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Guide to the A. M. Fine Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1960-1991
Creator: Fine, A. M. (1932-1987)
Extent: 16.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0518
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Fluxus artist, composer, and poet. Artworks, personal items, poetry, essays, and music scores.

Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in Boxes 13, 14; Film/Video in Box 10; Audio material in Boxes 6 and 10.

Access: This collection is open for research. Note: Donor has retained the copyright and the exclusive rights of reproduction, adaptation and distribution of the musical scores in Box 15.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: The core of the A. M. Fine Collection was donated to the University of Iowa by Ida Fine in 1995. Two smaller donations were made by John Broderickin 1995 and William Rand in 1996.

Preferred Citation: A. M. Fine Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

Albert M. Fine (1932 -- 1987) was born in Boston , Massachusetts. He graduated from Revere High School in 1949. In 1958 he earned a B.A. from the Julliard School of Music, and in 1960 he received his M.A. from the Julliard in orchestral conducting. In addition to being a composer, Fine was an artist and poet, whose compositions ranged from instrumental works to incidental music to off-Broadway theatre. Although perhaps most widely known within contemporary discourse for his Fluxus works and as a leading exponent of the Mail-art movement (in collaboration with the late Ray Johnson), Fine's cross-disciplinary activities also overlapped with the creative productions of his friends and colleagues Phillip Glass, John Cage, George Maciunas , and Allen Ginsberg. [url=../../../resources/ATCA.html]Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts[/url] (a program of the Libraries in association with the Museum of Art and the School of Art & Art History) was chosen as the official repository for the artist's works and papers by the A. M. Fine estate.

The A. M. Fine Collection consists of 16 linear feet, one map case drawer, and two oversize boxes of original art works by Fine as well as Robert Janz and Ray Johnson, some of Fine's correspondence, personal items, poetry, essays, and twenty-six of his original music scores. This material's approximate datesrange from 1960 -- 1985.

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Twentieth Century Avant-Garde Art
Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts (ATCA)