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Alexander Trocchi Papers

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Scope and Contents

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Correspondence, Box 1-12

Manuscripts, Box 12-29

Material Toward Books, Box 30-36

Merlin, Box 36-37

Sigma, Box 38-45

Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48

Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51

Ephemera, Box 51-55

Personal Papers, Box 55-62

Print Material, Box 63-65

Realia, Box 66



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Alexander Trocchi Papers, 1944-1984 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Alexander Trocchi Papers, 1944-1984Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1944-1984

ID: MS/MS/ms116

Primary Creator: Trocchi, Alexander (1925-1984)

Extent: 66.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 05/22/1967

Languages: English, Greek,Modern(1453-), French, Dutch;Flemish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Alexander Trocchi Papers include manuscripts of his novels, stories, essays and poems, the extant archives of Merlin, most of his manuscripts and correspondence concerning the Sigma Project, material relating to a large number of projects Trocchi was involved with in the 1960’s, and his journals and notebooks. The Trocchi Papers also house an extensive collection of magazines and ephemera, including material relating to the International Situationist movement.

Collection Historical Note

Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish author, publisher and activist. He attended the University of Glasgow from 1942-1943 and from 1946-1950, and served in the Royal Navy from 1943-1946. Trocchi began writing poetry and prose in the late 1940’s, and by the early 1950’s was an established member of the artistic avant-garde.

With Richard Seaver and Austryn Wainhouse he edited Merlin a literary magazine that published Ionesco, Genet, Beckett, Creeley, Sartre, and Miller, for seven issues from 1952-1955. He was also an editor of Paris Quarterly from 1952-1955 and of Moving Times, which published work by William S. Burroughs, Trocchi, and Jeff Nittall. Trocchi’s association with Merlin led to his collaboration with Maurice Girodias at Olympia Press. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Trocchi helped Girodias publish books, wrote catalog copy, and contributed a large number of pornographic writings, including Helen and Desire, The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis, White Thighs, Vol. 5 of My Life and Loves by Frank Harris, and School for Sin. Most of his work was banned in England, France, and America.

At the same time he worked with these publishing efforts, Trocchi was involved with other projects, including painting, sculpting, joining Asgar Jorn in the International Situationist movement, and pursuing his own writing. His first novel, Young Adam (1954), a tale of immorality and justice, was followed by his more famous Cain’s Book, a roman a clef which detailed his adventures as a heroin addict living on a scow on the Hudson River. The book’s frank depiction of drug addiction and sex was the source of an obscenity trial in 1963 and the book was banned in England. His other literary works included The Outsiders (1961), a collection of stories and a revision of Young Adam, and Man at Leisure (1972) a collection of poems.

In the 1960’s, Trocchi devoted most of his energy toward organizing a broad collaboration of international underground movements under the auspices of what he called the Sigma Project. It was an eclectic and protean effort, with no concrete direction, but with a wide focus. The Sigma Project resulted on more than 30 varied publications, and attracted a great deal of attention.

Although it took up much of his time, Sigma was only one of Trocchi’s activities in the 1960’s. He also organized the 1965 Albert Hall poetry reading, which brought the work of Allen Ginsberg, Laurence Ferlinghetti, and others to the attention of a large British audience. He was visiting lecturer in sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art (London), and he translated the work of a number of French novelists, including Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, Jan Cremer, Harriet Daimler. Rene de Obaldia and Valentine Penrose. He also wrote his only nonfiction book, Drugs of the Mind, published in 1970.

Prolific as he was, Trocchi’s activities waned during the last 15 years of his life. Although he was ostensibly working on a sequel to Cain’s Book and an unpublished novel called The Long Book, he was actually too ill much of the time to accomplish much. His lifelong addiction to heroin eventually incapacitated him and he died in 1984.

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: Purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 825. Purchase from Betram Rota Ltd., 1967: May 22

Accession number 845. Purchase from Betram Rota Ltd., 1967: August 15

Accession number 847. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1967: July

Accession number 848. Purchase from Henry Wenning, 1967: August 22

Accession number 907. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1968: April 3

Accession number 974. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1968: August 20

Accession number 1101. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1969: October 28

Accession number 1123. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1969: December 17

Accession number 1270. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1971: April 21

Accession number 1331. Wallrich Books, 1972: January

Accession number 23025. Unknown

Accession number 23945. Purchase from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., 2009: September 15

Accession number 2013.005. Purchase from Magg Brothers, Ltd., 2013: January 18

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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-12],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 12-29],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 30-36],
[Series 4: Merlin, Box 36-37],
[Series 5: Sigma, Box 38-45],
[Series 6: Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48],
[Series 7: Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 51-55],
[Series 9: Personal Papers, Box 55-62],
[Series 10: Print Material, Box 63-65],
[Series 11: Realia, Box 66],
[All]

Series 8: Ephemera, Box 51-55Add to your cart.
Ephemera consists of artwork, announcements and brochures, clippings, dust jackets, empty envelopes and folders, offprints, and souvenirs
Box 51Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Mandala watercolors, gouache on parchment paperAdd to your cart.

2 items

Originally housed in an unmarked orange folder

Folder 5: Michael X photoAdd to your cart.
Originally housed in a yellow folder marked "Michael X photo, A.T. photo, lithographs/ink portrait, etc."
Item 1: Photograph of Trocchi sitting in a chair holding a piece of driftwoodAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Photograph of Michael X sitting in a chair talking on a telephoneAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Untitled lithographs by Henk Huffener, 1970Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 4: Ink drawing of Trocchi by unknown artistAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Painting possibly by Trocchi, 1961: March 2Add to your cart.
5 1/2 x 8 3/4"
Folder 7: Spoof piece of medieval style parchmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Unidentified sketchsAdd to your cart.
6 items
Sub-Series 2: Announcements, brochures, etc.Add to your cart.
See also box 52
Folder 9: Alex - KostaAdd to your cart.
Originally housed in a green folder marked "Alex - Kosta"
Item 1: Brochures for Kosta Alex and Serge PoliakoffAdd to your cart.
3 items
Item 2: Autograph noteAdd to your cart.
1 page
Item 3: Notebook labeled "Expenses"Add to your cart.
Item 4: Teng, Juliette to Trocchi, No year: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Autograph card signed, 2 pages
Item 5: Trocchi to Kosta, Alex, 1963: March 22Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page
Item 6: Photographs of Kosta Alex artAdd to your cart.
3 items
Folder 10-11: Announcements, brochures, etc., no date; 1962-1963Add to your cart.

See box 52 for 1964-1982

14 items located in oversize

Box 52Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Announcements, brochures, etc.Add to your cart.
See also box 51
Folder 1-2: Announcements, brochures, etc., 1964-1982Add to your cart.
See box 51 for no date and 1962-1963
Folder 3: NuttallAdd to your cart.

Various flyers, information sheets, and newsletters, including Jean-Luc Godard, Intercourse, Forum, Running Man Publications, Fifth Estate Press, European Underground Press, Methuen & Co Ltd, Trans-Love Energies, Wild Dog Press, the Centaur Caves, Extensions, Location Press, Resurgence, E.A.T., Smyrna Press, Defence of Literature and the Arts Society, The Trent Bookshop, Oxford Stage Company, ‘marquis,’ The Open Way Trust, University Students Abroad Ltd., Goings-On at Mercury Theatre, Ladbroke Hotel Readings, Jeff Nuttall: A Domestic Situation, etc  

Typed letter signed, 1 page from Gordon Burley to Trocchi (1965: October 27)

Krak by Jeff Nuttall

Originally housed in a blue folder marked "Nuttall"

Folder 4: Personal Odds and EndsAdd to your cart.

Photograph of Trocchi holding a kaleidoscope

8 page autograph, notes

Trocchi to Linn’s Weekly Stamp News. Typed card signed, 1 page. No date

Ink drawing

Pencil drawing of cartoon knight

Trocchi to Unidentified. Autograph card signed, 1 page. No date

Invitations, 13 items

Souvenir postcard, 11 items

Unidentified to Trocchi. Autograph card signed, 1 page. 1980: December 22

Sylvia to Trocchi. Autograph card signed, 1 page. 1981: April 30

John to Trocchi, Nicholas. Autograph card signed, 1 page. 1981: May 7

Business cards, 5 items

Clare to Trocchi, Mark. Autograph card signed, 1 page. No date

Map of Denmark

Alice to Child, Sally. Autograph card signed, 1 page. No date

Doris to Trocchi. Autograph card signed, 1 page. No date

Photograph of Trocchi and Sally Child at a table “Sally, Richard, John, Alex”

Plastic ruler

Trocchi to Andrew.  Autograph card signed, 1 page. 1982: September 15

Unidentified to Trocchi. Typed card signed, 1 page. No year: December

Unidentified to Trocchi. Typed card signed, 1 page. No year: December

Richard to Trocchi. Autograph card signed, 1 page. 1981: July 31

[Child, Sally] to Trocchi. Autograph card signed, 1 page. No date

Kit Lambert’s memorial service program. 1981: May 11

Photograph of sculpture “Man with a Hat” 1966

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Personal Odds + Ends [Postcards, Invitations, etc.]

Folder 5: QAdd to your cart.

Brochure for Robson Lowe Ltd. 1 item

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Q"

Folder 6: Receipts Pre 1973 Phun CityAdd to your cart.

Trocchi’s S.E.L.F [Sexual Egalitarian & Libertarian Fraternity] Membership card with his photograph issued for the 2nd Wet Dream Festival, October 1971

Flyer for Suck, first European Sexpaper, 1969

Pornographic information poster on the publications of Joy Publications (Wet Dreams Book, The Virgin Sperm Dancer, Suck)

Flyer for Phun City, 1970: July 24-26, 2 copies

Typed letter signed, 1 page from Farren, Mick to Trocchi (1970: June 23) with advertising booked enclosure concerning Phun City

3 pages autograph, notes on Phun City notepaper, possible taken by Sue Small

Publicity title page for Suck special edition, “Virgin Sperm Dancer”

2 page typescript [photocopy], blank contract between John Stevenson and The Traveller’s Companion, Inc.

Originally housed in a brown folder marked “Receipts Pre 1973 Phun City”

Folder 7: Unmarked blue folderAdd to your cart.

Flyer for "A Million Vote Light and Sound Rave" and Unicorn Market

Originally housed in an unmarked blue folder

Sub-Series 3: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
See also box 53
Folder 8: Bill Levy (Suck)Add to your cart.

Consists of clippings, a drawing by Henk Huffener, a blank photograph postcard, and a Stanley Gibbons Specialist Register.

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Bill Levy (Suck)"

Folder 9: For Sale Various ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.

Clippings concerning infra-sound generators

Originally housed in a brown envelope marked "For Sale Various Manuscripts"

Folder 10: The Junkie - Scapegoat or MenaceAdd to your cart.

Ink, Number 9, 1971: June 26 featuring the article "Alex Trocchi on the drug bogy, The JunkieL Menace or Scapegoat?" Includes photocopies of article.

Originally housed in a red folder marked " 'The Junkie - Scapegoat or Menace' Ink - June '71"

Folder 11: Kit LambertAdd to your cart.

Articles on experiments in sound and light, sensory deprivation, etc

Originally housed in a red folder marked "Kit Lambert"

Folder 12: LeachAdd to your cart.

Conists of clippings regarding Dr. Edmund Leach.

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Leach"

Folder 13: Miscellaneous InformationAdd to your cart.

Pamphlet, "Secondhand and Antiquarian Booksellers in Fulham, Putney, Hammersmith, & Chelsea"

Newspaper clipping, "Drug Police Seize Baudelaire Book" by Stewart Tendler"

Newsletter, "Still in One Peace," Great Georges Project: The Blackie, 1983/1984

Pamphlet, "Postal Rates"

Newsletter, "Weave For You: A Space," The Blackie: Great Georges Project, 1983

Originally housed in a yellow folder marked "Miscellaneous Information"

Box 53Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
See also box 52
Folder 1: Olympia (General)Add to your cart.

Books and Bookmen, March 1963. Features William Burroughs

Clippings featuring William Burroughs

Clipping featuring the Soho heroin ring

Ink drawing of various faces

Souvenir postcard

Sheet of German stamps

Woolworth’s  receipt

Invitation for an exhibition by Schuldt

Statement from Observatory Gardens Estate Office

1 page autograph notes

Overdue book notice from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Central Library

Oldman & Co to Trocchi. Typed letter signed, 1 page. 1970: February 13

Invoice from Conteggio Diritti D’Autore

List of BBC local radio stations

Originally housed in a blue folder marked "Olypmia (General)"

Folder 2: Original/Extravagant MisprintingAdd to your cart.

Articles concerning the OZ scandal.  Also included a dust jacket for Cain's Book (Calder edition)

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Original/Extravagant Misprinting/..."

Folder 3: Personal CuttingsAdd to your cart.

Includes various newspaper clippings and one sheet of blank Sigma Portfolio stationary.

Also includes typed letter [carbon], 1 page from Trocchi to Goodman, Lord Arnold (1965: July 13)

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Personal Cuttings"

Folder 4: PlayboyAdd to your cart.

Review of Moscow Nights from Olympia Press

Originally housed in a blue folder marked "Playboy"

Folder 5: Richard Neville - Oz - InkAdd to your cart.

Articles concerning the OZ scandal

Originally housed in orange file marked "Richard Neville - Oz - Ink." Also contains additional folder marked "Jargon Paper no. 1 #23" (Sigma Portfolio)

Folder 6: Unmarked blue folder, 1962-1979Add to your cart.

Clippings mainly concerning with the International Poetry reading at the Royal Albert Hall in 1965.

Originally housed in an unmarked blue folder

Folder 7: Clippings, No date; 1963-1982Add to your cart.
11 items located in oversize
Sub-Series 4: Dust jacketAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Dust jacket for Whisper: A Psychedelic Timescript by Whisper Promotions with a postscript by Timothy and Rosemary LearyAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Empty envelopesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
17 items
Box 54Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Empty foldersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-6Add to your cart.
79 items
Box 55Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: OffprintsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: The Metaphysics of the Atom Bomb by Joseph Schorstein, 1964Add to your cart.
3 copies
Sub-Series 8: SouvenirsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Consists of three blank postcards, one autograph postcard (1903), one parchment leaf written in French concerning a financial transaction, and three autograph letters (1846, 1892, and undated)Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-12],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 12-29],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 30-36],
[Series 4: Merlin, Box 36-37],
[Series 5: Sigma, Box 38-45],
[Series 6: Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48],
[Series 7: Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 51-55],
[Series 9: Personal Papers, Box 55-62],
[Series 10: Print Material, Box 63-65],
[Series 11: Realia, Box 66],
[All]


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