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Guide to the Tamar R. Stone papers, 1998-2019

Summary

Tamar Stone is a book artist whose one-of-a-kind works are made from fabric with embroidered text. This collection contains her book drafts, research materials, fabric and embroidery samples, book mock-ups, exhibition catalogs, press clippings, and correspondence with book dealers and collectors. The majority of the collection consists of documentation of the production of her Corset Books and her Bed Books.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11258
Title
Tamar R. Stone papers
Date
1998-2019
Creator
Stone, Tamar R.
Extent
10 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection consists of materials related to Tamar Stone's work as a book artist including fabric samples, embroidery samples, book mock-ups, color photographs of works in progress, book drafts, research materials, exhibition catalogs, press clippings, and correspondence with book dealers and collectors. The majority of the collection documents the production of Stone's Corset Books and Bed Books.

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[Identification of item], Tamar R. Stone papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Corset Books, 2000-2015

Many of the files on individual works contain color slides and photographs, fabric and embroidery samples, research and correspondence.

Pink Corset Book (Corset Book #1), 2000
General

Box 1: Pink Corset Book documentation Box 7: Pink Corset Book dummy

Box 1
Box 7
The Vital System, Good Sense, Little Beauty (Corset Book #2), 2000
Box 1
The Rational Corset Body (Corset Book #3), 2002
Box 1
To Make Her Look Her Best (Corset Book #4), 2002
General

"White corset book"

Box 1
Childhood Comfort (Corset Book #5), 2003
Box 1
Gracefulness of Motion is Delightful (Corset Book #6), 2003
General

"pink child vest book"

Box 1
What to Wear Vol. 1 (Corset Book #9), 2004-2005
Box 8
C is for Curvature (Corset Book #10), 2005
Box 8
The Upholstered Cage (Corset Book #11), 2005
General

Includes slides and dummy.

Box 8
What to Wear Vol. 2 (Corset Book #12), 2006
General

All working files for this piece are at the Beineke Library along with the piece itself.

Box 8
To Ensure Grace for Her (Corset Book #13), 2006
Box 8
Society's Corset (Corset Book #14), 2007
Box 8
Causes of Female Influence (Corset Book #15), 2007
(3 folders)
Box 8
Health, Strength, Grace, and Symmetry, Vol. 1 (Corset Book #16), 2007
Box 8
Health, Strength, Grace, and Symmetry, Vol. 2 (Corset Book #17), 2007
(2 folders)
Box 8
Individual Design Report (Corset Book #18), 2008
Box 8
Dress Versus Woman (Corset Book #19), 2010
(3 folders)
Box 8
Mechanics of Beauty (Corset Book #20), 2011-2012
(4 folders)
Box 9
Caution and Counsel (Corset Book #21), 2012-2014
(4 folders)
Box 9
Bed Books, 2003-2017
He Said She Said (Bed Book #1), 2003
Box 3
Household Comfort (Bed Book #2), 2004
Box 3
Asylum Institution Sanitarium (Bed Book #3), 2004
Box 3
A Case of Confinement (Bed Book #4), 2005
Box 3
Brought to Bed (Bed Book #5), 2006
Box 3
It's Where I Am Now (Bed Book #6), 2006-2007
Box 3
Taking to Bed (Bed Book #7), 2007
Box 3
Cure Bed (Bed Book #8), 2008
(3 folders)
General

Includes research, correspondence, print and embroidery samples, and color photos.

Box 8
A Very Safe Place (Bed Book #9), 2009
Box 3
This is the End of a Long Tedious Journey (Bed Book #10), 2010
General

Oregon Trail/Frontier

Box 3
Things Girls Like To Do (Bed Book #11), 2010-2011
General

Child housework

Box 3
His Thanks Was Enough (Bed Book #12), 2013
General

Civil war cot

Box 9
A Useful Domestic Exercise (Bed Book #13), 2007-2015
Box 9
The Bronte Bed (Bed Book #14), 2015-2016
Box 9
But Didn't Sleep Much (Bed Book #15), 2013-2017
Box 9
Paper Books, 1998-2007
To exert-as oneself (8 folders)
Box 2
To exert-as oneself (dummy)
Box 5
Your/ my insecurities are my limbs (4 folders)
Box 1
Dolls on the road
Box 3
Publicity, Catalogs, and Artists' Books, 1992-2019
Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.
Box 3
Works in progress, 2003
Box 3
Publicity and catalogs
(3 folders)
Box 4
Artist's books by various artists, 1992-1996
Box 6
Publicity, sales, shows, 2016-2019
(3 folders)
Box 9
 

Historical Note

Tamar Stone is a New York-based book artist who has been active since the 1990s. Her work explores issues of women's appearance, self-esteem, restrictions, and assimilations. Each of her unique works are in the form of either a corset or a bed with the text of stories stitched into the fabric.

Stone holds a BFA in photography from Pratt Institute, and an MFA in film production from NYU. Her works are held by many academic libraries, as well as The New York Public Library, The Museum of Modern Art and The Victoria and Albert Museum.


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Provenance

The Tamar R. Stone papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from 2014-2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Wooten 2014, and Megan Lewis July, 2019.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2014-0151, 2019-0100