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Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection, Compiled by Matthew Hogan

Call Number



1970-2014, inclusive


Franklin Furnace (Archive)
Hogan, Matthew
Franklin Furnace (Archive) (Role: Donor)


106.25 Linear Feet
in 102 record cartons, 8 manuscript boxes, 2 oversized flat boxes

Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English, with some materials in Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian and French.


Since its inception in 1976, Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. has been devoted to documenting and preserving ephemeral art forms. The Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection contains invitations, flyers, postcards, and advertisements collected by Franklin Furnace. The collection is international in scope, comprising materials in numerous languages related to art events in numerous countries. Materials date from 1970 to 2014.

Historical Note

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.> is an organization whose mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. The Archive was founded by Martha Wilson in New York City in 1976; since then, Franklin Furnace has been one of the strongest driving forces behind the documentation and preservation of ephemeral and avant-garde art forms.


Materials in the Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection are arranged alphabetically by venue. Fales archivists have operated under a processing scheme which retains a broad definition of the term "venue," used to refer to the entity that is primarily responsible for a given event or work. In this way not only are museums, galleries, nightclubs and performance spaces classified as venues, but collectives, institutions and individual artists as well. For each box, the alphabet range and a short list of any notable venues are given in the finding aid; the full list of venues is available, please contact Fales Library staff ( to see the list.

Note on alphabetization: In instances where a proper name is the first part of a corporate name, the venue has been arranged based on the first letter of the first name (e.g. "Leo Castelli Gallery" has been placed under "L" for Leo). Wherever an individual has been identified as a venue, the first letter of the last name takes priority (e.g. "Tehching Hsieh" has been placed under "H" for Hsieh).

Materials added to the collection in 2018 and 2020 do not follow the original arrangement scheme. Materials that were pre-sorted by venue name are listed as "Unarranged" after the alphabetical list of venues. Materials that were not pre-sorted have been listed at the end as "Unalphabetized". These materials have not been arranged by an archivist, and are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

Scope and Contents

The Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection contains fliers, invitations, promotional objects and other printed ephemera related to events hosted at more than 9000 international venues. The contents of the collection are the result of a massive collection process undertaken by Matthew Hogan, a Franklin Furnace archivist. The venues documented in the collection span the globe, with particular strengths in New York and California. Materials are in several languages, including English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian and French. Specific strengths include performance spaces like Highways Performance Space and St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, as well as nightclubs such as the Limelight, Tunnel and Palladium. Materials date from 1970 to 2014.



Franklin Furnace (Archive) (Role: Donor); ABC No Rio (New York, N.Y.); 92nd Street Y (New York, N.Y.); 80 Washington Square East Galleries; 55 Mercer St. Gallery; Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (New York, N.Y.) . 49th Parallel (Art gallery). 49th Parallel (New York, N.Y.); Brooklyn Museum; Center for Book Arts (New York, N.Y.); Collective for Living Cinema (New York, N.Y.); Creative Time, Inc.; Dance Theater Workshop; Deitch Projects; Dia Center for the Arts (New York, N.Y.); Dieu DonneĢ Papermill; Drawing Center (New York, N.Y.); Group Material (Firm : New York, N.Y.); Gracie Mansion Gallery; Grey Art Gallery & Study Center; Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc.; Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities; Film Forum, inc.; Gagosian Gallery; Bronx Museum of the Arts; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Art in General, Inc.; Barbara Gladstone Gallery; Andy Warhol Museum; Anthology Film Archives; Robert Miller Gallery (New York, N.Y.); St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery (New York, N.Y.). Poetry Project; St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery (New York, N.Y.); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Performance Space 122; Public Art Fund (New York, N.Y.); Queens Museum of Art; REPOhistory (Organization); Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture; Thread Waxing Space (Gallery); Tony Shafrazi Gallery; Tunnel (Nightclub); School of Visual Arts (New York, N.Y.); Sculpture Center (New York, N.Y.); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; SoundArt Foundation; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.); Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.); New York Public Library; New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, N.Y.); MIX NYC; Millennium Film Workshop; Museum of the City of New York; Museo del Barrio (New York, N.Y.); P.P.O.W. (Gallery); Pat Hearn Gallery; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; Printed Matter, Inc.; Pace Gallery; Nuyorican Poets Cafe; Paper Tiger Television Collective (Firm); Palladium (Nightclub); Lower East Side Printshop, Inc.; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Highways Performance Space; Henry Street Settlement (New York, N.Y.); Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, England); Institute for Art and Urban Resources; Joyce SoHo (New York, N.Y.); International Center of Photography; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Midtown Y Photography Gallery (New York, N.Y.); Mattress Factory; Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Marian Goodman Gallery; Matthew Marks Gallery; Madison Art Center; Manhattan Neighborhood Network; Long Beach Museum of Art; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Gallery); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Fashion Moda (Group); Exit Art (Gallery : New York, N.Y.); Estate Project for Artists with AIDS; Judson Memorial Church (New York, N.Y.); Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film, and Literature (New York, N.Y.); Knitting Factory (Nightclub); La Mama Experimental Theatre Club; Lannan Foundation; Leo Castelli Gallery; Limelight (Nightclub); Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Visual AIDS (Organization); Walker Art Center; Ubu Gallery; Ubu Repertory Theater; Ward-Nasse Gallery; White Columns (Gallery); A.I.R. Gallery (New York, N.Y.); Amos Eno Gallery

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); The Franklin Furnace Ephemera Collection, Compiled by Matthew Hogan; MSS 206; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Location of Materials

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Franklin Furnace Archive, 2007. The accession number associated with this gift is 2007.206. Additional donations were made in 2009-2020. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2009.2067, 2011.206, 2013.206, 2014.206, and 2020.009.

Related Materials at Fales

Downtown Flyers and Invitations Collection (MSS.119)

A.I.R. Gallery Archives (MSS.184)

Collective: Unconscious Archive (MSS.225)

Creative Time Archive (MSS.179)

Fashion Moda Archive (MSS.091)

Judson Memorial Church Archive

REPOHistory Archive (MSS.094)

Ubu Repertory Theater Script Collection (MSS.120)

Martha Wilson Papers (MSS.175)

Collection processed by

Jen Kosakowski, 2007; Joseph Gallucci, 2007-2008; Priyanjali Sen, 2008; and Nicholas Martin, 2010. Finding aid by Nicholas Martin, 2010.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2024-02-06 14:16:47 -0500.
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Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

In 2018, 4 record cartons of materials from accretions 2009.206, 2013.206, and 2014.206 were processed and incorporated into the collection. Materials were housed in archival folders and boxes. In 2020, an accretion of 5 boxes was rehoused in archival boxes and folders, and incorporated into the collection as Boxes 103-107.

Revisions to this Guide

June 2018: Updated by Jasmine Larkin to include materials from accession numbers 2009.206, 2013.206, and 2014.206. In addition, the finding aid was edited for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description.
February 2020: Updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2020 accretion


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