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Finding Aid to the John M. Bennett Collection, 1970-2009
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: John M. Bennett collection
    Date (inclusive): 1970-2009
    Collection Number: PS3552.E5473.Z99
    Creator : Bennett, John M.
    Extent: Number of containers: 10 boxes Linear feet: 3.2
    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: Collection contains works of avant-garde and visual poetry, mail art, rubber stamp art, book and performance reviews, and announcements for public performances.
    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. COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    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. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John M. Bennett Collection, PS3552.E5473.Z99, 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.
    Bennett, John M.--Archives
    Ackerman, Al
    Experimental poetry
    American poetry--20th century
    Poets, American
    Publishers' advertisements.
    Broadside poems.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The John M. Bennett Collection was purchased by The Bancroft Library in January 2009.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Ken Fisher in 2010.

    Biographical Information

    John M. Bennett is an American author and artist whose work, though not well known to the academic community, has made a significant contribution to the world of innovative poetry. Born in Chicago, Bennett received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington University and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1970. He taught Hispanic literature from 1969 to 1976 at Ohio State University. Bennett is the author of numerous books of poetry, all published by small presses, including Luna Bisonte Prods, his own press. Much of his poetry relies upon the visual experience of the poem for its effect. The interplay of texts with space, the physical appearance of the page, and the printing process itself are all important elements in Bennett's work. He is also one of a growing number of poets and artists who have made innovative use of inexpensive mimeographic and xerographic processes. Luna Bisonte Prods, which he founded in 1976, publishes a variety of printed pieces including broadsides, rubber stamp art, labels, and stickers. From 1975 to 2005 Bennett produced the Lost and Found Times.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains works of avant-garde and visual poetry, mail art, rubber stamp art, book and performance reviews, and announcements for public performances. Includes : "Tacky Little Pamphlets" (TLP's or chapbooks), broadsides, postcards, labels, advertisements, reviews, and miscellany. Also includes compact discs and audiocassette tapes of Bennett's performances of his work.