The Ian Tyson Collection contains book production materials for collaborations between Ian Tyson, British painter, printmaker
and book artist, and prominent poets including Andrew Crozier, Larry Eigner, Wai-lim Yip, Jackson Mac Low, and Jerome Rothenberg.
Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, page layouts, paste-ups, galley proofs, and Tyson's original artworks. Ian
Tyson's books are the main focus in the collection and include A LINE THAT MAY BE CUT (1968), SIGHTINGS I-IX; AND, RED EASY
A COLOR (1968), 17 HORSE SONGS OF FRANK MITCHELL, NOS. X-XII (1969), 23RD LIGHT POEM FOR LARRY EIGNER (1969), THE PRONOUNS
(1971), NARRATIVES AND REAL THEATER PIECES (1977), HISTORY OF DADA AS MY MUSE (1982), SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF THE MYSTIC
ANIMALS (1982), POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985), MILLENIUM (1988), SIX GEMATRIA (1992), SURIMONO 3 (1995),
PAVAN (2002), VERT(ICAL) (2003), JARDIN DE V(IE) (2004), and SURIMONO 7, AFTER LI HO (2005).
Ian Tyson was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, United Kingdom in April 1933. Tyson grew up in Upton, outside of Birkenhead, but
spent much time as a child with his grandparents near Wigan. He attended school in Wigan during the World War II and later
attended his father's old school. It was there he was introduced to modern art and creating expressive and abstract art.
After graduating, he worked as an apprentice engineer in the shipyards for two years. He decided, though, that his future
was not in engineering, and continued making artwork independently, determined to attend Birkhead School of Art, where he
remained for about two years.