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Subseries 1.2
Business correspondence, 1939-1997
Boxes 11-18

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of business correspondence relating to the Cummington Press from 1939-1997. Included are letters to and from the founding members of the press, Katherine Frazier, Harry Duncan, and later collaborator, Paul Wightman Williams. Correspondents include authors, book-binders, paper suppliers, illustrators, customers, librarians, publishers, bookstore owners, and other printers. The letters discuss all matters involved in printing, from the initial submission and selection of manuscripts, to the business of distributing and selling the finished titles. Of particular note is the correspondence between Duncan and other prominent small press printers, such as Walter Hamady (Perishable Press), Victor and Carolyn Hammer, Kim Merker (Windhover Press and the Stone Wall Press), and Juan Pascoe (Taller Martín Pescador). There is a significant gap in the correspondence for the years 1972 and 1986, during which Duncan was teaching at the University of Omaha and printing titles under the Abbatoir imprint. The business correspondence resumed once Duncan retired from the University and revived the Cummington Press, and continued until his death in 1997.

See also Subseries 1.1: Subject files, for other correspondence relating to the Press, including letters to and from many of the same authors and businesses represented here.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order, then chronological within each individual or business.

Scope and Content Note The subseries consists of business correspondence relating to the Cummington Press from 1939-1997. Included are letters to and from the founding members of the press, Katherine Frazier, Harry Duncan, and later collaborator, Paul Wightman Williams. Correspondents include authors, book-binders, paper suppliers, illustrators, customers, librarians, publishers, bookstore owners, and other printers. The letters discuss all matters involved in printing, from the initial submission and selection of manuscripts, to the business of distributing and selling the finished titles. Of particular note is the correspondence between Duncan and other prominent small press printers, such as Walter Hamady (Perishable Press), Victor and Carolyn Hammer, Kim Merker (Windhover Press and the Stone Wall Press), and Juan Pascoe (Taller Martín Pescador). There is a significant gap in the correspondence for the years 1972 and 1986, during which Duncan was teaching at the University of Omaha and printing titles under the Abbatoir imprint. The business correspondence resumed once Duncan retired from the University and revived the Cummington Press, and continued until his death in 1997. See also Subseries 1.1: Subject files, for other correspondence relating to the Press, including letters to and from many of the same authors and businesses represented here.
Box Folder Content
11 1 Abel-Allen
11 2 American Letters-Azreal
11 3 Babson Institute Library-Berg, Kris
11 4 Berg, Stephen
11 5 Berger, Sid-Bolton, Joe
11 6 Bond, Harold-Butler Paper
11 7 Caetani-Cauken
12 1 Cave-Clemens
12 2 Clift-Cunningham
12 3 Daliel's-Davis, Dick
12 4 Davis, Glover-Dyson
12 5 Eberhart-Elton
12 6 Embler-Eyre & Spottingswoode
12 7 Fairbanks-Fine Print
12 8 Finlay-Furner
13 1 Gallo-Grainger
13 2 Granary Books-Greer
13 3 Gren-Guyot
13 4 Hagstrom, Jack, 1955-1989
13 5 Hagstrom, Jack, 1990-2001
13 6 Haas-Harcourt, Brace, and Co.
13 7 Harmsen-Hoffman
14 1 Hoiby-Howard
14 2 Howell-Harman
14 3 I
14 4 J
14 5 Kast & Ehinger-Kohl
14 6 Kolsby-Kuzma
14 7 Lake-Lehmann
14 8 Levine-Littel
15 1 Little-Lyman
15 2 Macdonald-Maxwell, Emily
15 3 Maxwell, William-McCurdy
15 4 McCuskey-Middleton, David
15 5 Middleton, R. Hunter-Morse
15 6 N
15 7 O
15 8 Padagogischer-Partisan Review
16 1 Pascoe, Juan
16 2 Passaic-Penguin
16 3 Pentagram-Pilkington
16 4 Poetry-Purtilo
16 5 Q
16 6 Ransom-Rufus
16 7 Rugg-Ruzicka
16 8 Sacremento City College-Schreiber
17 1 Schwarts-Smith, Gordon Ross
17 2 Smith, William Jay-Steele
17 3 Stein-Sypher
17 4 Tanner-Taylor
17 5 Temhardt-Tyler
17 6 U
17 7 V
18 1 Walkup-Whitehill
18 2 Whitney-Wilkins
18 3 Williams-Wynne
18 4 Y
18 5 Z
18 6 Unidentified, 1944-1996
18 7 Unidentified, undated
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