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John M. Bennett Papers

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Correspondence, Box 1-32

Manuscripts, Box 33-94

Manuscripts by Others, Box 95-97

Mail Art, Box 98-143

Luna Bisonte Prods, Box 144-149

Personal Papers, Box 150-156

Ephemera, Box 157-176

Audiovisual, Box 177



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John M. Bennett Papers, 1956-2014 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: John M. Bennett Papers, 1956-2014Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1956-2014

ID: MS/MS/ms009

Primary Creator: Bennett, John M., 1942-

Extent: 177.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A large portion of the Bennett Papers consists of mail or correspondence art, a unique blend of painting, drawing, stickers, rubber stamp work, found objects, poetry, clippings, collage, etc., which are then sent through the postal system. Like all mail artists, Bennett is also a recipient of mail art, and his Papers include hundreds of examples of the work of many of the leading correspondence artists working today. The Bennett Papers also include his own manuscripts and poetry journals, as well as a large collection of small press publications, including Lost and Found Times, and a complete collection of printed items from Luna Bisonte Prods. Bennett carries on an extensive correspondence with artists, poets, and small press editors and his Papers contain a good portion of this correspondence as well.

Collection Historical Note

John M. Bennett is an American author and artist whose work, though not well known to the academic community, has made a significant contribution to the world of innovative poetry. Born in Chicago, Bennett received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington University and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1970. He taught Hispanic literature from 1969 to 1976 at Ohio State University.

Bennett is the author of numerous books of poetry, all published by small presses, including Luna Bisonte Prods, his own press. Much of his poetry relies upon the visual experience of the poem for its effect. The interplay of texts with space, the physical appearance of the page, and the printing process itself are all important elements in Bennett's work. He is also one of a growing number of poets and artists who have made innovative use of inexpensive mimeographic and xerographic processes. Luna Bisonte Prods, which he founded in 1976, publishes a variety of printed pieces including broadsides, rubber stamp art, labels, and stickers. Since 1975, Bennett has also produced the Lost and Found Times.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

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.)

Acquisition Source: Gift and Purchase of John M. Bennett

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


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-32],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 33-94],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Others, Box 95-97],
[Series 4: Mail Art, Box 98-143],
[Series 5: Luna Bisonte Prods, Box 144-149],
[Series 6: Personal Papers, Box 150-156],
[Series 7: Ephemera, Box 157-176],
[Series 8: Audiovisual, Box 177],
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Series 6: Personal Papers, Box 150-156Add to your cart.
Consists of material subdivided as follows: Juvenilia, High School and College Materials, Art work and photographs, Resumes and applications, Records of submissions, Materials relating to Mexico, and Notes, fragments and clippings.
Folder 1: JuveniliaAdd to your cart.
Consists of junior high school student papers and creative writing, clippings, school awards and certificates and a photograph. 2 folders contain auto notes, fragments and drafts of early writings, including 1 spiral notebook containing drafts of the first three chapters of Crowds, an early novel. circa 62 items
Folder 2: High School and College MaterialAdd to your cart.
Consists of class notes, assignments and publications from Bennett's high school and college years. 4 folders contain high school notes, papers and essays. 7 folders contain undergraduate papers, essays and examinations from Washington University. circa 227 items
Folder 3: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Consists of sketches, watercolors and pressed flowers by Bennett. Includes 2 self-portraits by Janifer Bennett, painting by Francis Poole, and a broadside by Dr. Al Blaster. 63 items
Folder 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photographs of himself and his wife, Janifer
Folder 5: Material relating to MexicoAdd to your cart.
Consists of notes, fragments, clippings, concert programs, notebooks and other materials relating to Bennett's residence in Mexico as a student. circa 174 items
Folder 6: Records of Submissions, 1964-1985Add to your cart.
Consists of 3 autograph notebooks containing Bennett's submissions. Also includes acceptance and rejection letters.
Folder 7: Resumes and ApplicationsAdd to your cart.
Consists of drafts of grant proposals, fellowships and job applications and Bennett's resume and bibliography. circa 18 items
Folder 8: ConferencesAdd to your cart.
Consists of newspaper clippings, auto notes and fragments, addresses, photocopies, advertisement, posters and announcements.
Folder 9: Advertisements and AnnouncementsAdd to your cart.
Consists of newspaper clippings, auto notes and fragments, addresses, photocopies, advertisement, posters and announcements.
Folder 10: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Consists of newspaper clippings, auto notes and fragments, addresses, photocopies, advertisement, posters and announcements.
Folder 11: Notes, Fragments and ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Consists of newspaper clippings, auto notes and fragments, addresses, photocopies, advertisement, posters and announcements. circa 59 items

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-32],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 33-94],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Others, Box 95-97],
[Series 4: Mail Art, Box 98-143],
[Series 5: Luna Bisonte Prods, Box 144-149],
[Series 6: Personal Papers, Box 150-156],
[Series 7: Ephemera, Box 157-176],
[Series 8: Audiovisual, Box 177],
[All]


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