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Guide to Graham Mackintosh papers Mss 332
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Graham Mackintosh papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Mss 332
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.3 linear feet (3 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1964-2002
    Date (bulk): 1964-1985
    Abstract: The collection consists of works from White Rabbit Press, Graham Mackintosh, and other small West Coast publishing houses.
    Language of Materials: The collection is in English and French.
    creator: Mackintosh, Graham, 1935-2015

    Acquisition Information

    Graham Mackintosh's works were given to Naomi Greene, retired French professor of UC Santa Barbara, and the collection donated to Special Research Collections consists of Mackintosh's works compiled by Naomi Greene and Allen Cohen.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Graham Mackintosh papers, Mss 332. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical note

    Graham Mackintosh was a printer, illustrator, book designer, and publisher of White Rabbit Press. Mackintosh was born April 1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child his family relocated to California where Graham attended Lowell High School. Mackintosh studied at San Francisco School of Arts. In 1951, Mackintosh was part of ROTC and was intended to go to Korea upon graduation but after high school he attended California School of Fines Arts. During this period he met and married his first wife Kathy Knight. Mackintosh was drafted into the Army and in the 1960s after discharge returned to the Bay Area and with the GI Bill was able to attend UC Berkeley. He became increasingly involved in the literary and poetry scene and began a small printing and publishing shop in Piedmont. Berkeley's Oyez Press partnered with Mackintosh on several prints.
    Concurrently, the White Rabbit Press, founded by Joe Dunn in 1957, was known as the printer for the poetry of the Jack Spicer Circle, the first ten books were printed at the Greyhound Bus offices (the name coming from the rabbit in Greyhound races) on 7th street in San Francisco. These early books were illustrated by Jess, Robert Duncan, and Kenn Davis. It was the primary publisher of the work of Jack Spicer, Robin Blaser, and Robert Duncan—the three central figures of the literary movement first known as the Berkeley Renaissance. Over the years Dunn's printing shop published sixty-three books and ten broadsides. After a production hiatus, the imprint was revived in 1962 by Graham Mackintosh with Spicer’s Lament for the Makers, which was published in a small edition and illustrated by Mackintosh.
    Mackintosh had also joined Noel Young and Martin's Black Sparrow Press and Mackintosh moved to Santa Barbara to set up shop with Noel Young. Young also managed other small West Coast publishing houses, but eventually sold his printing shop to Mackintosh. Throughout the 1970-1980s Mackintosh traveled back and forth between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Mackintosh remarried in 1986 to Janet Thormann. Charles Bukowski, Lynn Stark, Jim Jimenez, Joe Babine, Sasha Newborn, Aaron Young Linda Benet, and Caitlin Mackintosh all worked with Graham in different times and ways. Mackintosh died in 2015.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of books, journals, and booklets published by Mackintosh's White Rabbit Press and other small West Coast publishing houses. Many of the works have either been designed and printed by Mackintosh himself and White Rabbit Press. The majority of the works are poetry and some are in french with translations included done by retired UC Santa Barbara French professor Naomi Greene. Of particular note, the collection includes press-clippings mentioning Mackintosh's activities and biographical information. The collection is a small respresentation of West Coast publishing and mid-centruy book art.


    The collection retains the original order of the creator.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Spicer, Jack
    American literature
    Publishers and publishing--United States--California
    Santa Barbara (Calif.)