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"In Miami with virus" (2003.7.118g)

 Item — Box: 77, Folder: 11
Identifier: 2003.7.118g

Scope and Contents

From the Series: This series contains the resource materials that Darger used in his visual artwork, including clippings from coloring books, comic books, newspapers, and periodicals. The series contains imagery common in many of his artworks, such as soldiers and assorted Civil War imagery, disasters (volcanoes, fires, tornadoes), images of girls, a limited number of images of boys, drawings of Darger’s blengin characters (winged beings with curved horns), clippings of flora, fauna, and miscellaneous weather imagery.

The series contains hundreds of clippings featuring the same subject, often the same image in many versions and in multiples. Clippings include numerous images of Little Annie Rooney (a comic book character on the run from villainous adults, not unlike the Vivian Girls), the Bobbsey Twins, numerous Coppertone Girl advertisements, Buck Rogers comics, and miscellaneous clippings and advertisements from local newspapers and periodicals such as Life and Red Book. A number of clippings contain carbon and graphite marks illustrating Darger’s tracing technique.

It is unknown how Darger arranged and worked from these files, although notations on a collection of oversized envelopes (box 72) contain inscriptions in Darger’s handwriting, instructing the artist how he might use particular photographic images in his work. Some individual clippings contain notations, often written in a humorous and conversational tone, referring to how the image may or may not be used in the artwork.


  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1963

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: 27 linear feet (23 containers; boxes 61–72, 74–80, 96, 105–106)

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Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository