Ian Tyson Collection

Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Copyright 2005
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
spcoll@ucsd.edu


Descriptive Summary

Languages: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Ian Tyson Collection
Creator: Tyson, Ian
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0413
Physical Description: 26.4 Linear feet (4 archives boxes and 112 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1967-2006
Abstract: The Ian Tyson Collection contains book production materials for collaborations between Ian Tyson, the 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.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Ian Tyson Collection contains book production materials for collaborations between Ian Tyson, the 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).
Accessions Processed in 1997
Arranged in one series: 1) BOOK COLLABORATIONS.
Accession Processed in 2004
Contains preliminary artworks by Ian Tyson and documents the collaborative work process for the publications of artist's books, spanning from 1966 to 2001. The materials include original drawings, drafts, layouts, paste-ups, proofs, and working mock-ups, as well as correspondence with authors and publishers that includes enclosures of manuscripts and typescripts. Additional materials and related works in other portions of the collection are also included in this accession, namely the collaborations with Larry Eigner, Jerome Rothenberg and Wai-lim Yip.
Arranged into two series: 2) BOOK COLLABORATIONS and 3) BOOKS BY TYSON. Accession Processed in 2008
Prelimininary production materials for additional artist's books by Ian Tyson and his collaborations with others. The materials include original drawings, typescript drafts, layouts, paste-ups, and in-progress mock-ups, in addition to correspondence with authors and publishers dating from 1968-2006.
Arranged in three series: 4) BOOK COLLABORATIONS, 5) BOOKS BY TYSON, and 6) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

Biography

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.
In 1954, Tyson moved to London where he studied figure and life painting at the Royal Academy Schools for four years, in addition to attending etching and lithography evening classes. He then took a position in the printmaking department at the Camberwell School of Art and Craft, then about a year later, taught lithography at the Farmham School of Art from 1959-1966. His first solo show was in 1958-59 at the 1957 Gallery in Edinburgh. It was at Farnham where he met Ron King and in 1967 when King formed Circle Press, he joined him and started screenprinting. Shortly thereafter, he met Jerome Rothenberg through Stuart Montgomery of Fulcrum Press. When Rothenberg saw Tyson's visual interpretations of poetry he suggested one of his poems, which led to the first collaboration between the two and the second publication of Circle Press, SIGHTINGS I-IX & RED EASY A COLOR (1968).
In 1970, Tyson founded his own press in London, Tetrad Press, where he worked with contemporary artists and poets including Jackson Mac Low, Tom Phillips, Roy Fisher, and Larry Eigner. During this time, he created visual interpretations of his own texts including LETTERS FROM THE BLACK PALACE I-III (1971) and STANZA FROM THE GRAVE (1972). In addition to his printmaking and book works, he also created paintings and sculptures. Tyson operated Tetrad Press until 1995, whereupon he started ED.IT Press at his home in France.
He was a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art (1984), the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1969) and the University of California, San Diego (1992), and a Brinkley Fellow at the Norwich School of Art (1979-1980).
While he has continued to produced books arts and prints, he also has increasingly engaged in sculpture. Permanent installations of his sculptures are located in Drome and Séguret, France; London; and the University of East Anglia. In the course of his career, he has been featured in more than 32 solo exhibitions and 44 group exhibitions and his work can be found in more than three dozen public collections across North American and Europe.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Preferred Citation

Ian Tyson Collection, MSS 413. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Artists' books
Book designers -- Great Britain -- Biography
Book design
Artists -- Great Britain -- Biography
Yip, Wai-lim -- Correspondence
Tyson, Ian -- Archives
Mac Low, Jackson -- Correspondence
Rothenberg, Jerome -- Correspondence

 

Accessions Processed in 1997

 

BOOK COLLABORATIONS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) BOOK COLLABORATIONS: Original artwork, manuscripts, page layouts, paste-ups, galley proofs, and correspondence for book collaborations with Larry Eigner, Jackson Mac Low, Jerome Rothenberg, and Wai-lim Yip.
 

Eigner, Larry

Box 1, Folder 1

A LINE THAT MAY BE CUT (1968)

General note

Artwork.
 

Mac Low, Jackson

Box 1, Folder 2, Oversize FB20506

23RD LIGHT POEM FOR LARRY EIGNER (1969)

General note

Artwork.
Box 1, Folder 3

23RD LIGHT POEM FOR LARRY EIGNER (1969)

General note

Typescripts.
Box 1, Folder 4

PRONOUNS (1971)

General note

Correspondence, 1969-1973.
Box 1, Folder 5, Oversize FB14002

PRONOUNS (1971) artwork

Box 1, Folder 6, Oversize MC05401

PRONOUNS (1971) artwork

Box 1, Folder 7

PRONOUNS (1971) - Photocopy of manuscript

Box 1, Folder 8, Oversize FB14003

PRONOUNS (1971) - Galley proofs

 

Rothenberg, Jerome

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence 1967 - 1976

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence 1977 - 1993

Box 1, Folder 11

Photographs of Rothenberg

Box 1, Folder 12

17 HORSE SONGS OF FRANK MITCHELL, NOS X-XIII (1969) artwork

Box 1, Folder 13

17 HORSE SONGS OF FRANK MITCHELL, NOS X-XIII (1969) typescripts

Box 1, Folder 14, Oversize FB20504

17 HORSE SONGS OF FRANK MITCHELL, NOS. X-XIII (1969)

General note

Variation on the 17 Horse Songs of Frank Mitchell. (2 items) Includes "Variation II for four voices" (1971). Unpublished artwork.
Box 1, Folder 15, Oversize FB20505

17 HORSE SONGS OF FRANK MITCHELL, NOS. X-XIII (1969)

General note

Variations on the 13th Horse Song of Frank Mitchell from the Translations of Jerome Rothenberg. Variation I Metamorphoses for 3 Voices. Into Black for Tom Phillips (1971). Unpublished artwork.
Box 1, Folder 16

MILLENIUM (1988) manuscript

Box 1, Folder 17

MILLENIUM (1988) page layout

Box 1, Folder 18

MILLENIUM (1988) paste-up

Box 1, Folder 19

NARRATIVES AND REAL THEATER PIECES (1977)

General note

Contains 2 extra prints, one on hand-colored paper.
Box 1, Folder 20, Oversize FB20501

SIGHTINGS I-IX; AND, RED EASY A COLOR (1968) artwork

Box 1, Folder 21

SIX GEMATRIA (1992) artwork

Box 1, Folder 22

SIX GEMATRIA (1992) manuscript

Box 1, Folder 23, Oversize FB14004

SIX GEMATRIA (1992) page layout

Box 1, Folder 24, Oversize FB14005

SIX GEMATRIA (1992) final paste-up

Box 1, Folder 25

SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF THE MYSTIC ANIMALS (1982) with Richard J. John - Manuscript

Box 1, Folder 26

SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF THE MYSTIC ANIMALS (1982) with Richard J. John - Trial type sheets

Box 1, Folder 27, Oversize FB20502

SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF THE MYSTIC ANIMALS (1982) with Richard J. John - Page layouts

Box 1, Folder 28, Oversize FB20503

SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF THE MYSTIC ANIMALS (1982) with Richard J. John - Paste-ups

 

Yip, Wai-lim

Box 1, Folder 29

SURIMONO 3 (1995) correspondence

Box 1, Folder 30, Oversize FB14001

SURIMONO 3 (1995) - Page layouts

 

Accession Processed in 2004

 

BOOK COLLABORATIONS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) BOOK COLLABORATIONS: Tyson's collaborations with notable poets and writers of the 20th century include Lawrence Eigner, English poet Roy Fisher, Jean-Yves Mock, British artist Tom Phillips, poet and critic Kevin Power, American poet Jerome Rothenberg, and poet and critic Wai-lim Yip. Materials document the exchange of ideas, conceptual planning, and specifications and directions between the printmakers, poets and artists. Arranged alphabetically by author.
 

Eigner, Larry

Box 2, Folder 1, Oversize FB42201

A LINE THAT MAY BE CUT (1968) - Prospectus

General note

Circle Press, London.
 

Farrer, Julia

Box 2, Folder 2, Oversize FB42202

Brochure, resume and review 2000

General note

Article mentions collaboration with Tyson.
 

Fisher, Roy

Box 2, Folder 3, Oversize FB42203

METAMORPHOSES (1970) - Typography, drafts with annotations on photocopies

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 4, Oversize FB42204

METAMORPHOSES (1970) - Abandoned first proofs, with typography layouts, paste-ups and trial etchings

Box 2, Folder 5, Oversize FB42205

METAMORPHOSES (1970) - Clamshell box

Box 2, Folder 6, Oversize FB42301

CULTURES (1975) - Correspondence with Roy Fisher 1970 - 1979

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 7, Oversize FB42302

CULTURES (1975) - Original hand-drawn layout by Roy Fisher, with annotations on photocopies

General note

5 leaves.
Box 2, Folder 8, Oversize FB42303

CULTURES (1975) - Mock-up, original typographic grid drawing and layouts by Ian Tyson

Box 2, Folder 9, Oversize FB42304

ROLLER (1999) - Original texts on index cards and first (abandoned) drafts, with letter by Fisher

General note

Circle Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 10, Oversize FB42305

ROLLER (1999) - Proposal, "continued" draft letters between Tyson, Fisher and Circle Press

Box 2, Folder 11, Oversize FB42306

ROLLER (1999) - First proofs (computer generated text), with letter by Tyson to Fisher

 

Mock, Jean-Yves

Box 2, Folder 12, Oversize FB42501

ICH STERBE (1989) - Correspondence 1987 - 1989

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 13, Oversize FB42502

ICH STERBE (1989) - Writing by Mock, typescript drafts with annotations

Box 2, Folder 14, Oversize FB42503

ICH STERBE (1989) - Layout of fold and typographic setting

 

Phillips, Tom

Box 2, Folder 15, Oversize FB42401

BIRTH OF ART (1972) - Original handwritten text for the colophon page by Tom Phillips

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 16, Oversize FB42402

EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIM - AFTER BRAHMS (1972) - Colophon page, typescript with annotation

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 17, Oversize FB42403

EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIM - AFTER BRAHMS (1972) - Color proofs on regular and Saunder mould-made paper

General note

One proof signed by Tom Phillips.
Box 2, Folder 18, Oversize FB42404

EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIM - AFTER BRAHMS (1972) - Layout for typography on color proof

Box 2, Folder 19, Oversize FB42405

HUMUMENT (1972-1974) - First proofs, one set signed by Tom Phillips

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 20, Oversize FB42406

HUMUMENT (1972-1974) - Title page and colophon

General note

4 copies.
Box 2, Folder 21, Oversize FB42407

HUMUMENT (1972-1974) - Unsigned proofs

Box 2, Folder 22, Oversize FB42408

HUMUMENT (1972-1974) - Wooden case with blue plexiglass cover

 

Power, Kevin

Box 2, Folder 23, Oversize FB42601

WORK IN PROGRESS (1977) - Original typescript poems and photograph [image used for drawing]

General note

Trigram Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 24, Oversize FB42602

WORK IN PROGRESS (1977) - Layout and text paste-ups

Box 2, Folder 25, Oversize FB42603

WORK IN PROGRESS (1977) - Original drawings and print proofs

Box 2, Folder 26, Oversize FB42504

DE MORANDI (1979) - Letter from Kevin Power and explanation of the "Morandi Series," with drawings and layouts

Box 2, Folder 27, Oversize FB42505

DE MORANDI (1979) - Original drawings [6 leaves], one watercolor and layout of the title page

General note

Circle Press, Guildford.
Box 2, Folder 28, Oversize FB42506

DE MORANDI (1979) - Proofs

General note

6 leaves.
Box 2, Folder 29, Oversize FB42507

QUERCY SPINE (1979-1980) - Poems by Kevin Power with letter

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 30, Oversize FB42604

HEIDEGGER MY WAY AND SCARCELY (1982) - Typescript poem by Kevin Power with correspondence

General note

Material relates to WORK IN PROGRESS. Jan Tholenaar Editions, Amsterdam.
Box 2, Folder 31, Oversize FB42605

HEIDEGGER MY WAY AND SCARCELY (1982) - Typographic layout, paginated

Box 2, Folder 32, Oversize FB42606

HEIDEGGER MY WAY AND SCARCELY (1982) - Preliminary drawings and possible layouts, 4 folded sheets

Box 2, Folder 33, Oversize FB42607

HEIDEGGER MY WAY AND SCARCELY (1982) - Mock-up with text paste-ups, 3 folios

Box 2, Folder 34, Oversize FB42608

WORK IN PROGRESS II (No date) - Mock-ups

General note

Tetrad Press, London/Amsterdam, for Jan Tholenaar.
 

Rothenberg, Jerome

Box 2, Folder 35, Oversize FB42701

NARRATIVES AND REAL THEATER PIECES (1977/1978) - Original drawings

General note

15 leaves. Braad Editions, Loubressac, France.
Box 2, Folder 36, Oversize FB42702

NARRATIVES AND REAL THEATER PIECES (1977/1978) - Proofs, 3 designs

Box 2, Folder 37, Oversize FB42703

NARRATIVES AND REAL THEATER PIECES (1977/1978) - Text proof

Box 2, Folder 38, Oversize FB42704

SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF MYSTIC ANIMALS (1982) - "Vocal scores based on Jr. texts," layout with paste-ups

General note

Related to MYSTIC ANIMALS and 17 HORSE SONGS. 12 leaves. Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 39, Oversize FB42705

SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF MYSTIC ANIMALS (1982) - Text on acetates [negatives] with corrections

Box 2, Folder 40, Oversize FB42706

SONGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF MYSTIC ANIMALS (1982) - Text proofs

General note

6 leaves.
Box 2, Folder 41, Oversize FB42801

DELIGHT/DELICES AND OTHER GEMATRIA (1997) - Typescript poems with corrections and typography specifications 1997

General note

Includes correspondence and notes. Editions Ottezec.
Box 2, Folder 42, Oversize FB42802

DELIGHT/DELICES AND OTHER GEMATRIA (1997) - Layouts with explanations, paste-ups and original designs

Box 2, Folder 43, Oversize FB42803

DELIGHT/DELICES AND OTHER GEMATRIA (1997) - Mock-up for portfolio with a collage cover

Box 2, Folder 44, Oversize FB42804

CASE FOR MEMORY (2001) - Poems and typescripts

General note

Granary Books, New York.
Box 2, Folder 45, Oversize FB42805

CASE FOR MEMORY (2001) - Original drawings [8 leaves] with mock-up portfolio

Box 2, Folder 46, Oversize FB42806

CASE FOR MEMORY (2001) - Text on acetates for screenprinting

Box 2, Folder 47, Oversize FB42807

CASE FOR MEMORY (2001) - Second of the original drawings on acetates for screenprinting

Box 2, Folder 48, Oversize FB42808

CASE FOR MEMORY (2001) - First mock-up with paste-ups and layouts

Box 2, Folder 49, Oversize FB42809

CASE FOR MEMORY (2001) - Working mock-up with paste-ups and layouts

 

Yip, Wai-lim

Box 2, Folder 50, Oversize FB42707

SURIMONO 3 (1995) - Paste-ups of 2 designs by Tyson

 

BOOKS BY TYSON

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) BOOKS BY TYSON: Tyson has collaborated with unique presses around the world, publishing limited edition artist's books. This collection documents the many aspects of contemporary and traditional printing and includes handset type, various types of print methods as screen, linocut, woodblock, lithography, and etching and drypoint. The collection also includes his handmade papers, bookbinding and box making. Tyson has both contributed and represented the fine print presses in exhibitions at many libraries, art galleries and museums around the world; in London, the Circle Press and Tetrad Press, and print presses in Amsterdam, France, and New York. This material spans from 1966 to 1994, and demonstrates his wide-ranging skills of painting, drawing, printmaking, fine letterpress printing, writing, poetry, and book arts.
Box 2, Folder 51, Oversize FB42901

List of books and descriptions, Ian Tyson database A-Z

Box 2, Folder 52, Oversize FB42902

SIX EXTRACTS FROM THE ZENRINKUSHU WITH DECORATIONS (1966) - Prospectus

General note

Published by Ian Tyson, London.
Box 2, Folder 53, Oversize FB42903

LETTERS FROM THE BLACK PALACE I - IIII (1971) - Original drawings [10 leaves] and template

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 54, Oversize FB42904

LETTERS FROM THE BLACK PALACE I - IIII (1971) - Clamshell box

Box 2, Folder 55, Oversize FB43001

STANZAS OF THE GRAVE (1972) - Explanations of working process and text drafts

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 56, Oversize FB43101

SCREENS I - XIV (1976) - Drafts of poem by Ian Tyson, 2-page text paste-ups, layouts and clipping for collage

General note

Kelpra Editions, London.
Box 2, Folder 57, Oversize FB43102

SCREENS I - XIV (1976) - Title page, proof with corrections

Box 2, Folder 58, Oversize FB43103

SCREENS I - XIV (1976) - Paste-ups of collage, 8 leaves paginated

Box 2, Folder 59, Oversize FB43104

SCREENS I - XIV (1976) - Screenprint proof

Box 2, Folder 60, Oversize FB43105

SCREENS I - XIV (1976) - Mock-up, paginated

Box 2, Folder 61, Oversize FB43106

SCREENS I - XIV (1976) - Mock-up with color prints and acetate paste-ups, paginated

General note

Authorized version for Pat Gilmour.
 

NEW ART OF SHADOW (1978)

General note

Published by Ian Tyson, London.
Box 2, Folder 62, Oversize FB43005

Layout, typography and colophon draft

Box 2, Folder 64, Oversize FB43007

Original drawings and layouts, 6 variations

Box 2, Folder 65, Oversize FB43008

Proof

Box 2, Folder 63, Oversize FB43006

Poem, with annotations

Box 2, Folder 66, Oversize FB43009

APPROVAL STAMP OFFER - Prints for first 'Stamp Offer' ca. 1970-1971

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 67, Oversize FB43201

NOTES FROM A RURAL REGION (1979/1980) - 1-page draft entitled, "Notes on Rural Architecture" and layout

General note

Paginated. Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 68, Oversize FB43202

NOTES FROM A RURAL REGION (1979/1980) - Text proofs of the title page and colophon

Box 2, Folder 69, Oversize FB43203

NOTES FROM A RURAL REGION (1979/1980) - Screenprint proofs [4 variations] and original watercolor drawing

Box 2, Folder 70, Oversize FB43204

NOTES FROM A RURAL REGION (1979/1980) - Slipcase and folio cover

Box 2, Folder 71, Oversize FB43301

ZEN - ALISSPRLICHE DER ZEN MEISTER (1981) - Correspondence with Wolfgang Tiessen 1979 - 1993

General note

Edition Tiessen, Neu-Isenburg.
Box 2, Folder 72, Oversize FB43302

ZEN - ALISSPRLICHE DER ZEN MEISTER (1981) - Drawings and watercoloring by Tyson [12 leaves]

General note

Includes abandoned drawings.
Box 2, Folder 73, Oversize FB43303

ZEN - ALISSPRLICHE DER ZEN MEISTER (1981) - 2-page layout

Box 2, Folder 74, Oversize FB43304

ZEN - ALISSPRLICHE DER ZEN MEISTER (1981) - Woodcut proofs of 4 images [9 leaves]

Box 2, Folder 75, Oversize FB43305

SEASONS - AFTER THOMSON (1984) - Original drawings [4 leaves]

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 76, Oversize FB43306

SEASONS - AFTER THOMSON (1984) - Mock-up with paste-ups, layouts and artist's proofs signed by Tyson

 

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985)

General note

Also includes drafts of prospectus letter, typescript translation of Mallarme's UN COUP DE DES, layouts, and notes. Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 77, Oversize FB43401

Correspondence to Neil Crawford

Box 2, Folder 78, Oversize FB43402

Mock-up and text paste-ups

General note

Includes original photoset text for the colophon page.
Box 2, Folder 79, Oversize FB43403

Drawings on acetates and templates for plate size

Box 2, Folder 80, Oversize FB43404

Mock-up, folio consisting of 6 original watercolors 1984 - 1985

General note

Includes texts proofs with corrections, signed by Tyson.
Box 2, Folder 81, Oversize FB43405

Trial proofs of aquatints [12 drawings]

General note

Includes signed proofs, "Apros Mallarme, H/C #1" and "State I" by Tyson.
Box 2, Folder 82, Oversize FB43307

SAPERAUDE - BEANTWORTUNG DER FRAGE: WAS IST ALIFKLARUNG (1987) - Paste-ups on proofs [10 images]

General note

Edition Tiessen, Neu-Isenburg.
Box 2, Folder 83, Oversize FB43002

LIFE AND TIMES OF BABY WOOJAMS - Text with corrections and note ca. 1978

General note

Tetrad Press, London.
Box 2, Folder 84, Oversize FB43003

LIFE AND TIMES OF BABY WOOJAMS - Original lettering of 'GERTRVDE STEIN' and proofs ca. 1978

Box 2, Folder 85, Oversize FB43004

LIFE AND TIMES OF BABY WOOJAMS - Mock-ups, 3 variations ca. 1978

Box 2, Folder 86, Oversize FB43308

ZEN STORIES (1994) - Prospectus, insert of book

General note

Edition Tiessen, Neu-Isenburg.
 

Accessions Processed in 2008

 

BOOK COLLABORATIONS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) BOOK COLLABORATIONS
Tyson's collaborations with notable poets and writers such as Jerome Rothenberg, Jackson Mac Low, and Larry Eigner are well represented in the collection and include recent collaborations for new works. The collection continues to document the exchanging of ideas, concepts, and preliminary design directions between the printmakers, poets, and artists. The files contain correspondence discussing layout and composition, typescript drafts with annotations, and working proofs of design elements. The folders are arranged alphabetically by name of collaborator, then chronologically by date of publication.
 

Crozier, Andrew

Box 3, Folder 1

UTAMARO VARIATIONS (1982) - Typescripts with annotations and proofs from woodblocks

General note

Includes cut-outs of design and pencil and pen drawings on paper.
Box 3, Folder 2

"Along the Threshold: Some Remarks about Ian Tyson's Prints" - Typescript undated

 

Eigner, Larry

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence 1968 - 1987

Box 3, Folder 4

FRAGMENTS: TWENTY-TWO WOODBLOCKS (1988)

General note

Includes edited typescripts of colophon statement, notes, typescript copy of poem, and copies of grid block drawings.
 

Griffin, Jonathan

Box 3, Folder 5

Postcard addressed to Ian Tyson 1985

General note

Card concerns text set for TEMPLE.
 

Mac Low, Jackson

Box 3, Folder 6

PRONOUNS (1971) - Revised typescript 1975

 

Pickney, Richard

Box 3, Folder 7

BRIDGE AND A SET OF STRINGS - Mock-up with pencil layout, six sheets folded

 

Power, Kevin

Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence 1979 - 1983

Box 3, Folder 9

DE MORANDI (1979) - Typescripts with annotations

 

Rothenberg, Jerome

Box 3, Folder 10

Correspondence 2003

Box 3, Folder 11, Oversize FB47501

Correspondence 2003

General note

Includes oversize sketches for book ideas.
Box 3, Folder 12

SURIMONO 5: IN MEMORY OF PAUL CELAN: THREE DEATH POEMS (2003) - Poem typescript

General note

Also includes color inkjet proofs of designs, colored pencil mock-ups, and correspondence with Ian Tyson.
Box 3, Folder 13

HOMAGE TO GOYA: THE SLEEP OF REASON (2006) - Mock-up booklet, two variants

 

Thayler, Carl

Box 3, Folder 14, Oversize FB47502

MARIPOSA SUITE NOS. I-VI c. (1971) - First working proofs of etchings by Warrington Colescott

General note

Also contains seven etchings, screen print colored, and unnumbered.
 

Van Dias, Robert

Box 3, Folder 15

SURIMONO 4 "WHITE ON WHITE" (2001) - Mock-up with original drawing, one folded sheet

 

Wolff, Christian

Box 3, Folder 16

PROSE COLLECTION (1973) - Typescript with annotations 1971

Box 3, Folder 17, Oversize FB47601

PROSE COLLECTION (1973) - Cover mock-ups with folded inserts

 

BOOKS BY TYSON

Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) BOOKS BY TYSON: Preprint maquettes, mock-up booklets, preliminary layouts, and drafts of text dating from 1973 to 2005. The most prominent book material appearing in the series is from A Cast of Dice Never Can Annul Chance (1985), with pre-production materials consisting of reproductions of the original Stéphane Mallarmé poem, and translations, drafts, and hand-inked text layouts by Neil Crawford. The series also includes the mock-up booklets and layouts for more recent publications, including Pavan (2002), Vert(ical) (2003), T (2003), and Jardin de V(ie) (2004). Materials are arranged chronologically by date of book publication.
Box 3, Folder 18, Oversize MC19501

A ILLIERS-COMBRAY (1973?) - Suite of preliminary art work and progressive printing proofs

General note

Includes set of fourteen colored screenprints, one black and white negative screen print for title page, and one mock-up title page with collage.
Box 3, Folder 19

LIFE AND TIMES OF BABY WOOJAMS (1978)

General note

Includes black and white negatives of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas' gravestones for cover.
Box 3, Folder 20

HYBRID SHOJI (1984) - Maquette layouts and covers

General note

Includes three booklets with patterned cutouts, unbound.
Box 3, Folder 21

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Copies of book reviews

General note

Includes reviews of Stéphane Mallarmé's UN COUP DE DÉS.
Box 3, Folder 21

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Copy of essay by Léon Cellier

General note

"Mallarmé, Redon, et UN COUP DE DÉS...", 1975.
Box 3, Folder 23

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Correspondence to and from Neil Crawford 1981

Box 3, Folder 24

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985)

General note

Includes edited typescript of colophon statement and translator's note. Also includes annotated notes of layout in French.
Box 3, Folder 25

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Handwritten poem draft text with corrections 1970 - 1983

Box 3, Folder 26

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Pencil layout design of cover

Box 3, Folder 27, Oversize FB47802

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Photocopy set of original poem

General note

Includes photocopy set of original poem at 11x17".
Box 3, Folder 28, Oversize FB47801

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Original photoset text for poem layout

Box 3, Folder 29, Oversize FB47803

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Hand-inked text layout on tissue with edits

Box 3, Folder 30, Oversize FB47804

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Hand-inked text layout denoting font size on tissue with edits

Box 3, Folder 31, Oversize FB47805

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Original poem on acetates to final print size

Box 3, Folder 32, Oversize FB47901

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Hand-inked text layout at final print size on board

Box 3, Folder 33, Oversize FB47902

POEM: A CAST OF DICE NEVER CAN ANNUL CHANCE (1985) - Paste-up text layout at final print size on board

Box 3, Folder 34

Untitled lithograph printed Éditions Fanal (1990)

General note

Printed for a New Year gift, 697 of 700.
Box 3, Folder 35, Oversize FB47602

A PROPOS "LE LIVRE": (D'APRES STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ) (2002) - Mock-up booklets with colored pencil and ink drawings

General note

Includes loose ink drawings, colored pencil sketches, and text layout.
Box 4, Folder 1

PAVAN (2002) - Maquettes layouts and grids

General note

Includes three booklets each one page folded to five pages with colored pencil sketches.
Box 4, Folder 2, Oversize FB47701

VERT(ICAL) (2003) - Mock-up booklets with pencil text layout and color photocopy insert pages

Box 4, Folder 3

T (2003) - Mock-up booklet with binding, paste-ups, and title cut-outs

General note

Includes acetate cover lay overs, two booklets.
Box 4, Folder 4, Oversize FB47702

JARDIN DE V(IE) (2004) - Mock-up booklets with cut-out inserts

Box 4, Folder 5

SURIMONO 7, AFTER LI HO (2005) - Mock-up print

 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS: Non-book production items including exhibition materials in the form of posters, an interview with Ian Tyson by Pat Gilmour of the Tate Gallery, and slides of Ian Tyson's art work and exhibition views.
Box 4, Folder 6

Fluxpost West Commemorative International stamp sheet 1978

General note

Includes one sheet perforated with 64 artist stamps and exhibitor list.
Box 4, Folder 7

Interview: Ian Tyson talking to Pat Gilmour, curator of prints, Tate Gallery, about his prints 23.ix.75 1977

General note

Includes typescript transcription and cover letter from Tate Gallery.
Box 4, Folder 8

"L'Ami Voyage...En Compagnie" - Ian Tyson, Estampes et Livres D'Artiste

General note

Includes two printed exhibition posters with mailed invitation, October 25-November 26, 2005.
Box 4, Folder 9

Slides of Ian Tyson's artwork ca. 1966-1980

General note

Includes slides from exhibition views from Galerie Hoffman, 1980.