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Donna Barr Papers, 1963-2014 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Donna Barr Papers, 1963-2014Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Barr, Donna (1952-)

Extent: 40.9 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Correspondence, 1970-2014

II. Administrative Files, 1982-2014

    1.) Subject Files, 1985-2014

    2.) Consignment Work, 1975-2010

    3.) Awards & Recognition, 1973-2010

    4.) Press Clippings, 1987-2004

III. The Desert Peach, 1919-2003

    1). Manuscripts, 1919-2003

    2). Musical Production, 1943-1992

    3). Announcements, 1988-2000

    4). Illustrations, 1980-1995

    5). Additional Materials, 1941-2001

IV. Stinz, 1982-2003

V. Bosom Enemies, 1987-2001

VI. Hader and the Colonel, 1987-1999

VII. Other Works, 1981-2003

VIII. Audio and Visual Media Materials, ca. 1987-2006

IX. Born Digital Materials, c. 2000-2013

X. Original Artwork (Oversize), 1988-2012

    1). The Desert Peach, 1988-2012

    2). Stinz, 1985-2006

    3). Other Works, 1988-2012

Date Acquired: 07/12/2005. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Barr, Donna, 1952--Archives, Caricatures and cartoons, Desert Peach (Fictitious character), Desert Peach (Fictitious character)--Comic books, strips, etc, Nazis--Comic books, strips, etc, Rommel, Erwin, 1891-1944--Comic books, strips, etc, Women artists, World War, 1939-1945--Comic books, strips, etc, Zines

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Materials in the Donna Barr Papers document the professional career and creative process of Donna Barr. The collection includes a variety of document types including correspondence, original artwork, and research materials. A large part of the papers consist of versions of her illustrations, manuscripts, and personal documents. The papers have been divided into ten series: Correspondence, Administrative Files, Desert Peach, Stinz, Bosom Enemies, Hadar and the Colonel, Other Works, Audio and Visual Media Materials, Born Digital Materials, and Original Artwork.

The Correspondence series dates from 1970-2014, and includes files primarily pertaining to Donna's interactions with fans. It includes birthday and holiday greetings, thank you cards, fan-authored comic strips, paper dolls, and postcards. Several of the envelopes were illustrated either by Barr or her fans. The series also includes correspondence with her family in the early 1970s. The series is filed chronologically by date.

The Administrative Files date from 1985-2014, and include files primarily pertaining to Barr's professional career. The series includes four subseries. The topical Subject Files are composed of business correspondence, art class materials, invoices, pamphlets, flyers, notes, legal referrals, contact information, and directories. The Consignment Work subseries includes illustrations, flyers, newsletters, pamphlets, greeting card layouts, and journals. The Awards & Recognition subseries is composed of awards and certificates of achievement and recognition. The Press Clippings series contains various newspapers clippings, newsletters, and magazines articles written by Barr and about her. The series and all its subseries are filed chronologically by date.

The following Series represent the published and unpublished titles of Donna Barr's manuscripts and illustrative works:

The Desert Peach comic materials date from 1919-2003, and includes the records of Barr's creative work for the series. The subseries is composed of manuscripts, musical production files, announcements, press clippings, illustrations, media, and artifacts. The Stinz series is composed of comic strip stories, manuscripts, illustrations, artifacts, and photographs. The Bosom Enemies series is composed of comic strips stories and illustrations. The Hader and the Colonel series consists of comic strips, book drafts, and illustrations. The Other Works series documents the creation of numerous shorter works, or works which are not very well documented in the collection. It includes various comic strip stories, short stories, illustrations, and manuscripts. The series and all its subseries are filed chronologically by date, when possible.

The Audio and Visual Media Materials, c. 1987-2006, represents audio and video recordings from The Desert Peach musical production and various interviews with Donna Barr.  The series also contains 35mm slides of artwork. Please note: All of the Audio and Visual Media Materials represented in the papers are restricted for access. Please contact Robert Ray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at rray@mail.sdsu.edu for more information.

The Born Digital Materials represent professional and personal documents and art work originating on various media formats, including ZipDiscs, 3.5 floppy discs, CDs, and DVDs. The Born Digital Materials in Series 9 are restricted.  Please contact Robert Ray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at rray@mail.sdsu.edu for more information.

The Original Artwork series is an oversize extensive collection of original artwork from 1988-2012. The series includes all the rough sketches, penned ink art, line drawings, and colored panels and covers for The Desert Peach, Stinz, and other miscellaneous titles. The materials also include original paintings and watercolors of various non-comic related material. It is arranged into three subseries: The Desert Peach, Stinz, and Other Works.

Biographical Note

Donna Barr, an accomplished artist and prolific writer, was born in Everett, Washington in 1952, and began drawing as a child in 1954.  She served in the United States Army from 1970-73, and received a bachelors' degree in German from Ohio State University in 1978.

Barr is best known for her two comic book series Stinz (1984) and The Desert Peach (1986). Stinz tells the story of a society of centaur-like people living in a setting reminiscent of pre-industrial Germany, while The Desert Peach is about Pfirsich Rommel, the fictional and homosexual younger brother of Erwin “The Desert Fox Rommel,” and is set in North Africa during World War II.  Subsequent publications included Hader and the Colonel (1987), Bosom Enemies (1987), and Barr Girls (1990). Her work has been translated into German, Japanese, Italian, and Croatian.  Her most ambitious work is a series of handmade ornate, stitchery-covered bound sketchbooks, called the Black Manuscripts.  In 1997, Barr started her own publishing company.

Barr has been a respected presence in drawn-book publishing throughout her career.  Her drawn books, which cross the boundaries between art and writing, redefine traditional novels, artist's books, graphic novels, and book design and illustration. Her background in 20th-century German culture and language, literature, world mythologies, history, and religion informs her artwork, which is influenced by Japanese woodcuts, European fine arts, Victorian novels, Chinese poets, and Russian mystics.  She works in pencil, ink, watercolor, and silkscreen.

Barr has been recognized throughout her career with numerous awards and honors, including The Xeric Grant 2000; The Bruce Brown Foundation Grant 2004; San Diego Comicon International's  Inkpot,  1996; Seattle's Cartoonists Northwest's  Toonies,  1998; London Comic Creator's Guild's  Best Ongoing Humor Series, 1992; the Washington Press Association's  Communicator of Excellence for Fiction,  1997 and 1998.

Aside from her professional and personal writing, she has been involved in the Northwest community as a member of the Graphic Artists Guild, the National Writers Union, UAW/AFL/CIO, and a consultant for the Media curriculum in the Arts Department at Olympic College, in Bremerton, Washington.  She lectures on her work at conventions and symposiums all over the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is well known to the growing drawn-book audience in Eastern Europe.  She lives in Clallam Bay, Washington with her husband.

Subject/Index Terms

Barr, Donna, 1952--Archives
Caricatures and cartoons
Desert Peach (Fictitious character)
Desert Peach (Fictitious character)--Comic books, strips, etc
Nazis--Comic books, strips, etc
Rommel, Erwin, 1891-1944--Comic books, strips, etc
Women artists
World War, 1939-1945--Comic books, strips, etc
Zines

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2008-021, 2008-046, 2009-012, 2009-018, 2009-046, 2010-002, 2010-003, 2010-037, 2010-039, 2011-055, 2012-012, 2012-031, 2013-005, 2013-018, 2014-003, 2014-011, 2014-020, 2014-026

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. All of the Audio and Visual Media Materials represented in the papers and the Born Digital Materials in Series 9 are restricted. Please contact Robert Ray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at rray@mail.sdsu.edu for more information.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Donna Barr

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Donna Barr Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Finding Aid Revision History: The Donna Barr Papers were reprocessed with additional materials and the finding aid revised in August 2014 by Kim Schwenk.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-2014],
[Series 2: Administrative Files, 1982-2014],
[Series 3: Desert Peach, 1919-2018],
[Series 4: Stinz, 1982-2003],
[Series 5: Bosom Enemies, 1987-2003],
[Series 6: Hader and the Colonel, 1987-1999],
[Series 7: Other Works, 1981-2012],
[Series 8: Audio and Visual Media Materials, ca. 1987-2006],
[Series 9: Born Digital Materials],
[Series 10: Original artwork (Oversize), 1985-2013],
[All]

Series 7: Other Works, 1981-2012Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Art Cards Drawing from Donna BarrAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Back of the BusAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: CoordinationAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Bone FolkAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Bone Folk's IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Characters of Red HorseAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Characters of Red HorseAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Donna Barr Draft SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Girl Behind the GunAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Home is Where...Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Home is Where...Add to your cart.
Folder 12: How a Luger (PAO9) WorksAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: How to be the Author of a Drawn BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Into the FireAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: KraKoom!Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Medieval SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Pen IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: PoetryAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Political View Art SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Ring CatAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Self Comic StripAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Sexual Fantasies Draft SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Shrinking GenerationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Sir George Frederick GustaveAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sketches from Dena Porter's HouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sunday MorningsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Swash Buckling, Pirates, & MusketeersAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: That Time of Year... SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: True ConfessionAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Welcome to CallahansAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: When Germans Go NativeAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Young Baron Had Come HomeAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Black and White Water Color (Original), 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Family Drawings, 1980, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 17: A Kindness, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: In Supportable Light, 1982Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: In Supportable Light, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: In Supportable Light, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Donna Barr's Family Lineage (Geneology Research), 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ancient Light Manuscript, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ancient Light Manuscript, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ancient Light Manuscript, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ancient Light Manuscript, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ancient Light Manuscript, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Ancient Light Manuscript, 1985Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Gaming Art for Commission Work, 1985, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Pike's Place, House Keeping at the Market, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Short Bio, "Mistranslate at Will...", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Witch Hunt, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Colbert and the Smaj, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sprunghack Hans, the are Stories- and There are Stories, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Art of the Copyright, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Barr Girls Comics, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Surrender," Bookmaster Images, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Barr Wars (Flame War), 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: All Kiartan's People, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Breaking, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Centaurs Gatherum #18, with Donna's Illustrations, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Colbert and the Smaj, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 15: How to Convince Your Comic Store to Carry Your Favorite, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Mer Curial, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Military 19 A.P.A. 19 (American Psychological Association), 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Comic Comment, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Cmoix, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Red Shetland, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Beware of the Health Police Steve Jackson, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Ein Urlaub, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Lady Leni, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Thelma and Louise Do Deutschland, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Little Tin Ear, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Nothing Like and Early Breakfast, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Where Do Males Come From, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Adventures in Ferryland, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Feedstore Conversion; Comic Strip, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 30: How Fear Came, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Comic Strips Start Stories, 1993-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 32: The Barr Girls in: "What is this Stuff?", 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Coconuts!, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Interview with Another Vampire (original), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Interview with Another Vampire, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Midnight Library, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Sketches, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Triple Treat: an Introduction to Diana Sasse's Comics, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Wire Bird, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Comic Book (Legal Defense Fund) Illustration, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Civilized with Donna's Illustrations, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 42: It Hurts to Grow Up, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Silicone and Suffering, 1995Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Barr Girls Book Cover Illustration, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bughouse Blues, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Centaurs Gatherum #29 with Donna's Illustrations, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Centaurs Gatherum #30 with Donna's Illustrations, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Donna Barr in Trading cards, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: I Am Your Candidate, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Night After, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Barr Girls: Seeing Stars, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Delicate Balance, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 10: I Am Anstalt, In the Institution, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Youssef Beni Ismail Paper Doll, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Rental Goddess Comic Strip, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Child's Play Comic Strip (6), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Commission Work for Kim Davenport, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Barr Girls: Coordination, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Drawn Books One History (Original), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Rental Goddess, 1999-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Color Print of Man Vermißt Ihn, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Girl's Gotta Learn Not to Listen, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Crazy Davy's Tattoos and Piercing (Original), 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Crazy Davy's Tattoos and Piercing, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Help Me, Mama, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Watch Your Mouth, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Watch Your Mouth (Final Copy), 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Loan Prairie, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Loan Prairie (2), 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 27: An Olympia Curse, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Shipbored and Tribal Bible, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Shipbored, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Tribal Bible, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 31: The Early Life of Rose Kavalier (a Dissenting View), 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Indulgence, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Kunrah - Goddess of Not Putting Up with Shit, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 34: One Short Day, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 35: One Short Day (Draft Copy), 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 36: The Secret of Sharing One Daiquiri with 10 Goats is They Have, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Very Weak Jaws, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Visions of Freedom, 2003Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Pen IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Pen Illustrations, 1990-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Job is Taken, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Tooth and Nail, 1992-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Adventures in Ferryland, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Barr Girls: You Get What You Pay For, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Interview with Another Vampire (oversizes), 1994Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Color Screen PrintsAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Donna's Official Birthday Non-Card, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Pen Illustrations, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Color Illustration, 2002-2004Add to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Witchhunt" typescript draft, 1980-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Gräzl and the Schirrmmeister original artwork, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Musswolf original artwork (photocopies), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Der Kauz" Newsletter, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Miki original artwork (photocopies), 1996Add to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Good Morning, Herr Hitler", 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Perverts" prints, 1999-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Free Air" typescript draft, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "University Bomb" typescript draft, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tank Boys - Print of original, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Watercolor originals (prints), 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Watercolor originals, Horses, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Northern Animals/Eastern New Year/Western Zodiac - "Beast Zodiac", 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Geiselthal Halfhorse sayings, proverbs, and suchAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Ramsbottom family historyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "RingCat" typescript draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Linoleum cut blocks (artwork)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Miscellaneous artwork, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous artwork, promotional catalogs, and mock-ups, 1995-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Miscellaneous sketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaenous sketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: General art files, 35 mm slidesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Grandmother's Hive, 35 mm slidesAdd to your cart.
Box 60Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American Brave, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Banned from the Ranch, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Bloody KidsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Cracked Baby, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Mean Little PumpkinAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Odd FishAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Permanent Party: A MemoirAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: PeterbiltAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Truth is Out ThereAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: You Vulgar ThingAdd to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Original artwork - Commissions and sketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Original artwork - Miscellaneous illustrations and comic stripsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Original artwork - SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Original Artwork - Painting of SDSU Library Folks, 2018Add to your cart.
Group portrait of SDSU Library faculty and staff, from left to right: Angela Risi, Rob Ray, Gale Etschmaier, Pamela Jackson, Anna Culbertson, and Wil Weston. Presented to SDSU Library by Donna Barr, 2018.
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Negatives - Color 110 film, PeopleAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Negatives - 35mm black and white filmAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Negatives - 35mm color filmAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Slides - 35mm color - Various artworkAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-2014],
[Series 2: Administrative Files, 1982-2014],
[Series 3: Desert Peach, 1919-2018],
[Series 4: Stinz, 1982-2003],
[Series 5: Bosom Enemies, 1987-2003],
[Series 6: Hader and the Colonel, 1987-1999],
[Series 7: Other Works, 1981-2012],
[Series 8: Audio and Visual Media Materials, ca. 1987-2006],
[Series 9: Born Digital Materials],
[Series 10: Original artwork (Oversize), 1985-2013],
[All]


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