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Finding Aid to the Floating Island Publications Records, 1972-1998, bulk 1976-1997
BANC MSS 99/325  
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The Floating Island Publications Records document the works published by this small press, which was located in Point Reyes Station, CA, from 1976-1996.
Michael Sykes awoke one morning in June 1975 with the idea to begin publishing an occasional gathering of material and to call it Floating Island. He had given the idea some consideration before, over the years 1969-1974, while he owned and operated a bookstore in Point Reyes Station, CA. The main inspiration for the name Floating Island comes from the geological fact that the ground on which Sykes stood, the Point Reyes Peninsula, is "floating to the northwest at the dizzying rate of 2-4 inches per year, being an upthrust eastern portion of the Pacific Plate which grinds horizontally against the American Plate along the San Andreas fault."
Number of containers: 18 cartons, 13 oversize boxes Linear feet: 35.75
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Collection is open for research.