Guide to the Ron Loewinsohn Papers Papers, 1953-1976

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Guide to the Ron Loewinsohn Papers Papers, 1953-1976

Collection number: M0856

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Mara Holian
Date Completed:
1996.
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Loewinsohn, Ron. Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1953-1976
Collection number: M0856
Creator: Loewinsohn, Ron.
Extent: 6 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, published and unpublished manuscripts between American poet Ron Loewinsohn and many of the most prominent American authors of the mid-to-late 20th Century.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Purchased, 1996.

Preferred Citation:

Ron Loewinsohn Papers Papers. M0856. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1996.

Biography

Ron Loewinsohn has been associated with San Francisco poetry since the late 1950s. In the early 1960s he taught at San Francisco State College, and in 1963 he co-edited and published the little magazine Change with Richard Brautigan. Loewinsohn's poems first achieved a wide readership by virtue of their inclusion in Donald Allen's anthology, The New American Poetry. His first book, Watermelons, contains an introduction by Allen Ginsberg and a letter from William Carlos Williams. Loewinsohn acknowledges both writers as his major influences, along with Robert Creeley and Philip Whalen. A later collection of poems, L'Autre, was the first full-length publication of the Black Sparrow Press. Loewinsohn's later publications include Meat Air and Goat Dances, both of which are collections of poetry. A complete checklist of Loewinsohn's primary publications is included in Gary Lepper's Bibliographical Introduction to 75 Modern American Authors. Ronald William Loewinsohn was born December 15, 1937, in Iloilo, Philippines and came to the United States with his parents in 1945. After he graduated from high school in 1955, he traveled around the country and then worked at various printing jobs, before instructing at the San Francisco Poetry Center, 1960-61. He attended San Francisco State College and earned his bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1967. Loewinsohn then again instructed poetry at the Center for Adult Education in Cambridge, Mass., in the summer of 1968. He earned his master's and doctorate from Harvard University, in 1969 and 1971, respectively. Loewinsohn returned to Berkeley where he received a professorship in the English Department teaching American literature and creative writing, beginning in 1970. Ron Loewinsohn's awards and honors include the Poets Foundation Award (1963), the Irving Stone Award of the Academy of American Poets (1966), and the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize for Poetry (1966).

Scope and Content

The Ron Loewinsohn Papers primarily consist of correspondence collected by Loewinsohn over more than two decades, as well as materials concerning both published and unpublished manuscripts. The primary group of correspondence is from contemporary authors and artists, including Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Philip Whalen, and others. Some letters, including those from Allen Ginsberg and William Carlos Williams were not identified in the original listing. Additionally, there is a wealth of correspondence from personal acquaintances, students, and family not directly involved in the San Francisco and New York poetry scenes of the 1960s. Loewinsohn also received a considerable amount of correspondence from universities with which he was affiliated and publishers regarding his works. The materials pertaining to Loewinsohn's published manuscripts concern several major works. These include, L'Autre, Meat Air, Goat Dances, and Loewinsohn's doctoral thesis on the life and influence of William Carlos Williams titled The Province of a Poem (William Carlos Williams and the Invention of America). The unpublished manuscripts series includes many drafts of poems and short stories, and ideas for more of the same. Notebooks kept by Loewinsohn and his second wife, Joanie, have observations and ideas for works, as well as personal notes. Also, a large portion of poetry was found in a series of folders labeled "Hopper," "Master Hopper," "Asleep," "Dead," "Dead and Buried," and so on. These folder titles supply some insight into projects Loewinsohn may have been considering for the future, and other projects he had set aside.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Blackburn, Paul.
Brautigan, Richard.
Corso, Gregory.
Creeley, Robert, 1926-
Duerden, Richard.
Irby, Kenneth, 1936-
King, Basil.
Koch, Kenneth, 1925-
Kyger, Joanne.
Levertov, Denise, 1923-
Olson, Charles, 1910-1970.
Palmer, Michael.
Snyder, Gary, 1930-
Stanley, George, 1934-
Wah, Fred, 1939-
Whalen, Philip.
Wieners, John, 1934-
American literature--20th century.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Personal Correspondence (1953-74)

Scope and Content Note

includes letters from noteworthy acquaintances
Box 1, Folder 1

Blackburn, Paul (1965-70)

Box 1, Folder 2

Brautigan, Richard (1967-68)

Box 1, Folder 3

Corso, Gregory (1958)

Box 1, Folder 4

Creeley, Robert (1956-69)

Box 1, Folder 5

Duerden, Richard (1963-68)

Box 1, Folder 6

Ginsberg, Allen (1971-72)

Box 1, Folder 7

Irby, Ken (1963-64)

Box 1, Folder 8

King, Basil (1958-59)

Box 1, Folder 9

King, Basil (1960-65)

Box 1, Folder 10

King, Basil (1966-67)

Box 1, Folder 11

King, Basil (1968-70)

Box 1, Folder 12

King, Basil (n.d.)

Box 1, Folder 13

Koch, Kenneth (1965, 1969)

Box 1, Folder 14

Kyger, Joanne - also Joanne Kyger Boyce (1965-69)

Box 2, Folder 1

Levertov, Denise - also Denise Levertov Goodman (1964-70)

Box 2, Folder 2

Olson, Charles (1963, 1968)

Box 2, Folder 3

Palmer, Michael (1969-75)

Box 2, Folder 4

Snyder, Gary (1966-74)

Box 2, Folder 5

Stanley, George (1959-61)

Box 2, Folder 6

Wah, Fred (1963-66)

Box 2, Folder 7

Whalen, Philip (1958-68)

Box 2, Folder 8

Wieners, John (1957)

Box 2, Folder 9

Williams, William Carlos (1953)

 

Series 2. General Correspondence from Individuals (1959-76)

Scope and Content Note

includes letters from acquaintances and friends including authors, students, friends, etc.
Box 2, Folder 10

Allen, Donald (1968-71)

Box 2, Folder 11

Allen, John (1969-70)

Box 2, Folder 12

André, Michael (1972-73)

Box 2, Folder 13

Berrigan, Daniel and the Catsonville 9 (1968)

Box 2, Folder 14

Bromige, David (1967-74)

Box 2, Folder 15

Byrd, Max (1970-73)

Box 2, Folder 16

Carpenter, Don (1967-69)

Box 2, Folder 17

Carr, Sue Loewinsohn (1967-69)

Box 3, Folder 1

Coleman, Victor(1965-70)

Box 3, Folder 2

Collom, Jack (1968-76)

Box 3, Folder 3

Contoski, Victor (1970)

Box 3, Folder 4

Corbett, Bill (n.d.)

Box 3, Folder 5

Crozier, Andrew (1964, 1968)

Box 3, Folder 6

Davidson, Michael (1968-75)

Box 3, Folder 7

Enslin, Theodore (1976)

Box 3, Folder 8

Flanagan, Thomas (1973-75)

Box 3, Folder 9

Gartrell, Yvonne (1975)

Box 3, Folder 10

Gelpi, Albert (1972-73)

Box 3, Folder 11

Gerber, Dan (1971-72)

Box 3, Folder 12

Goldfarb, Sydney (1971, 1975)

Box 3, Folder 13

Goodman, Mitch (1967, 1971)

Box 3, Folder 14

Gore, Patty (1970-74)

Box 3, Folder 15

Graham, Theodora (1975-76)

Box 3, Folder 16

Hartman, Chuck (1970-72)

Box 3, Folder 17

Harvey, Emily Wallace (1970-72)

Box 3, Folder 18

Hass, Bob (1969-70)

Box 3, Folder 19

Hoekzema, Loren (1969)

Box 3, Folder 20

Hogg, Bob (1966-70)

Box 3, Folder 21

James, Tom (1971-74)

Box 3, Folder 22

Jusawalla, Feroza (1974-75)

Box 3, Folder 23

Keller, James(1971-72)

Box 3, Folder 24

L'Heureux (1970)

Box 3, Folder 25

Longvilles, Tim (1972)

Box 3, Folder 26

Matlin, David (1972-73)

Box 4, Folder 1

Martin, John/Black Sparrow Press (11/66-5/67)

Box 4, Folder 2

Martin, John/Black Sparrow Press (6/67-2/68)

Box 4, Folder 3

Martin, John/Black Sparrow Press (3/68-12/68)

Box 4, Folder 4

Martin, John/Black Sparrow Press (1969-71)

Box 4, Folder 5

Martin, John/Black Sparrow Press (1972-74)

Box 4, Folder 6

Martin, John/Black Sparrow Press (1975-76)

Box 4, Folder 7

McClung, Bill - UC Berkeley Press (1974-75)

Box 4, Folder 8

Menasche, Samuel (1975-76)

Box 4, Folder 9

Nichols, James (1970)

Box 4, Folder 10

Parkinson, Thomas (1969-72)

Box 4, Folder 11

Parrott, Jerry - Rain (1971)

Box 4, Folder 12

Porte, Joel (1970-71)

Box 4, Folder 13

Reed, Iva (1971-73)

Box 4, Folder 14

Rosenthal, Les (1971)

Box 4, Folder 15

Rowan, Luis (1966-69)

Box 4, Folder 16

Sage, Peter (1970-71)

Box 4, Folder 17

Scalopino, Leslie (1972-74)

Box 4, Folder 18

Shideler, Ross (1967-68)

Box 4, Folder 19

Skolnick, Paul (1974-75)

Box 4, Folder 20

Sorrentino, Gilbert (1959-74)

Box 4, Folder 21

Torrance, Bob (1969)

Box 5, Folder 1

Vas Dias, Robert (1969-74)

Box 5, Folder 2

Wachtel, Andi (1972)

Box 5, Folder 3

Webster, Tom - Spectrum (1970-71)

Box 5, Folder 4

Williams, Florence - Mrs. William Carlos Williams (1963, 1970)

Box 5, Folder 5

Winner, Ellen (1971)

Box 5, Folder 6

Wittig, Susan (1968-69)

Box 5, Folder 7

Zimmerman, Elaine (n.d.)

Box 5, Folder 8

Zimmerman, Gerry (1963)

Box 5, Folder 9

Zimmerman, Jo (1969-76)

Box 5, Folder 10

correspondence from Ron Loewinsohn w/ poems (1970, 1972)

 

Series 3. General Correspondence from Organizations

Scope and Content Note

includes universities, publishers, bookstores, etc.
Box 5, Folder 11

Arizona State University

Box 5, Folder 12

Aspen Leaves

Box 5, Folder 13

Bureau Hungrois Pour la Protection des Droits D'Auteur

Box 5, Folder 14

Chicago Review

Box 5, Folder 15

City Lights Bookstore

Box 5, Folder 16

Danforth Foundation

Box 5, Folder 17

Scott Foresman & Co.

Box 5, Folder 18

Foruming Press

Box 5, Folder 19

Franconia

Box 5, Folder 20

Fybate Lecture Notes

Box 5, Folder 21

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Box 5, Folder 22

Harcourt, Brace and World

Box 6, Folder 1

Harvard University

Box 6, Folder 2

Haverford College

Box 6, Folder 3

New Directions

Box 6, Folder 4

Ohio Review

Box 6, Folder 5

Phoenix Book Shop

Box 6, Folder 6

Poetry

Box 6, Folder 7

Resist

Box 6, Folder 8

San Francisco Foundation Awards Office

Box 6, Folder 9

Sumac Press

Box 6, Folder 10

Tri-Quaterly

Box 6, Folder 11

Unicorn Press

Box 6, Folder 12

University of California at Berkeley

Box 6, Folder 13

University of California Committee on Prizes

Box 6, Folder 14

University of California at Davis: Committee for Arts and Lectures

 

Series 4. Miscellaneous Correspondence (1962-76)

Scope and Content Note

all correspondence which was not included in the prior series (solitary letters from unknown individuals, etc.)
Box 7, Folder 1

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1962-66

Box 7, Folder 2

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1967-68

Box 7, Folder 3

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1969-70

Box 7, Folder 4

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1971

Box 7, Folder 5

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1972

Box 7, Folder 6

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1973-74

Box 7, Folder 7

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1976

Box 7, Folder 8

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1976

Box 7, Folder 9

Miscellaneous Correspondence n.d.

Box 7, Folder 10

envelopes without letters

 

Series 5. Dated and Published Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

includes TS, MS, proofs, etc. of 9 major works
Box 8, Folder 1

The World of the Lie (1963) - TS, dupes & notes

Box 8, Folder 2

L'Autre (1967) - notes, poetry, & prose; TS & MS from folder labeled "L'Autre"

Box 8, Folder 3

L'Autre (1967) - incomplete TS from folder labeled "Carbons & Dupes"

Box 8, Folder 4

L'Autre (1967) - incomplete TS w/ corrections

Box 8, Folder 5

The Step - TS w/ corrections

Box 8, Folder 6

The Step - TS w/ corrections

Box 8, Folder 7

The Step - carbon TS

Box 8, Folder 8

The Province of a Poem (1957-69) - pp.i-41

Box 8, Folder 9

The Province of a Poem (1957-69) - pp.42-83

Box 8, Folder 10

The Province of a Poem (1957-69) - pp.84-124

Box 8, Folder 11

The Province of the Poem (different version) - intro to book on William Carlos Williams

Box 8, Folder 12

William Carlos Williams and the Invention of America - "Tracking William Carlos Williams' Early Development," TS, 29pp.

Box 8, Folder 13

WCW. . . - TS & MS notes

Box 8, Folder 14

WCW. . . - draft, chapter titled "Kora in Hell"

Box 8, Folder 15

WCW. . . - Chapt. 1, pp.1-43 - earliest draft

Box 8, Folder 16

WCW. . . - Chapt. 2, "Williams as Keats," pp.1-30 - earliest draft

Box 8, Folder 17

WCW. . . - Chapt. 3, "Williams as Pound," pp.1-33 - earliest draft

Box 8, Folder 18

WCW. . . - Chapt. 4, "Williams as Walt Whitman," pp.1-47 - earliest draft plus notes

Box 9, Folder 1

WCW. . . - "Kora in Hell," MS & heavily corrected TS, limited organization

Box 9, Folder 2

WCW. . . - from folder labled "Kora (RAW)," TS & MS, heavily corrected, in several different stages without organization

Box 9, Folder 3

WCW. . . - random pages of TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 4

WCW. . . - notes, drafts of Preface, MS & TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 5

WCW. . . - Chapt. 1, "WCW and the Invention of America," pp.1-40, TS w/ corrections, MS sources

Box 9, Folder 6

WCW. . . - Chapt. 2, "Williams as John Keats," pp.1-28, TS w/ corrections, MS sources

Box 9, Folder 7

WCW. . . - Chapt. 3, "Williams as Ezra Pound," pp.1-30, TS w/ corrections, MS sources

Box 9, Folder 8

WCW. . . - Chapt. 4, "Williams as Walt Whitman," pp.1-46, TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 9

WCW. . . - Chapt. 5, "Williams and the Religion of Art," pp.1-20, TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 10

William Carlos Williams and the Invention of America - Chapt. 6, "Williams as Kora," pp.1-64, TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 11

WCW. . . - Chapt. 7, "Williams as Nobody," pp.1-34, TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 12

WCW. . . - Chapt. 8, "Williams as WCW," pp.1-58, TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 13

WCW. . . - Chapt. 9, "The Province of the Poem," pp.1-23, and Bibliography, pp.241-246, both TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 14

WCW. . . - Preface, pp.i-vi, TS w/ corrections

Box 9, Folder 15

WCW. . . - Chapt. 1, "WCW and the Invention of America," pp.1-43, TS w/o corrections

Box 9, Folder 16

WCW. . . - Chapt. 2, "Williams as John Keats," pp.1-30, TS w/o corrections

Box 9, Folder 17

WCW. . . - Chapt. 3, "Williams as Ezra Pound," pp.1-33, TS w/o corrections

Box 9, Folder 18

WCW. . . - Chapt. 4, "Williams as Walt Whitman," pp.139, TS w/o corrections

Box 9, Folder 19

WCW. . . - beginning of Chapt. 5, "Williams as Kora," pp.1-7, TS w/o corrections

Box 9, Folder 20

WCW. . . - notebooks with MS drafts of chapters

Box 9, Folder 21

WCW. . . - draft of chapter titled "Sour Grapes," pp.1-34, TS heavily corrected

Box 10, Folder 1

WCW. . . - Chapt. 1, "WCW and the Invention of America," pp.1-42, TS w/ corrections

Box 10, Folder 2

WCW. . . - Chapt. 2, "Poems, 1909," pp.1-27, TS heavily corrected

Box 10, Folder 3

WCW. . . - Chapt. 3, "The Tempers," pp.1-30, TS heavily corrected

Box 10, Folder 4

WCW. . . - Chapt. 4, "Al Que Quiere," pp.1-42, TS heavily corrected

Box 10, Folder 5

WCW. . . - Chapt. 1, "WCW and the Invention of America," pp.1-42, TS lightly corrected (best version)

Box 10, Folder 6

WCW. . . - Chapt. 2, "Poems, 1909," pp.43-63, TS lightly corrected (best)

Box 10, Folder 7

WCW. . . - Chapt. 3, "The Tempers," pp.64-92, TS lightly corrected (best)

Box 10, Folder 8

WCW. . . - Chapt. 4, "Al Que Quiere," pp.93-137, TS lightly corrected (best)

Box 10, Folder 9

WCW. . . - Chapt. 5, "Sour Grapes," pp.138-171, TS lightly corrected (best)

Box 10, Folder 10

WCW. . . - Chapt. 6, "Spring and All," pp.172-222, TS lightly corrected (best)

Box 10, Folder 11

Melville and the Greeks (1967) - TS w/ corrections, 49pp.

Box 10, Folder 12

Record Book (1968-74) - MS, drafts of poems, w/ insertions

Box 10, Folder 13

Meat Air (1970) - TS heavily corrected, pp.i-41

Box 10, Folder 14

Meat Air - TS heavily corrected, pp.42-83

Box 10, Folder 15

Meat Air - TS heavily corrected, pp.84-124

Box 11, Folder 1

Meat Air (1970) - proofs, marked set

Box 11, Folder 2

Meat Air - galleys, w/ corrections

Box 11, Folder 3

Meat Air - proofs (later version) w/o corrections

Box 11, Folder 4

Meat Air - bound edition, labeled "Advance Uncorrected Proofs"

Box 11, Folder 5

Goat Dances (1976) - bound, photocopied TS, 116pp.

 

Series 6. Unpublished Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

includes TS, MS, notes, short stories, and poetry
Box 11, Folder 6

Personal Statement

Box 11, Folder 7

The Truck - scenario, corrected TS, about 100pp.

Box 11, Folder 8

Notebook (1966-68)

Box 11, Folder 9

Notebook (n.d.) - possibly including both Ron and Joanie Loewinsohn's handwriting

Box 11, Folder 10

The World Series - TS story w/ few corrections, 25pp.

Box 11, Folder 11

Dementia (1956-57) - TS & MS, poetry and prose

Box 11, Folder 12

The Snow - TS short story found in folder labeled "The Cooker"

Box 11, Folder 13

Poetry - TS & MS w/ corrections found in folder labeled "Master Hopper"

Box 11, Folder 14

Poetry - TS & MS w/ corrections found in folder labeled "Hopper"

Box 11, Folder 15

Poetry - TS & MS w/ corrections found in folder labeled "Asleep"

Box 12, Folder 1

Poetry and prose - TS found in folder labeled "Dead"

Box 12, Folder 2

After the (Mimeograph) Revolution - TS story found in folder labeled "Dead"

Box 12, Folder 3

Poetry "to Raymond DiPalma" found in folder labeled "Dead"

Box 12, Folder 4

Poetry and prose - TS & MS found in folder labeled "Dead and Buried"

Box 12, Folder 5

Poetry, prose, notes, etc. - TS & MS from folder labeled "Notes & Stuff"

Box 12, Folder 6

Poetry, prose, etc. - TS found in folder labeled "Carbons - Dupes"

Box 12, Folder 7

2 Poems with note "to Ellie" & 1 poem, alone

Box 12, Folder 8

Poetry, prose, notes, etc. - TS & MS w/o any organization

Box 12, Folder 9

Poetry, prose, notes, etc. - TS & MS w/o any organization

Box 12, Folder 10

Limekiln Creek - TS draft with lots MS notes/corrections on reverse

Box 12, Folder 11

Limekiln Creek - pp.1-37, TS w/ corrections

Box 12, Folder 12

Limekiln Creek - pp.38-74, TS w/ corrections

Box 12, Folder 13

Limekiln Creek - pp.75-111, TS w/ corrections

Box 12, Folder 14

Limekiln Creek - pp.112-148, TS w/ corrections

Box 12, Folder 15

Limekiln Creek - pp.149-185, TS w/ corrections

Box 12, Folder 16

The Leaves [10] - poetry, TS w/ corrections, 3pp.

Box 12, Folder 17

In the Library - story, TS w/ corrections, 9pp.

Box 12, Folder 18

Number 10 - story, 2 very different drafts, both TS

Box 12, Folder 19

Food for Thought - script, 2 copies, both TS, one with comments

Box 12, Folder 20

"The Glamour of the Real, The Commodious Adjective" - paper written and submitted by Ramon Fernandez for the Helen Choate Bell Prize - probably reviewed by Loewinsohn as member of Prize Committee