Accession GA221 - Virgil Burnett fonds : accruals.

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Virgil Burnett fonds : accruals.

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83 cm of textual records. - 10 collages : newspaper clippings and construction paper ; 52 x 38 cm or smaller. - 23 prints : b&w and col. ; 26 x 14 cm

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Born in Kansas in 1928, Virgil Burnett was an author, illustrator, and instructor whose work has been widely published in North America and Europe. He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Edward Melcarth, a Social Realist painter. In 1950, he was drafted, trained as a combat engineer, and sent to Europe where he served for two years in a propaganda company as an artist-illustrator. After his military service, he attended graduate school at Berkeley, taking a master's degree in Art History. When a Fulbright scholarship took Burnett to Paris in 1956, he encountered other expat artists including David Hill, whom he remained close friends with until Hill's death in 1977. Burnett also met Maurice Darantiere, a French publisher who made him aware of the expressive possibilities of the book arts. By 1960, he was working primarily as an illustrator. In the 1970s, he began as a professor in the Fine Arts department at the University of Waterloo. Burnett died in 2012

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Accrual consists of materials created and accumulated by Virgil Burnett that relate to his professional and personal life. Includes correspondence to and from Burnett, artworks and writings by Burnett and others, materials relating to the creation and publication of books written and illustrated by Burnett as well as those published by Pasdeloup Press, and other ephemera.

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Donated by Virgil Burnett between 2009-2012.


The series structure follows that of the original finding aid so not all series numbers appear.

Arranged in series as follows:

  • 1.6. Pasdeloup Press ;
  • 3.1. Correspondence : Received ;
  • 3.2. Correspondence from Virgil Burnett to Others ;
  • 4.2. Works Illustrated by Virgil Burnett ;
  • 4.3. Works by Virgil Burnett ;
  • 4.13. Artworks ;
  • 7. Miscellaneous.

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  • English
  • French

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Some records restricted in series 3.2.

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Some material is oversized.

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Description by Jessica Blackwell, Fall 2012.

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