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Finding Aid to the Lawrence Fixel Papers, 1933-2004, bulk 1950-2004
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Lawrence Fixel papers
    Date (inclusive): 1933-2004,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1950-2004
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 93/114 c
    Creators : Lawrence Fixel, 1917-2003.
    Extent: Number of containers: 10 Cartons Linear feet: 12.5 linear feet
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Lawrence Fixel papers consist of extensive correspondence (outgoing and incoming) with many notable literary figures, family correspondence, his journals and notebooks, writings, and professional and personal papers.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lawrence Fixel Papers, BANC MSS 93/114 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Poets, American--California--20th century
    Fixel, Lawrence--Archives
    Manuscripts for publication.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Lawrence Fixel papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Lawrence Fixel on June 18, 1993. Additions were made on July 24, 1993, June 20, 1994, December 19, 1994, March 9, 1996, July 18, 1996, October 12, 1998, and July 26, 2004.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Dean Smith in 2012.


    January 17, 1917 Born, Brooklyn, NY.
    1933 Graduates from White Plains High School, White Plains, NY.
      Begins writing first poems.
    1935 Moves to New York City.
    1936 Hired by the Federal Writers' Project (WPA).
      Made literary editor of SFZ, a magazine devoted to the arts (later became the American Arts Monthly).
    1939 Departs New York City and hitch-hikes through the South arriving in Los Angeles in 1941.
    1942 Joins the Merchant Marines.
    1944 Marries Alexa [maiden surname unknown]. A year later, Kate his daughter is born. Divorces Alexa in 1948.
    1952 Two poems published in the California Quarterly.
      Moves to San Francisco and meets Justine Jones.
    1953 Marries Justine.
    1956 - 1957 Lives in Valle de Bravo, Mexico with Justine.
    1958 Begins work on the novel, Journey for a Witness.
    1961 - 1963 Justine Fixel receives a Fulbright Lectureship in Social Welfare in Rome. This lectureship is renewed in 1962 and 1963.
      Finishes Journey for a Witness while in Rome in 1963. The novel is to remain unpublished.
    1964 Returns to the U.S., settling for good in San Francisco.
      Over the next several years begins publishing poems and parables with increasing frequency.
      Begins teaching at the University of California, San Francisco.
    1967 A book of poems is accepted for publication by Unicorn Press, Santa Barbara, Calif., but the contract is reneged due to financial difficulties.
    1970 A collection of parables, The Scale of Silence is published by Kayak Press, Santa Cruz, Calif.
    1972 Time To Destroy/To Discover, a long poem on Picasso and the creative process is published by Panjandrum Press, Berkeley, Calif.
    1975 Through Deserts of Snow, a novella is published by Capra Press, Santa Barbara, Calif. as part of a chapbook series. This novella was nominated by author, Raymond Carver for the Pushcart Prize.
    1976 The Edge of Something, a collection of fiction and parables by Cloud Marauder Press, Berkeley, Calif.
    1979 The Book of Glimmers, a collection of short reflections and aphorisms is co-published by Cloud Marauder and Manard Press, London.
    1991 Truth, War and the Dream-Game, a collection of prose poems and parables is published by Coffee House Press, Minneapolis , MN.
    2001 Is listed in The Academy of American Poets roster of members and donors.
    August 24, 2003 Dies at home in San Francisco of natural causes.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Lawrence Fixel papers consist of extensive correspondence (outgoing and incoming) with many notable literary figures, family correspondence, his journals and notebooks, writings, and professional and personal papers.