Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Charlie Vermont Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1965-1983
0.40 linear feet
(1 archives box)
Abstract: Papers of an American poet and editor which shed light on the careers of a group of writers who began publishing in the late
1960's. Vermont published three books of poetry: CHARLIE IS LAUGHING, TWO WOMEN, and SELECTED POEMS. He was also the editor
of Two Charlies with Charles Walsh. The Vermont papers are dominated by correspondence with other poets which touch on both
the correspondent's and Vermont's literary careers and personal lives. The earliest of the letters dates from the late 1960's,
and the most recent is from the early 1980's--the majority were written in the mid-1970's. Writers with whom Vermont corresponded
include Robert Creeley, Philip Whalen, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tom Clark, Lewis Warsh, Larry Goodell,
and Stephen Rodefer. Also included is a small group of original writings by Vermont.
University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0036
Language of Material:
Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Charlie Vermont Papers, MSS 0036. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Scope and Content of Collection
Accession Processed in 1987
The papers document the personal lives and literary careers of Charlie Vermont and writers with whom he was associated from
the late 1960's to early 1980's. The collection originally contained three groups of materials: correspondence, original
writings, and assorted publications. These publications included various journals, newsletters, and books from Vermont's
library; most of these are now a part of the ANP collection.
The bulk of material now in the collection consists of correspondence sent to Vermont by various writers. Most of these writers
were also personal friends of Vermont's; therefore the letters often transcend professional matters and touch on Vermont's
and the correspondent's lives. The letters of each correspondent are collected within a single folder, and the folders are
arranged alphabetically with the name of the correspondent at the top. A few of the folders contain letters from companies,
and they are also placed alphabetically in the box. Within each folder the letters are arranged chronologically when possible;
letters that are not dated are at the back of the folder. Letters that could not be identified are collected at the end of
the correspondence series in a folder titled "Miscellaneous Unidentified Correspondence." The largest collection of letters
are those sent by Lewis Warsh, Charles Walsh, Bernadette Mayer, and Ken Irby. The collection is limited in scope by the absence
of Vermont's own letters.
The second series--original manuscripts--consists of two manuscripts written by Vermont, and each is collected in a separate
folder. These are titled "Bee Eye" and "Review of Jim Gustafson's Recent Book." A folder titled "Ephemera" --which contains
photographs of Vermont and fliers--completes the collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Vermont, Charlie, -- Archives
American poetry -- 20th century
Photographic prints -- 20th Century.
Clark, Tom, 1941- -- correspondent
Creeley, Robert, 1926- -- correspondent
Ferlingthetti, Lawrence, -- correspondent
Goodell, Larry, 1935- -- correspondent
Hawkins, Bobbie Louise, 1930- -- correspondent
Irby, Kenneth, 1936- -- correspondent
Mayer, Bernadette, -- correspondent
Rodefer, Stephen, -- correspondent
Walsh, Charlie, -- correspondent
Warsh, Lewis, -- correspondent
Whalen, Philip, -- correspondent