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"Vacant Chair" (poem) Saturday Evening Post (fragment)

 File — Box: 48, Folder: 12
Identifier: Sub-Series B

Scope and Contents

From the Series: The series consists of materials relating to Darger’s personal dealings and documents his varied relations with a limited circle of friends, church administrators, social service administrators, and work-related associates. Correspondence includes a letter received from his parish priest in response to Darger’s concern over the dress code of women attending mass, and a letter in response to a query regarding the treatment of children wishing to receive Holy Communion at mass. Correspondence also includes some work-related letters of recommendation for Darger. The series contains a small collection (three folders) of certificates custom made by Darger for the Black Brothers Lodge, the Society of Black Brothers, and the Gemini Society.

Financial records include pay stubs, bank account books, miscellaneous receipts, and insurance policy certificates. The series also contains a collection of various handwritten notes, and note fragments, some of which contain details related to story lines in the manuscripts.

Religious material in the series includes several clippings of religious imagery, some of which Darger had drawn on in graphite (e.g., coloring in the eyes on religious portraiture), a collection of prayer cards, prayer booklets, parish bulletins, and a small collection of scapulars.


  • Majority of material found within 1927 - 1972

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Material in the collection may be restricted because of the physical condition of the material, the number of material requested, the purpose of the access, and the sensitivity of the archival material's contents. See series level descriptions for more detailed information on restrictions.


From the Series: 1.5 linear feet (5 containers; boxes 47–50, 73, 105)

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Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository