Register of the Barry Moser Collection
MS 111


This is a finding aid. It is a description of the contents of an archival collection held within the Special Collections at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web.

Summary Information

Repository
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections
Creator - Compiler
Goldsmith, Arthur
Creator - Artist
Moser, Barry
Title
Barry Moser Collection
ID
MS 111
Date [inclusive]
1970-2011
Extent
35.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The Barry Moser Collection consists of books, prints, watercolors, drawings and sketches, woodblocks, steel plates, calendars, and other materials produced by UTC alumnus, Barry Moser.

Preferred Citation note

The Barry Moser Collection, MS 111, Lupton Library, Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Biographical/Historical note

Barry Moser was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1940. He was educated at a military academy there, The Baylor School, then at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He did graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970. He studied with George Cress, Leonard Baskin, Fred Becker, and Jack Coughlin. His work is represented in numerous collections, museums, and libraries in the United States and abroad, including The National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Metropolitan Museum, The British Museum, The Library of Congress, The National Library of Australia, The London College of Printing, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Vatican Library, Harvard University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Cambridge University, the Israel Museum and Princeton University to name a few. Mr. Moser has exhibited internationally in both one-man and group exhibits. He is a member of the Society of Printers, Boston; an Associate of the National Academy of Design elected in 1982 & made full Academician in 1994; and was a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. He was awarded the Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts (1999), the Doctor of Humanities degree by Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts (2001), and the Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts (2003).

In addition to being an illustrator he is also a printer, painter, printmaker, designer, author, essayist, and teacher. Mr. Moser frequently lectures and acts as visiting artist and artist in residence at universities and institutions across the country. He is on the faculty of the Illustration Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, was the 1995 Whitney J. Oates Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University, was artist and writer in residence in the Children’s Literature department at Vassar College in 1998, and is currently on the faculty of Smith College where he is Professor in Residence in the Department of Art and serves as Printer to the College. In the fall of 1999 he was artist in residence at Dartmouth College and the University of Iowa. He was the Elliott lecturer in the book arts at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto in the fall of 2000, and in the fall of 2001 was the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Louisville. Mr. Moser lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, two English mastiffs and four cats. He has three grown daughters and nine grandchildren. The books Moser has illustrated and/or designed forms a list of over three hundred titles. That list includes the Arion Press Moby-Dick and the University of California Press The Divine Comedy of Dante. Moser's edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, won the National Book Award for design and illustration in 1983 and prompted the poet John Ashbery writing in NEWSWEEK (March 1, 1982), to call Moser's work “never less than dazzling.” Mr. Moser was honored as a “New England Living Treasure” in 1983 by the New England Artist Festival. His Jump, Again! The Further Adventures of Brer Rabbit, was named by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Illustrated Children's Books” of 1987 as well as one of Redbook's Best Books for Children for that same year. His collaboration with Cynthia Rylant, Appalachia, the Voices of Sleeping Birds, won the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1991, and his collaboration with Ken Kesey, Big Double the Bear Meets Little Tricker the Squirrel, was named one of the best books of 1990–1991 by the International Board of Books for Young People of Zurich, Switzerland. His collaboration with his granddaughter, Isabelle Harper, My Dog Rosie was named a Best of the Year by Parents Magazine in 1994. Whistling Dixie, his collaboration with Marcia Vaughn was a 1995 ALA Notable Book, as was his collaboration with Virginia Hamilton, When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing, in 1997. He has won numerous citations and awards of merit from Communication Arts Magazine, Bookbuilders West, The American Association of University Presses, and The American Institute of Graphic Arts. His monumental work on the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible (1999) has been the subject of scores of articles in print, television, and radio as well as the subject of a documentary film called A Thief among the Angels. It was also featured in the only one-man exhibit ever to be mounted at the Library of National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. by a living artist. It was exhibited in the summer and autumn of 2000 at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as part of an exhibit called "The Bible in the Landscape."

Citation: Barry Moser & the Pennyroyal Press website accessed at http://www.moser-pennyroyal.com/moser-pennyroyal/Biography.html on April 27, 2010.

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Scope and Contents note

The Barry Moser Collection represents a diverse array of artwork spanning approximately 40 years (and counting) of Mr. Moser's career. Included are over 220 (mostly original) prints, a large selection of advertisements, broadsides, and posters, several drawings and sketches, as well as several watercolors from his recent books. Included in the collection are a set of engraved wood blocks used for printing the Book Twelve American Authors and a set of metal etching plates used for the Death of Narcissus. In addition to the artwork, the collection includes documents and ephemera such as Christmas cards, catalogs, calendars, notes, multimedia items, and book dummies.

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Arrangement note

Series 1: Prints

Series 2: Advertisements, Broadsides, and Posters

Series 3: Drawings and Sketches

Series 4: Watercolors

Series 5: Wood Blocks and Etching Plates

Series 6: Documents

Series 7: Multimedia

Series 8: Miscellaneous

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections December 6, 2011

615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37403
423.425.2186
archives@utc.edu

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Patrons must read and sign the "Rules for Use" form available in the Special Collections. Please contact the Special Collections of Lupton Library to use this collection.

Publication Rights

The copyright interests in the Barry Moser Collection have not been transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For further information, see the section on copyright and publishing on the web site for the Special Collections, under "Policies".

Provenance

The material in the Barry Moser Collection has three separate parts (acquisitions) that have been amalgamated into the single Barry Moser Collection. A large portion of the collection was acquired from the estate of Arthur Goldsmith by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in September of 2009. The second portion of the collection is ongoing & has been donated by Verbie Prevost of UTC's English Dept. Dr. Prevost continues to collection Mr. Moser's materials and donate them to the collection. The third portion of the collection is also ongoing and consists of material donated to the university by Mr. Moser himself; the first installment of which was deposited with us in September of 2010. Mr. Moser continues to send materials to the archive.

Processing Information note

Collection arranged and described by Chapel Cowden, 2009-present.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Digital scans of most materials are stored in the Special Collections, but are not accessible to the public without permission.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Goldsmith, Arthur
  • Prevost, Verbie, Dr.

Subject(s)

  • Drawings
  • Engraving
  • Printmaking
  • Prints--Technique.
  • Watercolors
  • Wood blocks

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Other Finding Aids note

A complete and detailed item-level listing of the materials in the Barry Moser Collection are available in an Excel spreadsheet in the UTC Special Collections department.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Prints 

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Series 2: Advertisements, Broadsides, and Posters 

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Series 3: Drawings and Sketches 

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Series 4: Watercolors 

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Series 5: Wood Blocks and Etching Plates 

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Series 6: Documents 

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Series 7: Multimedia 

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Series 8: Miscellaneous 

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