Guide to the Fred Wright Correspondence

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Guide to the Fred Wright Correspondence

Collection number: MS 168

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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  • Special Collections and Archives
  • University Library
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, California, 95064
  • Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
  • URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
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UCSC OAC Unit
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November 2003
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Fred Wright Correspondence
Date (inclusive): 1972-1990
Collection number: MS 168
Collector: Wright, Fred
Extent: 1 half document box
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Consists of incoming correspondence from Miriam Patchen to Fred Wright between 1972-1990, and some printed material on Kenneth Patchen post-1972, that documents activities to promote the legacy of her late husband.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Fred Wright correspondence. MS 168. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Fred Wright, 1991

Biographical Note

Fred N. Wright (1940-) is an author of Flight to freedom (1986), and The whorehouse : a satirical novel about the corporate structure (1977).

Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists mainly of letters and postcards from Miriam Patchen, the widow of Kenneth Patchen. Also included is some printed material, ephemera and clippings on Kenneth Patchen post-1972.

Arrangement

The material is divided into two series, Correspondence and Printed Material. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Wright, Fred--Archives
Poets, American--20th century
Authors, American--20th century

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Patchen, Miriam
Patchen, Kenneth,1911-1972--Kenneth Patchen archive


Collection Contents

 

Correspondence 1972-1990

Physical Description: 0.2 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of one outgoing and ninety incoming letters and cards. Bulk of the correspondence, some 80 autographed letters (ALS) and postcads (APCS), are written by Miriam Patchen to Fred Wright in the 1970's. Many describe her activities to maintain and promote the legacy of her late-husband, author Kenneth Patchen. Her letters are arranged chronologically. Included also is seven other incoming letters, which content loosely relate to Kenneth Patchen.
Box-folder 1:1

Outgoing: Moe Ash, Folkways Records, a carbon n.d.

Box-folder 1:2-13,18

Incoming: Miriam Patchen 1972-1990

Box-folder 1:2

1990:

Box-folder 1:2

ALS, "For goodness sakes! What a wonderful house..." [1 pg] May 31, 1990

Box-folder 1:2

ALS, "In a few days you're going to receive a fine gorgeous picture..." [1 pg + clipping "Patchen festival big success" with picture of Miriam and Fred] Jun. 12, 1990

Box-folder 1:2

ALS, "Well, here it is. It's your fault; you asked for it..." [1 pg + draft to circumstances behind publishing of Kenneth Patchen's 'See You in the Morning'] Feb. 6, 1990

Box-folder 1:3

1980-1989:

Box-folder 1:3

ALS, "The date April 27-30 Rita & I stayed at Best Western Motel...", [1 pg + promotional card of Trumbull Art Gallery] Dec. 20, 1989

Box-folder 1:3

Season's Greeting card signed, "So -victorious Fred..." Dec. 22, 1988

Box-folder 1:3

Season's Greeting card signed, "Inspite of parents' influx and worries..." Dec. 13, 1986

Box-folder 1:3

ALS, "Getting back from Washington (D.C.) got caught up in re-reading.." [1 pg] Oct. 22, 1986

Box-folder 1:3

Season's Greeting card signed, "So - where are were you when you came back..." Dec. 16, 1985

Box-folder 1:3

Season's Greeting card signed, "So -where are you? Not here we know..." Dec. 14, 1981

Box-folder 1:3

TLS, "As far as it now appears the reading will take place on May 5..." [1 pg] Apr. 22, 1981

Box-folder 1:3

APCS, "Thank goodness for your letter - wonderful..." Jan. 10, 1981

Box-folder 1:3

APCS, "Visiting Laurent's brother at Bethany Beach..." Sep. 2, 1980

Box-folder 1:4

1979:

Box-folder 1:4

Season's Greeting card signed, "Where are you these days? Don't you know..." Dec. 17, 1979

Box-folder 1:4

APCS, "I didn't cause this-honest! We're here for week..." Sep. [12], 1979

Box-folder 1:4

APCS, "Almost big enough for any politician's head L & I here for Wagner's "Ring"..." 1978

Box-folder 1:5

1978:

Box-folder 1:5

APCS, "It came; it is interesting. Doubt that my piece would fit..." Aug. 1978

Box-folder 1:5

ALS, "On further thought it seems as if this is a very financially wasteful way of living..." [1 pg + attached photocopy of a Miriam's draft "The Time We Rode the 20th Century Limited" [7 pp]] Aug. 10, 1978

Box-folder 1:6

1977:

Box-folder 1:6

Signed note, "Sorry no dogs chasing the great Wright Knight...", [+ clipping "A Talking Dog Wows the Press", Don Wegars] Dec. 27, 1977

Box-folder 1:6

ALS, "Bestest etc - mostly, really to answer Fred's questions about addresses..." [1 pg] Dec. 27, 1977

Box-folder 1:6

Season's Greetings card signed Dec. 18, 1977

Box-folder 1:6

APCS, "Whatever else one might think of your "shocking" book...", [card designed by Kenneth Patchen] Nov. 30, 1977

Box-folder 1:6

ALS, "Just got back from post office & have just opened the package -..." [1 pg] Oct. 18, 1977

Box-folder 1:6

ALS, "Look what the post brought right after your call ended!..." [1 pg] Sep. 30, 1977

Box-folder 1:6

ALS, "Your call yesterday was great. Such good news you had to impart -..." [1 pg] Aug. 5, 1977

Box-folder 1:6

APCS, "The book? What Happened?..." May 17, 1977

Box-folder 1:7

1976:

Box-folder 1:7

APCS, "You're right, Wright! Tom Waits is tremendous;..." Dec. 1, 1976

Box-folder 1:7

ALS, "Thanks! Thanks! The records went off to either/or yesterday..." [1 pg] Nov. 30, 1976

Box-folder 1:7

APCS, "Not playing hard to get- just in a rush..." Oct. 29, 1976

Box-folder 1:7

APCS, "Willie Nelson has long been one I've liked very much indeed..." May 17, 1976

Box-folder 1:7

ALS, "You dirty drop-out! What do you mean by leaving the w-house..." [1 pg] Apr. 7, 1976

Box-folder 1:7

ALS, "Dear Kay, Fred, Spot, Amanda?, Cats?, Toads? Trantutlas..." Mar. 7, 1976

Box-folder 1:8

1975:

Box-folder 1:8

ALS, "This is crazy. Each time I riffle thru papers this sheet turns up with your name on it..." [1 pg] Nov. 24, 1975

Box-folder 1:8

ALS, "Golly houseboat! Sounds super..." [2 pp + annotated env.] Aug. 12, 1975

Box-folder 1:8

APCS, "At Bach Festival with Laurent. Music morning..." Jul. 24, 1975

Box-folder 1:8

ALS, "It's not been meant: This long non-response. But but..." [2 pp] Jun. 17, 1975

Box-folder 1:8

APCS, "Just a quick leaflet blown in the wind..." [+ annotated env.] May 1975

Box-folder 1:8

Mailed clipping, signed Jul. 8, 1975

Box-folder 1:9-10

1974:

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "I've not been standing still while walking..." [1974]

Box-folder 1:9

ALS, "J.C. Superstar! What in blazes do you-all think..." [1 pg] Dec. 26, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

ALS, "As usual I'm either behind or far past the time - " [1 pg] Dec. 11, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "Do you still have the James Purdy book?..." Oct. 11, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

ALS, "The mass of records is unbelievable..." Sep. 27, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "Just had call from Portland - the young man ..." Sep. 10, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "Going up 10,000 ft tomorrow & Friday..." Aug. 21, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "Just got back from Bach Festival in Carmel..." Jul. 31, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "Yeah, Spot. We're here. It's great - " May 21, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "Good to hear you're still with us..." May 15, 1974

Box-folder 1:9

APCS, "Address book got buried in the mass of stuff-" Mar. 23, 1974

Box-folder 1:10

Mailed poster "Hallelujah Anyway! A Kenneth Patchen Exhibit, University Art Gallery, March 18 - April 5, 1974" [postmarked, size; 16 x26] Apr. 19, 1974

Box-folder 1:11

1973:

Box-folder 1:11

ALS, "There's no need for stationery to tell me to have joy..." Dec. 29, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

Season's Greeting card signed Dec. 17, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

ALS, "Tours jours Gai! Thanks for the check..." [1 pg] Dec. 7, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

Gift certificate for Intellectual Digest, from Miriam Patchen Dec. 3, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

ALS, "Spot is (even though you said it didn't cost a mint)..." [1 pg] Nov. 29, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

ALS, "As per our conversation this evening this check is being forwarded..." [1 pg] Nov. 15, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

ALS, "Okay! Now you have $25 toward the life-long debt..." [1 pg] Nov. 2, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

ALS, "Was great to hear that voice as i was tearing off to a dull doctor..." Oct. 26, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Okay you two birds, the circle won't be broken until..." Oct. 10, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "He turned out to be almost character..." Sep. 17, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Stamps and cards became impossible to get while in Helsinki..." Jul. 12, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "It's 3 am, am on the sea going from Stockholm to Helsinki..." Jun. 14, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Dumb of me- didn't take the wherehouse addresses so..." Jun. 6, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Still on this planet - but....my aunt Martta landed here..." Mar. 26, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Didn't the sun shine?..." Mar. 18, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "It's bad enough to get the sights and smells of our times-" Mar. 1, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Doesn't this look like a good enough deal?..." [+ clipping] Jan. 26, 1973

Box-folder 1:11

ALS, "Got the jacket-sleeve-material to printer..." [1 pg] Jan. 24, 1973

Box-folder 1:12

1972:

Box-folder 1:11

APCS, "Thank you - and please thank your mum and daddy, too -" Nov. 1972

Box-folder 1:12

APCS, "Thank you so much for allowing me to have so much of mother and daddy yesterday..." Oct. 13, 1972

Box-folder 1:12

Gift card signed Oct. 13, 1972

Box-folder 1:12

ALS, "Thanks for Fred's letter. Yes, the music is great..." Jul. 1, 1972

Box-folder 1:13

Undated:

Box-folder 1:13

APCS, "Salt of the earth to the salt of the earth..."

Box-folder 1:13

APCS, "Thank you for checks and the fine letter..."

Box-folder 1:13

APCS, "You might have guessed those minutes to drop you..."

Box-folder 1:13

APCS, "Is the press address coming by these horses?..."

Box-folder 1:13

Season's Greeting card, "Okay - you might as well get one of these icky things..."

Box-folder 1:13

Season's Greeting card, "See you soon, and see Spot, daddy and mummy..."

Box-folder 1:13

Birthday card, "It's an 'icky' card-but it's an honest statement..."

Box-folder 1:13

APCS, "So, you dear ones, expecting you anytime on Sunday..."

Box-folder 1:13

APCS, "Obviously it will be joyous and filled with laughter -"

Box-folder 1:13

ALS, "Of course some people are impossible..."

Box-folder 1:13

Note "Twayne's United States Authors Series # 292"

Box-folder 1:18

Empty envelopes [40]

Box-folder 1:14

Incoming Other 1972-1990

Box-folder 1:14

Bertram Rota Ltd: TLS, [2 pp] Jul. 3, 1975

Box-folder 1:14

Dunkin, Ronald: ALS + env. [in regards to a purchase of "Panels for Walls of Heaven"] Sep. 21, 1974

Box-folder 1:14

Hellström, Lars G.: TLS Feb. 14, 1978

Box-folder 1:14

Hellström, Lars G.: TPCS + env. Dec. 10, 1972

Box-folder 1:14

Los Angeles Times: TLS + attached book review typescript, ["Review acceptance denial letter"] [3 pp]

Box-folder 1:14

Serenpidity Books, invoice for Patchen's "Sleepers Awake" n.d.

Box-folder 1:14

United States Postal Service, TLS Mar. 27, 1974

 

Printed Material 1973-1978

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Consists of promotional material for "Works by Kenneth Patchen", an event held at the San Francisco Art Institute, in 1973; and seven Kenneth Patchen related clippings.
Box-folder 1:15-16

Promotional material and other ephemera 1973-1974

Box-folder 1:17

Newspaper clippings 1973-1978