Guide to Graham Mackintosh papers Mss 332

Finding aid prepared by Beaudry Allen. Rehoused by Carla Altomare
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
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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.)

Box 1, Folder 1-2

Press mentions, 1971, 1976, 2002

Box 1, Folder 3

Gerard Haggerty Space Gallery, announcement, 1983 July 2- August 6

Box 1, Folder 4

Backfire, Story for the Screen by Raymond Chandler, 1984

General note

The story was a proposal for a unpublished screenplay by Chandler. The design and print was by Mackintosh and signed by preface author, Robert B. Parker.
Box 1, Folder 5

Nine Queen Bees, Zero issue, 1970


The Identical Lunch by Philip Corner, 1973

General note

Designed and printed by Mackintosh.
Box 1, Folder 7

Cartes Postales by F.J. Temple, 1964

General note

Printed by Neil Young.
Box 1, Folder 8

"Thus Jack Spicer Refuted Child Psychology," by Jim Herndon, undated


Winter Ditch and other poems by Barbara Mor, 1982

Box 1, Folder 10

Agaricus calendar 1971


Coffee House Press, Where Good Books are Brewing, Fall catalog, 1993

Box 1, Folder 12

"The Dead Star," William Burroughs, NOVA Broadcast Series 5, 1969

Box 1, Folder 13

A Life of Stephen Dedalus by James Liddy, 1969

General note

Printed by White Rabbit Press.
Box 1, Folder 14

A Munster Song of Love and War by James Liddy, 1971

General note

Printed by White Rabbit Press.
Box 1, Folder 15

Billy the Kid, by Jack Spicer, 1969

Box 1, Folder 16

Introduction to Raymond Chandler's Unknown Thriller: The Screenplay of Playback, 1985

Box 1, Folder 17

Fire Station, by Charles Bukowski, 1970

Box 1, Folder 18

Songs Set Two-A Short Count, 1970

Box 1, Folder 19

Portfolio keepsake, James J. Guthrie, 1968

Box 1, Folder 20

The Oval Lady: Six Surreal Stories, 1975

Box 1, Folder 21

Baudelaire's Bar Flowers, by James Liddy, White Rabbit Press, 1975

Box 1, Folder 22

Union Onion, White Rabbit Press, 1970

Box 1, Folder 23

Epitaphery, a Chapterbook of Poems, White Rabbit Press, 1997

Other Descriptive Information

Printed, bound, and designed by Mackintosh.
Box 1, Folder 24

Sicily Enough, 1976

Box 1, Folder 25

The Blue Train, by Lawrence Clark Powell, 1977

Box 1, Folder 26

On- by Graham Mackintosh, 1976

Box 1, Folder 27

Conversations with Apollinaire, White Rabbit Press, 1972

Box 2, Folder 1

The Collected Books of Jack Spicer, 1975 May

General note

Design and typography by Mackintosh.
Box 2, Folder 2

A Book Concluding with as a Wife has a Cow, by Gertrude Stein, 1973

Box 2, Folder 3

Foghorn, 1971

Box 2, Folder 4

Miss Vietnam NOVA Broadcast, Wolf Vostell, 1968

Box 2, Folder 5

Book of Magazine Verse, by Jack Spicer, 1966

Box 2, Folder 6

Down the Styx, 1971

Box 2, Folder 7

Land's End: a Prospectus, circa 1976

Box 2, Folder 8

Dreams of Orpheus, White Rabbit Press, 1970

Box 2, Folder 9

Soundings, Collections of the University Library, 1973 June

Box 2, Folder 10

Ace of Pentacles, 1964

Box 2, Folder 11

The Sanctified Church , by Zora Neale Hurston, 1981

Box 2, Folder 12

The Faulkner Investigation, 1985

Box 2, Folder 13

Oranges and Snowfields: Southern California at the Turn of the Century by Graham Mackintosh, 1977

Box 2, Folder 14

Lives of the French Symbolist Poets , White Rabbit Press, 1967

Box 2, Folder 15

The Great Naropa Poetry Wars, 1980

Box 3, Folder 1

Pepper and Stern Rare Books Catalogue 17, undated

Box 3, Folder 2

"Spectrum," volume 20, number 1, 1977 Fall

Box 3, Folder 3

On Civilizing the Corporation, 1976

Box 3, Folder 4

The Nose, 1973

Box 3, Folder 5

Connexions, 1985

Box 3, Folder 6

100 Rarities of Modern Literature, undated

Box 3, Folder 7

Modern Mainstays, 1973 June