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John Martin Collection of Charles Bukowski Periodicals: Finding Aid
602815  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: John Martin Collection of Charles Bukowski Periodicals
    Dates (inclusive): 1940-2003
    Bulk dates: 1956-1979
    Collection Number: 602815
    Collector: Martin, John, 1930-
    Extent: 740 items in 54 boxes (Boxes 1-45 are drop-leaf document boxes, and Boxes 46-54 are flat-top boxes)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Rare Books Department
    Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: 626-405-2178
    Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains periodicals and monographs with content written by or about California poet, novelist, and short-story writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) that were collected by Bukowski's long-time publisher and Black Sparrow Press founder, John Martin (born 1930). The collection contains 703 items from 255 periodicals and 37 monographs dating 1940 to 2003, with the bulk of items spanning from 1956 to 1979, that include poems, short stories, interviews, introductions, and excerpts by Bukowski, as well as some additional periodicals associated with Bukowski.
    Language: English.
    Note:
    Finding aid last updated on November 20, 2013.

    Access

    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Call number]. John Martin Collection of Charles Bukowski Periodicals, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    This collection was donated in 2007 by Linda Lee Bukowski, who purchased the material from John Martin, the original collector.

    Processing information

    Processing involved a collection survey, rehousing of the materials in archival containers, and the creation of this finding aid.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Biographical Note

    Biographical Note of Charles Bukowski

    Poet, novelist, and short-story writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was known for his crude and evocative poetry and prose that often described the hard luck, boozing, and womanizing underbelly of life in Los Angeles, California, in the second half of the 20th century.
    Charles Henry "'Hank"' Bukowski was born August 16, 1920, in Andernach, Germany, and immigrated with his family to Los Angeles in 1923. His first published short story, "'Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip,"' appeared in Story magazine in 1941, but he only published sporadically in his early years and did not achieve success until later in life. In the early 1950s, Bukowski began working for the United States Postal Services and later funneled his experiences into his first novel, Post Office (published by Black Sparrow Press in 1971). Bukowski began to write full-time in 1969 when he established a life-long relationship with Black Sparrow Press and publisher John Martin. Often disparaged by critics, Bukowski's writing has achieved a large cult following in the United States, while his popular and critical acclaim is significantly larger in Europe, especially in Germany.
    Bukowski married twice, first briefly to Barbara Frye in 1957 and to Linda Lee Beighle from 1985 until his death. He had one daughter, Marina who was born in 1964, with his then girlfriend Frances Smith, another poet who later took the name FrancEYE. Bukowski died on March 9, 1994.

    Biographical Note of John Martin

    California publisher and editor John K. Martin (born 1930) founded Black Sparrow Press in Los Angeles, California, in 1966. In 1969, Martin and Black Sparrow Press became the life-long publisher of the work of Charles Bukowski. Martin sold Black Sparrow Press in 2002.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains periodicals and monographs with content written by or about poet, novelist, and short-story writer Charles Bukowski that were collected by Bukowski's long-time publisher and Black Sparrow Press founder, John Martin. The collection contains 703 items from 255 periodicals and 37 monographs dating 1940 to 2003, with the bulk of items spanning from 1956 to 1979, that include poems, short stories, interviews, introductions, and excerpts by Bukowski, as well as some additional periodicals associated with Bukowski.
    The earliest items in the collection—a January 19, 1940, issue of the Los Angeles Collegian, Bukowski's college newspaper, and the first issues of The Naked Ear dating from 1956—do not contain writings by Bukowski. Among the earliest items with contributions by Bukowski is the September-October 1957 issue of Existaria.
    Items consist primarily of literary periodicals (including "little magazines" or 'zines), magazines, and alternative/underground newspapers, as well as some chapbooks and anthologies. The collection features a complete run of the ten issues of the periodical Nomad published between 1959 and 1962, as well as eighty-six issues of Open City from the late 1960s and issues of the Los Angeles Free Press that together provide a near complete run of Bukowski's column "Notes of a Dirty Old Man."
    Many of the items have penciled annotations including "C", "D", and "E" numbers that reference A Bibliography of Charles Bukowski (Black Sparrow Press, 1969) by Sanford Dorbin, as well as "NID" notations indicating items not in Dorbin's bibliography.
    The collection forms a subset of the Charles Bukowski Printed Material Collection held in the Rare Books Department of the Huntington Library.

    Arrangement

    Items are not arranged according to any one organizational schema, though some of the patterns in item placement reflect John Martin's original assembly of the collection in thirty-seven boxes. Martin's organization was roughly chronological, though at times overlapping, with additional boxes holding issues of the Los Angeles Free Press and Open City, and items not included in Sanford Dorbin's bibliography.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Form/Genres

    Journals (periodicals)
    Magazines (periodicals)
    Periodicals.

    Subjects

    Bukowski, Charles.
    Bukowski, Charles – Poetry.
    Bukowski, Charles – Interviews.
    Black Sparrow Press.
    Authors, American – 20th century.
    Authors, American – 20th century – Interviews.
    Authors, American – 20th century – Periodicals.
    Poets, American – 20th century.
    Poets, American – 20th century – Interviews.
    Poets, American – 20th century – Periodicals.
    Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Additional Authors

    Bukowski, Charles.
    Bukowski, Linda Lee, donor.