Jason Brown Collection
Scope and Contents
The call for mail art was in February 2014 and the 460 pieces from 31 countries were received until mid-August of that year. The scope of the project is quite limited then, between February and August 2014.
The contents are extremely varied due to the “free” project guidelines. The pieces are all considered Mail Art, but otherwise they are made of different material, reused objects, and other miscellaneous forms. The curator organized the documents in the order he received them, grouping them into “pages.” He published the entire series in these pages on his blog. The Vanderbilt Special Collections housing will keep the integrity of the series order, but will sort them by box order rather than “page” groupings. The website’s documentation of the pieces designates what is considered the piece of art with parenthetical descriptions after the artist’s name or other pertinent information. In order to match this online catalog, the artist’s name, any parenthetical citations, and the artist’s location are included in the container list. Any oversize material is denoted in the original order by an “oversize” page. The oversize boxes keep the original order of the pieces within each box, but the boxes themselves are sorted by size rather than content.
The second mail art project “Letter to Me” was donated to Special Collections in August 2015, and the inclusive dates for this second mail art project were January 20, 2015 – July 1, 2015.
This project features the letters of approximately 200 participants from 26 countries, and several languages are represented.
Brown encouraged the participants to use present, past and future tenses for their art letters.
- 2014 - 2020
26 Linear Feet (15 Hollinger boxes; 9 Paige boxes; 4 flat boxes; 1 small box)
Language of Materials
- Finding Aid for the Jason Brown Collection
- Partially Processed
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States