery project
Box 9
DoorMeNeg.pct 360 percent (selection)
Box 9
Genealogy of Priscilla Best
Box 9
Genealogical research
Box 9
Huffman Boston High School reunion, 1992
Box 9
Installation instructions (Re(Union))
Box 9
Interviews
Box 9
Lemmon Edwards family reunion, 1995
Box 9
Mel Watkin
Box 9
North Carolina
Box 9
Notes, NC reunion project
Box 9
100 Years of...
Box 9
Photographs/photocopies from Slavery/Reunion project
(4 folders)
Box 9
Research binder, family history
Box 10
Research, family history
Box 10
Research files
Box 10
Storyboard
Box 10
Books (Civil Rights bills)
Box 11
Genealogy
Box 11
Images
Box 11
Notepads
Box 11
Photographs
Box 11
Research files
Box 11
Sara Lane images
Box 11
Audiotapes
(11 tapes)
Box 12
Reels
(2 reels)
Box 12
Artists' Call
(3 folders)
Box 13
La Verdadera Avenida de las Americas, 1984
(1 VHS and 1 Umatic)
Box 13
Clare Cornell, Wrongly Bodied
Box 14
Correspondence with publisher, Wrongly Bodied
Box 14
Ellen Craft research files
Box 14
Essay on Wrongly Bodied
Box 14
Layout notes
Box 14
Leads, Wrongly Bodied
Box 14
Learning to See/Writings about Jake
Box 14
Notes and drafts
Box 14
Photographing Jake
Box 14
Publishing, Wrongly Bodied
Box 14
Thumbnails: Jake's Body, Clarissa's Body
Box 14
Texas Women's University thesis: Masculinity
Box 14
Research files
Box 14
Loose notes re: Jake Project
Box 15
Notepads
Box 15
Addresses
(2 folders)
Box 16
Agendas, 1989-1992
Box 16
Ancestors Known and Unknown: Box Works
Box 16
Ancestors essays and slides
Box 16
Art-in-General, 1989
Box 16
Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
Box 16
Artist Books Anthology
Box 16
Artist correspondence
Box 16
Artists letter drafts
Box 16
Artist letter copies
Box 16
Artists resumes
Box 16
Black women artists: End Our Isolation
Box 17
Book contact sheets and negatives
Box 17
Book pages xeroxes
Box 17
Cook slides
Box 17
Box Art history
Box 17
Box contact sheets
Box 17
Box project contacts - photographs
Box 17
Box project notes
Box 17
Box Show negatives
Box 17
Center for Book Arts
Box 17
DiverseWorks, Texas
Box 17
Emergency Fund Artists, 1989
Box 17
Eubie Blake Cultural Center
Box 17
Evergreen exhibition agreement, 1991
Box 17
Exhibit catalogs, 1990-1991
Box 17
Exhibition checklist, 1992
Box 18
Exhibition correspondence, 1987-1990
Box 18
Faith Ringgold
Box 18
Flossie Martin Gallery correspondence, May 1990
Box 18
Franklin Furnace
Box 18
Funding
Box 18
Grant applications, 1987-1988
Box 18
Islip
Box 18
Jerome Foundation, 1993-1994
Box 18
Leadership development
Box 18
Margaret Gallegoes
Box 18
Michigan
Box 18
Networking workshop
Box 18
Participants
Box 19
Press packet
Box 19
Project proposal
Box 19
Proposals, 1987-1988
Box 19
Proposals and budgets
Box 19
Quilt Squares
Box 19
Radford, Virginia
Box 19
Receipts, 1995
Box 19
Rejin
Box 19
Travelling exhibit
Box 19
Volunteer letters
Box 19
What's Happening with Momma? contacts and negatives
Box 19
Wisconsin
Box 19
Women's Caucus for Art, 1990
(2 folders)
Box 19
Arlington School Integration
Box 20
Big face paper positive
Box 20
Binder with source material
(2 folders)
Box 20
Article and materials
Box 20
Letters (copies)
Box 20
Letters (originals), 1957-1962
Box 20
Clarissa and Ann Marx paper positives
Box 20
Clippings, 1956-1961
Box 20
Clippings, 1957-1968
Box 20
Clippings
Box 20
Clippings from exhibit
Box 21
Collages/xeroxes
Box 21
Contributions, 1991-1992
(4 folders)
Box 21
Contributions by visitors
(4 folders)
Box 21
Correspondence, 1992
Box 21
Court briefs
Box 21
Dorothy Hamm, re: 25th anniversary of Arlington integration, 1984-1986
Box 21
Drafts of form letters to participants, 1991
Box 22
Exhibition agreements, 1992
Box 22
Exhibit photocopies
Box 22
Exhibit preparation materials
(4 folders)
Box 22
4 People on Courthouse steps (enlargement)
Box 22
History of Negro Violence
Box 22
Image enlargements
Box 22
Installation information
Box 22
Interview release forms, 1990
Box 23
"It Wasn't Little Rock" text
Box 23
Letters to contributors, 1991
Box 23
Notepads kept by Sligh
Box 23
Publicity and promotional materials
Box 23
Source materials
Box 23
3 figures at entrance to AIG
Box 23
Thompson vs. Co. School Board of Arlington County, photocopies, 1956
Box 23
Timeline drafts
Box 23
Books with race-related laws
(5 folders)
Box 24
Clippings
Box 24
Exhibit pieces and text
Box 24
Scroll
Box 25
Exhibit pieces and text
(6 folders)
Box 26
Scrapbook of clippings
Box 26
Exhibit videos
(3 VHS)
Box 12
Boats from Staten Island
Box 27
Houses from Staten Island
Box 27
Notepad
Box 27
Photocopies and notes
Box 27
Photographs
Box 27
Plaque from installation
Box 27
Sketches and maps
Box 27
Snug Harbor materials
Box 27
Snug Harbor passages
(2 folders)
Box 27
Sources and maps
Box 27
Texts
(2 folders)
Box 27
The Hunter's Grave, read by Alton Fitzgerald White
(1 audiocassette)
Box 27
Binder
(2 folders)
Box 28
Checklist
Box 28
Clippings
Box 28
Exhibit folder and timeline
Box 28
Malcolm/Martin photocopies and photographs
Box 28
Photographs and slides
Box 28
Walker Art Center, 1992
Box 28
Installation in Progress, other materials, 1992-1994
(1 VHS)
Box 28
Arizona
Box 29
Articles and reviews
Box 29
Atlanta Suburban South Project
(2 folders)
Box 24
Baltimore, Maryland Institute
Box 29
Black photographer's exhibition
Box 29
Bodywork videotape work, 1997
Box 29
Bookbinding
Box 29
Borowsky - Little Rock Book
Box 29
Brandywine
Box 29
Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner
Box 29
Civil Rights clippings
Box 29
Civil Rights interviews: VSW Exhibit research, 1990
Box 34
Civil Rights interviews: VSW Exhibit research
(2 audiocassettes)
Box 12
Coast Print, Maria Elena, 1995
Box 29
College transcripts
Box 29
Contemporary Women Artists: New York, Indiana State University, 2005
Box 29
Crafts Museum
Box 29
Creative Capital, 2004
Box 29
Susan Crowe
Box 29
Current exhibitions, 1997-1999
Box 29
Directories
Box 29
Drawings with N. (photographs)
Box 29
Essays, 2005
Box 29
Experimental Narrative in Artists Books, Louisiana State University
Box 29
Former students
Box 30
Hampton exhibition, 1999
(2 folders)
Box 30
Holy Cross
Box 30
Howard University
Box 30
Howard University thesis: Constructing Black Masculinity, 1999
(3 folders)
Box 30
ICP-Bard
Box 30
ICP exhibition
Box 30
Interview with T., April 2000
Box 30
It Wasn't Little Rock
(3 folders)
Box 30
Legal illustrations
Box 31
Norman Lewis materials
Box 31
Lists, slides art work, 1991-1994
Box 31
Lists of slides, 1997-2000
Box 31
Lists of works
(2 folders)
Box 31
Loan forms and exhibitions
Box 31
Masculinity: In Transition from Female to Male
Box 31
Masculinity/Men project
Box 31
McBee Shoot Journal, April 1997
Box 31
Moving party
Box 32
Moving Philadelphia information
Box 32
National Millennium survey, 2000
Box 32
No Racial Pattern: Black Churches Burning, Richmond, Virginia, 1999
(2 folders)
Box 34
No Racial Pattern: Black Churches Burning
(1 Hi8 and 1 audiocassette)
Box 12
Notes, 2002
Box 32
Noyes Museum
Box 32
Obsessions, Ceres Gallery
Box 32
Other writings, 1996
Box 32
Pindell, Howardena
Box 32
Presentation notes, 1991-2003
(2 folders)
Box 32
Press releases
Box 32
Press releases, other artists
Box 32
Publication correspondence, 1993-1996
Box 32
Reading with Dick and Jane and Me
Box 32
Resumes
Box 32
Rhode Island College
Box 32
Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Exhibition, 2003
Box 33
Schedules, 2001-2005
Box 33
School journal pages, 1996
Box 33
School of Visual Arts, 2002
Box 33
Script Video with Philip Brookman and Debra Singer, 1999
Box 33
Serious works
Box 33
Strong Medicine transcript, 1994
Box 33
Strong Medicine (for E.H.M.)
(1 VHS tape)
Box 12
Talley, Dan
Box 33
Teaching for Change, 2004
Box 33
Texas Tech, Lubbock, 2001
Box 33
Texas Women's University final papers
Box 33
3 Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, 1999
Box 33
Transforming the White Man's Bible, 2008
Box 28
Travelogue, 1993
Box 33
Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency application, 2000
Box 33
VSW, Summer 1999
Box 33
VSW workshop, 2004
Box 33
World Book Dealers.com, 2002
Box 33
Writings, 1990-1991
Box 33

The correspondence series contains three subseries of correspondence: the first has been sorted in loose chronological order according to Sligh's own folder arrangements; the second contains Sligh's self-designated "to do," "answered," "unanswered," and other unsorted correspondence; the third has files that are arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent's name.

1981-1991
Box 35
1989-1996
Box 36
1992-1998
Box 37
1998-2006
Box 38
Unsorted correspondence
Box 38
A
Box 39
A-M
Box 40
M-Z
Box 41

Series includes a set of legal notepads kept by Sligh during the late 1990s. Many entries related to her work on Jake in Transition, but the journals also include Sligh's discussions and reflections on other projects and artwork.

Journals, 1995-1997
Box 42
Journals, 1997-2000, 2004, and undated
Box 43
Self-portrait sketchbooks, 1982 and undated
(2 books)
Box 45
Journal and notes from Jake In Transition/Wrongly Bodied, 2000-2001
Box 45

Photographs

(2 boxes)
Images of artwork by Sligh
(4 folders)
Box 46
Portraits of Sligh
Box 46
Photographs of Angela's wedding, 1989
Box 46
Binder of portraits of Sligh, friends, and family
(2 folders)
Box 47
"Clarissa" binder with photocopies of photographs, 1958-1961
Box 47

The Artists Books Dummies and Drafts Series includes mockups and drafts from the production of Wrongly Bodied; It Wasn't Little Rock; Malcolm X; Reading Dick and Jane with Me (including "Play with Jane" print); What's Happening with Momma? and alternate version of this book called Girlchild; Hiroshima, Hopes and Dreams; and Voyage(r): Tourist Map to Japan. The series does not include published versions of these works.

Wrongly Bodied
Box 48
It Wasn't Little Rock
Box 49
Malcolm X
Box 50
It Wasn't Little Rock
Box 50
Play with Jane
Box 50
Reading Dick and Jane with Me
Box 50
What's Happening with Momma?
Box 51
Girlchild
Box 51
Hiroshima
Box 52
Voyage(r): Tourist Map to Japan
Box 53

Jake in Transition prints, 1996-2001

(23 boxes, 7 large framed prints)

Prints in boxes 54-66 are 16x20" gelatin silver prints; Prints in box 67 are 22 1/2x17" inkjet on Arches paper; prints in boxes 69-76 are 11x22 1/2" inkjet on Arches paper; Prints 1-7 are Iris prints

Deb with Dog, October 1996
Box 54
March 1, 1997.
Box 54
March 25, 1997.
Box 55
March 30, 1997.
Box 55
With Mirror, April 13, 1997. (2 prints)
Box 56
On Bed, March, 1999.
Box 57
On couch, April 13, 1997.
Box 57
Three-Quarters Body, June 1, 1997.
Box 58
Three-Quarters Body, June 1, 1997.
Box 58
Walking in Yard, September 1997.
Box 59
Flexing Muscles, October 1997.
Box 59
On Telephone, October 1997.
Box 60
Desert Storm T-shirt, September 1997.
Box 60
At Fence, October 1997.
Box 61
At Potter's Wheel #1, October 1997.
Box 62
Testosterone Shot, April 24, 1997.
Box 63
After Wedding, February 2000.
Box 63
Photographing Jake March 1999.
Box 64
Driving Truck, November, 1997.
Box 64
Wedding in Progress, February 2000.
Box 65
Jake and Matt, March 1999.
Box 65
After Lunch, November 1997.
Box 66
Sandwich, October 1997.
Box 66
Attorney at Law, 2001 (Inkjet on Arches paper 22 1/2 x 17)
Box 67
Counseling Work/Medical Doctor, 2001.
Box 67
Wall Panel 16x20"
Box 68
My Own Breast Surgery, 2001.
Box 69
Alice, 2001.
Box 69
Kitchen, 2001.
Box 70
Clay Work, 2001.
Box 70
Jake Weight Training, 2001.
Box 71
Living Room, 2001.
Box 71
Me and Jake, 2001.
Box 72
Jake with Friends, March, 1999.
Box 72
Shaving, 2001.
Box 73
Laying on Bed, 2001.
Box 73
Fall, 1996, 2001.
Box 74
March 25, Video,, 2001.
Box 74
My Weight Training, 2001.
Box 75
March 1, 1997.
Box 75
March 25, 1997.
Box 76
I Got a High Boot of Energy, 2001, 24 1/2 x 17"
Print 1
Is This a Real Option?, 2001, 25x21"
Print 2
Straight Man (I Know What That Feels Like), 2001, 26x21"
Print 3
Tried to Fit (I Didn't Fit That Either), 2001, 26x21"
Print 4
God Mistake (I Never Felt I Fit), 2001, 24x21"
Print 5
Transition Time Line, 2001, 26x21"
Print 6
Couldn't Wait to See (This Is Who Jake Is), 2001, 26x21"
Print 7

This accession was acquired in 2012. It documents the artists' work and process and includes photographs and negatives, large screen prints, and political posters. Photographic prints are mainly portraits. Sligh's original order has been preserved, and her own descriptions were used whenever possible.

Judy Wesalo-Temel
Box 81
Mississippi is America
Box 81
Nancy Millar, 1985-86
Box 81
Malcolm X and Civil Rights
Box 81
Lucy Lippard's Picnic, 1985
Box 81
Loft Interior, 465 West Broadway
Box 81
Linda Wood-Hoyte, 1998
Box 81
Linda Thompson Portrait
Box 81
Guerilla Girls
Box 81
September 11 Anniversary
Box 81
Aaron Roseman with Stop US Intervention Banner
Box 81
Aaron Roseman Assorted Photos
Box 81
Air Baraka Birthday
Box 81
Annie Shaver-Crandell, 1986
Box 81
Antaures
Box 81
Barbara Sauer
Box 81
Carole Byard
Box 81
Constance Agnus
Box 81
Donna Prince
Box 81
E.Frances White
Box 81
Ethel Hultberg
Box 81
Faith Ringgold and Camille Billops, 1988
Box 81
Hettie Jones, 1986
Box 81
Howardena Pindell Portrait
Box 81
Irene Elmore
Box 81
Jodie Olsen Wedding, 2003
Box 81
John and Selina Randolph
Box 81
Reading Dick and Jane With Me Project Development
Box 82
Reading Dick and Jane With Me Notes
Box 82
Relationships Ex. Label, 1991
Box 82
Reunion, 1991
Box 82
Reunion Installation Project
Box 82
Witness Project, 1992
Box 82
Suburban Atlanta, 1994-Parts 1-7
Box 82
Brother's Keeper
Box 82
Masculinity Project: Jeff Hill
Box 82
Jeff Hill at Schaefer's Soccer
Box 82
James in Library and Erik with Amy
Box 82
Henry Matthews
Box 82
Eddie Dixon
Box 82
Charles Ridens, 1996
Box 82
Chris Staley
Box 82
Barbara Mora and Rachel
Box 82
Jesse and Omar, Dallas, TX
Box 82
Joe Saunders
Box 82
John Blundred
Box 82
John El Badn, Union Temple Church, Washington, D.C.
Box 82
Luke Chen at TWU
Box 82
Maxwell Hasson-Texas with Guitar
Box 83
Perry
Box 83
Philip Brookman
Box 83
Richard Klein
Box 83
Rick Dingus
Box 83
Robert Stewart
Box 83
Roger Boykin
Box 83
Sylvester Johnson
Box 83
Wilson Meador with Daryl and Cody
Box 83
Clarissa Sligh and Aaron Roseman
Box 83
Clarissa Sligh and Sheila Grands
Box 83
Michael Roseman
Box 83
Nancy Spero Visit
Box 83
Brooklyn Bridge
Box 83
Canal Street
Box 83
Central Park
Box 83
Christo and Central Park
Box 83
Jones Beach
Box 83
Lower East Side
Box 83
Lower East Side: 3 Teens Kill 4 Band, 1984
Box 83
Lower Manhattan
Box 83
Lower Manhattan, 2011
Box 83
Midtown
Box 83
Miscellaneous
Box 83
Soho, 1979-81
Box 83
Soho: Here is New York, 2001
Box 83
Soho, Homeless Man, 1979
Box 83
Soho Village, 2002
Box 83
Soho and West Broadway, 2001
Box 83
Wall Street, 1980-81
Box 84
Union Square Park Labor Day Parade, 1981
Box 84
Street Art of New York, 1984
Box 84
Wall Street Selections
Box 84
Waterside Plaza, 1977-78
Box 84
World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty, 1977
Box 84
World Trade Center Collapse, September 11, 2001 (shot from West Broadway)
Box 84
West Village after 9/11
Box 84
World Trade Center Site, 2002
Box 84
Newark, NJ, 1987
Box 84
Nexus Press Residency, Atlanta, 1998
Box 84
Paris (includes Shelley and Tommy Rice)
Box 84
Paul Hultburg
Box 84
Penland, 1994 (includes Toronto Installation)
Box 84
Penland, 2000
Box 84
Penland, 2005
Box 84
Penland, Summer 2007
Box 84
Places-TX, Washington D.C., NYC, NM
Box 85
Ravenna Narizzano
Box 85
Salynn McCollum (Gramercy Day Care Center)
Box 85
Salynn McCollum and Day Care Staff (Gramercy)
Box 85
Salynn and John in New Mexico, 1991
Box 85
Salynn McCollum
Box 85
Self Portraits- Texas on Javier Luzano's Motorcycle
Box 85
Self Portraits for "Who She Was" Collage
Box 85
Self Portraits for Politics of Gender Catalog
Box 85
Seline Okuyan, Tim Swonder, and Koray, April 20, 2003
Box 85
Self-Portraits for "She Sucked Her Thumb"
Box 85
Susan Crowe with Sculpture and Manhattan Skyline from under Brooklyn Bridge, 1994
Box 85
Tammy with NYC friends
Box 85
Texas-Other Shots
Box 85
TWU-Smith Carroll Abandoned Building
Box 85
VCCA Residency, August 2000
Box 85
VSW Residency, 2005
Box 85
WCA Conference Prep, NYC, 1986
Box 85
WCA Fundraiser, 1985
Box 85
West Indian Parade, Brooklyn
Box 85
Willie Portrait
Box 85
What's Happening With Momma? Artist's Book Work
Box 85
Aaron Roseman-Other Artist's Materials (photos of his work)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Other Artist's Materials (kids drawings)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Other Artist's Materials (correspondence)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Other Artist's Materials (catalogs)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Other Artist's Materials (articles)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Portraits, Slides and Prints (documentation)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Drawings, Prints and Paintings (slides)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Drawings, Prints and Paintings (prints)
Box 86
Aaron Roseman-Avenue of the Americas
Box 86
Political Posters, 1983
Box 86
Washington Square Park, Art Demonstration, 2003
Box 87
Political Posters on Soho Streets
Box 87
Demonstration Against US Intervention in Central America, Peoples' Monument, Washington D.C., 1983
Box 87
NYC Political Rallies-U.N. Park (includes Banners from Avenue of Americas)
Box 87
MOMA, NYC: Women Artists Visibility Event, 1984 (the MOMA opens, but not to women artists)
Box 87
March on Washington, April 1985
Box 87
Central Park Peace Rally
Box 87
Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America-Avenue for Americas (Xeroxes for films)
Box 87
Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America-Times Square Rally, 1984
Box 87
Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America-The Peoples' Monument, 1983
Box 87
Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America-Avenue of the Americans, January 1984
Box 87
Aaron Roseman-Snapshots
Box 87
Aaron Roseman-Research Materials (including Nicaragua)
Box 87
Aaron Roseman-Political Demonstrations (includes slides)
Box 87
Aaron Roseman-Other Artist's Materials (photos of Aaron and passport)
Box 87
Aaron Roseman-Scripts of Plays with Amiri Baraka, "What is the Relationship of the Lone Ranger to the Means of Production?"
Box 87
Aaron Roseman-Scripts of Plays with Amiri Baraka, "The Motion of History"
Box 87
Aaron Roseman-Research Materials
Box 87
Mississippi is America (documentation slides)
Box 88
Jake in Transition (documentation slides and CD-Rom)
Box 88
It Wasn't Little Rock, 2004 (Hand-bound book and slides)
Box 88
Hiroshima Book (slides)
Box 88
Linda Wood Hoyte-Body-Builder (slides)
Box 88
Suburban Atlanta Series (documentation slides)
Box 88
Atlanta Exposition Installation-Searching for Memories, 1995
Box 88
Assurance of Silence
Box 88
All Your Life
Box 88
ABC Columbus Project
Box 88
Home-Silkscreen, 1987 (not image-text)
Box 88
Handmade Paper Prints, Riverdale, MD (Helen Frederick, Director)
Box 88
Family Photos Used for Artwork
Box 88
Early Work-Miscellaneous
Box 88
Collaborative Sketchbooks with Nancy Chalker-Tennant
Box 88
Coast to Coast Women Artists Book Project- Lisa Yee, Kim Chee and Rice, Faith Ringgold and Lisa Yee- Collaborative Quilt Book
Box 88
Coast to Coast Women Artists Book Project and Guerilla Girl-Exhibition in Houston, TX
Box 88
Coast to Coast Box Project, 1991
Box 88
Malcolm X
Box 88
Run (slides)
Box 89
Richmond Church, 1999 (prints and slides)
Box 89
Reunion- Work in Progress (slides)
Box 89
Reunion (slides, Part 1)
Box 89
Reunion, NC (slides, Part 2)
Box 89
Reunion (notes)
Box 89
Relationships (contact sheet and slides)
Box 89
Reframing the Past (prints)
Box 89
Red Dress (slides and prints)
Box 89
Reading Dick and Jane With Me-Pages (slides and transparencies)
Box 89
Reading Dick and Jane With Me-Artist's Book (contact sheet)
Box 89
Reading Dick and Jane With Me (slides and transparencies)
Box 89
Passages Installation-Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY (slides)
Box 89
Sandy Ground (duplicates)
Box 90
Sandy Ground (slides)
Box 90
Sandy Ground (more slides and prints)
Box 90
Sandy Ground (contact sheet)
Box 90
Skookie
Box 90
Slept (prints and slides)
Box 90
Stamps, 1939
Box 90
Sucked Her Thumb
Box 90
She Sucked Her Thumb and Devastated
Box 90
She Sucked Her Thumb (large prints) and Halloween in Syracuse
Box 90
Temptation of Eve Revisited
Box 90
Time is Money Collage, 1981
Box 90
Trier, German Exhibition
Box 90
Untitled (for Momma), 2002
Box 90
Voyager Artist's Book
Box 90
Waiting for Daddy
Box 90
Waiting for Daddy, Skookie, and She Didn't Know Who She Was (contact sheet)
Box 90
Wall Street-Vicious Circle, 1986
Box 90
Wall Street-Vicious Cycle and Home Project(s)
Box 90
What's Happening With Momma? (Book Dummy 1), Cherry Blossoms, and Who She Was
Box 91
What's Happening With Momma? (book in print installation)
Box 91
What's Happening With Momma? (silk screen and letterpress)
Box 91
What's Happening With Momma? (Van Dyke brown print)
Box 91
What's Happening With Momma? (visual poem)
Box 91
Who She Was (slides)
Box 91
Who She Was (slides of print installation)
Box 91
Witness Project-AIG Installation, March 8, 1992
Box 91
Witness Project-Art in General
Box 91
Witness Project-Carleton College
Box 91
Witness Project-Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
Box 91
Women Bring the People
Box 91
Wonderful Uncle
Box 91
Wrongly Bodied Two (artist's book)
Box 92
Wrongly Bodied Two (artist's book, work-in-progress)
Box 92
Jake Family Photos
Box 92
Jake Project Sketches
Box 92
Jake in Transition-Part 1-3
Box 92
Masculinity Project: Parts 1-3
Box 93
Masculinity Project (extra slides)
Box 93
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Howard University, 1999
Box 93
Miscellaneous Documentation
Box 93
Moonmade Space Installation, 1984
Box 93
Paintings, 1969-70 (includes time in Ethiopia)
Box 93
Quakertown, Denton, TX, 1997
Box 93
Self-Portrait Drawings
Box 93
Jake in Transition, Part 4
Box 94
Jake in Transition, Part 5
Box 94
Self-Portraits (slides and prints)
Box 94
Show He Can-School Paintings, 1972
Box 94
Rocky Mount, NC
Box 94
TWU-Visual Art Work, 1995-97
Box 94
Untitled (painted book, work-in-progress)
Box 94
VCCA Resident, December 2001 (Drawings/Sketches for Books)
Box 94
Window and Doorway, 1987
Box 94
Amiri Baraka's Birthday
Box 95
Annie Shaver-Crandell, 1986
Box 95
Antaures
Box 95
Barbara Sauer
Box 95
Carole Byard
Box 95
E. Frances White
Box 95
Judy Wesalo-Temel
Box 95
John and Selina Randolph
Box 95
Faith Ringgold and Camille Billops, 1988
Box 95
Linda Wood-Hoyte, 1998
Box 95
Loft Interior, 645 West Broadway
Box 95
Lucy Lippard's Picnic, 1985
Box 95
Malcolm X and Civil Rights
Box 95
Nancy Millar, 1985-86
Box 95
Suburban Atlanta, 1994-Parts 1-6
Box 95
Suburban Atlanta, 1994-Part 2 of 6
Box 95
Reunion, 1991
Box 95
Brother's Keeper
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Barbara Mora and Rachel
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Charles Ridens, 1996
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Chris Staley
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Eddie Dixon
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Henry Matthews
Box 95
Masculinity Project: James in Library and Erik with Amy
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Jeff Hill
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Jeff Hill a Schaefer's Soccer
Box 95
Masculinity Project: German Perez, Phoenix Apartments
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Jesse and Omar, Dallas, TX
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Joe Saunders
Box 95
Masculinity Project: John Blundred
Box 95
Masculinity Project: John El Badn, Union Temple Church, Washington D.C.
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Luke Chen at TWU
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Maxwell Hasson with guitar, TX
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Perry
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Philip Brookman
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Richard Klein
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Rick Dingus
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Robert Stewart
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Roger Boykin
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Sylvester Johnson
Box 95
Masculinity Project: Wilson Meador with Daryl and Cody
Box 95
Clarissa Sligh and Sheila Grands
Box 95
Michael Roseman
Box 95
Nancy Spero Visit
Box 95
NYC-Lower East side, 3 Teens Kill 4 Band, 1984
Box 95
NYC-Soho: Here is New York, 2001
Box 96
NYC-Soho, Homeless Man, 1979
Box 96
NYC-Soho/Village, 2002
Box 96
NYC-Wall Street, 1980-81
Box 96
NYC-West Side Pier
Box 96
NYC-World Trade Center Site, 2002
Box 96
Newark, NJ, 1987
Box 96
Paris (including Shelley and Tommy Rice)
Box 96
Penland, 1994 (includes Toronto Installation)
Box 96
Penland, 2005
Box 96
Places- TX, NYC, Washington D.C., NM
Box 96
Ravenna Narizzano
Box 96
Salynn McCollum and Day Care Staff
Box 96
Salynn McCollum, Gramercy Day Care Center, Bronx, NYC
Box 96
Salynn and John in New Mexico, 1991
Box 96
Salynn McCollum
Box 96
Self-Portraits- Pictures on Javier Luzano's Motorcycle
Box 96
Self-Portraits for Politics of Gender Catalog
Box 96
Self-Portraits for She Sucked Her Thumb
Box 96
Self-Portraits for "Who She Was" Collage
Box 96
Selime Okuyan and family, April 20, 2003
Box 96
Susan Crowe with Sculpture and Manhattan Skyline, 1994
Box 96
Tammy with NYC Friends
Box 96
TWU-Smith Carroll Abandoned Building
Box 96
WCA Conference Prep, NYC, 1986
Box 96
WCA Fundraiser, 1985
Box 96
Willie Portrait
Box 96
What's Happening With Momma? (Artist's book)
Box 96
Faith Ringgold- Quilt Exhibition, 1988
Box 96
Aaron Roseman- Avenue of the Americas
Box 96
Aaron Roseman- Other Artist's Materials
Box 96
Aaron Roseman- Drawings, Prints, and Paintings
Box 96
Aaron Roseman- Political Demonstrations
Box 96
Aaron Roseman- Snapshots
Box 96
Aaron Roseman, Goldsboro, NC
Box 96
"The Collector", Paul R. Jones
Box 97
Early Work- Miscellaneous
Box 97
Collaborative Sketchbooks with Nancy Chalker-Tennant
Box 97
Coast to Coast Women of Color Artist's Book Project and Guerilla Girl Installation (restricted)
Box 97
Coast to Coast Box Project, 1991
Box 97
Artist's Call Against US Intervention in Central America, Avenue of the Americas, January 1984
Box 97
Mississippi is America- Documentation
Box 97
Reading Dick and Jane With Me (Artist's Book)
Box 97
Relationships
Box 97
Reunion
Box 97
Richmond Church, 1999
Box 97
Sandy Ground (transparencies)
Box 97
Sucked Her Thumb (transparencies and negatives)
Box 97
She Sucked Her Thumb and Devastated
Box 97
She Sucked Her Thumb and Halloween in Syracuse
Box 97
Temptation of Eve Revisited
Box 97
Trier, Germany Exhibition
Box 97
Untitled (for Momma), 2002
Box 97
Waiting for Daddy, Skookie, and She Didn't Know Who She Was
Box 97
Wall Street-Vicious Cycle and Home Project
Box 97
What's Happening With Momma?, Cherry Blossoms, and Who She Was
Box 97
What's Happening With Momma? (Van Dyke brown printing)
Box 97
Witness Project, AIG Installation, March 8, 1992
Box 97
Witness Project, WPA Installation
Box 97
MFA Thesis Explanation, Howard University, 1999
Box 97
Miscellaneous Documentation
Box 97
Moonmade Space Installation, 1984
Box 97
Self-Portraits
Box 97
TWU- Visual Art Work, 1995-97
Box 97
Jake in Transition
Box 97
Rata Lac and Diane Moonmade-Cafe in Soho
Box 97
Exhibition Opening at VSW with Nancy Chalker-Tennant
Box 97
Photos of Sligh
Box 97
Ellen Eisenman Portraits
Box 97
Deb Photographing Sligh in Arlington
Box 97
C.E.P.A. Quarterly, vol. 2 no.2, Winter 1987: The Pleasures of Childhood; p.13
Box 98
C.E.P.A., vol. 13 no. 2, Winter/Spring 1988: Advertisement of Curator's Choice
Box 98
After Image, vol.17 no. 5, December 1989: "Reinscribing the Self: An Interview with Clarissa Sligh"; p. 6-9
Box 98
Nueva Luz, vol.3 no. 2, 1990: Features "She Sucked Her Thumb," "Wonderful Uncle," "When They Played House," "Reframing the Past," "Skookie," "Waiting for Daddy," "Goldmine," "Cousin Gail's House," and "Steps" as well as commentary; p.22-31.
Box 98
Contact Sheet, no. 112, 2001: Features "Jake in Transition"; pps. 10-16
Box 98
Contact Sheet, no. 97, 1998 (25th Anniversary Edition): Features "Spot Played, Dick Played with Spot"; p. 55
Box 98
Black Renaissance Noir, vol. 5, no. 1, Spring 2003; Cover Art
Box 98
Art Journal, vol. 50, no. 2, Summer 1991 (Feminist Art Criticism): "Where's the Artist? Feminist Practice and Postructural Theories of Authorship" by Linda S. Clinger; pps. 39-47
Box 98
Photography, no. 50 (It's All Relative); "Healing the Cultural Body: Clarissa Sligh's Unfinished Business" by Laura U Marks; pps. 18-27
Box 98
Contact Sheet, no. 67; Features "Wonderful Uncle," "Home,"and "I Sucked My Thumb"
Box 98
Exposure: Race, Photography, and American Culture, vol. 33, no. 1/2, 2000: "Brown Crayons and Black Dolls: the Art of Coming of Age" by Lisa Gail Collins; pps. 43-52
Box 98
Exposure, vol. 41, no. 1, Spring 2009: "Clarissa Sligh and Zanele Muholi in Conversation" with Carla Williams; pps. 4-17
Box 98
Fireweed Language, no. 44/45, Summer 1994 (A Feminist Quarterly of Writing, Politics, Art, and Culture): Letter calling for written reflections, p. 122
Box 98
Hayden's Ferry Review, no. 36, Spring/Summer 2005: "Jake in Transition"; pps. 79-81
Box 98
Heresies, no. 20 (A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics): Untitled, p. 30
Box 98
Heresies, no. 21 (Food is a Feminist Issue): "Nuclear Food" by Clarissa Sligh; pps.78-79
Box 98
Heresies, vol. 6, no. 24 (12 Years): "Fun with Dick and Jane"; p. 89
Box 98
Heresies, vol. 7, no.1, issue. 25 (The Art of Education): "On Being An American Black Student" by Clarissa Sligh; pps 29-33
Box 98
Ikon (Focus on Autobiography and Short Fiction), issue. 10 (Anniversary Edition): Clarissa Sligh: Photographs, pps. 57-59
Box 98
Ikon, issue 12/13 (The Nineties: Moving Forward and Reaching Back/ A Mulicultural Odyssey): "Waters of Dissent: It Wasn't Little Rock" by Clarissa Sligh, pps. 110-115
Box 98
Image, vol. 38, no. 3-4: "Reading Deeper: The Legacy of Dick and Jane in the work of Clarissa Sligh" by Carla Williams, pps. 3-16
Box 98
The International Review of African American Art, vol. 8, no. 4: "What's Happening With Momma?"; p. 17
Box 98
The International Review of African American Art, vol. 14, no. 3: Untitled, p. 34
Box 98
The International Review of African American Art, vol.16, no. 3: "The Temptation of Eve Revisited"; p. 20
Box 98
The International Review of African American Art, vol. 20, no. 3: "Picturing Us: Together" by Clarissa T. Sligh, p. 46
Box 98
The International Review of African American Art, vol. 21, no. 3: "Transforming Hate Literature With Origami" by Clarissa T. Sligh, p. 62
Box 98
The International Review of African American Art, vol. 22, no. 1: "Jake in Transition" and "Masculinity Project: Tommy with Roses"; p. 57
Box 98
The International Review of African American Art, vol 22, no. 4, 2009: "Wrongly Bodied"; pps. 59-61
Box 98
New Art Examiner, vol. 20, no. 8, April 1993: "The X Factor" by Darrell Moore; pps. 18-22
Box 98
NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, no. 3, Fall/Winter 1995: Portfolio; pps. 22-25
Box 98
Orator: Smithsonian Institute--National African American Museum Project, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring 1994: "(Re)union: Artist Clarissa T. Sligh Finds her Family" by Jane Lusaka; pps. 5-11
Box 98
Positions, vol. 1, no. 1, 1989: "What's Happening With Momma" and "Assurance of Silence"; pps. 38-39
Box 98
Potomac Review, issue 38, Fall/Winter 2004-05: "It Wasn't Little Rock" by Clarissa T. Sligh; pps. 7-25
Box 98
Ten.8 (Critical Decade), vol. 2, no. 3, Spring 1992: "Mississippi is America" and "She Slept with Her Brother"; p. 104-105
Box 98
Upfront, Winter 1983-84: "This is a Political Document: A Description of the Making of a Work of Art"; pps. 13-17
Box 98
Upfront, no. 11, Winter 1985-86: Memorial to Aaron Roseman; p. 1
Box 98
Washington Project for the Arts, Summer 2001: Cover Art and Interview (p. 2)
Box 98
The Witness, vol. 75, no. 12, December 1992: "Witness to Dissent", p. 31
Box 98
Women Artists News, vol. 13, no.3, Fall 1988: "Reframing the Past"; p. 27
Box 98
Jake in Transition
Box 99
Mr. Burling's Chauffeur
Box 99
Rata Lane and Diane Moonmade- Cafe in Soho - contact sheet
Box 99
Exhibition Opening at VSW with Nancy Chalker-Tennant
Box 99
Ellen Eisenman Portraits (3 folders) contact sheets
Box 99
Deb Photographing Sligh in Arlington - contact sheet
Box 99
Protest and Survive!
Box 100
Photographing Jake's Female to Male Process
Box 100
X Amount of Time
Box 100
Sharp Rocks
Box 100
Attica Book
Box 100
Reframing the White Man's Bible
Box 101
It Wasn't Little Rock booklet
Box 101
What's Happening With Momma? (Text/Stair samples)
Box 101
The Proposal (booklet)
Box 101
The Journey
Box 101
It Wasn't Little Rock
Box 101
Exhibition Prints of Clarissa Sligh
Box 101
Photograph of Clarissa Sligh
Box 101
Published artists' books by other authors including works from Nexus Press, Women's Studio Workshop, and the artist Margot Lovejoy
Box 102
Masculinity Project Part 1 of 2 (8x10 black and white prints)
Box 103
Masculinity Project Part 2 of 2 (8x10 black and white prints)
Box 103
Masculinity Project Part 1 of 3 (11x14 black and white prints)
Box 103
Masculinity Project Part 2 of 3 (11x14 black and white prints)
Box 103
Masculinity Project Part 3 of 3 (11x14 black and white prints)
Box 103
Miscellaneous
Box 103
Jake in Transition (11x14 black and white prints)
Box 103
Masculinity Project- Gallery Prints
Box 103
Jake in Transition booklets
Box 104
List of Slaves at Ashlawn, 1838
Box 104
Jake in Transition
Box 104
Wrongly Bodied Two
Box 104
Miscellaneous (Negatives and Transparencies)
Box 105
Unlabled Artwork
Box 106
Fold-out book
Box 106
Coast to Coast Poster
Box 106
An American Girl
Box 106
Women Bring the People
Box 106
Iran Control Connection, 1988
Box 106
Mao Tse-Tung
Box 106
Marian Anderson
Box 106
Born in Flames
Box 106
Faith Ringgold
Box 106
FMLN
Box 106
Quarter to Armageddon
Box 106
We've Carried the Rich for 200 years
Box 106
Captain Ileana
Box 106
Stop U.S. Intervention in Central America
Box 106
Women's Caucus for Art Exhibitions
Box 106
Encuentro International Sindieal Por la Paz
Box 106
Journada de la Independencia
Box 106
Sahara Occujdental
Box 106
Farabundoes
Box 106
Lumumba
Box 106
Saudi Arabia-Guerilla Girls
Box 106
New York is Book Country
Box 106
What's Happening With Momma?
Box 106
Chile and No Mipetes Posters
Box 106
No Business as Usual
Box 106
Stop U.S. Intervention in Central America
Box 106
Guerilla Girls
Box 106
The Abortion Project
Box 106
Art Workers Coalition
Box 106
The Secret
Box 106
Where is Ana Mendieta?
Box 106
Jane Played With Dick, Dick Played With Spot
Box 106
Barn Theatre and Laundryman's Daughter
Box 106
Image Used for "Plaintiff Speaks" Essay
Box 107
U.S. Naval Training, Jan. 1953 (features Sligh's brother, Carroll Thompson)
Box 107
Robert Oppenheimer, Hampton, 1957
Box 107
Art Journals
Box 108
Guerilla Girls (Poster, Sticker, and Cards)
Box 108
Lillian Thompson: Portrait of Tammy (Christmas, 1970)
Box 108
Miscellaneous
Box 108
1953- High School Trip to the U.N., and 1972- Skowhegan School Class Photo
Box 108
Family Photos and Snapshots
Box 108
Self-Portraits made during Paris residency, 1990s
Box 108
What's Happening With Momma? House Model
Box 108
What's Happening With Momma? House Model 2
Box 108
What's Happening With Momma?
Box 109
Coast to Coast: A Woman of Color National Artist's Project
Box 109
Coast to Coast: Artist's Project (Portfolio)
Box 109
Handbook of Practical Geographies; artists' book by Heather O'Hara, Women's Studio Workshop, 2004.
Box 110
Series of 6 prints on fabric of images from Reframing the Past, 1987
Box 110
Untitled (For Momma), 2002. Triptych, with wall installation instructions.
Box 111
Collaborations with E.J. Montgomery
Box 112
11x14 black and white watercolor self-portraits, 1993
Box 112
Reframing the Past
Box 113
Aaron Roseman Research Materials
Box 114
Photographs of Aaron Roseman
Box 114
1957 Graduating Class- Clarissa Sligh
Box 115
Articles from Virginia Desegregation Trials, 1984
Box 115

Historical Note

Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, writer, and lecturer. Sligh was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Arlington, Virginia, lived in Manhattan for 30 years and now resides in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She has taught at New York University, the School of Visual Art and the University of Pennsylvania.

When she was 15 years old she became the lead plaintiff in the 1955 school desegregation case in Virginia (Clarissa Thompson et. al. vs. Arlington County School Board). After working in math and science with NASA and later in business, she began a career as an artist, using photographs, drawings, text, and personal stories to explore themes of transformation and social justice.

In 1988, she published her first artists' book "What's Happening With Momma?" through the Women's Studio Workshop in New York. Additional artists' books include Wrongly Bodied Two, It Wasn't Little Rock, Voyage(r): A Tourist Map to Japan, and Reading Dick and Jane With Me.

Her solo art installations include Witness to Dissent, Sandy Ground, Re(Union), and Passages. Other artistic series include The Masculinity Project, Reframing the Past, Reading Dick & Jane, Suburban Atlanta, and Jake in Transition. A list of selected works as well as background information and images from each project is available on Sligh's website.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Clarissa Sligh Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Clarissa Sligh Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2011 and 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Wooten, Kate Collins, Meghan Lyon, December 2011; Megan Lewis, Sara Reams, October 2013

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, December 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0141; 2012-0149; 2012-0246

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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