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7786-Burroughs, Wm. collection

Call Number: MS 369


This collection consists of proof of concept items and rewards from the Kickstarter campaign for the 7786-Burroughs, Wm. project, led by Patrick Clement, to create a limited edition hardcover photo book and related items centered around seven photographs taken of Beat writer William S. Burroughs by photographer Robert Blank when he owned the Hixon Studio in Lawrence, Kansas.


  • Creation: 2014 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

William S. Burroughs was an influential writer, artist, and countercultural figure. Burroughs was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Harvard.

While living in New York in the mid-1940s, he befriended a younger group of aspiring writers, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, who would come to be known as the Beats. Burroughs's fiction includes Junkie (as William Lee, 1953), Naked Lunch (1959), The Soft Machine (1961), The Ticket that Exploded (1962), Nova Express (1964), The Wild Boys (1971), and Cities of the Red Night (1981).

Burroughs' writing is recognized for its technical experimentation (including the use of the cut-up method) and its explicit treatment of themes related to drugs, sexuality, and counterculture. After having spent time in Mexico City, Paris, Tangiers, London, and New York City, Burroughs moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1981, where he resided until his death on August 2, 1997.

Biography of Patrick Clement

Patrick Clement is a film maker and newspaper editor originally from Boston, Massachusetts. He spent five years in Los Angeles, California working in film and television production, graduating in 2011 from Los Angeles Valley College with an associates degree in film directing.

That same year Clement moved to Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas, where he became the editor for the Kiowa County Signal newspaper. He had been in Greensburg previously as part of a documentary production team in 2007, after the Greensburg tornado, with the documentary focusing on rebuilding the town. Clement won several awards from the Kansas Press Association for his graphic design, feature writing, and photography work with the newspaper.

Clement moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 2013 to enroll in the University of Kansas' Film and Media Studies program, from which he graduated in 2015. Later that same year he enrolled in Columbia University's screenwriting/directing MFA program.

[Information retrieved from Kickstarter page and]


1 Linear Feet (2 document cases)

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes materials from the 7786-Burroughs, Wm. project, led by Patrick Clement and making use of a series of seven unpublished photographs of Beat author William S. Burroughs, taken in 1983 by Lawrence, Kansas-based photographer Robert "Bob" Blank. The project includes "7786" in the title because that was the numbering system used by Blank at Hixon Studio to keep track of his photographic orders; Burroughs' photographs were numbered 7786 in Blank's sequence.

The major outcome of the project was a limited edition hardcover photo book with a foreword by Victor Bockris. Luke Jordan, a lecturer in the University of Kansas' Department of Visual Arts and specialist in photography and works of art on paper at the Helen F. Spencer Museum of Art, served as Clement's project adviser; Tamara Falicov, department chair in the Department of Film and Media Studies, also served as a project adviser; Josiah Morgan was director of photography; and Erin Mickelson was also involved in the book project. Clement wished for book viewers to "think about choices made by Burroughs while in the studio and his selection of a single portrait for use in promoting an upcoming personal appearance" (from the Kickstarter webpage), exposing some of the process in the creation of celebrity image.

The project was funded through Kickstarter in 2015, with pledge rewards ranging from a single mailed postcard to a limited edition box set including a single copy of the hardcover book, a set of postcards, a tintype, and several 5x7 prints from the original negatives. This collection includes several of the rewards, as well as several pieces of the production process, including prints from the original negatives and proof of concept items.

Physical Location

MS 369

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Patrick Clement, 2015.

Related Materials

William S. Burroughs collection, MS 63, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

James Grauerholz collection of William S. Burroughs' journals and papers, MS 319, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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Guide to the Patrick Clement Collection
7786-Burroughs, Wm. collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States