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Tram Combs papers : and other material, 1956-1973 (bulk 1958-1966).
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Tram Combs papers: and other material, 1956-1973 (bulk 1958-1966)
Tram Combs collection on modern poetry


Combs, Tram, 1924-, creator


Newspaper clippings primarily on the literary scene in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and transcripts of poetry and published poems (including articles on or about poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Theodore Dreiser, Robert Barlow, Allen Ginsberg). Also includes correspondence, writings by Combs, materials from the Poetry Center at San Francisco State College, and programs and announcements for poetry events in the San Francisco Bay Area.


1958 (issued)


American poetry -- 20th century
American poetry -- California -- San Francisco
Poets, American -- 20th century
Arts, Modern -- 20th century
Beats (Persons) -- Poetry
Beats (Persons) -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Poésie américaine -- 20e siècle
Poésie américaine -- Californie -- San Francisco
Poètes américains -- 20e siècle
Arts -- 20e siècle
Beatniks -- Poésie
Beatniks -- Californie -- San Francisco, Région de la baie de
American poetry
Arts, Modern
Beats (Persons)
Poets, American
California -- San Francisco
California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Combs, Tram -- 1924- -- Archives
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
Dreiser, Theodore -- 1871-1945
Barlow, R. H. (Robert Hayward) -- 1918-1951
Ginsberg, Allen -- 1926-1997
Barlow, R. H. (Robert Hayward) -- 1918-1951
Combs, Tram -- 1924-
Dreiser, Theodore -- 1871-1945
Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
Ginsberg, Allen -- 1926-1997


COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Gift; Of Elisha Trammel Combs; 1965.
Additions: Purchase; From Passages Bookshop; 2010.
Elisha Trammel (Tram) Combs, Jr. was born September 25, 1924 in Riverview, Alabama. The son of Elisha Trammel, a cotton mill superintendent, and LaFaye Hunt Combs, Combs was educated in Southern schools until 1936, when his family moved to San Francisco. He became a writer and bookseller and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until 1951 when he moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, owning and operating a bookstore. He was associated with many well-known writers and was active in gay literary circles and contributed to early gay periodicals such as the "Mattachine Review" and "One." His publications include: Pilgrim's Terrace: Poems American West Indian (Editorial La Nueva Salamanca, 1957) with a forward by William Carlos Williams; Saints Thomas' and Francis' Cities Songs o' Tram (privately reproduced, 1958); Artists * Boys * Cats: Lovers * Judges * Priests: Ceremonies in Mind (privately printed, 1959); But Never Mind: Poems, etc.: 1946-1950 (Golden Mountain Press, 1961); Saint Thomas./ Poems. (Weslayan University Press, 1965); and Briefs: Poems (Hillside Press, 1966).
Preferred citation: Tram Combs papers, BANC MSS 79/48 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
In English.



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1 carton, 1 box (1.65 linear ft.)





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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.