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BLACK SPARROW PRESS.
Black Sparrow Press collection, 1966-2002

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z0th

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Black Sparrow Press.
Title: Black Sparrow Press collection, 1966-2002
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1070
Extent: 8.5 linear ft. (17 boxes), 11 oversized papers (OP), and 3 bound volumes
Abstract:Collection of materials relating to the Black Sparrow Press including author files, correspondence, printed material, and publication records.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Black Sparrow Press archives, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta.

Source

Gift, 2004, with subsequent additions.

Custodial History

Originally received as part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Black Sparrow Press collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Steve Schessler, June 2007; Revised by Laura L. Carroll, December 2008.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

In 1966, John Martin founded Black Sparrow Press in Los Angeles, California, to promote "literary outsiders" through publication in books and serial magazines. Martin became the patron and publisher of Charles Bukowksi, and his author list also included Robert Creeley, Kenneth Koch, Charles Olson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Diane Wakowski. Volumes often were produced in limited numbers, and the press also published a serial magazine, broadsides and chapbooks. Martin designed the covers and texts for the Press. Martin retired in 2002, and Black Sparrow Press was sold to David R. Godine, publisher. Biographical source: Black Sparrow Books website, accessed June 2007.

In 1966, John Martin founded Black Sparrow Press in Los Angeles, California, to promote "literary outsiders" through publication in books and serial magazines. Martin became the patron and publisher of Charles Bukowksi, and his author list also included Robert Creeley, Kenneth Koch, Charles Olson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Diane Wakowski. Volumes often were produced in limited numbers, and the press also published a serial magazine, broadsides and chapbooks. Martin designed the covers and texts for the Press. Martin retired in 2002, and Black Sparrow Press was sold to David R. Godine, publisher. Biographical source: Black Sparrow Books website, accessed June 2007.

Scope and Content Note

The Black Sparrow Press collection includes author files, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, printed material, and publication records ranging in date from 1966 to 2002. Author files contain significant manuscripts and proofs from publications of Charles Bukowski, Joyce Carol Oates, and Diane Wakowski, among others. The correspondence consists mainly of fan letters to various authors, such as Bukowski, as well as inquiries from individuals seeking to have their work published by the press. The photographs include images of authors that were used for publicity purposes. Publication records provide detailed information regarding each edition published by the Black Sparrow Press from 1966-2002. The collection also contains ten of Barbara Martin's sketchbooks, which include drawings for the covers of Black Sparrow Press publications.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names

Topical Terms

Form/Genre Terms


Container List

Author Files
Antin, David
Box Folder Content
1 1 After the War (A Long Novel with Few Words), proof, 1973
Berlin, Lucia
1 2 So Long: Stories 1987-1992, manuscript, 1993
Boutilier, Nancy
1 3 According to Her Contours, manuscript, 1992
Bromige, David
1 4 Three Stories, proof, 1973
1 5 [Tight Corners and What's Around Them], proof, 1974
1 6 Threads, manuscript in bound journal, 1970, and "A Writing Beginning Out of Reading Lawrence's The Crown," manuscript, 1975 The Crown," manuscript, 1975
1 7 Drawings for The Nest
Bukowski, Charles
2 1 Ham on Rye, manuscript, 1982
2 2 "His Wife, The Painter," tipped-in facsimile, 1969
2 3 The Official Charles Bukowski 1985 Calendar
OP1 The Official Charles Bukowski 1985 Calendar
2 4 Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit, manuscript, 1979
2 5 Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit, proof, 1979
2 6 The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems 1946-1966, advance review copy, 1988
3 1 Run with the Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader, manuscript, 1993
3 2 Run with the Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader, contract, 1993
3 3 "Warm Light," bookmark
3 4 Women, manuscript, 1978
4 1 Women, page proofs, 1978
4 2 Women, page proofs, 1978
4 3 Art work
Chester, Laura
5 1 In the Zone: New and Selected Writing, manuscript, 1988
Clark, Tom
5 2 Blue, proof, 1974
5 3 Chicago, proof, 1974
5 4 Chicago, proof, 1974
5 5 Suite, proof, 1974
Coleman, Wanda
5 6 Hand Dance, manuscript, 1993
5 7 A War of Eyes and Other Stories, proof, 1988
Cooney, Seamus
5 8 A Checklist of the First One Hundred Publications of the Black Sparrow Press, proof, 1971
Creeley, Robert
5 9 Inside Out, proof, 1973
5 10 Inside Out, proof, 1973
5 11 Inside Out, proof, 1973
5 12 Listen, proof, 1972
5 13 "St. Martin's," flyer, proof copy
Dawson, Fielding
6 1 The Greatest Story Ever Told: A Transformation, cover, 1972
Dreiser, Theodore
6 2 Fulfilment & Other Tales of Women & Men, review copy, 1992
6 3 Fulfilment and Other Tales of Women and Men, jacket, 1992
Duncan, Robert
6 4 Notes on Grossinger's Solar Journal: Oecological Sections, prospectus
Eigner, Larry
6 5 shape shadow elements move, proof, 1973
6 6 Things Stirring Together or Far Away, proof, 1974
6 7 Letter re: Thing's Stirring Together or Far Away, 1974
Enslin, Theodore
6 8 Mahler, proof
Eshleman, Clayton
6 9 Aux Morts, proof, 1974
6 10 Aux Morts, proof, 1974
Frank, Thaisa
6 11 A Brief History of Camouflage, manuscript, 1992
Haas, Robert B.
6 12 A Primer for the Gradual Understanding of Gertrude Stein, galley proofs, 1971
Hawkins, Bobbie Louise
6 13 Own Your Body, proof, 1973
6 14 Own Your Body, proof, 1973
Jaffe, Sherril
7 1 Young Lust and Others, proof, 1973
Kelly, Robert
7 2 The Common Shore, proof, 1969
7 3 A Joining: A Sequence for H.D., galley, 1967
7 4 A Line of Sight, proof, 1974
7 5 A Line of Sight, proof, 1974
7 6 The Mill of Particulars, proof, 1973
Koch, Kenneth
7 7 Photographs from When the Sun Tries to Go On, copy 2 in Danowski
Lawrence, D.H.
7 8 Memoir of Maurice Magnus, proof, 1987
Lewis, Wyndham
7 9 The Art of Being Ruled, manuscript, 1989
Malanga, Gerald
7 10 22., proof, 1974
7 11 22., proof, 1974
McClure, Michael
7 12 A Fist Full (1956-1957), proof, 1974
7 13 A Fist Full (1956-1957), proof, 1974
7 14 Rare Angel, proof, 1974
7 15 Rare Angel, proof, 1974
Morris, Wright
8 1 War Games, uncorrected proof, 1970
8 2 War Games, uncorrected proof, 1970
Oates, Joyce Carol
8 3 The Hostile Sun: The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence, proof, 1973
8 4 The Hostile Sun: The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence, proof, 1973
8 5 The Hungry Ghosts, proof, 1974
8 6 The Hungry Ghosts, proof, 1974
8 7 Plagiarized Material by Fernandes, proof, 1974
8 8 Plagiarized Material by Fernandes, proof, 1974
8 9 A Posthumous Sketch, proof, 1973
Olson, Charles
8 10 A Nation of Nothing But Poetry: Supplementary Poems, manuscript, 1989
Palmer, Michael
8 11 Six Poems, proof, 1973
Purdy, James
8 12 An Oyster is a Wealthy Beast?, galley, 1967
Reed, Ishmael
8 13 Correspondence
8 14 The Freelance Pallbearers, typescript, 1977
Reznikof, Charles
8 15 By the Well of Living & Seeing, proof, 1974
Roditi, Edouard
9 1 Emperor of Midnight, final proofs, 1974
Rothenberg, Jerome
9 2 The Cards, proof, 1974
Sanders, Edward
9 3 Hymn to the Rebel, manuscript, 1993
Stein, Gertrude
9 4 Untitled work from The American Caravan, proof, n.d.
9 5 Untitled work from The American Caravan, proof, n.d.
9 6 Untitled work from The American Caravan, proof, n.d.
9 7 Untitled work from The American Caravan, proof, n.d.
9 8 Money, proof, 1973
9 9 Money, proof, 1973
Tarn, Nathaniel
9 10 Narrative of this Fall, proof, 1975
9 11 Narrative of this Fall, proof, 1975
Wakoski, Diane
9 12 Abalone, proof, 1974
9 13 The Archaeology of Movies and Books, manuscript, 1993
9 14 Creating a Personal Mythology, proof, 1975
9 15 Creating a Personal Mythology, proof, 1975
9 16 Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987, proof, 1988
9 17 Greed, Parts 5-7, proof, 1971
9 18 Looking of for the King of Spain, proof, 1974
9 19 Smudging, proof, 1972
Watterlond, Michael
9 20 Tropicana, proof, 1974
Correspondence
10 1-5 Miscellaneous
Ephemera
11 1 Bukowksi Button
11 2 Bukowski tee shirt (1)
11 3 Bukowski tee shirt (2)
11 4 Bukowski tee shirt (3)
Photographs
12 1 Photographs, unidentified
12 2 Photographs, A -K
12 3 Photographs, M -Z
Printed material
12 4 Articles about Black Sparrow
12 5 Book reviews
12 6 Checklist printed in Works Quarterly II
12 7 Checklist order forms
12 8 Checklist order forms, undated
12 9 Counter, Number 1: Fall 1994
12 10 New titles catalogs, 1968-1982
13 1 New titles catalogs, 1983-1997
13 2 New titles catalogs, 1998-2002
13 3 Other publishers - New Titles Catalogs, 1979
13 4 Publicity material
13 5 Publicity material
13 6 Trade discount schedule
Publication records
14 1966-1978
15 1979-1989
16 1989-1997
17 1997-2002
Sketchbooks
BV1 Barbara Martin's sketchbooks for cover designs, 1-4
BV2 Barbara Martin's sketchbooks for cover designs, 5-8
BV3 Barbara Martin's sketchbooks for cover designs, 9-10
Printing blocks
OP2-11 Printing blocks
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