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Alexander Trocchi Papers

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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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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 9: Personal Papers, Box 55-62Add to your cart.
Personal Papers consists of address books, calendars, financial information, legal information, materials regarding Mark and Nicholas Trocchi, medical information, passports, Royal Navy material, scrapbooks, photograph, and University of Glasgow material
Box 55Add to your cart.
Folder 3-7: Address booksAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-5: Various Addresses on Odd Bits and PiecesAdd to your cart.

Consists of business cards, notes, addresses, fragments of address books, painting by M. Sinclair, etc.

Originally housed in a green folder marked "Various Address on Odd Bits and Pieces"

Folder 6: Address book marked personalAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Address books marked LynAdd to your cart.
Folder 8-10: CalendarAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Boots Scribbling Diary, 1963Add to your cart.
119 pages. Includes list of income from broadcasting/speaking, list of income from 'Cain's Book' which was published by John Calder in Britain that year, income from 'La Gana' by Jean Douassot which he was translating, and list of debts
Folder 9: Boots Scribbling Diary, 1965Add to your cart.
119 pages. Included list of people sympathetic to / possible subscribers to Sigma.  Appears to address Sigma business, however, most likely not Trocchi's handwriting and was probably kept by one of his secretaries or close collaborators
Folder 10: WHSmith Desk Diary, 1984Add to your cart.
Box 56Add to your cart.
Folder 1-11: Financial InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Royalty Reports, 1960-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Copyright/Contracts: [Miscellaneous Papers] Calder Royalty StatementsAdd to your cart.
Originally housed in an orange folder marked "Copyright/Contracts: [Miscellaneous Papers] Calder Royalty Statements"
Item 1: Royalty reports for Young Adam, Cain's Book, Man at Leisure from Calder & Boyers, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
6 items
Item 2: Browne, Denis to Calder, John, 1983: March 24Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 3: Browne, Denis to Calder, John, 1983: August 12Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 4: Royalty report from Kraus Reprint, 1982Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 5: U.S. contract with Grove Press for Cain's Book, 1970: February 2Add to your cart.
Item 6: Statement by Trocchi of his dealing with Olympia PressAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 3 pages
Item 7: Trocchi to Helen, 1967: November 15Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 8: Statement by Trocchi in support of James MoreyAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 9: Trocchi to Child, Sally, 1978: December 24Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 2 pages
Item 10: Trocchi to Ninka, 1982: September 15Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 11: "Brandon House through him, and as I didn't know..."Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 12: Trocchi to Lieberman, Abraham, 1967: August 1Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Folder 3: Telephone bills, 1966-1969Add to your cart.
52 pages
Folder 4: African Trip, 1969Add to your cart.

Consists of notes and receipts.

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "African Trip"

Folder 5-7: Income tax returnsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5-6: Income tax returns, 1965-1973Add to your cart.

File of letters, demands and other documentation detailing Trocchi's income tax history.

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Rosner"

Folder 7: Miscellaneous income tax informationAdd to your cart.
7 items
Folder 8: MargoAdd to your cart.

Consists of an exhibit invitation for Kosta Alex and tax correspondence with Maurice Apple & Co chartered accountants (1979-1980)

Originally housed in an orange file marked "Margo"

Folder 9: D.H.S.S. Insurance Stamps, etc.Add to your cart.

Clippings concerning Le Grand Jeu, etc. (6 items), Peter Shorer's Historic Jewellery Reproduction catalogue, various receipts and forms from the Department of Health and Socical Security (8 items), and 2 page autograph manuscript "...are no 'ifs' in his thinking."

Originally housed in a red envelope marked "D.H.S.S. Insurance Stamps, etc. + Child Benefit Forms/Correspondence"

Folder 10: Stephen Roberts, 1981-1983Add to your cart.

Consists of letters, court documents, returned cheques regarding money owed to Trocchi Rare Books and Lasham Furniture Workshop by Stephen Roberts of Spencer Books.

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Steve"

Folder 11: Miscellaneous Financial InformationAdd to your cart.
17 items
Box 57Add to your cart.
Folder 1-10: LegalAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Agreements and ContractsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Agreements, 1965-1980Add to your cart.

Consists of agreements for the translation of Ik Jan Cremer by Jan Cremer, La Litterature et le Mal by Georges Bataille, and The Bloody Countess by Valentine Penrose.  Also includes an agreement with John Calder to republish Trocchi books and the original publication of Young Adam.

Originally housed in a yellow folder marked "Agreement"

Folder 2: Agreements Legal PapersAdd to your cart.
Originally housed in a blue folder marked "Agreements Legal Papers"
Item 1: Rental agreements and receiptsAdd to your cart.
7 items
Item 2: Statement purchasing the film rights for Young AdamAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Metropolitan Police statement charging Lyn Trocchi with the theft of a handbag, 1971: June 23Add to your cart.
Item 4: Simons, Bernard to Trocchi, 1971: January 8Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 5: Simons, Bernard to Trocchi, 1973: July 23Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 6: Various notesAdd to your cart.
8 items
Item 7: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
6 items
Item 8: Dust jacket for The Connection by Jack GelberAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Time Out, Number 144, 1972: November 17-23Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Book Contracts, 1959-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Unmarked blue folderAdd to your cart.

Consists of legal papers including two copies of lease agreements for 4G Observatory Gardens, notes by Trocchi concerning incorporating the Moving Times and the International Collection, statement of witness Robert Smith, divorce papers for Barbara and Philip Green, the Memorandum and New Articles of Association of Kent & Thanet Casinos Limited. Also includes a copy of the March-June 1960 Evergreen Book News.

Lease agreement between Trocchi and Gayway Properties Limited for 4G Observatory Gardens located in oversize.

Originally housed in an unmarked blue folder

Folder 5: St. Martin's SchoolAdd to your cart.

Consists of a divorce petition from Elizabeth Trocchi. Also includes correspondence and printed material relating to Trocchi's work at St. Martin's School.

Originally housed in an orange folder labeled " St. Martin's School"

Folder 6: Divorce degree from Elizabeth Whyte Trocchi, 1959: April 28Add to your cart.
Translated from Spanish. 3 pages
Folder 7: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.

Lyn and Alexander Trocchi's marriage certificate, 1957: August 13.

8 newspaper clippings

Agreement between Trocchi and ATV Network Limited to participate in group discussion "Drugs Via Satellite," 1972: September 5

Advertisement for a Lofa Sofa

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Newspaper Clippings"

Folder 8: Facts of the Case of the State of Connecticut v. Mrs. TrocchiAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Folder 9: Macdonald & Evans v Trocchi Rare BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous legal documentsAdd to your cart.
4 items
Folder 11-13: Mark TrocchiAdd to your cart.
Folder 11-12: Mark and Lyn - Passports etcAdd to your cart.
Originally housed in a yellow folder marked "Mark + Lyn - Passports etc"
Item 1: Lyn Trocchi's passports, 1961, 1967, 1972-1977Add to your cart.
3 items
Item 2: Mark Trocchi's passports, 1967, 1972-1977Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 3: Weaver, Jr., J.A. to Trocchi, 1976: October 18Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages with envelope
Item 4: Certification of Birth for Mark Trocchi, City of New York, 1961: November 14Add to your cart.
Item 5: Caring for Your Kitten brochureAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Burmese Cat Club Pedigree Form with photograph of catAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Various receipts and brochuresAdd to your cart.
7 items
Item 8: Certificate of Vaccination for cat named LilacAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Certificate of Birth for Mark Trocchi, 1961: February 2Add to your cart.
Item 10: Robertson, Marjorie to Trocchi, Mark, 1977: May 10Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages
Item 11: Durden, Margaret to Trocchi, 1975: November 17Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages
Item 12: Medical journal, 1977: January-JuneAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Materials relating to the ownership and care of a Bonnefoy Burmese kitten, 1982Add to your cart.
5 items
Item 14: Trocchi, Mark to Trocchi, 1972: April 12Add to your cart.
Autograph card signed, 1 page
Item 15: Certificate of Birth for Lyn Trocchi, 1961: July 20Add to your cart.
Item 16: Certificate of B.C.G. Vaccination for Nicholas Trocchi, 1980: October 21Add to your cart.
Item 17: Mark Trocchi hair clippingsAdd to your cart.
Item 18: Trocchi to Weaver, Jr., J.A.Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 2 pages
Folder 13: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Includes an application for the correction of a certificate of birth, a diptheria vaccination certification, report from Fox Primary School, note from Holland Park School, and Amateur Swimming Association award
Folder 14: MedicalAdd to your cart.
Invoices from Dr. Norman Tanner for Lyn Trocchi, admittiance certificated for Lyn Trocchi to the Ballamona Hospital on the Isle of Man, appointment card for St. May Abbots Hospital for Lyn Trocchi, National Health Service Supplementary Ophthalmic Servies Sight Testing and Supply of Glasses form for Leroy House, and note from the National Association for Mental Health
Folder 15-16: Nicholas TrocchiAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Unmarked blue folderAdd to your cart.

Consists of school reports, medicial records, birth certificate, and drawings of Nicholas Trocchi. Also includes Lynn Trocchi's death certificate.

Originally housed in an unmarked blue folder

Folder 16: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Holland Park School reports (2 items) and Fox Primary School reports (2 items)
Box 58-62Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Passports and Other IdentificationAdd to your cart.
Trocchi's passports for circa 1948-1952 and 1954-1959, Trocchi's social security card, and Deborah Freeman's Barnard College student identification
Item 1: Barnard College student idenification card for Deborah Freeman, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Item 2: Trocchi's Social Security cardAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Royal Navy, 1945: DecemberAdd to your cart.

Certificate awarded to Trocchi from Norway. "The Liberation of Norway 8th May 1945. The People of Norway Wish to Thank You Alexander W.R. Trocchi of the British Armed Forces for Your Valuable Services in Helping to Restore Freedom to Our Land."

Located in oversize

Folder 3: Scrapbooks, 1964-1981Add to your cart.
Red scrapbook marked "News Cuttings." Includes clippings concerning Sigma and photographs of Trocchi's American sculptures and one page with a drawing
Folder 4: University of GlasgowAdd to your cart.
Item 1: University of Glasgow Class of Moral Philiosophy (Ordinary) Certificate of Merit First Class, 1946-1947Add to your cart.
Item 2: University of Glasgow Class of Moral Philiosophy (Junior Honors) Certificate of Merit First Class, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Item 3: University of Glasgow Honours Class of Moral Philiosophy, 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 5-7: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
See also boxes 59-62
Folder 5: Photograph from unknown publicationAdd to your cart.
Item 1: No. 26. Photograph of Nicholas Trocchi, Trocchi and Sally Child, circa 1979Add to your cart.
Item 2: No. 27. Photograph of Sally Child taken by Nicholas Trocchi, Circa 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: A Factory For Found Objects, 1959-1979Add to your cart.

Consists of typed letter signed, 1 page from Maxine Feifer to Trocchi (1979: November 21) and typed letter signed, 1 page from Jerry Bauer to Trocchi (1979: December 9). Also includes 1 print of Lyn and Mark Trocchi; 1 print of Trocchi with friends; 1 print of Trocchi and Mark Trocchi;  16 prints of sculptures; 16 negatives of artwork; 5 negatives of unidentified location; 4 slides of artwork and Trocchi's business card for International Cultural Enterprises Ltd.

Originally housed in a blue folder marked "A Factory For Found Objects"

See Box 59 for photographs

Folder 7: Miscellaneous photographsAdd to your cart.

Subjects includes Alexander Trocchi, Lyn Trocchi, Mark Trocchi, Nicholas Trocchi, Jacqueline Trocchi, Sally Child, Simon Vinkenoog, Robert Creeley, Miguel Grinberg, Betsy Hicks, Cally House (Scotland), Trocchi family photographs, unidentified people and places, and cats.

165 photographs, 18 negatives, and 45 slides.

See boxes 60-62 for photographs, negatives, and slides


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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