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BIOGRAPHICAL

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) BIOGRAPHICAL: Biographical information about Lou Rowan, including his transcripts, resumes, biographical statements, and an address book.
Box 1, Folder 1

Address book

Box 1, Folder 2

Bibliography - Notes

Box 1, Folder 3

Biographical information 1942-2008

General note

Includes group photograph of The Polytechnic School, class of 1956.
 

Biographical information 2005-2006

General note

Biographical information about Lou and Ginger Rowan, including bibliographies, in Word and PDF.
Box 1, Folder 4

Resumes and biographies 1980-2014

Box 1, Folder 5

Transcripts - Harvard University and New York University 1964-1969

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) CORRESPONDENCE: Incoming and outgoing correspondence to poets, publishers, editors, and family members, and Rowan's unsent correspondence to public figures. Arranged in two subseries: A) Paper Correspondence, A-Z, and B) Digital Correspondence
 

Paper Correspondence, A-Z

Box 1, Folder 6

Antin, David and Eleanor 1967-2009

Box 1, Folder 7

Baez, Joan (unsent letter by Rowan)

Box 1, Folder 8

Barry, Ruth 1963

Box 1, Folder 9

Blackburn, Paul 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 10

Brakhage, Stan 1967

Box 1, Folder 11

Bromige, David

Box 1, Folder 12

Brown, Laynie 2002-2003

Box 1, Folder 13

Center for Book Culture 2002

General note

Rowan was on the board of directors.
Box 1, Folder 14

Corman, Cid 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 15

Creeley, Robert (unsent letter by Rowan)

Box 1, Folder 16

Edwards, Sam 1967

Box 1, Folder 17

Enslin, Theodore (Ted)

Box 1, Folder 18

Eshleman, Clayton 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 19

French, Emily 1949

Box 1, Folder 20

Lamberton, Robert 1989-1997

Box 1, Folder 21

Letters from ministers 1962-1963

Box 1, Folder 22

Mailer, Norman (unsent letter by Rowan)

Box 1, Folder 23

Maitland, Ronald D., Rev. 1963-1964

Box 1, Folder 24

Manhattan School 1970-1971

General note

Includes photographs of Manhattan School staff.
Box 1, Folder 25

Mickle, Mary Elizabeth (Rowan) and Alan 1967-1970

Box 1, Folder 26

Olson, Toby 1996-2006

Box 1, Folder 27

Plimpton, George (The Paris Review) 1997

Box 1, Folder 28-29

Publishers and editors 1967-2005

Box 1, Folder 30

Ron [surname unidentified]

Box 1, Folder 31

Rowan family 1967-1980

Box 1, Folder 32

Rowan, George D. 1968 and undated

Box 1, Folder 33

Rowan, Lansing Brann 1962 and undated

Box 1, Folder 34-35

Rowan, Louis, Sr. and Susan 1958-1967

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Rowan, Louis, Sr. and Susan 1968-1980

Box 2, Folder 3

Rowan, Quentin 1985-2001

Box 2, Folder 4

Rowan, Stephanie Rauschenbusch 1964-1968

Box 2, Folder 5

Rowan, Virginia (Ginger) Holzheimer

Box 2, Folder 6

Saint Mark's School 1958-1959

Box 2, Folder 7

Sontag, Susan (unsent letter by Rowan)

Box 2, Folder 8

Taggart, John 2006

Box 2, Folder 9

Université Paris 13 2015

Box 2, Folder 10

Vidal, Gore

Box 2, Folder 11

Miscellaneous correspondence - Incoming

Box 2, Folder 12

Miscellaneous correspondence - Outgoing

Box 2, Folder 13

Miscellaneous correspondence - Unsent

 

Digital Correspondence

 

Compiled correspondence (PDF) 1996-2006

General note

Personal and business correspondence originally compiled chronologically by Rowan into a 62-page Word document. Many of the correspondents are identified by first name only.
 

Email

General note

Unprocessed. Several thousand email files sent to and written by Lou Rowan. Viewing copies of email may be available for researchers with advance notice.

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
 

WRITINGS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) WRITINGS: Drafts, manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, notes, artwork, and reviews for Rowan's published and unpublished writings. Arranged in six subseries: A) Notebooks and Journals, B) Poetry and Drama, C) Short Fiction, D) Essays, E) Books, and F) Freelance Projects.
A) Notebooks and Journals: Rowan's notebooks and journals include drafts of writings, personal notes, and journal entries. Several early drafts for Rowan's books can be found in his notebooks. A hunting log from 1954-1955 includes photographs of the Rowan family. Arranged chronologically.
B) Poetry and Drama: Drafts and notes for poems and plays by Rowan, including English translations of poet Paul Eluard. Rowan grouped his shorter poems by date, and as he often worked on poems years after writing the original version, drafts of a single poem can appear in more than one folder. The subseries also includes several short plays written by Rowan. Arranged chronologically.
C) Short Fiction: Drafts and notes for short stories by Rowan, including epistolary writings and satires. Includes a folder of drawings by Rowan. Arranged chronologically, with undated drafts arranged alphabetically at the end.
D) Essays: Drafts, notes and correspondence for Rowan's essays and reviews. The subseries includes essays on literature written while Rowan was a graduate student at New York University, a translation of Jean-Paul Sartre, a talk for Benedictine College, and sermons and field reports written while Rowan was a student in theology. Rowan also used the pseudonym Richard L. Lewis while writing for Golden Handcuffs Review. Arranged chronologically, with undated drafts arranged alphabetically at the end.
E) Books: Drafts, manuscripts, notes, correspondence, reviews and artwork for Rowan's published and unpublished works of poetry, fiction, and biography. Rowan's fiction includes My Last Days (2007) and its sequel, Our Last Days, two autobiographies of Superman; Alphabet of Love Serial (2015), a collection of short stories; A Mystery's No Problem, (2016) and it's precursor, Interlude; and Corpus, an alternate history of the United States. Works of poetry include Your Pages Are Not Numbered (1968); Let Leaves; an untitled manuscript for a book of poetry; and a handmade book of poetry and fiction. The subseries also includes a biography of Seattle entrepreneur Linda Farris. Some early drafts of Rowan's books can be found in the Notebooks and Journals subseries. Arranged chronologically.
F) Freelance Projects: Notes and drafts for advertising copy and biographies written for businesses and individuals on a freelance basis.
 

Notebooks and Journals

Box 2, Folder 14

Hunting log 1954-1955

General note

Includes photographs of Lou Rowan and family.
Box 2, Folder 15-16

Journals 1966-1991

Box 3, Folder 1-5

Journals and notebooks 1972-1996

Box 3, Folder 6

Journal - The Dance 1996-1997

Box 3, Folder 7

Notebook - Beginning of My Last Days ca. 1998

General note

Notebook is water damaged.
Box 4, Folder 1

Notebook 1998-1999

Box 4, Folder 2

Notebook - Corpus! 2000-2004

 

Journal 12 2000-2007

General note

Rowan's journal entries interspersed with drafts of Corpus! and other writings, originally compiled by Rowan in a Word document.
Box 4, Folder 3

Notebook - Paris/Madrid/Maui/U.S. P. Woolf project. Corpus - Introduction and early plans. Alphabet - Early outline 2001-2004

Box 4, Folder 4-5

Notebook and journal 2001-2005

Box 4, Folder 6

Notes 2007 and undated

 

Poetry and Drama

Box 4, Folder 7

Anglo-Saxon, plus poems for Martha King ca. 1965

Box 4, Folder 8-12

Poems 1965-1969

Box 5, Folder 1

Cheating Winter's Crossword (for Franklin Irving) 1965-1986

Box 5, Folder 2-4

Trying to be White (Buck) (for Paul Blackburn) 1967-1986

Box 5, Folder 5

My Heart Flew at Half Mast to You (for Martin Luther King) 1968-1969

Box 5, Folder 6

Threnody for Kennedy 1969

Box 5, Folder 7-8

Poems ca. 1970-1979

Box 5, Folder 9

A Prayer for My Sister ca. 1970-1979

Box 5, Folder 10

Translations of Paul Eluard 1971

Box 5, Folder 11-12

Poems ca. 1970-1999

Box 5, Folder 13

Father Serial. In Memory of Lou Rowan ca. 1988

Box 5, Folder 14-15

Poems ca. 1990-1999

Box 6, Folder 1

Our Valentine ca. 1990-1999

Box 6, Folder 2

VLR (On Love) 1993

Box 6, Folder 3

Poems 2004

Box 6, Folder 4

Vain Letters undated

Box 6, Folder 5

Poems undated

 

Plays

Box 6, Folder 6

A Sense of Life - Oratorio 1965-1966

Box 6, Folder 7

Short plays 1965-1979

Box 6, Folder 8

Georgie, Mommie, Poppy ca. 2001

 

Short Fiction

Box 6, Folder 9

Letters becoming stories 1960-1964

Box 6, Folder 10

Baldwin letter 1963

Box 6, Folder 11

Late Report from Grant's Tombus 1965-1966

Box 6, Folder 12

Drafts 1965-1966

Box 6, Folder 13

The Burn of a Screw 1968

Box 6, Folder 14

An Entering-the-Union High 1968

Box 6, Folder 15

Heidegger-am-Bed (for Robert Kelly) 1968

Box 6, Folder 16

A Message from Low: To the Incoming Students, Words of Welcome 1968

Box 6, Folder 17

A 'Sperimental Stroll on John Finley Walk 1968

Box 6, Folder 18-19

Prose 1968-1971

Box 6, Folder 20

Corn, Cones, Conches (for Bob Lamberton) 1968-2006

Box 6, Folder 21

Pot 1970

Box 6, Folder 22

Early stories 1970-1991

Box 6, Folder 23

Drawings 1971

Box 7, Folder 1

Sketches toward stories 1971-1979

Box 7, Folder 2

Asylum and related journals 1979-1980

Box 7, Folder 3

Drafts toward stories ca. 1980-1989

Box 7, Folder 4

Prose and poetry 1985-1992

Box 7, Folder 5

Story drafts ca. 1990-1999

Box 7, Folder 6

No Legs 1996

Box 7, Folder 7

Guidance (for Michael Sheldon) 1997-2006

Box 7, Folder 8

Blackout (for Gilbert Sorrentino) 1999

Box 7, Folder 9

Drafts 2000-2002

Box 7, Folder 10

Unreel (for David Antin) 2003

Box 7, Folder 11

World History (from My Last Days) 2004

 

Digital documents - Writings in Microsoft Word

Folder 1

Accounting Apple 2006

Folder 2

Breakup 2006

Folder 3

Exercises 2006

Folder 4

Experimental 2006

Folder 5

Notes from Imagined Childhood 2006

Folder 6

Prince 2006

Folder 7

S (for Douglas Woolf) 2006

Folder 8

Stories 2 2006

Folder 9

Stories list 2006

Folder 10

Stories quarry 2006

Folder 11

Stories reworking 2006

Folder 12

Story ideas 2006

Folder 13

UK 2006

Folder 14

You've got quarry 2006

Box 7, Folder 12

Cherry Gets Me Going 2007

Box 7, Folder 13

The Met's Catcher's Vision of New Jersey 2013

Box 7, Folder 14

X 2015

Box 7, Folder 15

L 2016

Box 7, Folder 16

Accidental

Box 7, Folder 17

Arianna's Memories

Box 7, Folder 18

Dear Robert, Joan, and Button

Box 7, Folder 19

Early Rejoicing - Meditation for EJB

Box 7, Folder 20

Ending 1

Box 7, Folder 21

An Enlargement

Box 7, Folder 22

A Fay School: Real Life is a Compromise with Power

Box 7, Folder 23

Jack's Ladder

Box 8, Folder 1

Jealous

Box 8, Folder 2

(Jesus)

Box 8, Folder 3

Late Poems

Box 8, Folder 4

Living

Box 8, Folder 5

Men

Box 8, Folder 6

Me 'n' You (Mean You!) What Do You Mean?

Box 8, Folder 7

My Heart Skipped a Beat When Your Gorilla Drank it Neat

Box 8, Folder 8

Pigs

Box 8, Folder 9

Pills, Razors and Ale (for Glenn, Vivian, Steve)

Box 8, Folder 10

Primp School

Box 8, Folder 11

Rest Less: A Grovel-Novel

Box 8, Folder 12

Rising

Box 8, Folder 13

Robin Hood and the Virgin (for Toby Olson)

Box 8, Folder 14

Rufus at 12

Box 8, Folder 15

Saturday Night Among These Last Things

Box 8, Folder 16

Today: Dialogue

Box 8, Folder 17

The Trouble With an Elephant

Box 8, Folder 18

Trust

Box 8, Folder 19

Drafts

 

Essays

Box 8, Folder 20

Re: Vocation (Religion?) ca. 1960

Box 8, Folder 21

The Price of Self Assertion 1961

Box 8, Folder 22

Field-work reports on Sunday School 1964

Box 8, Folder 23

Sermons ca. 1965

Box 8, Folder 24

The Holy State of Matrimony 1965-1966

Box 8, Folder 25

Panrirge's Panegyric on Columbia University 1967 November 15

Box 8, Folder 26

The Reason, Friends, Why I am Not a Sunday Painter 1967 December 4

Box 8, Folder 27

A.B.C.'s for the Jefferson Airplane 1967

Box 8, Folder 28

Sent and unsent criticism 1967

Box 8, Folder 29

How Does a Feel Feel? Review of "Time has Come Today" (The Chambers Brothers, 1967)

Box 8, Folder 30

Let Leaves: What Basil King's Paintings Make Me See 1967-1968

Box 8, Folder 31

The American Mass ca. 1968

Box 8, Folder 32

That I Shall Always Prefer the Indulgence of Your Inclinations to the Satisfaction of My Own: A Stylistic Comparison of Tom Jones with the Movie Thereof ca. 1968

Box 8, Folder 33

Grave, an Essay on Tristram Shandy 1968

Box 8, Folder 34

Jean-Paul Sartre, Preface to Critique of Dialectical Reason - English translation and commentary by Rowan 1968

Box 8, Folder 35

Words for Mrs. Davis with Respect to the Movie Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916) 1968

Box 8, Folder 36

Work That goes Farther Than Our Dream. Review of Bending the Bow (Robert Duncan, 1968), Of Being Numerous (George Oppen, 1968), and The Back Country (Gary Snyder, 1967) 1968

Box 8, Folder 37

"Tooth'd Withal": An Essay on the Language of Ben Jonson's Major Comedies 1968-1969

Box 8, Folder 38

For Diane - Essay for Diane Wakoski symposium 1976

Box 8, Folder 39

The Very Thing That Happens (Russell Edson, 1964) - Review 1976

Box 8, Folder 40

Blue Chickory (Lorine Niedecker, 1976) - Review 1977

Box 9, Folder 1

The Syntax of Integrity. Review of Gilbert Sorrentino's White Sail (1977) and The Orangery (1978) 1978-1979

Box 9, Folder 2

Caracas 1993

Box 9, Folder 3

The Intercourse of Life: Experiencing "The Price" and "The Structuralist" - Review of David Antin 1999-2001

Box 9, Folder 4

Matlin - Review of David Matlin 2003

Box 9, Folder 5

Response to Bernard Hoepffner 2003

Box 9, Folder 6

Walk Journal, 1/19/03: Our Latest War 2003

Box 9, Folder 7

Interview of David Matlin on U.S. prisons 2004

 

Digital documents - Writings in Word 2005

General note

Untitled essay on Douglas Woolf; The Lecture: An Insouciance of Influence - Review of The Lecture (Lydie Salvayre, 2005); and Brave World - Response to Stacey Levine's "Transgend/Ear."
Box 9, Folder 8

If Only the Imagination. . . Review of Poems for the New Millennium, volume 3 (University of California Press, 2009) 2010

Box 9, Folder 9

An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent (John Henry Newman, 1870)

Box 9, Folder 10

Interlude (Halftime): What I Think

Box 9, Folder 11

K. Lear's "Growth"

Box 9, Folder 12

Laughter: To Laugh

Box 9, Folder 13

Living Among the Beasts

Box 9, Folder 14

A Parody of Xavier Prynne: A Personal and Confidential Letter to a Sub-Sub-Secretary

Box 9, Folder 15

The Shout Heard 'Round the World: or, Supergirl Converts a Muslim

Box 9, Folder 16

Why Not Me? - Talk for Benedictine College

 

Books

Box 9, Folder 17

Your Pages Are Not Numbered (1968) - Drafts 1967-1968

Box 9, Folder 18-19

Let Leaves - Drafts, correspondence, and artwork 1983-1996

Box 9, Folder 20-23

My Last Days (2007) - Drafts and correspondence 1999-2009

Box 10, Folder 1-7

My Last Days (2007) - Drafts 1998-2002

Box 11, Folder 1-8

My Last Days (2007) - Drafts 1998-2007

General note

Includes a review by Toby Olson and artwork by Quentin Rowan.
 

My Last Days (2007) - Digital drafts 2006

Box 12, Folder 1

Our Last Days - Drafts undated

 

Our Last Days - Digital drafts 2005

Box 12, Folder 2

Except My Life - Correspondence 2001

 

Except My Life - Digital drafts 2006

Box 12, Folder 3-6

Corpus - Notes and drafts 2002-2004

 

Corpus - Digital drafts 2006

 

You've Got My Number - Digital drafts 2006

 

Sweet Potatoes (2007) - Digital drafts 2006

Box 12, Folder 7-8

Alphabet of Love Serial (2015) - Drafts

 

Alphabet of Love Serial (2015) - Digital drafts 2006

Box 12, Folder 9-10

Her Soul on Display. Linda Farris: An Interpretation (2016) 2015-2016

Box 13, Folder 1-3

Her Soul on Display. Linda Farris: An Interpretation (2016) 2015-2016

Box 13, Folder 4-9

A Mystery's No Problem (2016) - Notes and drafts 1980-2011

Box 14, Folder 1-6

A Mystery's No Problem (2016) - Drafts 2004-2016

 

A Mystery's No Problem (2016) - Digital drafts 2006-2007

Box 14, Folder 7

Poetry manuscript undated

Oversize FB-380, Folder 5

Untitled book of poetry and fiction on handmade paper undated

 

Freelance Projects

Box 14, Folder 8

Air Canada 2014

Box 14, Folder 9

Jump! (Brian Kibby) 2014

Box 14, Folder 10

SistersGulassa 2014

Box 14, Folder 11

Nello Addabbo 2015

Box 14, Folder 12

Biography project

Box 14, Folder 13

Hilton

Box 14, Folder 14

Paul Wylde

 

EDITING

Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) EDITING: Drafts, correspondence, notes, incorporation documents, ephemera, and artwork for the poetry journals Friendly Local Press and Golden Handcuffs Review. Arranged in two subseries: A) Friendly Local Press and B) Golden Handcuffs Review.
A) Friendly Local Press: Drafts, correspondence, notes, and artwork for Friendly Local Press, a poetry journal edited by Rowan from 1968 to 1971 and from 1986 to 1989.
B) Golden Handcuffs Review: Drafts, correspondence, notes, incorporation papers, artwork, and ephemera for Golden Handcuffs Review, a poetry journal edited by Rowan starting in 2002.
 

Friendly Local Press

 

Artwork

Box 15, Folder 1

King, Basil 1968

Box 15, Folder 2

Radford, Matthew - Proposed logo

Oversize FB-380, Folder 5

Stuecklen, Karl 1968

Box 15, Folder 3

Stuecklen, Karl 1971-1986

 

Correspondence

Box 15, Folder 4

Eigner, Larry 1980-1989

Box 15, Folder 5

Enslin, Theodore (Ted) 1987-1988

Box 15, Folder 6

Mac Low, Jackson 1987

Box 15, Folder 7

Miscellaneous correspondence 1968-1987

Box 15, Folder 8

Volume I, No. 1 - Draft, with dedication to Stephanie 1968

Box 15, Folder 9-10

Volume II, No. 1-2 - Notes and drafts 1986

Oversize FB-380, Folder 5

Volume II, No. 2 - Cover layout 1986

 

Golden Handcuffs Review

Folder 1

Business correspondence 2004-2006

General note

Email files converted to Word documents by Rowan.
Box 15, Folder 11

Correspondence and notes 2002-2010

Box 15, Folder 12

Editorial: Golden Handcuffs' Foreign and Military Policy 2004-2005

Box 15, Folder 13

Ephemera 2002-2008

Box 15, Folder 14

Incorporation 2002-2011

Box 15, Folder 15

Ingram Periodicals 2002-2013

Folder 2

Production files 2005-2006

Box 15, Folder 16

Subscriptions 2009-2013

Folder 3

Volume I, Nos. 1-10 - Correspondence, cover art, and drafts in Word and PDF 2002-2008

Box 16, Folder 1-19

Volume I, Nos. 1-19 - Correspondence, drafts, notes and ephemera 2002-2015

Oversize FB-380, Folder 5

Volume I, No. 16 - Cover art 2013

Box 16, Folder 20-25

Volume II, Nos. 20-25 - Notes and outlines 2015-2018