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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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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

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],

Series 7: Ephemera, Box 157-176Add to your cart.
Consists of material broken into 6 subseries: Publishers' catalogs and advertisements, Requests for submissions, Announcements, Form letters, Latin American studies, and Clippings.
Folder 1: Publishers' Catalogs and Advertisements.Add to your cart.
Consists of publishers catalogs, subscription offerings and miscellaneous catalogs and advertisements.
Folder 2: Requests for Submissions.Add to your cart.
Consists of requests for participation in and/or submission to mail art exhibitions, book fairs, poetry readings, etc. The bulk of this material concerns mail art exhibitions.
Folder 3: Announcements.Add to your cart.
Consists of announcements of art show openings and exhibitions, mail art events, book fairs, poetry readings, films, performances, and miscellaneous events. Includes some art show catalogs.
Folder 4: Form Letters.Add to your cart.
Consists of form letters issued by various arts organizations and reference bibliographies and biographies. Fol. 273 contains chain letters and Fol. 274 contains newsletters issued by miscellaneous civic and/or arts associations.
Folder 5: Latin American Studies at Ohio State University.Add to your cart.
Consists of bibliographies, newsletters and guides to the Latin American Collection at Ohio State University, which were prepared by Bennett when he was employed by the University Library.
Folder 6: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings.Add to your cart.
Consists of newspaper and magazine clippings from 1985 - 1986.
Folder 8: Empty EnvelopesAdd to your cart.

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],

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