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Cosmic Art Files

Identifier: Series 3

Scope and Contents note

Artwork, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, slides and transparencies, woodblock, and other materials.

The bulk of the materials are artist files containing artist statements, biographical information, correspondence, clippings, and research notes.

Correspondence from Ingo Swann appears only marginally in this series. The bulk of the correspondence is from Dr. Raymond Piper, former professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University and author of Cosmic Art, and artists whose work was solicited for publication in the book. Dr. Piper died suddenly of a heart attack in 1961 and work on Cosmic Art ceased until Lila K. Piper, Dr. Piper’s wife, bequeathed the files, editing, and publication of the book to Ingo Swann in the 1970s. Cosmic Art was published by Hawthorn Books in 1975.


  • 1908-2022


Language of Materials

Materials are in English, French, German, Arabic, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Shorthand and unidentified languages.

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions.


From the Collection: 88.64 Linear feet (201 boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 map folder)

Arrangement note

Arranged in five subseries. A. Artist Files; B. Raymond Piper Miscellaneous; C. Piper and Swann Amalgamated Files; D. Ingo Swann Cosmic Art Files; E. Ingo Swann Personal Files.

Some materials in this series arrived in disarray . Items relating to specific artists were placed in already existing artist files (series A). Manuscripts of Hungry Eye, written by Raymond Piper, and later published in 1956, was placed in the amalagamated files of Piper and Swann (series C).

Two files were created, which we titled, "Originals," containing original artworks which was previously loose. These files were placed in Raymond Piper Miscellaneous (series B).

Separated Materials note

Books which were part of the Cosmic Art Files were seperated for cataloging and added to the Ingo Swann book collection. They can be found by searching the library's catalog.

Physical Facet

57.12 linear feet (58 boxes, 1 OV document box, 2 cassette boxes)

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States