University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the John Shown Collection, 1955-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shown, John, 1937-
Title: John Shown Collection
Dates: 1955-1995
Creator Abstract: John Shown was an artist known for his collages and stitchery wall hangings. Shown created Forum magazine, an Artists Forum of Texas publication and Nuevo en todas las artes, the first freely distributed magazine of art and entertainment in Mexico .
Content Abstract: The John Shown Collection documents Shown's work as an artist while living in San Antonio through journals, inventories, photographs, and slides depicting Shown's artwork. Also in the collection are issues of Forum magazine of as well as photographs and print materials related to the publication. The collection holds two issues of Nuevo en todas las artes, a Cornyation manuscript, other written work, and correspondence from Shown's time spent in Mexico.
Identification: MS 426
Extent: 3.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

John Shown was born and raised in San Antonio. After many years living elsewhere, Shown returned to San Antonio in the 1970s to continue his work as an artist. He was known for his collages and stitchery wall hangings many of which are owned by collectors across America. Shown created Forum magazine, an Artists Forum of Texas publication. Shown published, Nuevo en todas las artes while living in Mexico during the 1990s. In addition to working as an artist, Shown worked as a writer, lighting and scenic designer, photographer, and film maker. John Shown passed away in November 2001.


Scope and Content Note

The John Shown Collection primarily documents Shown's work as an artist while living in San Antonio through inventories, photographs, and slides. Four personal journals chronicle Shown's daily life. His entries are augmented with art exhibit cards and brochures, artwork, correspondence, print materials, and ephemera. Correspondence provides insight into Shown's life in Mexico in the 1990s. Also in the collection are issues of Forum magazine as well as photographs and print materials related to the publication. Other materials include two issues of Nuevo en todas las artes, a Cornyation script, and an unpublished manuscript. The collection has been arranged into five series: Artist, Correspondence, Journals, Publications, and Written Work.


Organization of Collection

Artist
Correspondence
Journals
Publications
Written Work

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

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.

Usage Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Personal Names
Shown, John, 1937-2001
Organizations
An Artists Forum
Subjects
Artists--Texas--San Antonio.
Gays--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Art.
Correspondence.
Journals.
Photographs.
Serial publications.
Local Subjects
Art/Artists
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources
Publishing, Press, Printing

Related Material

Two partial microfilm reels of John Shown materials were microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project in 1984 and are available for use at the Museum of the Fine Arts, Houston.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Shown Collection, MS 426, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from Gene Elder at Happy Foundation Archives in May 2014 (Accession 2014-019), July 2015 (Accession 2015-025), November 2016 (Accession 2016-063) and from Adriane Shown in October 2015 (Accession 2015-032), March 2016 (Accession 2016-007). Donation of Forum photographs received from John Shown, year not documented.

Processing Information

Collection was processed in May 2014, October 2015, March 2016, and November 2016 by Melissa Gohlke, Assistant Archivist.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Artist

Box
1 Artwork
Inventories, 1955-1982
Inventories, invitations, clippings, 1957-1985
Stitchery inventories, slides, photographs, 1960-1981
Inventories, slides, photographs, 1962-1980
Inventories, slides, photographs, undated
Box
OM1 Sexikons poster, January 1988
Texikons exhibit scrapbook, 1979
Clippings, 1978-1979
Exhibits, 1979-1995
Other artists, 1972-1986
Box
1 Professional documents
Shown-Davenport Gallery, 1981-1982
Curriculm Vitae, undated
Box
3 John L. Walker agreement, 1971
New York City Museum agreement, 1983
Resume, vita, biographical information, undated



Correspondence

Box
3 Professional
Leonardo publication, 1974-1975
Assorted, 1973-1983
Personal
Attorney, 1973-1979
Marriage license, 1964
Leo J. Sylvor with enclosures, 1974
Margaret Costanza, Assistant to President Carter, 1977
The Father's Book, 1982
Postcards, 1984
Tom Thompson, 1990
Gene Elder, 1990-1995



Journals

Box
2 1973-1984
Box
OM2 1982-1984
Box
OM3 1985-1987
Box
3 1984



Publications

Box
1 Forum
Correspondence, clippings, fliers, slides, contact sheets, 1985-1987
Box
OM1 Issues, 1985-1987
Box
1 Photographs, 1985-1987
Box
OM1 Nuevo en todas las artes
Issues, 1991



Written Work

Box
3 Cornyation script, 1984
69, unpublished manuscript, undated