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Burning Man Contributors


Summary Note

The archive contains materials from contributors participating throughout the career of Burning Man, but mostly from people who helped shape Burning Man during the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, some of whom remain involved.

Biographical Note

Burning Man is “an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self-expression and self- reliance,” according to its website. The festival is held annually during the last week of August on the Black Rock Desert playa one hundred miles north of Reno. Attendance has grown from the low hundreds in the early 1990s to more than 80,000 in 2015.

The roots of the event began with the burning of figures on the summer solstice by sculptor Mary Grauberger, a friend of Larry Harvey’s girlfriend, on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986. In 1986 Harvey erected a 9-foot tall wooden figure. In 1990 the then 40-foot figure was drawing so many attendees for the burning of “The Man” that police outlawed the event. A separate event had been planned by members of the Cacophony Society on the Black Rock Desert for that year, “Zone Trip #4, A Bad Day at Black Rock,” which was billed as a dadaist and situationist performance happening. Harvey joined forces with the Cacophony Society and the first burn of the Man was held on the playa in 1990.

Scope and Content

The archive contains materials from contributors participating throughout the career of Burning Man, but mostly from people who helped shape Burning Man during the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, some of whom remain involved.


Burning Man Contributors is organized into folders that are arranged alphabetically by contributor last name.
  • Acker:
  • Folder Names:
  • Gunnarson:
  • Hammon:
  • James:
  • Macfastlane:
  • McCormick:
  • McLean:
  • Northrup:
  • Preger:
  • Priestley:
  • Schmitt:
  • Van Proyen:

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1 cubic feet



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Related Publications

A Voyage of Growth and Discovery. Produced by Mike Kelley and Michael Smith. N.S.W., Australia: ArtPix, 2011. DVD.

Aqua Burn: a 2002 Burning Man film. Directed by Bill Breithaupt. Novato, CA: Adrenaline Network Studios, 2008. DVD.

As the Dust Settles: a Participatory Documentary Shot at Burning Man. Produced by Mike Hedge. United States: Trigantic Productions, 2013. DVD.

Binzen, William. Waking Dream. San Anselmo, CA: Smith Anderson North, 2016.

Blank, Herrod. Art Cars. Douglas AZ: Blank Books, 2002.

Bowditch, Rachel. On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man. New York, N.Y.: Seagull Books, 2010.

Bruder, Jessica. Burning Book: Two Decades of Burning Man. New York, N.Y.: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007.

Burn Baby Burn: a film about the 2001 Burning Man Festival. San Francisco, CA: s. i., 2001. DVD.

Burn on the Bayou. Directed by Matt Leonard. San Francisco, CA: Black Rock City LLC, 2008. DVD.

Burn: The Burning Man Arts Festival. Directed by David Secter. San Francisco, CA: The Movie Secter LLC, 2000. DVD.

Burning Man 1998. Directed by Jim Babichuck. San Francisco, CA: Black Rock City LLC, 1998. DVD.

Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock. Directed by Damon Brown. Austin, TX: Gone Off Deep Productions LLC, 2006. DVD.

Burning Man: Where's the Fire? Directed by Fernando Velasquez. Los Angeles, CA: Seventh Arts Releasing, 1999. DVD.

Cash, Julian. The People of Burning Man: Portraits of Revolutionary Spirits. United States:, 2011.

Chen, Katherine K. Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Christians, Karen. Jewelry of Burning Man. California: Self-published, 2015.

Cohen, Scott. The Life Cube Project: The Journey from Burning Man to Downtown Las Vegas. Santa Rosa, CA: Global Interprint, 2014.

Confessions of a Burning Man: Experience the Journey. Directed by Paul Barnett and Unsu Lee. San Francisco, CA: Windline Films LLC, 2006. DVD.

Das Burning Man Projekt. Directed by Johannes Beckermann. Praha, Czech Republic: Art Cam Film Fernseh Production, 1996. DVD.

Diehl, Ronny. Burning Man: The American Frontier Revisted in Acoustic Space. Berlin, Germany: Grin Verlag, 2010.

Doherty, Brian. This is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground. Dallas TX: BenBella Books, 2006.

Dust Devils. Directed by Dearbhla Glynn, Woodbury, MN: Purple Productions, 2003. DVD.

Evans, Kevin, Carrie Galbraith, and John Law. Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society. San Francisco CA: Last Gasp Publishing, 2013.

Falco, Edward. Burning Man: Stories. Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Press, 2011.

Fall of Man: Burning Man 99. Santa Barbara, CA: East Beach Productions, 2001. DVD.

Five Themes of Burning Man. Directed by Mark McGothigan. Oakland, CA: Steam Power Video, 2002. DVD.

Folding Time and Space at Burning Man 2. Directed by Robert Henrikson., 2005. DVD.

Folding Time and Space at Burning Man. Directed by Robert Henrikson. Hana, HI:, 2004. DVD.

Folding Time. Directed by Robert Henrikson. Hana, HI:, 2003. DVD.

Fox, William L. Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, 2002.

Fox, William L. The Black Rock Desert. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2002.

Fox, William L. The Void, the Grid & the Sign: Traversing the Great Basin. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2000.

Fraunfelder, Mark. et al., The Happy Mutant. New York: Riverhead Books, 1995.

Gifting It: A Burning Embrace of Gift Economy. Directed by Renea Roberts. Cerrillos, NM: R3 Productions, Inc. 2002. DVD.

Gilmore, Lee, and Mark Van Proyen, eds. AfterBurn: Reflections on Burning Man. Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

Gilmore, Lee. Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2010.

Glade, Philippe. Black Rock City, NV: The New Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man. San Francisco, CA: Real Paper Books, 2016.

Glade, Philippe. Black Rock City: The Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man. San Francisco CA: Real Paper Books, 2011.

Goin, Peter. Black Rock. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press, 2005.

Guy, NK. Art of Burning Man. Köln, Germany: Taschen, 2015.

Huang, Vincent. Burning Man. Japan: Self-published, 2001.

Jones, Steven T. The Tribes of Burning Man: How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New American Counterculture. San Francisco CA: Consortium of Collective Consciousness, 2011.

Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man. Produced and directed by David Vaisbord. Vancouver, B.C.: Herkules Productions in association with d-Network Pty. Ltd., 1998. DVD.

Kreuter, Holly. Drama in the Desert: The Sights and Sounds of Burning Man. San Francisco CA: Raised Barn Press, 2002.

Krukowski, Samantha, ed. Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man. London: Black Dog Publishing Limited, 2014.

Kuehn, Karen. Cargo Cult. ROGUE Publishing, 2014.

Kuehn, Karen. MetropoLOVE: Art and Love on The Playa. Peralta, NM: Self-published, 2012.

Kuehn, Karen. My Eyes are Burning. Peralta, NM: Self-published, 2010.

Loewy, Tomas. Radical Burning Desert: Burning Man Photography 2004 – 2010. Self-published, 2011.

Nash, A. Leo. Burning Man: Art in the Desert. New York, N.Y.: Harry N. Abrams, 2007.

Neurotic Burns: Johnny Does Burning Man. Produced by John Mendel, Curt LaFurney, Brian Stuart Hanish. Hollywood, CA: Upside Down Tv, 2006. DVD.

Pendell, Dale. Inspired Madness: The Gifts of Burning Man. Berkeley, CA: Frog Books, 2006.

Post, George P. Dancing with the Playa Messiah: Neon, Fire & Dust: A 21-Year Burning Man Photo Album. Richmond, CA: Dragon Fotografix, 2012.

Priestley, Joanna. Burning Man Eyes Open. Self-Published: 2016.

Priestley, Joanna. Children of Chaos @ Burning Man. Self-Published: 2017.

Raiser, Jennifer. Burning Man: Art on Fire. New York, NY: Race Point Publishing, 2014.

Roberts, Adrian, ed. Burning Man Live: 13 years of Piss Clear, Black Rock City's Alternative Newspaper. San Francisco, CA: RE/Search Publications, 2009.

Sensation: A Trip to Burning Man. Directed by Laurent Le Gall. San Rafael, CA: Free Run Pictures, 2003. DVD.

Spark: A Burning Man Story. Directed by Steven Brown & Jessie Deeter. Woodside, CA: Spark Pictures, 2014. DVD.

Spinelli, Frank. Burning Man: Into a 21st Century Utopia. Littlehorn Press: 2014.

Substance TV. Produced by Mike Wilson. Austin, TX: SubstanceTV Inc., 2002. DVD.

The Burning Man Festival. Directed by Joe Winston. Chicago, IL: Ow Myeye Productions, 2001. DVD.

The Burning Man Project: Renewal Cut. Directed by Bill Breithaupt. Novato, CA: s. i., 2000. DVD.

Traub, Barbara. Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography. San Francisco, CA: Immedium, 2006.

Uchronia Community. Uchronia Community: Message Out of the Future. Belgium: Uchronia Community, 2006.

Wieners, Brad, Ed. Burning Man. San Francisco CA: Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West, 1997.

Container Listing:

  • CAE Flat File F15 Oversized Items

    • Van Proyen#1 Man Aflame, Hernan Cortez Photograph, c. 1997
  • CAE Flat File H8 Oversized Items Preger

    • Preger #14 Walter the Bus, Archival Pigment Print, 2016

Additional Materials

    CAE Box 77 Small Objects

    • Gunnarson#3 ESD – MHB, Button, c. 2013 – 2014
    • Hammon#58 Pendant 2013, Pendant, 2013
    • Hammon#59 Earrings 2013, Pair of Earrings, 2013
    • Hammon#60 Pendant 2014, wood, Pendant, 2014
    • Hammon#62 Pendant 2015, Necklace, 2015
    • Hammon#63 Pendant 2016, wood, Pendant, 2016
    • Hammon#64 Pendant 2016, Necklace, 2016
    • Hammon#65 Pendant 2017, Wood Pendant, 2017
    • Hammon#66 Pendant 2017, Wood Pendant, 2017
    • Hammon#67 Pendant 2017, Pendant, 2017
    • Hammon#68 Pendant 2018, Pendant, 2018
    • Hammon#69 Pendant 2018, Pendant, 2018
    • McLean#14 Black Rock Ranger Burning Man 2010, Pin, 2010
    • McLean#15 Off Duty, Button, not dated
    • McLean#16 There’s a camp for that, Button, not dated
    • McLean#17 Toaster Pin, not dated

    CAE Box 103 Objects

    • McLean#19a Mura Wolka, Painting, 2016

    CAE Box 119 Objects

    • Gunnarson#4 Emergency Services, Hat, not dated
    • Gunnarson#5 Black Rock City Emergency Services, Shirt, c. 2005
    • McCormick#8 Vista Revisited, Unit Prototype, 1992
    • McLean#19 Black Rock City Ranger, T-Shirt, 2016

    CAE Box 123 Objects

    • McLean#20 Black Rock Ranger Cup, 2015
    • McLean#22 Ranger Site Team, T-shirt, 2016

    CAE Box 130 Small Objects

    • Priestley#6 All There Is, Shot Glass, 2005
    • Priestley#7 La Cucaracha, Shot Glass, 2006
    • Priestley#8 Green Man, Shot Glass, 2007
    • Priestley#9 The Opposable Thumb, Shot Glass, 2009
    • Priestley#10 Chaos, Necklace, 2017
    • Priestley#11 Children of Chaos, Flashlight, 2004
    • Priestley#12 Black Heart, Necklace, 2005
    • Priestley#13 Burning Man Salve, 2002 and 2004
    • Priestley#14 Priestley Medicinal Herbs Organic Lip Balm, 2016
    • Schmitt#1 Black Rock Rangers, we ain’t got no stinking badges!, Button, 1993

    CAE Box 139 Objects

    • Northrup#1a Disgruntled Postal Workers Uniform, Trousers, 1995
    • Priestley#25 Children of Chaos, T-Shirt, 2016
    • Schmitt#2 Black Rock Rangers, T-shirt, 1993
    • Schmitt#3 Center Camp Flag, 1990

    CAE Box 144 Objects

    • Northrup#1a Disgruntled Postal Workers Uniform, Shirt, 1995
    • Priestley#17 Children of Chaos, Bandana (navy blue), 2016
    • Priestley#18 Children of Chaos, Slip, 2006

    CAE Box 145 Objects

    • Priestley#19 Children of Chaos, Bandana (blue), 2009
    • Priestley#20 Children of Chaos, Bandana (red), 2010
    • Priestley#21 Children of Chaos, Bandana (orange), 2011
    • Priestley#22 Children of Chaos, Bandana (yellow), 2012
    • Priestley#23 Children of Chaos, Bandana (purple), 2014
    • Priestley#24 Children of Chaos, Bandana (black), 2015

    CAE Flat File F15 Oversized Items

    • Acker#10 Burning Man 1988 Solstice, Blueline Print, 1988

    CAE Flat File H8 Oversized Items Preger

    • Preger #1 Fire Dancer, Archival Pigment Print, 2013