Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Asylum Manuscripts
  • Princess Winifred, artist
    The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., publisher
  • Asylum Manuscripts, 1968
  • S.M.S. No. 4
  • Where object was made: United States
  • paper towels, printing
  • Object Height/Width: 240 x 248 mm
    Object Height/Width: 9 7/16 x 9 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Shearburn
  • Not on display
  • 1994.0127.02.a-f

Six sheets of paper towels with writing all over them and a few illustrations. Princess Winifred was an inmate at the Buyberry Insane Asylum near Baltimore. After her death, writings were found on paper towels in her room, reproduced here.