Archive for New Poetry. Curator's Correspondence and Subject Files

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
The UCSD Libraries
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Phone: (858) 534-2533
Fax: (858) 534-5950
URL: http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/
Copyright 2005
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Archive for New Poetry (University of California, San Diego). -- Curator
Title: Archive for New Poetry. Curator's Correspondence and Subject Files,
Date (inclusive): 1974 - 1989
Extent: 3.00 linear feet (8 archives boxes)
Abstract: Records created primarily by Michael Davidson, curator of the Archive for New Poetry (ANP), a collection housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library. The records include correspondence with many prominent figures in contemporary American writing, and files on ANP projects such as the New Writing Series, Documents for New Poetry, the San Francisco Renaissance Conference (1982), and the ANP NEWSLETTER. Also included are photographs of poets and materials relating to a 1984 public television presentation "Rasgado en dos/Ripped in two," sponsored by UCSD and the California Council for the Humanities. The collection is arranged in four series: 1) GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 2) POETS' FILES, 3) ANP PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS, and 4) PHOTOGRAPHS.
Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: RSS 1034
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

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Preferred Citation

Archive for New Poetry. Curator's Correspondence and Subject Files, RSS 1034. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Administrative History

The Archive for New Poetry (ANP) is a collection of materials devoted to the work of significant English-language writers who have published since 1945. It is located in the Mandeville Special Collections Library of the University of California, San Diego. The ANP was conceived and begun by Literature Professor Roy Harvey Pearce. Establishing the collection in 1968, Pearce donated to the UCSD Library important first editions of post-war American poets.
The ANP's holdings emphasize the ongoing "alternative tradition" in recent American writing -- particularly the Objectivist movement, the Black Mountain poets, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, and the "language" writers. This interest has led the ANP to acquire a large number of manuscripts, audiotapes, monographs, rare and well-known serials, and alternative printing (non-book) experiments.
The records in RSS 1034 were created primarily by Michael Davidson, Ph.D., who served as long-time curator of the ANP. Davidson began as a post-doctoral appointee in 1974. Two years later he was permanently hired by the Library to serve as "Associate Research Historian," the official title for the ANP curator. In the administrative hierarchy he reported to the head of the Department of Special Collections.
Davidson's responsibilities included curating for the Archive's extensive book and manuscript collection, organizing a poetry-reading series (called the "New Poetry Series" and later the "New Writing Series"), supervising the processing of manuscripts, editing and producing a tri-annual newsletter, serving as adviser for several local poetry-related projects, and periodically publishing issues of "Documents for New Poetry," a pamphlet focusing on a given aspect of ANP's collection. As a result of his long-term employment at the library and his considerable knowledge of contemporary American poetry, Davidson strongly influenced the shape and vision of the ANP -- encouraging and aiding in the acquisition of a number of its most prized papers and collections.
Throughout most of his term at the library, Davidson also taught in the Department of Literature. In 1985, after receiving tenure in the Literature Department, he resigned his position at the ANP in order to teach literature full-time. The position was subsequently filled by Stephen Rodefer (1985-1988) and John Granger (1988-1992).

Scope and Content of Collection

The correspondence and subject files for the Archives for New Poetry Curator consist of four series: 1) GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 2) POETS' FILES, 3) ANP PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS, and 4) PHOTOGRAPHS. The materials consist of letters and materials dating from 1974-1989.
The first series, GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, includes letters sent to ANP curators Michael Davidson, John Granger and Stephen Rodefer and copies of a few of their responses. The letters have been alphabetized by correspondent and are placed in folders labeled with a letter of the alphabet. Most of the correspondence relates to the various business transactions of the Archive: inquiries into the procedures and holdings of the Archive, funding concerns, the New Writing Series, and acquisitions of manuscripts, books and serials.
The series POETS' FILES is mainly devoted to publicity information, resumes, press releases and correspondence of poets who were asked to read or considered for reading in the New Writing Series. Each folder contains materials relating to a single poet or writer, and folders have been alphabetized by writer.
ANP PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS is the third and final series, and it consists of materials relating to three special activities involving ANP and the ANP Curator. The "Documents for New Poetry" is an ANP pamphlet format series publication which features materials from the ANP's collection. Only two issues were ever published: "Roadtesting the Language: An Interview with Edward Dorn" by Stephen Fredman (1978) and "Paul Blackburn: A Checklist" by Kathleen Woodward (1980).
In 1982 a third issue of "Documents for New Poetry" entitled "Objectivist Contexts: George Oppen and Charles Reznikoff" (edited by Kathryn Shevelow) was prepared. However, it was never published due to funding problems. Textual materials for this third issue can be found in the ANP PUBLICATIONS series. These materials include interviews with and about Oppen and Reznikoff, unpublished comments by the two poets, and an article by Tom Sharp on the early publishing history of the Objectivists. Folders are arranged by subject and chronologically by date of publication or possible publication.
Also in ANP PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS are materials that relate to the "Rasgado En Dos/Ripped In Two" Poetry-Video Project, a thirty-minute sound-and-picture collage featuring the words of four local Chicano poets: Patrick Ojeda, Ruben Medina, Gina Valdes and Alurista. It was sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities, ANP, the UCSD Department of Literature and the UCSD Office of the Chancellor. It was produced by Valley Cable Television in 1984, and was broadcasted on several PBS television stations. Davidson assisted and advised the program's two producers, Claire McClance and Alan McGlade. These materials are organized by subject and arranged chronologically within each folder, and they include grant applications and agreements, correspondence, publicity information, budget plans, schedules, legal documents and scripts.
Also included are materials relating to the San Francisco Renaissance Conference, a festival and conference organized by Davidson and held at UCSD from February 9-12, 1982. Focusing on the San Francisco Literary Renaissance of the mid-fifties and sixties, the conference brought together poets, scholars, editors and the general public. Many well-known figures in contemporary writing attended. Items in this subseries are arranged by subject and include grant applications and agreements, legal documents, correspondence, budget plans and publicity items.
Finally, this series contains materials related to John Granger's preparation of the ANP Newsletter for 1988 and for the Spring Quarter of 1989. Materials include correspondence, selections of poems and writings and some rough drafts of essays written for the newsletter. The materials are arranged chronologically.
The PHOTOGRAPHS series contains images of poets.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Davidson, Michael, 1944-
Pearce, Roy Harvey
Archive for New Poetry (University of California, San Diego) -- Curator -- Archives
Documents for new poetry New writing series UCSD new poetry series Rasgado en dos/Ripped in two
American poetry -- 20th century -- Archival resources

Contributors

Coleman, Wanda, -- correspondent
Coolidge, Clark, 1939- -- correspondent
Creeley, Robert, 1926- -- correspondent
Dorn, Edward, -- correspondent
Eshleman, Clayton, -- correspondent
Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997 -- correspondent
Mac Low, Jackson, -- correspondent
Rakosi, Carl, 1903-2004, -- correspondent
Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905- -- correspondent
Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931- -- correspondent
Snyder, Gary, -- correspondent
Whalen, Philip, -- correspondent
Davidson, Michael, 1944-


Collection Contents

 

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE

box 1, folder 1

Aaron, R. - Aston, A

box 1, folder 2

Babb, H. - Butterick, G

box 1, folder 3

Caddel, R. - Curtay, J

box 1, folder 4

Dahl, D. - Duncan, R

box 1, folder 5

Eaves, T. - Everwine, P

box 1, folder 6

Faas, E. - Fussell, E

box 1, folder 7

Gaburo, K. - Guss, D

box 1, folder 8

Haak, J. - Huntsinger, L

box 2, folder 1

Iddings, K. - Irby, K

box 2, folder 2

Jackson, L. - Joul, R

box 2, folder 3

Kahn, P. - Kyger, J

box 2, folder 4

Lally, M. - Lurie, T

box 2, folder 5

MacAdams, L - Myers, G

box 2, folder 6

Nathan ,S - Nower, J

box 2, folder 7

Ohannessian, G - Owens, R

box 2, folder 8

Pacosz, C. - Propper, D

box 2, folder 9

Quartermain, P. - Quinn, B

box 2, folder 10

Rabiner, M. - Ruth, B

box 3, folder 1

Sadoff, I. - Serrano, I

box 3, folder 2

Sharp, T. - Sze, A

box 3, folder 3

Taggart, J. - Turner, M

box 3, folder 4

Villanueva, A. - Vangelisti, P

box 3, folder 5

Wakoski, D. - Wright, R

box 3, folder 6

Xelina - Young, G

box 3, folder 7

Zamora, B. - Zweig, E

 

POETS' FILES

box 4, folder 1

Amichai, Yehuda 1975

box 4, folder 2

Anderson, Jon 1975

box 4, folder 3

Antin, Eleanor 1975

box 4, folder 4

Bakken, Dick 1977

box 4, folder 5

Baracks, Barbara 1978

box 4, folder 6

Bartlett, Elizabeth 1979

box 4, folder 7

Berge, Carol 1974

box 4, folder 8

Bromige, David 1981

box 4, folder 9

Broughton, James 1977

box 4, folder 10

Brownstein, Michael 1981

box 4, folder 11

Coleman, Wanda 1979

box 4, folder 12

Coolidge, Clark 1976

box 4, folder 13

Cooper, Dennis 1982

box 4, folder 14

Creeley, Robert 1978 - 1983

box 4, folder 15

Curtray, Jean-Paul 1979 - 1983

box 4, folder 16

Cuson, Tom 1974

box 4, folder 17

Dawson, Fielding 1975

box 4, folder 18

Deak, Norma Jean 1980

box 4, folder 19

Deguy, Michel

box 4, folder 20

Di Prima, Diane 1974

box 4, folder 21

Dorn, Edward 1976

box 4, folder 22

Dresman, Paul 1984

box 4, folder 23

Duncan, Robert 1978

box 4, folder 24

Enslin, Ted 1976

box 4, folder 25

Eshleman, Clayton 1975

box 4, folder 26

Eulert, Donald D. 1976

box 4, folder 27

Everson, William (a.k.a. Brother Antonius) 1967

box 4, folder 28

Everwine, Peter 1977

box 4, folder 29

Fagin, Larry 1977

box 4, folder 30

Federman, Raymond 1979

box 4, folder 31

Forche, Carolyn 1975

box 4, folder 32

Fox, Siv Cedering 1977

box 4, folder 33

Fraser, Kathleen 1975

box 4, folder 34

Friedman, Edward 1979

box 4, folder 35

Fussell, Edwin Sill 1976

box 4, folder 36

Gallup, Dick 1974

box 4, folder 37

Gass, William 1977

box 4, folder 38

Gitin, David 1976

box 4, folder 39

Gold, Rich 1980

box 4, folder 40

Goodell, Larry 1976

box 4, folder 41

Gibson, Morgan 1977

box 4, folder 42

Green, Geoffrey 1975

box 4, folder 43

Greenwald, Ted 1979

box 4, folder 44

Griffith, Susan 1975

box 4, folder 45

Harper, Michael 1977

box 4, folder 46

Harwood, Lee 1982

box 4, folder 47

Hawkins, Bobbie Louise

box 4, folder 48

Henderson, David 1976

box 4, folder 49

Higgins, Dick 1978

box 4, folder 50

Hollo, Anselm 1977

box 4, folder 51

Inada, Lawson Fusao 1983

box 4, folder 52

Infrarrealistas (Spanish-language poets)

box 4, folder 53

Jaffe, Sherril

box 4, folder 54

Jordan, June 1982

box 4, folder 55

Kaneko, Lonny 1980

box 4, folder 56

Kessler, Milton 1977

box 4, folder 57

Koertge, Ronald

box 4, folder 58

Kowit, Steve

box 4, folder 59

Langland, Joseph 1978

box 4, folder 60

Larsen, Ernest 1982

box 4, folder 61

Latin American Poets

box 4, folder 62

Laughlin, James 1974

box 4, folder 63

LeGuin, Ursula K. 1977

box 5, folder 1

Lettau, Reinhard 1977

box 5, folder 2

Levertov, Denise 1980

box 5, folder 3

Levine, Phillip 1977

box 5, folder 4

Loewinsohn, Ronald 1973

box 5, folder 5

Logan, John 1976

box 5, folder 6

Mac Low, Jackson 1975

box 5, folder 7

Malanga, Gerard

box 5, folder 8

Mazzaro, Jerome L. 1978

box 5, folder 9

McCaffery, Steve 1979

box 5, folder 10

McClure, Michael 1975

box 5, folder 11

McCord, Howard 1976

box 5, folder 12

Melendez, Jesus Papoleto 1980

box 5, folder 13

Meltzer, David 1977

box 5, folder 14

Menashe, Samuel 1974

box 5, folder 15

Michaels, Leonard 1975

box 5, folder 16

Michaelson, Louis 1981

box 5, folder 17

Montoya, Jose 1981

box 5, folder 18

Mor, Barbara 1975

box 5, folder 19

Morrow, Charlie 1983

box 5, folder 20

Notley, Alice 1985

box 5, folder 21

Okai, Atukwei 791 - 1979

box 5, folder 22

Owens, Rochelle

box 5, folder 23

Palmer, Michael 1974 - 1977

box 5, folder 24

Pearce, Roy Harvey 1974 - 1982

box 5, folder 25

Peters, Robert 1976

box 5, folder 26

Pickard, Tom 1981

box 5, folder 27

Plymell, Charles D. 1980

box 5, folder 28

Prado, Holly 1976

box 5, folder 29

Rakosi, Carl 1975

box 5, folder 30

Randall, Margaret 1983

box 5, folder 31

Rexroth, Kenneth 1974

box 5, folder 32

Ricard, Rene 1979

box 5, folder 33

Ro, Emanuel 1979

box 5, folder 34

Robinson, Kit 1982

box 5, folder 35

Rojas-Urista, Xelina 1978

box 5, folder 36

Rosen, Gerald

box 5, folder 37

Rothenberg, Jerome 1974 - 1979

box 5, folder 38

Silk, Dennis 1979

box 5, folder 39

Snyder, Gary 1974 - 1979

box 5, folder 40

Sukenick, Lynn 1982

box 5, folder 41

Talamantez, Ines

box 5, folder 42

Tarn, Nathaniel 1974 - 1980

box 5, folder 43

Traxler, Pat 1976

box 5, folder 44

Valdes, Gina

box 5, folder 45

Villanueva, Alma 1980

box 5, folder 46

Wakoski, Diane 1974

box 5, folder 47

Watten, Barrett 1979

box 5, folder 48

Whalen, Philip 1976

box 5, folder 49

Williams, C.K. 1984

box 5, folder 50

Williams, Emmett 1979

box 5, folder 51

Williams, Jonathan 1980 - 1982

box 5, folder 52

Williams, Sherley Anne 1973 - 1976

box 5, folder 53

Wilson, Keith

box 5, folder 54

Wright, Charles 1979

box 6, folder 1

Wylie, Robert Hawthorne 1980

box 6, folder 2

Yip, Wai-Lim 1976

box 6, folder 3

Yoshimasu, Gozo 1981

 

ANP PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS

box 6, folder 4

Documents for New Poetry I - Annotated draft 1978

box 6, folder 5

Documents for New Poetry I - Related materials 1978

box 6, folder 6

Documents for New Poetry II - Rough drafts of partial bibliographies 1980

box 6, folder 7

Documents for New Poetry II - Introduction and bibliography 1980

box 6, folder 8

Documents for New Poetry II - Correspondence, general 1977 - 1979

box 6, folder 9

Documents for New Poetry II - Correspondence from Edith Jarolim 1979 - 1980

box 6, folder 10

Documents for New Poetry II - Correspondence to Edith Jarolim 1980

box 6, folder 11

Documents for New Poetry II - Photographs 1967

box 6, folder 12

Documents for New Poetry II - Bookslinger receipts and ephemera 1980 - 1981

box 6, folder 13

Documents for New Poetry II - Related materials

box 6, folder 14

Documents for New Poetry III - Early draft 1982

box 7, folder 1

Documents for New Poetry III - Corrected copy

box 7, folder 2

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project - Correspondence 1980 - 1984

box 7, folder 3

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project

Note

California Council for the Humanities - Grant applications - Agreements and applications
box 7, folder 4

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project - Grant agreements 1980

box 7, folder 5

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project - Press releases 1984

box 7, folder 6

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project - Production schedules

box 7, folder 7

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project - Recording waiver forms

box 7, folder 8

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project - Videoscripts

box 7, folder 9

Rasgado En Dos/Ripped in Two Poetry-Video Project - Miscellaneous legal forms

box 7, folder 10

San Francisco Renaissance Conference - Advertising and announcements 1982

box 7, folder 11

San Francisco Renaissance Conference 1982

Note

California Council for the Humanities - Correspondence and ephemera.
box 7, folder 12

San Francisco Renaissance Conference - Conference schedules 1982

box 7, folder 13

San Francisco Renaissance Conference - Correspondence, sent by Davidson 1981 - 1982

box 7, folder 14

San Francisco Renaissance Conference - Correspondence, from participants 1980 - 1982

box 8, folder 1

San Francisco Renaissance Conference - Grant applications

box 8, folder 2

San Francisco Renaissance Conference - Grant and budget forms

box 8, folder 3

San Francisco Renaissance Conference - Photographs

box 8, folder 4

ANP NEWSLETTER related materials - Fall Quarter, 1988

Note

Most materials are undated.
box 8, folder 5

ANP NEWSLETTER related materials - Winter Quarter, 1988

Note

Most materials are undated.
box 8, folder 6

ANP NEWSLETTER related materials - Spring Quarter, 1988

Note

Most materials are undated.
box 8, folder 7

ANP NEWSLETTER related materials - Spring Quarter, 1989

Note

Most materials are undated.
box 8, folder 8

Originals of Preservation Photocopies

box 8, folder 9

Unidentified correspondence and materials

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

box 8, folder 10

Antin, David

box 8, folder 11

Bunting, Basil (and George Oppen)

box 8, folder 12, oversize FB12604

Cortazar, Julio

box 8, folder 13

Creeley, Robert

box 8, folder 14

Dorn, Ed

box 8, folder 15

Dragomoshchenko Reading 1989

box 8, folder 16

Ginsberg, Allen

box 8, folder 17

Hawkins, Bobbie Louise

box 8, folder 18

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