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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 3: Desert Peach, 1919-2018Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Manuscripts, 1919-2003Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 6: An Army OfficerAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Manuscript (Incomplete)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Out of the EastAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Out of the EastAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Prologue: Melvin Lazarus Ramsbottom, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Mani Rommel's letter to his Father, Erwin Rommel, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Comic Number 3, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Comic Strips Stories, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Dear Masculine, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Library of Congress Copyright Sketches, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Snowbuni - Peach Jam, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Last Words: Hamburg, 1987Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Day Like Any Other, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Flight of Fancy, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Is There a Nazy in the House?, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Good Morning, Herr Hitler, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miki, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Spoiled Fruit, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Fever Dream, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Menschenkind, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Lady Luck, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Gypsy Blood, Peach Son - Marc Eramo, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Slide (79), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Lady Luck, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Notes and Schedule for the Desert Peach Play, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Playwright Script for the Desert PEach, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 15: New and Different, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Vision, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Beautiful Dreamer, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Colonel in Mercy, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Snowbuni - Peach Jam Illustrations, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Snowbuni - Peach Jam (Copy of Published Book), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ups and Downs, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miki (Draft Layout), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: New and Different, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Tongue, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Unstoppable, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Headaches, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Headaches (Copy of the Original), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Headaches (Sketched Copy), 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Tongue, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Tongue (Draft Layout), 1998Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Good Uncle, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Out of the East, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Out of the East (Draft Layout), 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Dead Can't Tan (Original), 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Desert Peach Original Manuscript, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Desert Peach Original, 2005Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Two Timer, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Confusing Sound of War by Johane Matt, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Age of Consent, by Howard Stangroom and Stephen LowtherAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Ersatz RR5 Desert Peach Canned Under License, by David MorrisAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: ResearchAdd to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Plot ideasAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Musical Production, 1943-1992Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Color DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Actors' Names and AddressesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Anybody Want to Buy a Used Musical by T. Brain WagnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Fan Comic Strips and IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Fan DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Jurassic Peach, by Brett Austin, CartoonistAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Musical Production Review by Jim DrewAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Musical ReviewAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Musical Screen Play Summary LetterAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Photos of an actor as Rommel from the musical productionAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Syndicated Peach by Brett Austin CartoonistAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Australian Red Cross Society During World War II Research, 1943Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Musical Costume Sketches, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Research Correspondence, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Willkommen in Stalingrad (Theater Ordinances), 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Illustration Layout for Musical Cassette, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Musical Play Photographs, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photo for the actors from the musical productions, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Musical Poster Art, 1991Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Thoughts and Images musical script, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: A Musical Piano Vocal Score, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 11: A Musical Annotated Script, 1991Add to your cart.
Box 62Add to your cart.
Item 5: Costume accessories and props - Desert Peach playAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Announcements, 1988-2000Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Excellent Items CatalogAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: FlyersAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Magazine and Newspaper IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Review for Miki by Margaret O'ConnelAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Peachy Shops, Continued NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Interview with Andrea Juno, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Look-a-like Contest, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Book Cover Illustrations, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Swastika Had Good Karma pre Hitler advice by Ann Landers, 2000Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Illustrations, 1980-2012Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Button ArtAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Comic Strip SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Draft SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Fine Line Art IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Hinde Orden Wei Brob, ComicAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Little Night Mares...Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: One Page, Unknown Comic StripAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Paper DollsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Peach ArrivesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Peach InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Portrait of Pfirsich RommelAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Short Comic StripsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Color Illustration, 1980, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Pfirsich Rommel, Desert Fox Pretty Boy, 1987-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Draft Sketch, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Pen Illustrations, 1990-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Comic Book Marker, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Go Reach Racer go, by Nim Doberman Groft, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Book Covers, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Color Illustration, 1998Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Old Unreliable, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Whipping BoyAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Oversize Comic Strip, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book CoverAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Back Issue AdvertisementAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Delectable Desert Peach Portrait, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Pen Illustration, 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Pencil IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: #25 Back Cover, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Desert Beast or Beauty and the Bitch, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Comic Strip, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Oversize Illustration, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Original artwork, various (photocopies), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Original artwork, various (photocopies), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Peach on Earth" original artwork (photocopies), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Bread and Swans" rough sketches, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tarot Deck original artwork and sketches, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Beautiful" original artwork (photocopies), 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: 10th Anniversary Desert Peach, 25th Anniversary original artwork cover, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sketchbook, 1996Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "After Dead" - "All the Wrong Places" original artwork, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "After Dead" - Wingless rough sketches, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Catching Hell" rough sketch, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Various original artwork (photocopies)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Cell negativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous sketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs of artworksAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Peach Slices" negative artwork end papers, c. 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Snowbunni - Desert Peach" original artwork and photocopies, 1995Add to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Original artwork - Various (photocopies)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Original artwork (color originals)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Original artwork - SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Original artwork - SketchesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Additional Materials, 1941-2018Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Erwin Rommel Desert Fox Painting on a PostcardAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: German Soldier PhotosAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Independent Spotlight or Voices From the Small Press by Eva MarloAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Pfirsich Rommel and Stein Held Low HardAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: I Flew for the Führer, By Heinz Knoke, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Gag Art, 1980-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Advertising Art, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Comics, Alternative History and Stereotype Bashing, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 27: The Scene Treatment, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 28: That Girl Done Need a Curry-Comb!, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Long Range Desert Convention - Personal ReportAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Paper DollAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Happy 10th Anniversary Pfirsich!, 1986Add to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Item 1: Rolled postersAdd to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Item 1: 2 Desert Peach dollsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Model airplaneAdd to your cart.
Item 3: 2 MugsAdd to your cart.
Item 4: BeretAdd to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Item 1: Oversize Desert Peach dollAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Glamazon: The Uncanny Super-Tranny t-shirtAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Hathor Rising wood sculpture, 2007Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Dressage - the French Word for Torture" t-shirt, 2018Add to your cart.
Design artwork for this t-shirt can be found in Series 2: Administrative Files, Sub-series 2 Consignment Work, Box 5, Folder 20: "Dressage, The French Word for Torture, 1990".
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Desert Peach, 35mm slides of artwork and referencesAdd 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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