Frank Brannon Collection
This is a collection of 47 prints and works by artist Frank Brannon. The collection includes pieces in both English and Cherokee. Most of the materials are letterpress printings. The material is arranged into five series based on topic and/or size.
Series I: Cherokee Language Projects contains 11 prints pertaining to Cherokee writings. Brannon has either printed or collaborated on each project.
Series II: Publications and Pressings has 12 pressings from Brannon's own SpeakEasy Press and its predecessor, Morgan Hill Press.
Series III: MLK Day Series includes five pressings relating to Martin Luther King or other Civil Rights activists.
Series IV: Keepsakes contains three prints from conferences and events in which Brannon participated.
Series V: Oversized Materials houses 18 prints in larger formats. Inlcuded are keepsakes, event signs, and letterpress prints.
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English and Cherokee.
Conditions Governing Access
Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyrights interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.
2 Linear Feet (3 boxes [2 quarter, 1 flat])
This is a collection of 47 prints and works by artist Frank Brannon. The collection includes pieces in both English and Cherokee. Most of the materials are letterpress printings.
Biographical / Historical
Frank Brannon was born in 1965 in Maryville, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in physics and later an M.S. in physics in 1991. He then went to the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received his ABD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994. Realizing science was not what he loved, he went back to school and received his M.F.A. in Book Arts at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 2005. In 2009, Brannon began working with the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts on recreating and reviving the Cherokee letter printing press. He received a fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in 2016. He currently runs SpeakEasy Press.
This collection consists of three boxes.