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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Pinocchio Book, 2001

Agua Vivientes. Living Water, 2018

Untitled Leaf Book, undated

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Beck Whitehead Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Whitehead, Beck
Title: Beck Whitehead Collection
Dates: 1930, 2001-2018
Creator Abstract: Beck Whitehead is a San Antonio artist who served as Chair of Papermaking and Book Arts at the Southwest School of Art until 2016. Whitehead is a papermaker who creates paper paintings and one-of-a-kind books.
Content Abstract: The collection documents three of Beck Whitehead’s book and paper arts projects undertaken between 2001-2018. It includes prototypes, mock ups, and test printing used by Whitehead in the creative process.
Identification: MS 507
Extent: 2 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Language: English
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Sketch

Beck Whitehead is a San Antonio artist who served as Chair of Papermaking and Book Arts at the Southwest School of Art until 2016. Whitehead creates paper paintings and one-of-a-kind books. She holds a BA from Trinity University and an MFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She has taught papermaking workshops at several national conferences and at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee; Pyramid Atlantic, Maryland; and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine. Beck Whitehead has previously served on the Board of Directors for Hand Papermaking Inc. Exhibitions include the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago and the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection documents three of Beck Whitehead’s book and paper arts projects undertaken between 2001-2018. It includes prototypes, mock ups, and test printing used by Whitehead in the creative process.

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Organization of Collection

Pinocchio Book
Agua Vivientes
Untitled Leaf Book

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Persons
Whitehead, Beck
Subjects
Papermaking.
Pinocchio (Fictitious character)--Art.
Poetry.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Tricentennial.
Places
San Antonio (Tex.)
Formats
Artists' books (books)
Broadsheet (format)
Folded books
Handmade paper
Mock-ups
Prototypes (object genre)
Sketches
Studies (visual works)
Watercolor (paint)
Occupation
Papermakers
Book artists (artists)
Local Subjects
Art/Artists
San Antonio Authors Collection
Women

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Related Material

Whitehead’s handmade artists' books as well as books from her collection have been cataloged and can be found by searching for “Beck Whitehead” in the UTSA Libraries catalog.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Beck Whitehead Collection, MS 507, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donated to UTSA Special Collections by Beck Whitehead in 2017 (Acc. 2018-035).

Processing Information

Materials processed by Agnieszka Czeblakow, Rare Books Librarian. Finding aid encoded by Katie Rojas, Manuscripts Archivist.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Pinocchio Book, 2001

The series contains inspiration materials, mock ups, sketches, watercolor studies, and concertina mock ups for a larger book project never completed.
Box Folder
OM 1 1 My Pinocchio Art Book: Art Appreciation Textbooks. Cora Elder Stafford, A.M. and Pearl Rucker, Laidlaw Brothers, 1930
2 Pinocchio watercolor on paper
3 Pinocchio cut out
4 Four concertinas painted with Pinocchio pieces attached, no covers
4 Two concertina books with prototype covers
4 Three completed concertina books

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Agua Vivientes. Living Water, 2018

The series contains mock ups, test paper, printing samples for poetry broadsides, and a portfolio project created to celebrate San Antonio's 300th anniversary in 2018.
Box Folder
OM 1 5 Portfolio with paper samples
5 Test printing of three broadsides
5 Papermaking template

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Untitled Leaf Book, undated

The series contains two pulp painted handmade paper book prototypes.
Box Folder
OM 1 6 Untitled and undated fold out leaf book, pulp painted handmade paper with cloth spine
6 Untitled and undated fold out leaf book, watercolor and paste painting on commercial paper, handmade paper cover with cloth spine

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