James Boyer May (1904-1981) was a poet, essayist, and publisher in Los Angeles. The collection consists of May's books, working
records, mailing lists , publication files and correspondence. It is a solid record of the small press and poetry publishing
activity in the United States and other countries from the 1950's to 1970's.
Was the editor of Trace Magazine, 1952 to present; editor, Eight American Poets (An Anthology)
London, 1952; editor, Poetry Los Angeles, 1958; Host on Poetry & Talk, and Reading Rail programs for University of Southern
California radio. 1957-59; editor, U.S. Library of Congress, taped series of 24 American poets reading their own works, 1959;
lectures and talks on modern writing, including radio broadcasts for American networks and abroad; guest-editor, various special
issues of periodicals.
Property rights reside with the California State University, Fullerton University Archives and Special Collections. No part
of an audio tape or manuscript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of the University Archives & Special
Collections, CSU Fullerton.
Open for research.