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Jan Garden Castro Papers

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Writings

Notebooks, Journals, Diaries

Research Materials

Manuscripts By Others

Print Materials

River Styx

Civic and Cultural Activities

Educational Materials

Personal Papers

Audiovisual Materials

Realia

Born Digital Materials (Electronic Records)



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Jan Garden Castro Papers, 1957-2014 | MS Manuscripts

By Alicia Detelich

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Collection Overview

Title: Jan Garden Castro Papers, 1957-2014Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1970-2010

ID: MS/MS/ms136

Primary Creator: Castro, Jan Garden

Extent: 58.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 07/27/2005. More info below under Accruals.

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Jan Garden Castro papers consist primarily of research materials, writings, and correspondence related to Castro's extensive career as a literary and art critic and her roles as a civic arts activist and co-founder/former Executive Director of River Styx literary magazine in Saint Louis, Missouri. Included are numerous original transcripts of Castro's interviews with notable artists and literary figures, as well as typescript drafts, photocopies and clippings of published book and art reviews written by Castro. Notable interviewees include Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, Quincy Troupe, Eavan Boland, Chakaia Booker, Howard Nemerov, and John Hollander. Additionally, the collection includes Castro's published and unpublished poetry, exhibit catalog essays, and other writings; materials related to the production of River Styx Magazine, Castro's educational and teaching materials, and assorted print materials and manuscripts collected by Castro throughout her career. The collection includes notebooks and diaries kept by Castro and a collection of audiovisual materials consisting of Castro's taped interviews with artists, her Double Helix cable tv show “The Writers’ Circle,” interviews of literary figures including Howard Nemerov and Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and poetry readings from the Duff's and River Styx PM Series. The original donations also included a large number of rare art books, which have since been transferred to Rare Books or the Art and Architecture Library. Finally, this collection contains 122 born-digital items (approx. 5 GB; 3871 total files); 71 floppy disks, 7 CDs, and 3 DVDs are currently accessible. The DVDs are surrogates; the files on these disks were compiled by former processing archivist Alicia Detelich and consist of scans, downloaded web content, and born-digital publications.For preservation and access purposes, most of the disks were imaged with either Guymager or FTK to maintain the original disk structure. In this collection, a disk image was not created for disks that Castro did not create herself, disks that would not boot, and disks that were inaccessible due to lack of hardware. Each item was assigned a Special Collections library identifier, scanned for viruses, run through a bulk-extractor program to remove Personal Identifiying Information (PII), and uploaded to WUSTL's server. Please contact Special Collections for more information about the born-digital material in this collection.

Collection Historical Note

Jan Garden Castro (1945-) is an American author, editor, poet, literary and art critic, teacher, and arts activist. Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, and currently residing in New York City, Castro attended Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison for her undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and a 1967 certificate from the famed Radcliffe College Publishing Course, which relocated to Columbia University in 2000. In 1974 and 1994 respectively, Castro earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and English and then a Master of Arts in Art History and Comparative Literature from Washington University, Saint Louis.

Castro's extensive writing career began in 1968, while she was living in San Francisco, with features on Pablo Neruda, David Harris, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, and others published in The Daily Californian and the San Francisco Express Times. Upon returning to Saint Louis around 1970, Castro published essays, reviews, and poems in local and national underground newspapers, and national literary journals. In 1972 she married Michael Castro in Graham Chapel at Washington University, and with him and several other local poets and artists founded River Styx literary magazine in 1975. Between 1975 and 1987, Castro served as an editor of River Styx, and as its first Executive Director – leading its multicultural and interdisciplinary direction during this period. She contributed significant material to the journal during this time, including editorial direction and interviews with Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, Quincy Troupe, and many other well-known artists and writers. The River Styx group also organized many poetry readings and local cultural events, most notably the River Styx PM series at the Saint Louis Art Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Duff's Poetry Series, held at Duff's restaurant in the Central West End. In 1975 Castro wrote and self-published her first poetry compilation, Mandala of the Five Senses. She also served as a teacher at several local secondary schools and colleges during this period and began to review books by Atwood, Gass, Morrison, Baldwin, Garcia Marquez, and others for The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.

In 1985 Castro's first major book was published by Crown Publishers, an art history and biography of George O'Keeffe titled The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, which had ten printings 1985-1995 and sold over 100,000 copies. In 1988 she co-edited scholarly essays on Margaret Atwood titled Margaret Atwood, Vision and Forms (Southern Illinois University Press), which had two printings. Starting in 1980 Castro taught humanities as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood College (now University) in Saint Charles, Missouri and continued to publish poems and book reviews. In addition to her publishing and teaching activities, Castro also organized a number of cultural events in the Saint Louis area, including the 1987 Heart of Saint Louis Arts festival, and traveled throughout the country giving lectures on art history and the work of Georgia O'Keeffe.

During the 1990s Castro wrote literature and art reviews for the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch and the Riverfront Times. She continued to publish poetry and read her poems at local artistic and cultural events, and otherwise kept involved with local arts. Additionally, Castro received fellowships from institutes including the Camargo Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1998, Castro began writing art reviews and interviews for Sculpture Magazine and has since published more than 16 cover stories for the journal. Her involvement with Sculpture continues to the present day and has included significant interviews with and essays on Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, Mel Chin, Cristina Iglesias, Sanford Biggers, Ai Wei Wei, Liza Lou, and numerous artists. Castro also writes articles for Ceramics: Art and Perception, has written catalog essays for many local and national artists, and has published fiction and flash fiction online at The Adirondack Review and Great Weather for the Media.

In 2001-2002, Castro guest-curated and wrote the catalog for the exhibit Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne, a retrospective on Sonia Delaunay shown in Tokyo and three regional museums in Japan, and the Jane V. Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University. Castro's master's thesis and the Delaunay retrospective were based on ten years of original primary research in Paris and other locations.

During her career Castro has published more than 425 articles, essays, and interviews for a wide variety of publishing outlets. As of March 2014 she continues to publish frequently for several publications, including Sculpture Magazine (www.sculpturemagazine.art/), www.whitehotmagazine.org/, American Book Review (www.americanbookreview.org/ ), and Woman’s Art Journal (www.womansartjournal.org/ ).

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Accruals:

Accession No. 23074, 23082. July 2005

Accession No. 23908. 28 August 2007

Accession No. 23962. 2010

Accession No. 2014.006. 19 March 2014

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 GB (approx.); 3871 files

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Technical Access Note: The library cannot provide access to all born-digital materials due to lack of required hardware/software. Requests for born-digtial material may require advanced notice. Please contact Special Collections for more details.

Acquisition Source: Gift, Purchase

Related Materials:

See Jan Garden Castro collection of Margaret Atwood materials, located at the Thomas Fischer Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, Canada. Extent 8 boxes, 1.5 meters

See also Jan Garden Castro donation to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

See also Jan Garden Castro Writings: Artists Mapping the Future, an electronic archive of Castro's writings on comptemporary art and artists.

For more information please see http://www.jancastro.com/.

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information:

The original order of the collection as established by Castro has largely been maintained, with the exception of a number of miscellaneous and unlabeled folders that contained a wide variety of materials. These materials were filed into the appropriate series or subseries as determined by the processor. The order of materials within folders has mostly been maintained, with the exception of obvious filing mistakes. Folder titles were generally maintained, with the exception of miscellaneous and unlabeled folders; dates were also added to folders where appropriate, and some additional specifics were added when titles were unclear (i.e. 'Writings' may have been changed to 'Unpublished Writings 1971-1972'). Additionally, color photos, slides, and audiovisual materials were separated from their original locations within the Research and Educational Materials series, and have been rehoused together for preservation purposes. Finally, please note that not all folders have series titles or folder numbers included. For details about arrangement refer to finding aid.

See mss23962_BD_AccReport for information about born-digital content.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised on 8/15/2018 by Elizabeth Winter under the supervision of Robert Manley


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Notebooks, Journals, Diaries],
[Series 4: Research Materials],
[Series 5: Manuscripts By Others],
[Series 6: Print Materials],
[Series 7: River Styx],
[Series 8: Civic and Cultural Activities],
[Series 9: Educational Materials],
[Series 10: Personal Papers],
[Series 11: Audiovisual Materials],
[Series 12: Realia],
[Series 13: Born Digital Materials (Electronic Records)],
[All]

Series 3: Notebooks, Journals, DiariesAdd to your cart.
Consists of notebooks, journals, and diaries kept by Castro between 1963 and 2002. Includes Castro's handwritten notes and recollections on various life events, as well as handwritten drafts of poems, sketches, and extensive research notes for interviews and reviews. Also included is one document box of notebooks containing lecture notes from Castro's undergraduate and graduate studies at Cornell, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Washington University in Saint Louis. Of special interest are Castro's Asia notebooks documenting her travels in Darjeeling and Nepal during the early 1970s.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Autograph BookAdd to your cart.
Autograph book signed by friends of Castro ca. 1970
Folder 2: Asia JournalsAdd to your cart.
2 soft-bound journals, 1 hard-bound journal with entries concerning Castro's travels in Asia ca. 1970; includes observations on travels, poetry, and drawings by Castro
Folder 3: JournalAdd to your cart.
Hard-bound journal containing Castro diary entries and poetry ca. 1970; includes loose typed and handwritten sheets of paper with poems and drawings; journal has postcards glued on some pages
Folder 4: JournalsAdd to your cart.
2 hard-bound, locked diaries; 1 spiral bound notebook with poems, drawings, and observations by Castro, 1972
Folder 5: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Soft-bound notebook with poetry and observations by Castro ca. 1975 - several 3x5 notecards and typed loose sheets of poetry are included in book; 1 blank, hardbound journal with business card from store where it was purchased by Castro
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notebooks IAdd to your cart.
5 soft-bound notebooks, 1 spiral-bound notebook; primarily consists of recollections and notes from Castro's visit to the castle of Ezra Pound's daughter in Brunnenberg, Italy ca. 1974; also contains handwritten drafts of poems, observations by Castro, clippings and cards pasted into notebooks, and sketches by Castro ca. 1974-1976
Folder 2: Notebooks IIAdd to your cart.
1 soft-bound notebook, 1 composition book, 3 loose note pages; includes observations by Castro about son Jomo, plans for River Styx magazine ca. 1976
Folder 3: Notebooks IIIAdd to your cart.
6 small (less than 3x5 in.) notebooks ca. 1970s-1980s; includes notes by Castro on reviews and writing assignments, drafts of poems, contact information for friends and business associates, observations and notes by Castro about her daily life and avocational interests
Folder 4: Notebooks IVAdd to your cart.
1 spiral-bound notebook, 3 legal pads, 2 appointment calendards (1983, 1985); spiral includes Castro's notes on Expressionist movement, with loose sheets and clippings included in notebook; legal pads contain Castro's notes on NEH seminars ca. 1988-1990
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notebooks IAdd to your cart.
1 hard-bound diary, 3 soft-bound notebooks ca. 1990s; includes observations, diary entries, sketches, and drafts of poems by Castro; also includes notes on Castro's art research and reviews
Folder 2: Notebooks IIAdd to your cart.
2 hard-bound diaries, 1 spiral-bound memo book ca. 1990s-2001; include notes on Castro's art research and reviews for various publications
Folder 3: Notebooks IIIAdd to your cart.
4 soft-bound notebooks; 3 concern Castro's work as during her American Academy in Rome session, ca. 1990s; 1 consists of assorted notes and observations by Castro ca. 1996
Folder 4: Notebooks IVAdd to your cart.
3 small (less than 3x5 in.) notebooks, 2 soft-bound notebooks, 1 pad Post-It notes; consists of notes relating to Castro's art research and reviews for various publications; also contains observations and notes by Castro on her life and avocational interests
Folder 5: Notebooks VAdd to your cart.
4 legal pads; contains notes on Castro's art history studies and art research for her reviews in various publications ca. 1990s; also includes assorted notes, observations, and contact informaton for Castro's personal and business associates; some loose sheets relating to Sonia Delaunay and general art history scholarship are mixed in with the note pages
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notebooks IAdd to your cart.
2 legal pads; consists of Castro's notes on art reviews for various publications ca. 1990s; includes interview notes with Peter Laurens Mol, notes on Sonia Delaunay
Folder 2: Notebooks IIAdd to your cart.
3 legal pads; contains notes on Castro's art reviews for various publications; also includes assorted fiction and poetry drafts by Castro ca. 1990s;
Folder 3: Notebooks IIIAdd to your cart.
2 soft-bound notebooks, loose notes ca. 1990s; consists of Castro's notes on a musical performance, notes on Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz; also includes some observations by Castro on her personal situation; loose notes, envelopes, and clippings are mixed into notebook pages
Folder 4: Notebooks IVAdd to your cart.
3 small (less than 3x5 in.) notebooks; contains drafts of poems and life observations by Castro ca. 1990s; also includes some contact information for Castro personal and professional associates
Folder 5: Notebooks VAdd to your cart.
4 spiral-bound notebooks, assorted sizes; 4 soft-bound notebooks, assorted sizes; loose notes; contains drafts of poems by Castro, notes on art exhibits for Castro's reviews, contact information for business and personal associates, assorted notes on art history research, rpugh interview notes; some loose pages mixed in with notebooks
Folder 6: Notebooks VIAdd to your cart.
1 composition book; contains notes on Bass Museum event 2002, Miami, Florida
Folder 7: CalendarsAdd to your cart.
3 appointment books, 1986, 1995, 2002
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: NotesAdd to your cart.
Loose note sheets containing Castro's notes from Plato, Aesthetics courses; undated, ca. 1960s-1970s
Folder 2: Notebook IAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound notebook from Castro's time at University of Wisconsin at Madison, ca. 1964-1967; includes lecture notes and handouts from course on James Joyce taken by Castro
Folder 3: Notebook IIAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound notebook from Castro's time at University of Wisconsin at Madison, ca. 1966-1967; includes lecture notes and handouts from course on Russian history taken by Castro
Folder 4: Notebooks IIIAdd to your cart.
2 Spiral-bound notebook from Castro's time at Cornell ca. 1963-1964; includes lecture notes and handouts from Creative Thinking and Child Development courses taken by Castro
Folder 5: Notebook IVAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound notebook from Castro's time at Cornell University ca. 1963-1964; includes lecture notes and handouts from Child Development course taken by Castro
Folder 6: Notebook VAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound notebook from Castro's time at University of Wisconsin at Madison, ca. 1964-1967; includes lecture notes and handouts from course on Russian history taken by Castro; also includes loose notes, papers by other students, and examination booklets submitted by Castro
Folder 7: Notebook VIAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound notebook from Castro's time at Washington University in Saint Louis; includes lecture notes and handouts from course on the art of China, India and Japan taught by Nelson Wu and taken by Castro, 1981
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notebook VIIAdd to your cart.
1 soft-bound notebook and loose notes; notes from interviews with Ishmael Reed and Nelson Wu; notes from study of Yusef Lateef
Folder 2: Notebook VIIIAdd to your cart.
Spiral notebook with typed poem by Jomo Castro taped into front inside cover; includes notes by Jan ca. 1979

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Notebooks, Journals, Diaries],
[Series 4: Research Materials],
[Series 5: Manuscripts By Others],
[Series 6: Print Materials],
[Series 7: River Styx],
[Series 8: Civic and Cultural Activities],
[Series 9: Educational Materials],
[Series 10: Personal Papers],
[Series 11: Audiovisual Materials],
[Series 12: Realia],
[Series 13: Born Digital Materials (Electronic Records)],
[All]


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