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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 Additionally, the collection includes Castro's published and unpublished poetry, exhibit catalog essays, and other writings; materials related to the production of River Styx Magazine, Castro's educational and teaching materials,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, 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 Georgia 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.

Castro’s poetry and art collaboration with Robert Charles Smith, The Last Frontier, was published in 2001. Smith, a Washington University art professor who designed the University City lions, created letterpress and electronic images on his Eclectic Press to accompany each poem by Castro. Some copies included a CD with Castro reading her poems to original compositions by Willem Von Hombracht. Smith created handmade silk and marbled paper boxes for the first twenty copies. 

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 8: Civic and Cultural ActivitiesAdd to your cart.
This series consists of materials related to the many cultural and artistic activities in which Jan Garden Castro has participated, primarily in the Saint Louis, Missouri and New York regions. This series is divided into four subseries - Awards, Activities, The Writer's Circle Show, and Lectures and Speaking Engagements. Subseries 1 contains materials related to various awards and recognition received by Castro. Subseries 2 consists of planning and participation materials related to cultural events that Castro organized or participated in. This subseries is organized alphabetically by name of event. Subseries 3 consists of materials related to The Writer's Circle, a cable TV show hosted by Jan during the late 1980s. Subseries 4 contains materials related to Castro's various speaking engagements and art history lectures. Also contained in subseries 2 are folders containing assorted press releases, flyers and other ephemera for events in which Castro was involved.
Sub-Series 1: AwardsAdd to your cart.
6 Folders - materials on awards given to Jan related to poetry and cultural/arts activities
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Editor's Choice Award, poetry.comAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Poetry PageantAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-4: YWCAAdd to your cart.
Folder 5-6: YMCA LeaderAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Artistic and Cultural ActivitiesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Arts in TransitAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, brochures, press releases concerning Arts in Transit program/projects, 1990s
Folder 8: Bookmark SocietyAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, member lists, newsletters, notes, book lists, book club policies - Wash U Bookmark Society (Jan led this group for a period in the 1980s)
Folder 9: Commission on Arts and Letters of University CityAdd to your cart.
University City Charter, Oath of Office taken by Jan to serve on Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters, meeting minutes, Arts Council bylaws, ordinance establishing Commission, 1983 calendar of program events
Folder 10: DuffsAdd to your cart.
Heart of St. Louis Arts Festival 1987 schedules (several copies), River Styx brochures, KWMU newsletters 1985, River Styx at Duffs flyers, 1986 schedule cards
Folder 11: First CivilizationsAdd to your cart.
Correspondence/recommendation in favor of First Civilizations nonprofit corporation/program; fax copies of others letters in support of F.C. (from Quincy Troupe and other Castro associates)
Folder 12: Free Print Shop, San Francisco, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Brochures, prints, artwork from shop?, correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Heart of Saint Louis Arts Festival, IAdd to your cart.
Promotional flyers, event schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles promoting and reviewing festival; planning materials, including agreements and crontracts; artist information, financial materials, invoices to Harris-Stowe; evaluations, meetings minutes, publicity materials, mailers, contact lists, memorandums re: performance requirements; contains photographs
Folder 2: Heart of Saint Louis Arts Festival, IIAdd to your cart.
Promotional flyers, event schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles promoting and reviewing festival; planning materials, including agreements and crontracts; artist information, financial materials, invoices to Harris-Stowe; evaluations, meetings minutes, publicity materials, mailers, contact lists, memorandums re: performance requirements; contains photographs
Folder 3: Heart of Saint Louis Arts Festival, IIIAdd to your cart.
Promotional flyers, event schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles promoting and reviewing festival; planning materials, including agreements and crontracts; artist information, financial materials, invoices to Harris-Stowe; evaluations, meetings minutes, publicity materials, mailers, contact lists, memorandums re: performance requirements; contains photographs
Folder 4: Heart of Saint Louis Arts Festival, IVAdd to your cart.
Promotional flyers, event schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles promoting and reviewing festival; planning materials, including agreements and crontracts; artist information, financial materials, invoices to Harris-Stowe; evaluations, meetings minutes, publicity materials, mailers, contact lists, memorandums re: performance requirements; contains photographs
Folder 5: Heart of Saint Louis Arts Festival, VAdd to your cart.
Promotional flyers, event schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles promoting and reviewing festival; planning materials, including agreements and crontracts; artist information, financial materials, invoices to Harris-Stowe; evaluations, meetings minutes, publicity materials, mailers, contact lists, memorandums re: performance requirements; contains photographs
Folder 6: Heart of Saint Louis Arts Festival, VIAdd to your cart.
Promotional flyers, event schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles promoting and reviewing festival; planning materials, including agreements and crontracts; artist information, financial materials, invoices to Harris-Stowe; evaluations, meetings minutes, publicity materials, mailers, contact lists, memorandums re: performance requirements; contains photographs
Folder 7: Heart of Saint Louis Arts Festival, VIIAdd to your cart.
Promotional flyers, event schedules, correspondence, newspaper articles promoting and reviewing festival; planning materials, including agreements and crontracts; artist information, financial materials, invoices to Harris-Stowe; evaluations, meetings minutes, publicity materials, mailers, contact lists, memorandums re: performance requirements; contains photographs
Folder 8: Illinois Women Artists IAdd to your cart.
2 Folders; Event calendars/booklets, correspondence, press kit, exhibit lists, press releases, correspondence, exhibit catalog, schedule, map
Folder 9: Illinois Women Artists IIAdd to your cart.
2 Folders; Event calendars/booklets, correspondence, press kit, exhibit lists, press releases, correspondence, exhibit catalog, schedule, map
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Landmarks AssociationAdd to your cart.
Brochures, newsletters 1990s
Folder 2: Meramac Writing FestivalAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, brochures, invoice for services, schedule, 2000
Folder 3: Missouri Arts CouncilAdd to your cart.
Notes, correspondence, progress report, invoice, 1997
Folder 4: Missouri Center for the BookAdd to your cart.
3 Folders; (1) - correspondence, brochures, newsletters 1993, (2) - correspondence 2000, brochures, map; (3) - brochure/schedule/program, flyers, plastic bag, newsletters, etc. - 1999-2000
Folder 5: Missouri Center for the BookAdd to your cart.
3 Folders; (1) - correspondence, brochures, newsletters 1993, (2) - correspondence 2000, brochures, map; (3) - brochure/schedule/program, flyers, plastic bag, newsletters, etc. - 1999-2000
Folder 6: Missouri Center for the BookAdd to your cart.
3 Folders; (1) - correspondence, brochures, newsletters 1993, (2) - correspondence 2000, brochures, map; (3) - brochure/schedule/program, flyers, plastic bag, newsletters, etc. - 1999-2000
Folder 7: Missouri Historical SocietyAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - correspondence, C.V., revised chapter for Humanities and Western Culture project 2001; (2) - additional revision of Lamm piece; correspondence with Lee Ann Sandweiss re: MHS project 1996 (Voices from a River City) (3) - contract, correspondence, notes; (4) - correspondence re: Voices from a River City publication 2000, bibliography, draft of essay, notes
Folder 8: Missouri Historical SocietyAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - correspondence, C.V., revised chapter for Humanities and Western Culture project 2001; (2) - additional revision of Lamm piece; correspondence with Lee Ann Sandweiss re: MHS project 1996 (Voices from a River City) (3) - contract, correspondence, notes; (4) - correspondence re: Voices from a River City publication 2000, bibliography, draft of essay, notes
Folder 9: Missouri Historical SocietyAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - correspondence, C.V., revised chapter for Humanities and Western Culture project 2001; (2) - additional revision of Lamm piece; correspondence with Lee Ann Sandweiss re: MHS project 1996 (Voices from a River City) (3) - contract, correspondence, notes; (4) - correspondence re: Voices from a River City publication 2000, bibliography, draft of essay, notes
Folder 10: Missouri Historical SocietyAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - correspondence, C.V., revised chapter for Humanities and Western Culture project 2001; (2) - additional revision of Lamm piece; correspondence with Lee Ann Sandweiss re: MHS project 1996 (Voices from a River City) (3) - contract, correspondence, notes; (4) - correspondence re: Voices from a River City publication 2000, bibliography, draft of essay, notes
Folder 11: Modern Language AssociationAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, schedule for Atwood visit 1984, proposal for Atwood visit 1984
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: National Coalition of Independent ScholarsAdd to your cart.
Newsletter, board of directors list 2007
Folder 2: National Writer's UnionAdd to your cart.
Newspaper article, membership solicitation, brochure
Folder 3: New York Book Fair 1984Add to your cart.
Newspaper articles, flyers, publicity info, newsletter, 1984
Folder 4: Poetry PotluckAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - Paul Nevekirk cover artwork, (2) - submissions from other poets, correspondence 1981; (3) - submissions (Urdang, others), Jan's poems 2002; (4) - submissions 1970s, mailing lists, assorted notes and brochures (not Poetry Potluck), submissions 2000s, Nevenkirk art, Castro poems
Folder 5: Poetry PotluckAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - Paul Nevekirk cover artwork, (2) - submissions from other poets, correspondence 1981; (3) - submissions (Urdang, others), Jan's poems 2002; (4) - submissions 1970s, mailing lists, assorted notes and brochures (not Poetry Potluck), submissions 2000s, Nevenkirk art, Castro poems
Folder 6: Poetry PotluckAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - Paul Nevekirk cover artwork, (2) - submissions from other poets, correspondence 1981; (3) - submissions (Urdang, others), Jan's poems 2002; (4) - submissions 1970s, mailing lists, assorted notes and brochures (not Poetry Potluck), submissions 2000s, Nevenkirk art, Castro poems
Folder 7: Poetry PotluckAdd to your cart.
4 Folders; (1) - Paul Nevekirk cover artwork, (2) - submissions from other poets, correspondence 1981; (3) - submissions (Urdang, others), Jan's poems 2002; (4) - submissions 1970s, mailing lists, assorted notes and brochures (not Poetry Potluck), submissions 2000s, Nevenkirk art, Castro poems
Folder 8: Safety in ArtsAdd to your cart.
Newsletter, publication list, safety lamp brochures
Folder 9: Saint Louis Women's Sculptors Proposal, 2002Add to your cart.
Proposal for exhibit in St. Louis 2004
Folder 10: Wellesley Club of St. Louis/Wednesday Club of St. LouisAdd to your cart.
Notes, brochures
Folder 11-13: Women EnergyAdd to your cart.
2 Folders; (1) - Proposal for funding to Missouri state 1976, membership lists/planning info; (2) - Planning/funding documents - Missouri State Council on the Arts, grant and budget materials
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Washington University Career DayAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, text of talk given by Castro, map, 2000
Folder 2: Writer and Religion ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Participant biographies, newspaper clipping, correspondence, brochure, 1994
Folder 3: Writer's CenterAdd to your cart.
Brochures, calendars, press releases, newsletters, event materials, newspaper articles, 1990s
Folder 4: Writer's VoiceAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, notes, meeting minutes
Folder 5: YaddoAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, informational packet/folder - brochure/catalog for writer's retreat center, 1985
Sub-Series 3: Writer's Circle ShowAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Writer's Circle ProgramAdd to your cart.
Notes, correspondence, contracts, newspaper articles, invoices, program info, program ideas, newsletters - 1980s; Jan hosted this television program during the 1980s
Sub-Series 4: Lectures and Speaking EngagementsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Castro Event Flyers and Press Releases, 1970s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Assorted press releases from events Castro participated in/led/organized 1970s-1990s; includes Duffs readings, River Styx PM readings, lectures, speaking engagements, arts festivals, etc.
Folder 8: Lectures and ReadingsAdd to your cart.
2 Folders; (1) - press releases, flyers, newsletters, posters for Castro lectures and speaking or poetry reading events; (2) - newspaper articles, lecture materials, correspondence, photocopies of Georgia O'Keeffe archives materials for use in lectures
Folder 9: Lectures and ReadingsAdd to your cart.
2 Folders; (1) - press releases, flyers, newsletters, posters for Castro lectures and speaking or poetry reading events; (2) - newspaper articles, lecture materials, correspondence, photocopies of Georgia O'Keeffe archives materials for use in lectures

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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