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Dick Higgins Collection

Identifier: MsC0790

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains original manuscripts of performance art, original works of art, and related ephemera.


  • Creation: 1968-1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Dick Higgins was born in Cambridge, England in 1939 and died in Quebec in 1998. He was a Fluxus artist who studied with John Cage and Henry Cowell (1958-1959), and co-founded Happenings in 1958. He is credited with coining the phrase "intermedia" to describe his particular approach to artmaking that included (but is not limited to) his visual, musical and literary efforts. He was a theorist, poet, composer, performance artist, printmaker, filmaker, and book publisher. Most notably, Higgins founded Something Else Press (1963-1974), operated the Something Else Gallery (1966-1969) and founded Unpublished Editions (Printed Editions) in 1972.


7.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



He was a Fluxus artist. This is an Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Art Collection (ATCA).

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by a variety of sources including Dick Higgins, Ken Friedman, Buster Cleveland, and Steve Durland.

Related Materials

This is an Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Art collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)