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Barbara Hammer papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1482

Content Description

The Barbara Hammer Papers, which span from 1940 to 2017, contain writings, images, research materials, project files, and documentation related to Hammer's films and artwork. The papers also contain personal and professional correspondence, clippings, ephemera, costumes, audiovisual materials, and electronic media related to her life and work.


  • 1940 - 2017




Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 46-66 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 67-68 (born digital): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Barbara Hammer Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Barbara Hammer, on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund, 2017.


Organized into six series: I. Writings and Personal Papers, 1940-2017. II. Teaching Notes, 1970-2010. III. Film Projects, Artwork, and Research, 1980-2017. IV. Audiovisual Materials, 1974-2015. V. Electronic Media, 1997-2014. VI. Costumes, Clothing, and Acccessories, 1979-2015.


51.58 Linear Feet (74 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The Barbara Hammer Papers, which span from 1940 to 2017, contain writings, research materials, and documentation related to Hammer's films and artwork including Nitrate Kisses, Resisting Paradise, and Lover Other. The papers also contain correspondence, clippings, ephemera, audiovisual materials, and electronic media related to her life and work.

Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer (1939-) is a filmmaker, visual artist, and teacher. Born in Hollywod, California, Hammer has created over eighty films and videos during her career, including her most well-known work, "Nitrate Kisses." Hammer's film, photography, and artwork has been featured in film festivals museum retrospectives, and exhibitions all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of of Gay and Lesbian Art, and Jeu de Paume. She has won many awards for her work including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Hammer has taught for many years at institutions including the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Guide to the Barbara Hammer Papers
by Rosemary K. J. Davis and Timothy G. Young
August 2018
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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