Finding Aid for the Stanley Kurnik Papers, 1945-1986

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Stanley Kurnik Papers, 1945-1986

Collection number: 365

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Dan Luckenbill, May 1999
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé and Dan Luckenbill
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, August 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Stanley Kurnik Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1945-1986
Collection number: 365
Creator: Kurnik, Stanley
Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Stanley Kurnik was a Los Angeles poet, author, teacher, and composer who ran the Los Angeles writers' workshops and Los Angeles poets' workshops at the First Unitarian Church. The collection consists of manuscripts, teaching, research and personal material, theater programs, memorabilia, correspondence, clippings, photocopies, photographs, reel to reel tape recordings, magazines, posters, and ephemera.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Arundel Press, purchase, 1993.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Stanley Kurnik Papers (Collection 365). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1973046 

Biography

Kurnik was a Los Angeles poet, author, teacher, and composer who ran the Los Angeles writers' workshops and Los Angeles poets' workshops at the First Unitarian Church.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts, teaching material, research material, personal material, theater programs, memorabilia, correspondence, clippings, photocopies, photographs, reel to reel tape recordings, magazines, posters, and ephemera. Contains writers' files, with drafts and correspondence, including letters from Ray Bradbury. Tape recordings include his productions for KPFK radio.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Kurnik, Stanley--Archives.
Poets, American--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.


Container List

 

Writing, Research, and Publication Material

 

Art

Box 3, Folder 6

Sketches, etc. n.d.

Physical Description: Pencil and water color or wash.
 

Criticism n.d. / v.d.

Box 2, Folder 2

Music Reviews.

Physical Description: Clippings.

Note

Not articles by Stanley Kurnik.
Box 2, Folder 1

Reviews. 1949- .

Physical Description: Manuscripts.
 

Education

Box 3, Folder 3

College Papers. 1943, etc.

Scope and Content Note

Various papers on literature, etc.
Box 3, Folder 4

Various papers on music, etc. 1946, etc.

Scope and Content Note

College not given. Stanley Kurnik attended LACC and UC Berkeley (summer).
 

Los Angeles High School

Box 1, Folders 1-2

Yearbook(s). 1945.

Scope and Content Note

  • Includes portrait of Stanley Kurnik.
  • Newspaper with article by Bob Bellah.
  • Signatures from friends.
 

Educational Film n.d. / v.d.

Box 3, Folder 1

American Immigrants.

Scope and Content Note

  • Research material, outlines.
  • Uncertain whether by Stanley Kurnik.
 

Items Collected n.d. / v.d.

Box 10, Folder 3

Music. Some published in Los Angeles.

Physical Description: 3 folders. Copies.
Box 16

Music.

Physical Description: Copies [Oversize box].

Scope and Content Note

Includes material by Alvaro Cardona - Hine.
Box 10, Folder 4

Photographs.

Physical Description: Prints.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Dennis Stock photograph of James Dean. Magnum Photos.
Box 1, Folder 3

Photographs. n.d. (seem to be 1970s-1980s).

Physical Description: Prints.

Scope and Content Note

Snapshots and a 5 × 7, Stanley Kurnik holding an Oscar.
Box 3, Folder 13

Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Address jottings, job application, etc.
Application (1986) gives dates of his schooling, including college.
 

Personal(?)

Box 3, Folder 9

Correspondence. Some are mid 1960s-1980s.

Physical Description: Drafts or copies. 3 folders.
 

Play

Box 8, Folder 3

Doris Lessing's Play with a Tiger.

Scope and Content Note

  • Production Material
  • 5 playbooks. Some with blocking, with music cues, etc.
 

Research Material n.d. / v.d.

Box 9, Folder 3

General (no subject given). v.d.

Physical Description: Clippings, photocopies.
Box 16

Oversize magazines, etc.

Box 10, Folder 6

Miscellaneous journals.

Physical Description: Copies.

Scope and Content Note

Also clippings, etc.
Box 10, Folder 5

Music Reviews.

Physical Description: Clippings.
 

Research Material and Ephemera n.d. / v.d.

Box 11

General (no subjects given).

Physical Description: Clippings and photocopies. 4 folders.
Box 15

Various publications (no subjects given).

Physical Description: [Oversize box] Primarily newsprint.

Scope and Content Note

Uncertain whether some contain contributions by Stanley Kurnik.
 

Stanley Kurnik As Editor

Box 10, Folder 1

Autumn Thunder by Dorothy Somers. 1983.

Physical Description: Copy of publication.

Note

Also copy cataloged for Special Collection.
Box 10, Folder 2

Windfalls by Dorothy Somers. 1983.

Physical Description: Copy of publication.

Note

Also copy cataloged for Special Collection.
 

Screen or Stage Treatment(?)

Box 3, Folder 5

Starr King.

Physical Description: Various drafts.

Scope and Content Note

Synopsis.
 

Theater Group: Itinerant Players n.d. / v.d.

Box 1, Folder 9

Programs and press releases. v.d.

Box 1, Folder 10

Statements. v.d.

 

Unknown

Box 8, Folder 1

Alcoholics Anonymous Essay(?).

Physical Description: Copy.

Note

Purpose unknown.
 

Writer Files, etc.

 

A

Box 4, Folder 3

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Akin, Kati

Box 4, Folder 4

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Alvaro Cardona - Hine

Box 5, Folder 1

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

Physical Description: 2 folders.
 

Ames, Bernice

Box 4, Folder 5

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

B

Box 4, Folder 6

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Babb, Dorothy

Box 4, Folder 7

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Bellah, Robert

Box 4, Folder 8

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

Note

Materials filed elsewhere, as well.
 

Benson, Jess

Box 4, Folder 9

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Bortin, Ruth

Box 4, Folder 10

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Bradbury, Ray

Box 4, Folder 11

Drafts, Correspondence, etc. April 7, 15 and May 23, 1964.

Physical Description: Each is 1 leaf. Typed, signed.
 

Bukowski, Charles

Box 4, Folder 12

Ephemera.

Physical Description: Letter is folded cardboard, sender unknown, post marked from New Orleans, date illegible.

Scope and Content Note

Copies (by Stanley Kurnik) of Charles Bukowski poems, and letter to Charles Bukowski
 

Bukowski, Frances

Box 4, Folder 13

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Bulosan, Carlos

Box 4, Folder 14

Letters to Dorothy Babb. 1937-1938, 1942.

Physical Description: Copies.
 

C

Box 4, Folder 15

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Cardona - Hine, Alvaro

Box 4, Folder 16

Manuscripts and ephemera. Some are early 1960s.

Scope and Content Note

Play program with Stanley Kurnik drawing, etc.
 

Cogen, Robert S.

Box 5, Folder 2

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

D

Box 5, Folder 3

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Darnley, Sandra K.

Box 5, Folder 4

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Delury, George

Box 5, Folder 5

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

E

Box 5, Folder 6

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Eastman, Charles

Box 5, Folder 7

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Erlichman, Lester

Box 5, Folder 8

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

F

Box 5, Folder 9

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Fagan, William Michael

Box 5, Folder 10

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Fiedler, Frank

Box 5, Folder 11

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

First Unitarian Church

Box 6, Folder 1

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Friedman, Samuel

Box 6, Folder 2

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

G

Box 6, Folder 3

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Gould, Pearl

Box 6, Folder 5

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

H

Box 6, Folder 8

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Heifetz, Harold

Box 6, Folder 6

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Hersch, Renata

Box 6, Folder 7

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Hogan, Robb

Box 6, Folder 9

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

I / J

Box 6, Folder 10

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

K

Box 6, Folder 11

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Koontz, J.R. Goody

Box 6, Folder 4

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

L

Box 6, Folder 12

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Lowenthal, Milton

Box 6, Folder 13

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

M

Box 6, Folder 14

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Maimon, Alex

Box 6, Folder 15

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

N

Box 6, Folder 16

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Nin, Anais

Box 6, Folder 17

The Party. n.d.

Physical Description: 14 leaves. Typescript mimeograph(?). 2 copies.

Scope and Content Note

Note from Joan Ankrum about a Varda exhibit.
Box 6, Folder 18

Related correspondence, ephemera.

Scope and Content Note

Note from Joan Ankrum to Stanley Kurnik about Varda exhibit. Cities of the Interior publication announcement, Rupert Pole card (blank).
Box 6, Folder 19

Letter to Stanley Kurnik. n.d.

Physical Description: Holograph, signed on back of folded Varda exhibit announcement. Ink is light / faded(?).

Scope and Content Note

Giving sympathy on death of Stanley Kurnik's father, asking for address of Alvaro (Cardona - Hine?).
 

Norton, William

Box 7, Folder 1

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

O

Box 7, Folder 2

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

P / Q

Box 7, Folder 3

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Pillin, William

Box 7, Folder 4

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

Note

Also see music files.
 

R

Box 7, Folder 5

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Richards, Lynn

Box 7, Folder 6

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

S

Box 7, Folder 7

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Sherman, George

Box 7, Folder 8

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Stanford, Ann

Box 7, Folder 9

Offprints and clippings.

Scope and Content Note

Two Poems, reprinted from the Southern Review (Spring 1966) signed For Stanley Kurnik with best regards, Ann Stanford.
 

Stevenson, Phillip

Box 7, Folder 10

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Still, William Grant

Box 7, Folder 11

Note, Signed Judy H. on William Grant Still Notepaper. July 30, 1983.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Holograph, signed.
 

T [no U / V]

Box 7, Folder 12

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

W

Box 7, Folder 13

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Waldeen

Box 7, Folder 14

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Walter, Mildred Pitts

Box 7, Folder 16

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Weiss, Ted

Box 7, Folder 15

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Whittemore, Neysa

Box 7, Folder 18

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Wire, Ruth

Box 7, Folder 17

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

X / Y / Z

Box 7, Folder 19

Drafts, correspondence, etc.

 

Writing n.d. / v.d.

Box 9, Folder 2

Collected offprints by Robert Bellah.

Note

Cf. Bob Bellah, Stanley Kurnik high school classmate.
Box 3, Folder 7

Non Fiction: Getting the Edge.

Physical Description: Holograph and typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Essay drafts.
Box 8, Folder 2

Play / Radio Or Screenplay(?) New Adam(?).

Scope and Content Note

Drafts.
Box 2, Folder 8

Poetry.

Physical Description: Typed manuscripts.

Scope and Content Note

Also bill for reviews written by Stanley Kurnik, etc.
Box 2, Folder 9

Poetry / Translation: Eugene Onegin. n.d.

Physical Description: Manuscripts.

Scope and Content Note

Drafts.
Box 3, Folder 2

Poetry, etc. Some dated 1950s, early 1960s.

Scope and Content Note

Drafts, notes.
Boxes 12-13

Readings, etc.(?).

Physical Description: Reel-to-reel recordings

Note

Primarily unidentified.
Box 14

Readings, etc.(?).

Physical Description: Reel-to-reel recordings, also 1 film.

Note

Primarily unidentified, film unidentified.
 

Teaching

Box 3, Folder 8

Students' drafts.

Note

Some retyped by Stanley Kurnik for readings(?).
 

Teaching / Collecting(?)

Box 3, Folder 12

Drafts of others' works.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily poetry.
 

Various

Box 2, Folder 3

Notebooks, Daybooks, etc.

Physical Description: Primarily in small spiral binders, etc.
Box 9, Folder 1

Offprints, little magazines, etc.

Note

Unclear if these contain contributions by Stanley Kurnik.
 

Various, Including Poetry

Box 2, Folder 4

Notes and drafts.

Physical Description: 4 folders.
 

Writing / Workshop Teaching n.d. / v.d.

Box 4, Folder 2

Playwright's Workshop.

Scope and Content Note

Files.
 

Unitarian Writers Workshop

Box 4, Folder 1

Attendance roll and guest speaker list. 1954- .

Scope and Content Note

Guests included: Thomas McGrath, Anais Nin, Ray Bradbury, Peter Yates, Carolyn See, William Inge.....Also leaves from published book (unknown).
 

Unitarian, Various n.d. / v.d.

Box 1, Folder 4

Programs.

Physical Description: 5 folders.
 

Writing / Play Production n.d. / v.d.

Box 16

The Fountain of Youth.

Physical Description: [Oversize box].

Scope and Content Note

Personae Dramatis [Poster]. Drawing by Stanley Kurnik.