James Boyer May (Amsberry-May) papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: James Boyer May (Amsberry-May) papers
Dates: 1923 - 1981
Collection Number: SC.87
Creator/Collector: May, James Boyer.
Extent: Unprocessed.
Repository: California State University, Fullerton. University Archives and Special Collections
Fullerton, California 92834-4150
Abstract: 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.
Language of Material: English


Open for research.

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

James Boyer May (Amsberry-May) papers. California State University, Fullerton. University Archives and Special Collections

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased for the Patrons of the Library by English student Jan Amsberry and the Patrons in turn donated to the Special Collections.

Biography/Administrative History

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.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains personal and business correspondence, poems, stories, articles by James Boyer May, Trace typescript issues, Trace, publisher's information and broadsides.

Indexing Terms

Literature and history
Poetry -- Publishing
United States -- History -- Poetry
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century -- Periodicals
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Villiers Publications, Ltd.
Poetry (Calif.) - Los Angeles.