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Yale Library Acquires Barbara Hammer Archive

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has added the archives of visual artist and queer-cinema pioneer Barbara Hammer to its collection. Comprising notebooks, journals, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs that span several decades, the archive will be accessible to the public starting in 2018.

“Barbara Hammer is an extraordinary innovator and influencer in contemporary culture,” said Timothy Young, curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library. “Our colleagues at the Yale Film Study Center describe her as the most influential lesbian filmmaker of the 1970s . . . The addition of her extensive archives will enrich teaching and learning at Yale in many fields, from women’s and gender studies to filmmaking and art, and will draw scholars from beyond campus now and in the future.”

After learning of her archives’ new home, Hammer said, “I am delighted that my archives will live alongside and be in conversation with those of artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, among others who experimented in their work, while making important contributions to the social and sexual landscape.” The artist’s works will also be showcased at the fifty-fifth annual New York Film Festival and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art this fall.