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United Artists (New York, N.Y.) Records
MSS 0012  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Historical Background
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: United Artists (New York, N.Y.)
    Title: United Artists (New York, N.Y.) Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1977-1983
    Extent: 3.60 linear feet (9 archives boxes)
    Abstract: Records of a publishing company established by poets Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer in 1977. Successor to Angel Hair magazine and Angel Hair Books, United Artists published works of contemporary poets and writers, including Ted Berrigan, Clark Coolidge, Alan Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, and Bill Berkson. Correspondence with these and other United Artist contributors can be found in the collection. Also included are typescripts of works submitted and materials used for production of United Artists publications.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0012
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    United Artists (New York, N.Y.) Records, MSS 0012. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Historical Background

    Established by Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer in 1977, United Artists press was located in New York City until it went out of business in at the end of the 1980s. Typically, the press published four titles a year, generally with a run of 750 copies each. While they provided a venue for artists who could not publish with mainstream presses, Warsh and Mayer also published established writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Gregory Corso, all of whom had secured contracts with trade publishers.
    The forerunner of United Artists was Angel Artist (magazine) and Angel Hair Books, a press which Warsh co-founded and co-edited from 1966 to 1977. Many of the contributors to United Artists, such as Ted Berrigan and Clark Coolidge, had previously been associated with Angel Hair Books. Both presses were dependent on sales-generated income combined with the support offered by grants and awards. Warsh was a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1966 and 1979, and he received a Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines award in 1981.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Accession Processed in 1988
    The papers relate to the professional and personal lives of persons associated with United Artists. Many of the artists that Warsh and Mayer dealt with were also friends, and, as a result, the correspondence is often a mix of both literary and private matters. Although a few items date from the middle 1970s, the bulk of the papers date from 1977 to 1983. The collection is organized into three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE; 2) TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEYS, AND PAGE PROOFS OF UNITED ARTISTS BOOKS; and 3) TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE.
    The largest portion of the collection is comprised of CORRESPONDENCE from various writers to United Artists editors Mayer and Warsh. The series is arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's name, and the letters of each correspondent are in chronological order. Unless the correspondent addressed Mayer or Warsh individually, only the name of the writer is listed.
    The successive stages of production for each book project can be surveyed in the TYPESCRIPTS, GALLEYS, AND PAGE PROOFS OF UNITED ARTISTS BOOKS series. They are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.
    The TYPESCRIPTS SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED ARTISTS MAGAZINE series contains original typescripts of published and unpublished work. This section includes the work of Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, and Allen Ginsberg. It is also arranged alphabetically by the name of the author.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    United Artists (New York, N.Y.) -- Archives
    Warsh, Lewis -- Archives
    Mayer, Bernadette -- Archives
    American poetry -- 20th century
    Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- Manuscripts


    Berkson, Bill, -- correspondent
    Bernstein, Charles, 1950- -- correspondent
    Berrigan, Ted, -- correspondent
    Brainard, Joe, 1942- -- correspondent
    Callahan, Bob, -- correspondent
    Coolidge, Clark, 1939- -- correspondent
    Corbett, William, -- correspondent
    Corso, Gregory, -- correspondent
    Creeley, Robert, 1926- -- correspondent
    Davies, Alan, -- correspondent
    Elmslie, Kenward, -- correspondent
    Ginsberg, Allen, 1926- -- correspondent
    Howe, Fanny, -- correspondent
    Howe, Susan, 1937- -- correspondent
    Mac Low, Jackson, -- correspondent
    Metcalf, Paul C., -- correspondent
    Notley, Alice, 1945- -- correspondent
    Palmer, Michael, 1943- -- correspondent
    Raworth, Tom, -- correspondent
    Waldman, Anne, 1945- -- correspondent
    Watten, Barrett, -- correspondent
    Warsh, Lewis
    Mayer, Bernadette