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Robin Blaser fonds

  • MsA-1
  • Fonds
  • [188-?]-2009

Fonds consists of correspondence, written works and published materials by Blaser and other writers, photographs, and other records accumulated by Blaser during his lifetime. Records include poems, journals and notebooks, book manuscripts, essays, audio and video recordings of poetry readings, personal and financial records, teaching materials, genealogical records, collected publications and articles, and conference and promotional material. Fonds has been arranged into the following eighteen series: Correspondence of Robin Blaser ([between 1931 and 1937]-2009); Correspondence of others (1916-2009); Written works by Robin Blaser ([between 1941 and 1943]-2008); Poetry readings and other performances (1968-2009); Travel records (1959-2008); Articles and reviews regarding Robin Blaser ([194-]-2009); Teaching and academic related material (1946-2005); Business and financial records (1966-2008); Personal records and other biographical material (1925-2009); Honors and awards records (2001-2008); Photographs ([between 1880 and 1900]-2007); Family records and other genealogical material (1919-2007); Works by other authors ([195-]-2009); Ephemera ([195-]-2009); Research articles ([Photocopied 196-]-2007); Conference material ([196-]-2007); Promotional material ([195-]-2006); and Artistic material ([195-?]-2002).

Blaser, Robin

Curt Johnson fonds

  • MsA-13
  • Fonds
  • 1967

The fonds consists of a letter; proofsheets for an afterword to Anaconda, a novel by Jerry Bumpus.

Johnson, Curt

Charles Olson collection

  • MsA-14
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1969

The collection consists of letters written by Charles Olson to five men who edited and published his works: Robin Blaser, Andrew Crozier, Barry Hall, LeRoi Jones, and Ed Sanders. Some of the letters were accompanied by manuscripts produce by Olson during the period 1965 to 1969. Collection includes a group of student assignments (mostly poetry) collected by Olson when he was in residence at University of British Columbia in 1963.

Olson, Charles

Gary Snyder fonds

  • MsA-19
  • Fonds
  • 1958-1975

The fonds consists of correspondence:, consisting of seventy letters from Snyder to poet Joanne Kyger dating from 1959 to 1960, and sixty-six carbon copies of letters written in reply by Kyger, as well as translations and two poems.
The fonds also includes photocopies of letters between Snyder and Kyger dating from 1958 to 1975. The original letters are housed at the University of California, Sanata Barbara.

Snyder, Gary

Cid Corman fonds

  • MsA-2
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1982

The fonds consists of correspondence from Cid Corman to Gael Turnbull; rejections from Poetry, Tiger's Eye, and Howard Griffin; and correspondence with Robert Singer.

Corman, Cid

Jack Spicer fonds

  • MsA-20
  • Fonds
  • [195-?-1965?]

The fonds consists of holograph manuscripts of poems collected in "Imaginary Elegies", "Language", and "The Book of Magazine Verse".

Spicer, Jack

William Stafford collection

  • MsA-22
  • Collection
  • 1961-1973

Fonds consists of correspondence, handwritten poems, a newspaper clipping and an essay written by William Stafford and mailed to former SFU professor Frederick Candelaria. Photographs of manuscript pages are also included.

Stafford, William

Lorine Niedecker fonds

  • MsA-24
  • Fonds
  • 1967, 1969

The fonds consists of correspondence - three letters from Niedecker (two to Cid Corman, one to Mark Wilson).

Niedecker, Lorine

John Wieners fonds

  • MsA-25
  • Fonds
  • 1964-1966

The fonds consists of correspondence (letters from Wieners to John Marlow).

Wieners, John

D. J. Reed fonds

  • MsA-26
  • Fonds
  • [1970?]

The fonds consists of a letter from Reed to Mark Wilson of Arcata, CA.

Reed, D. J.

Carol Berge fonds

  • MsA-27
  • Fonds
  • 1964

The fonds consists of a typescript copy of the poem "Chant for Half the World".

Berge, Carol

Press of The Black Flag Raised fonds

  • MsA-28
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1970

The fonds includes correspondence; photo-ready copy, masters, proofs and layouts for most of the Press broadsides; financial/administrative records, ephemera.

Press of The Black Flag Raised

Louis Zukofsky fonds

  • MsA-29
  • Fonds
  • 1936,1938.

The fonds consists of letters from Zukofsky to the poet Cid Corman. The fonds also contains four letters to the poet Walter Lowenfels.

Zukofsky, Louis

Gregory Corso fonds

  • MsA-3
  • Fonds
  • 1964

The fonds consists of incoming correspondence, five manuscript poems and other material.

Corso, Gregory

Anne Waldman fonds

  • MsA-30
  • Fonds
  • 1965 - 1973

The fonds consists of correspondence (with manuscript and typescript enclosures) from Anne Waldman to Lewis Warsh, much of it pertaining to the relationship between the two poets, as well as to relationships with other poets. Their involvement in the Naropa Institute is also described. Most of the letters from 1969 to 1973 concern the publishing of Angel Hair Books and contain much information about the New York poetry world centred at the Poetry Project.

Waldman, Anne

Coyote's Journal fonds

  • MsA-31
  • Fonds
  • 1961-1974

The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of Coyote Books, Coyote's Journal and the earlier Northwest Review, along with galley proofs, layout sheets, reports, and other material. Correspondence, much of it to editor Edward Van Aelstyn, includes letters from Robert Creeley, Ed Dorn, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Jonathan Williams, Ron Loewinsohn, Clayton Eshleman and Philip Whalen.

Coyote's Journal

Io fonds

  • MsA-32
  • Fonds
  • 1964-1977

The fonds consists of manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of Io (1-24) and the affiliated publishing house, North Atlantic Books. Correspondence with editors Richard Grossinger and Lindy Hough include that from Clayton Eshleman, Theodore Enslin, Robert Kelly, and David Wilk. Fonds also includes some financial records.

Io

Philip Whalen fonds

  • MsA-33
  • Fonds
  • 1968

The fonds consists of one letter from Whalen to Leo Eutsler; monograph by Whalen, Like I Say (1960).

Whalen, Philip

Charles Watts fonds

  • MsA-35
  • Fonds
  • [196?-1998]

The fonds consists chiefly of correspondence.

Watts, Charles

Ezra Pound collection

  • MsA-4
  • Fonds
  • 1946-1959

The collection consists of correspondence written by Ezra Pound while in St. Elizabeth's Hospital to Denis Goacher, a British writer, concerning publishing projects and publicity schemes to secure Pound's release (1952-1957), to Pound's long-time friends Wyndham Lewis and Agnes Bedford (1946-1959), and to Willis Hawley, a sinologist, concerning linguistic and technical details involved with the publication of "Confucius: The Great Digest and Unwobbling Pivot" (1951). Some of the correspondence to Hawley was written by Dorothy Pound and James Laughlin.

Pound, Ezra Loomis

Michael McClure fonds

  • MsA-5
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1998

The fonds consists of manuscripts and typescripts, clippings and reviews, notebooks, correspondence with friends and associates, galley and proofs, broadsides and cards by McClure, anthologies and magazines containing items by and about McClure, conference material, tape recordings, photographs, film and ephemera. Film is the only remaining print of Andy Warhol's unauthorized version of "The Beard" (1966). Correspondents include Richard Brautigan, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bruce Conner, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen.

McClure, Michael

Robert Creeley fonds

  • MsA-6
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1954

Fonds consists of 63 letters and 1 postcard sent by Creeley to Richard Wirtz Emerson of Golden Goose Press, publisher of Creeleys Le Fou (1952); also typescripts of poems, stories and essays sent with the letters.

Creeley, Robert

Ronald Bayes fonds

  • MsA-7
  • Fonds
  • [195-?-1968?]

The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and other material.

Bayes, Ronald

Ed Dorn fonds

  • MsA-8
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1964

The fonds consists of letters sent to British poet Tom Raworth, a manuscript of Dorn's book "Gloucester Out" and other material.

Dorn, Edward

Clayton Eshleman fonds

  • MsA-9
  • Fonds
  • 1959-1961

The fonds consists of incoming correspondence (some accompanied by poems) to Eshleman by Allen Ginsberg, W.C. Williams and Florence Williams, Robert Duncan and Edward Dorn. Fonds includes some outgoing correspondence to Asphodel Bookstore in Cleveland, Ohio.

Eshleman, Clayton

Billy Little fonds

  • MsC 93
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1993

Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and ephemera as well as published and unpublished manuscripts from several authors: Victoria Walker, Stephen Stepanchev, Lionel Kearns, George Stanley, Robert Creeley, Ed Dorn, Joan Kyger, Bill Corbett, Duncan McNaughton, Robin Blaser and Michael Davidson.

Little, Billy

Milton Acorn fonds

  • MsC-1
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1965

The fonds consists primarily of Acorn's finished poems and pages of preliminary drafts. Fonds includes some correspondence (1964) and prose manuscripts.

Acorn, Milton

The Coast is only a line fonds

  • MsC-10
  • Fonds
  • 1981

The fonds consists of correspondence related to the organization of the conference, student journals, transcripts of conference proceedings, and notes of student organizers.

The Coast is only a line

New Star Books fonds

  • MsC-100
  • Fonds
  • 1971

Covering the time period of 1971 to 2007, the collection is comprised of records created or received by various staff of New Star Books in their business activities. These activities consisted of: soliciting authors for material or responding to author requests for representation, corresponding with authors throughout the editorial process, designing or contracting layouts for books and communicating instructions to vendors, arranging for printing of materials, promoting book tours and maintaining vendor accounts with various independent bookstores and organizations throughout the world. They also monitored book reviews in publications of the popular press and professional organizations, arranged for marketing of products, coordinated payments or receipt of payments, and periodically issued royalty checks. New Star was often reliant on external funding for the publication of some works, especially in instances where translation services were required to reach certain markets, so applications for grants or donations comprise a portion of each series.
The collection reflects some of the major cultural and political issues affecting Canada, and particularly British Columbia and Vancouver, in the late-1970’s and early-1980’s. These topics ranged from criticisms of British Columbia’s Social Credit administration, to works on the Nicaraguan and Cuban revolutions, feminism, gay rights, communism, and the immigrant experiences of Chinese Canadians and Eastern Europeans The collection also offers insight into some of the shifting trend of public interest away from such leftist publications and the choices New Star editors then had to make in choosing marketable content over progressive or provocative literature.
Record types include correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, balance sheets, newspaper clippings, book reviews, financial statements, grant applications, legal transactions or communications, sales figures, book tour schedules, typesetting instructions, style sheets, draft layouts, photographs, and one draft manuscript.
The collection is arranged into the following ten series: Accounts correspondence and invoices (1973–1994); Author correspondence (1977-1997); Book reviews and related records (1976–1999); Business operational files and related records (1971–1999); Editorial correspondence and related records (1973-2001); Sales figures records (1974-1990); Payroll and taxes records (1972-1990); Royalties records and related correspondence (1979-2005); Draft manuscript files [before 1974?]; Invoices, sales registers and related records (1972-2007).

New Star Books

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