Songs of Labor and Transcendence: The Trianon Press Archive
Upon completion of processing archival materials, fellows at The Elisabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) are tasked with organizing a library exhibit and a virtual exhibit showcasing materials from the archive.
Given the size of this archive, four CART fellows were assigned to process the archive and exhibit it. Jessica Calvacino, Hannah Newburn, Nicholas Whittington, and I tasked with the processing of various series within the archive. In the end, we came together and pooled our knowledge of this enormous archive to put together a library exhibit with a strong emphasis on Trianon's high art process, artist and scholar relationships, and the often anonymous artisans whose work is remembered in the archive.
Jessica, Hannah, and Nicholas took the lead on the library exhibit. While I offered input on what to display from the General Business Series, I took the lead on the digital exhibit. It offers a historical approach to the Arnold Fawcus's life, the Press's growth, its publications, and arrival at UCSC in the form of an interactive timeline. It also features and makes accessible the few audio recordings held within the collection. I recommend the interview with Mary Boyle, one more of the women behind the scenes, who speaks about her relationship to Abbé Breuil and her experience facilitating his work.
Both exhibits were dedicated to the memory of archivist Maureen Carey, who lovingly, arduously, and meticulously began the long effort to fully process the Collection. Although Maureen's hand was visible at every turn, she passed away before the archive was fully processed and made available to researchers. We were honored to see her decades of work into completion.
Display of unpublished manuscripts within the Trianon Press Archive.
Various materials used in the production of Trianon Press Books.
Exhibit display of images of Trianon Press artisans at work in pochoir and collotype studios.
Trianon Press Archive materials detailing the Press's relationship to Abbé Breuil.
Trianon Press correspondence.
Documents from the William Blake Trust and Trianon Press.
Trianon Press books in various stages of the publication and production process.
Brass Plates used to stamp titles on the spines of finished Trianon books.
A letter and handmade playing cards from Marcel Duchamp to Arnold Fawcus, Trianon's founder.