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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],
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Series 2: Administrative Files, 1982-2014Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Subject Files, 1985-2014Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Business Correspondence, Pamphlets, Notes, and MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Contacts and DirectoriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Donna Barr Art Class MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Legal Referral ResourcesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Business Correspondence, 1985-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Krauts," Artists Publishing Association (A.P.A), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Artists Publishing Association (A.P.A) Art, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Business Correspondence, 2000-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Business Invoice, 2000-2002Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Donna Barr's Calendar Schedule, 1999Add to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Awards, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographical - Department of Army discharge papers, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: PENSTUFF - Monthly Newsletter of Cartoonists Northwest, 2009-2011Add to your cart.
Folder 10: PENSTUFF - Monthly Newsletter of Cartoonists Northwest, 2012-2014Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Conference materials, 2010-2014Add to your cart.
Folder 2: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Promotional cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: ResumesAdd to your cart.
Box 60Add to your cart.
Folder 1: EditorialsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Consignment Work, 1975-2010Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Barr - PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Color IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Comic Strips DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Copy IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Duchovny Writes One Script Too ManyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Field Grades, Noosprint NewsletterAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Flyers with Barr's ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Journal and Magazine ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Lord Hornblower YachtAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Pen IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Raft Draft SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Seattle Parks and Recreations, 1975Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Greeting Card Layouts, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Donna's Greeting Card Work, 1980-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Copy Illustrations, 1980-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Wolf Tree Nature Trail, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: A Children's Guide to the Wolf Tree Nature Trail, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Discovery Park Programs, 1983-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Association of Interpretive Naturalists, Region II Directory, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Association of Interpretive Naturalists, Region III Directory, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Commission Letters, 1985, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Interpreting Our Best, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Convention Art, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Game Designer's Workshop Illustrations, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 13: West Wind Club Zine of the North West Science Fiction Society, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Discovery Park Programs, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Advertising Art, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Discover the Forest, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 17: The Military - Artists Publishing Association (A.P.A.), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Dreamcon Illustrations, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 19: San Diego Comic Con, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Dressage, The French Word for Torture, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Washington State Ferries Transportation, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Copy Illustrations, 1990-1999Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ferry Schedule, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Random House, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Seed Sprouting Pots, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newsletters and Catalogs, 1995-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: HBO (Home Box Office) Animation Correspondence, 1996-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Illustrations for Seattle Park and Recreation, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Color Illustrations, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Condom Savior Kit, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Illustrations, 2000-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Dragon Flight, Convention, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Eric Schneider, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Tribute to Sergio Aragones, Mexican Cartoonist, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 13: SDSU at Comic Con, 2006Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles Regarding Desert Peach, 1988, 1992, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Ferry Schedule Blues, 1993Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Awards and Recognition, 1973-2010Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Certificate of Achievement, Madigan Army Medical, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Certificate of Recognition, Discovery Park, 1986, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Certificate of Recognition, Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Evvie, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Westercon 41 Masquerade: Most Humorous & Best Presentation, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Dreamcon 4: Title of Master, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 20: West Coast Comics Club, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Toonie Awards, 1991, 1994-1995, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Comics Creators Guild Awards, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Membership of Cartoonists Northwest, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Into the Fire, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Washington Press Association, 1997, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Ignatz Awards, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Friends of Lulu New York, 2003Add to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Inkpot Plaque Award - Oversize, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Toonie Plaque Award - Oversize, 1996Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Minneapolis College of Art and Design, "Eyes and Hands - An Introduction to Drawn Books", 2010Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Press Clippings, 1987-2004Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Articles about BarrAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: General Field Marshal RommelAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Black and White Postcard of General Feldmarschall RommelAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles About Barr, 1987-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Barr's Interviews, 1990-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Tips & Techniques: Cartooning and Humorous Illustration, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Articles by Barr, 1993-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings, 1988-2004Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Interview with Donna Barr by Kristen Enos, Bagal Comic Connection, 1997Add to your cart.

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[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],
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